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Imangi Studios last week released Temple Run 2, the eagerly-awaited follow-up to its smash hit Temple Run, on iOS and it quickly picked up 20 million downloads. Android users that were left out at first are invited to the party as the game is now available to download from the Google Play store.
“The iOS launch numbers blew us away and I think we’ll definitely see some exciting numbers on Android as well,” co-founder Keith Shepherd tells TNW via email.
“We’re just happy to have the launch much closer together for Temple Run 2 than on the original. We definitely have a lot of fans on Android, so we didn’t want them to have to wait to get their hands on the sequel. It’s as close to a simultaneous launch as we’ve ever been able to do,” he explains.
The sequel follows the same form as its predecessor — which has been downloaded more than 170 million times — and the main characters run across all manner of landscapes as they flee the dreadful temple beasts that chase them. It’s a simple concept but it’s one that works well, as players use swipe based commands to jump, slide, turn and move out of the way of objects in their way.
The iOS version reached the impressive 20 million downloads mark within four days of its release and, given Imangi’s past success with Android, uptake from today’s launch is likely to be significant too. The original Temple Run was first released for iOS only in 2011, but the Android version followed last year and saw 1 million downloads over just three days.
The link has gone live in the US, but it is still propagating in other parts of the world. You can download it, when it’s ready in your locale, at the link below.
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