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Temple Run

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Quick reflexes needed to survive Indiana Jones-like chases.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 48 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Temple Run wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

Ease of Play

The game is very timing based, which takes a while to learn. As it progresses, things speed up, making it even more difficult to master. 


In Temple Run, you are chased by a pack of screaming monkeys. If they catch up to you, you'll become a "tasty snack" for the monkeys. Similarly, players can die by running off a ledge, running into a tree, or failing to slide or jump in time. The app has no blood or sounds of suffering. 


Additional characters and power-ups can be purchased via in-app currency. This is earned in game, but players can also purchase it with real-world money for $1 to $20. A link from the main menu also advertises other games by the publisher. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Temple Run is an action game that draws inspiration from the chase scenes in the Indiana Jones movies. Players can die in a variety of ways, from being killed by a pack of monkeys to running off a cliff or bashing their head on a low-hanging branch, but there is never any blood or gratuitous violence. In-app purchases are available, though not aggressively pitched. And players can earn in-game credits, rather than buying them, if they're patient. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 6, 7, and 11 year old Written byAnEpicGuy December 5, 2012

INappropriate AND VIRUS-making.

Inaproppriate AND virus making. My iPod got a white screen from this game! DO NOT GET IT.
Parent of a 9, 18+, and 18+ year old Written byahaagenson June 5, 2012


PARENTS BEWARE!!! Although the game is fun and harmless, ad banners can link to HIGHLY OFFENSIVE ADULT CONTENT! One click on the banner and your child may be v... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byleftbehindcrazed8 January 24, 2012


Great game that will get you addicted! It's so much fun to see how far you can go and unlock new characters. It does have a touch of violence, but when you... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byShannondgreat January 25, 2012

Fun, addictive game!

I love this game! I usually don't like apps, and get bored with them quickly, but I love Temple Run! It's addictive and engaging, though may be hard f... Continue reading

What's it about?

Temple Run players run in an endless (and ultimately fruitless) attempt to escape angry monkey-creatures. Swiping the screen from side to side turns corners, while swiping backward or forward causes your character to jump or slide under obstacles. It's not an advanced game, but rather one that tests the player's reflexes.

Is it any good?

There's not much to TEMPLE RUN, but it's very good at what it does. The game is a fast-paced racer and it does a good job of relaying that urgency. While there's not really a story, there's no need for one, as it's a reflex game that keeps players on their toes. That means you'll die a lot, but it's never an incredibly frustrating experience. 

The game does offer in-app purchases for upgrades and new characters, but doesn't force them down your throat like so many other apps do, which is refreshing. It's possible to earn the credits for those items, but it will take a bit of time -- though since the game is so addictive, that might not be the chore it sounds like. 

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