Today, Imangi Studios announced that Temple Run 2–sequel to runaway hit mobile game, Temple Run–recorded an outrageous 20 million downloads in its first week on the iTunes App Store. The game shot up to the number one free app in only eight hours, and is now the number 2 top grossing app on the App Store charts. Pretty amazing for a free to download game, right?
The original Temple Run was downloaded over 170 million times across the Google Play, Amazon Marketplace, and iOS App Store. In under one week, Temple Run 2 has been played in over 210 million sessions, which totals up to over 1,775 years of gameplay combined. Whew.
“The response from fans has been overwhelming,” says Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi. “We are thrilled players want more of the Temple Run universe, and we hope to grow and expand the game over the coming months.”
Shepherd and his wife, Natalia Luckyanova, started Imangi Studios in the early days of the App Store, releasing Word Squares to a small but dedicated audience. They have had some success with other mobile games, including Max Adventure and Harbor Master, but none quite as amazingly as with Temple Run and it’s sequel.
Temple Run 2 happens in a new challenging world with curvier roads, hills, valleys, and zip lines with a bigger, badder monkey chasing you down. A couple of wrong turns or missteps and it’s game over, monkey-lunch style. The graphics are improved, as well, bringing an almost console-quality experience to the iOS platform. The game is expected to release on Android platforms later this week.