Temple Run

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

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 51 reviews

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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. 

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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 1, 7, and 9-year-old Written byAbu Safwan February 11, 2014


Now don't get me wrong. This game is very exciting, addictive, and seems fun. But has anyone else noticed how dizzy you can get from playing the game for a... Continue reading
Adult Written byRatingPro February 18, 2019

Can Contain Slightly Minor Violence

Contains: Falling or Killing sound effects, danger of death, potential of getting eaten by a very deadly plant and non-graphic strangling.
Teen, 13 years old Written byDiana.c January 27, 2021
Kid, 9 years old June 24, 2020

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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For kids who love action and adventure

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