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Temple Run 2

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Well-done sequel even better than original phenomenon.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Temple Run 2 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, but the mechanics are very basic.


Instead of screaming monkeys, you're chased by a giant gorilla this time -- but the results are the same. If he catches up to you, you'll become a "tasty snack." 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, other than a slight scream when you fall off a cliff.


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 amounts ranging from $1 to $20. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Temple Run 2 is the sequel to the extraordinarily popular action game. The gameplay is very similar to the predecessor, in that players can die in several ways, from falling off a cliff to smashing their head on a tree trunk, though there is never any blood or gratuitous violence. In-app purchases are once again part of the game, but not thrust upon the player -- and in-game credits are once again earned as you progress. Players on iOS devices 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 byTimTheTVGuy April 15, 2013

*whistles* This is even better than the 1st Temple Run app.

I love Temple Run 2. It is better than the first game. More places to run and everything. If they ever make a 3rd Temple Run app, I bet it will outdo Temple Run... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old March 9, 2013

great game, addictive.

When I started playing this game the day it came out, I was UTTERLY addicted. There's a little violence with falling down rivers, bumping into trees, and f... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 9, 2013

Better Then Original Temple Run!

This Is MUCH Better Then The Original Temple Run!I Liked Temple Run At First,But Then Started To Play Different Games.So When I heard That They Made Another Te... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players again run in an endless (and ultimately fruitless) attempt to escape an angry simian. Swiping the screen from side to side turns corners, while swiping backward or forward causes your character to jump or slide under obstacles. Players can also slide on zip lines, guide mine cars, and jump to reach power-ups that do everything from attracting coins to giving them brief invulnerability. By completing small tasks, players can earn additional coins, which they can use to unlock different characters and power-ups.

Is it any good?

Temple Run was a phenomenon. Temple Run 2, however, is an even better game. The game keeps what worked so well in the first title and improves upon it, with a brighter atmosphere and a diversity of escape methods, including zip lines and mine cars, that break up the monotony of running that impacted its predecessor. 

The addition of new, unlockable characters also adds a diversity that makes it more welcoming. At its heart, though, it's still the heart-pounding game it has always been -- frustrating at times, but one you can't stop playing. 

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