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Too Many Temple Run Clones???

08-15-2012, 02:53 PM
#1
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Too Many Temple Run Clones???

Hello, all! frisbee10461 here!

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel that the Temple Run type of game is slowly but surely getting played out?

It seems that every week, there seems to be yet another game of this genre. Only a few days ago, there was Pitfall (uggh), and now, tonight, there is going to be Fashion Hazard, where you play the role of a fashion model walking the catwalk (I am not making this up). Throw in Agent Dash, Temple Run Brave, Subway Surfers, and there is probably a couple of dozen such games I am missing.

Has the Temple Run genre of game run its course (no pun intended)?

What's your opinion?

frisbee10461
08-15-2012, 02:59 PM
#2
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as long as it's well done, I'm enjoying the temple run clones especially agent dash and subway surfers. Pitfall is crap and I never really got into theendapp or survival run. Next week comes One Epic Knight, another clone but I'm looking forward to it

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08-15-2012, 03:00 PM
#3
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When a game is successful like Temple Run, it's bound to have clones. To be honest, if Agent Dash came earlier I probably would've enjoyed it. Now... Meh. And huge LOL at fashion hazard xD
08-15-2012, 03:05 PM
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About Fashion hazard, two people emailed me just now, asking if I am serious about Fashion Hazard. What would be cool is if they had the theme to "I'm Too Sexy" playing for the game.

I'm too sexy for my iPad
Too sexy for my iPad
Too sexy, I'm glad.


Anyway, I digress. Here is the link:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fashion-hazard/id528597834?mt=8

Here is the description:

"Put your best stiletto forward to power the next runway star…or end up a Fashion Hazard. Begin as a model new to the world of high fashion and at the bottom of Fashion Week’s totem pole. Make a runway round-trip before the clock runs out without tripping, losing balance, or taking the ultimate spill. Advance by earning achievements, dodging obstacles and banking bling for special power-ups. From New York through Europe, the rewards get bigger, the stakes get higher and staying on top gets harder. Stay in time, stay in line, stay in season…or become a Fashion Hazard."

And no, this is not a free game.

I think that a game of this genre has to do something different, like the upcoming One Epic Knight game, which is on my list of top-five games to watch for (the other four are Horn, Infinity Blade: Dungeons, Infinite Warrior, and Super Hexagon).

Concerning, Pitfall, I agree with you. What would have been fantastic is to have included the original Atari 2600 port in the game, and not charge people to access checkpoints. That is the whole point of a checkpoint. You shouldn't have to pay to access what you already have, after paying for the game in the first place. The money grab is reminiscent of Dark Meadow.

Last edited by frisbee10461; 08-15-2012 at 03:07 PM.
08-15-2012, 03:06 PM
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I don't mind at all. How many zillion horizontal runners are there out there? In comparison, there's far fewer Temple Run clones at this point. And I do think there's plenty of room to make them even better and better.

I loved Subway Surfers and I think Agent Dash is a game that really should set the tone for future clones. There's issues with Agent Dash, like the starting from the beginning all the time, but there's a sense of adventure there and satisfaction with getting futher in the game that's missing from most of these type of games.

I'd say bring more of that into the equation and Temple Run will become a game like Canabalt that set the runner movement off, but is now fairly dull in comparison to what's come out since then.
08-15-2012, 03:06 PM
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I'm not really much of an endless runner fan, but sure, if it's a good solid freemium, sure why not. Personally, I wouldn't buy any endless runner since there are so many good free ones now, and it doesn't phase me one bit if all these endless runners are freemiums since I usually just load and play them for a very short time.

But I do think these runners are getting better and better. Agent Dash, theend, subway surfers etc, are all great. And temple run got much better after the last ipad retina update.
08-15-2012, 03:24 PM
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Fashion Hazard...

08-15-2012, 03:27 PM
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08-15-2012, 05:05 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by frisbee10461 View Post
Hello, all! frisbee10461 here!

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel that the Temple Run type of game is slowly but surely getting played out?

It seems that every week, there seems to be yet another game of this genre. Only a few days ago, there was Pitfall (uggh), and now, tonight, there is going to be Fashion Hazard, where you play the role of a fashion model walking the catwalk (I am not making this up). Throw in Agent Dash, Temple Run Brave, Subway Surfers, and there is probably a couple of dozen such games I am missing.

Has the Temple Run genre of game run its course (no pun intended)?

What's your opinion?

frisbee10461
There are so many more side scrolling runners though. We don't call them all clones of the first popular one of those, do we? Plus, a lot of these games aren't that close to Temple Run aside from being over the shoulder endless runners.

We've also had tons of Breakout clones and that game is from 1976 and it's still a popular iOS game template.
08-15-2012, 10:30 PM
#10
Straight-up clones I object to, but genuine variation can be OK. Temple Run is my favorite, but I play Agent Dash (fun after the STEEP learning curve) and Subway Surfers as well. I’d give others a chance IF they are new and different enough. Me-too re-skins? No thanks!

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