Temple Run

You have just escaped a temple after snatching an idol, and now you find yourself running for your life from demonic monkeys. Luckily, you have mad jumping and sliding skills, along with what is apparently endless endurance. This is Temple Run. Temple Run is a free app available on the iPhone and iPad, soon to be available this February on the Android market. Gamers across the country have been bitten by the Temple Run bug. Symptoms include loss of social life and sleep, dry eyeballs, and spamming Twitter. The player uses finger swiping and tilting to control the runner, Guy Dangerous. Guy must escape death by avoiding various obstacles including overgrown trees and chasms while maneuvering a maze. He can collect coins along the way that can be used to buy upgrades such as utilities, increased power-ups, and better characters. Coins are what make this game addicting. After every run, the player has a chance to upgrade, and thus be a bit better than before; the new high score is always within reach. Junior Harmony Pace is one of thousands of Temple Run addicts. “I literally play Temple Run twenty-five hours a day, eight days a week,” said Pace. The secret to reaching her elusive high score? “I’ve been exercising my thumbs, so we’ll see where that takes me.” Pace’s fellow Temple Run enthusiast, junior Bridget McFarland, holds nothing higher in importance than Temple Run. “I would rather play Temple Run than talk to anyone ever again,” said McFarland. If you’re looking for something to do in your free time, love navigating obstacle mazes, and are willing to sacrifice everything you have ever had for addictions, this is the game for you. Besides, Angry Birds has gotten too mainstream.