In a tweet this morning, Natalia Luckyanova, co-founder of Imangi Studios, the developers behind runaway hit Temple Run, let it be known that their game has hit 36 million downloads. Let's pause for effect here. 36 million iOS devices (they're working on getting to the Android platform furiously as we go to press) have this hot game downloaded to it. That's fantastic.
Now we all know why it seems like every iOS screen we come across has Temple Run on it. And why it's number 2 on our list of the Top 148 Free iPad apps and number 4 on our list of the Top 148 Free iPhone games.
Temple Run puts players in the role of an Indiana Jones style protagonist, running from diabolical monkeys through a 3D environment. This endless runner takes an isometric third person perspective to the genre, allowing players to jump, slide and turn down narrow maze-like paths with swipes up, down, left and right. There are also tilt controls to collect coins, which can then be redeemed for upgrades and special powers, like invisibility or magic bridges across gaps.
We've been writing about the genuinely talented (and nice!) folks at Imangi Studios since they began, so we're pretty darn excited about their recent and well deserved success.