Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Temple Run has a lot to answer for. It's inspired a huge number of Endless Runner imitations that a little too frequently appear to offer no more than a reskin of the original. Unfortunately, this is the case for TheEndApp.
Set in a post apocalyptic world where the main currency is, bizarrely, duct tape, the player runs and swipes their way around deserted city streets. Controls are much like Temple Run's with swipes to the left or right changing the player's direction, and swipes upwards or downwards affecting jumping and ducking. Obstacles come in the form of industrial type hazards such as burnt out cars, barrels and lava.
Unlike Temple Run, TheEndApp borders on the forgiving with its approach to mistakes. Hit an obstacle and the screen goes red for a moment but it's not immediately game over. Instead, an accumulation of blows knocks the player out. The game still requires high levels of concentration but it's useful to not be punished so swiftly.
Structure is provided in the form of tackling 14 in-game days worth of challenges, with 5 tasks within. These can simply be a matter of lasting a set distance or challenging problems such as avoiding collecting duct tape. There's also the option of paying $1.99 to unlock further bonuses and the promise of future updates for those desperate for more Temple Run style gameplay.
That's the curse for TheEndApp. It feels too derivative. What's there is fun but there's nothing about the game that makes it stand out amongst its rivals. Sure, the challenges are fun but it doesn't really add variety to the experience. For those desperate for a change of scenery, it might entertain. For everyone else, stick with Temple Run.