Australian Council on Children and the Media

Temple Run - Imangi Studios

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This is an endless runner style game. Caution in-app purchases, online interactivity, horror images, gambling app invitations

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Temple Run was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 27 March 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Temple Run
Developed by: Imangi Studios
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play, Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 9+ Google Play store: “Low maturity”
Gambling content advice: Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Temple Run contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Not applicable.

App description

This is an endless runner style game, where the player runs along a path, dodging obstacles, collecting coins and power ups.

Reviewers comments

Players start as a male character, called Guy Dangerous, running out of a temple being chased by black ghoulish creatures. There are other characters which can be unlocked or bought with coins. The player uses their finger on the screen to guide their character. The player must avoid obstacles and jump over gaps in the path, collecting coins and power ups along the way. The further they run, the more points they get. If the player crashes or is caught by the creatures, they can run again, starting at the beginning. Coins can be used to buy utilities (such as resurrection wings), characters, wallpapers and power ups.

The game has a list of player objectives which earn extra rewards.

In App purchasing

Yes: Coins can be bought for $0.99 to $19.39

Online information

Players can like the game on Facebook or follow on Twitter to earn extra coins. When players sign in to Twitter, the game is able to read the player’s Tweets, see who they follow, update their profile and post Tweets for them.

Gambling

Players can earn free coins by installing and running other games, including slots style simulated gambling games.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Players may crash into objects or fall into the water, but there is no real consequence, the player can start again. Players can earn free coins by installing and running other games, including war style games.

Other

Violence and scary material: The player is being chased by dark, ghoulish creatures, which may frighten young children. If the chasing creatures catch the runner, they receive a message like “You made a tasty snack”. 

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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