Early last week I had the opportunity to visit Pixar’s campus just outside of San Francisco to get some hands-on time with Disney Mobile’s newest iOS title which will tie into their upcoming movie Brave. Disney has been pleased with their mobile gaming efforts thus far, noting especially the success they’ve seen with their popular puzzle title Where’s My Water? [$0.99 / Free]. The star of that game, Swampy, has been a hit as well, and has spawned merchandise, animated cartoons, and much more planned for the future.

They note that Swampy was the first character they created from scratch for a game that actually “feels” like a real Disney character, and the audience has responded incredibly well to him. However, some of their previous mobile efforts that have tied into their existing properties haven’t seen the prolonged success of Swampy and Where’s My Water? They knew that for Brave they had to come up with a mobile game idea that would be a perfect fit both for the movie and for Disney itself.

It was last September that Bart Decrem, Senior VP at Disney Mobile, picked up a game that had been building up some buzz in the iOS gaming community. The game was Temple Run [Free] from Imangi Studios, and he knew after spending some time with the title that the premise behind the game would fit beautifully with Brave’s story and characters. He tucked that idea in the back of his mind, but of course as we all know in the months that followed Temple Run went on to see an uncanny amount of success, with more than 80 million downloads and 16 million daily active users to date.

The explosion of popularity for Temple Run didn’t change the fact that it would be a great fit for Brave. The star of Brave is Merida, a plucky young princess who’s an experienced archer and more interested in getting into adventures than doing proper royalty type stuff. The antagonist in Brave is a ferocious demon bear named Mordu, who had attacked an encampment of the royal family when Merida was a little girl and bit her father’s leg clean off.

Now that Merida has grown up into a young lady, Mordu is back to wreak havoc on the land, and this plays perfectly into the premise of Temple Run. Merida plays the role of Guy Dangerous, the default character in Temple Run, and Mordu acts as the evil monkeys who are constantly chasing her down. The end result is known as Temple Run Brave, and it really does come together as a wonderful tie-in game for the movie.

Temple Run Brave is Temple Run through and through. Same auto-running, same tilting to collect coins, same swiping to change directions. It feels great because Temple Run feels great, and Temple Run Brave is essentially forged from the same steel. There is a new mechanic however. Since Merida is an archer, while you’re running along in Temple Run Brave you’ll come across special archery sections. Targets appear on either the left or right of the environment and must be tapped to shoot an arrow into them. Hit all the targets in a section in a row and you’ll earn a bonus.

The mechanics in Temple Run Brave feel extremely tight thanks to being built upon the already strong foundation of the original game. I’m also really impressed with how seamlessly the new archery mechanic blends into the rest of the game, adding an additional element of strategy while you play. The Brave edition of Temple Run will also contain all the same in-game store items and unlockables, as well as similar IAP options to beef up your in-game currency. Unlike the original Temple Run though, Temple Run Brave won’t be free and will instead cost 99¢. You’ll get an instant 2500 coin bonus for the price, however.

You can see all of this in action from this hands-on video of Temple Run Brave taken during the event last week.

I had a blast with Temple Run Brave during my time with it, not surprising since I enjoy the original Temple Run so much. The Brave edition feels different enough to give longtime Temple Run fans something new to dive into, and its visuals are a big upgrade and feel right at home with the world of Brave. Keep your eyes peeled for Temple Run Brave to hit the App Store on June 14th for 99¢, and check out the Brave movie, which I was able to see the first 30 minutes of during the Pixar event and thoroughly enjoyed, when it arrives in theaters on June 22nd.

  • Arch Deluxe

    This looks like a ripoff of Subway Surfers.

    • shamilferoz

      Actually Temple Run was the original where kiloo games rethought the concept to create a much better ui and gameplay in the endless runner called subway surf. In all honesty, I think this temple run concept is really over done, just today I stumbled on another "exact copy" of Temple Run, called Pyramid Run! So I feel that this concept will never pick up with the majority of us iOS gamers. Oh well!

      • Jagpreet Singh

        Hello I know pyramid run is bad but this game will be a great game because in this game is Orignial setups like temple run its not a copy of temple run this game only created because Its release a new Mobie Brave that's why but its coll much better then Temple run and e.t.c

  • http://twitter.com/touchgameplay TouchGamePlay

    I won`t call it a cheap ripp-off till I have played it some Rounds. While it might be full of iAP as it currently does look like I wanna see with my own Eyes if it does contain enough own created Content to survive against the Mother of 3D Runner Games on Mobil Devices.

  • Adams Immersive

    iCade made me love Temple Run even more... I don’t think I could go back to playing without it! I suppose this game could work with iCade and just have you tap the screen for archery, although I’d be a little worried about the force I might accidentally apply when stabbing away.

  • toxiccheese

    Doesn't it seem weird that the movie is called Brave, featuring a daring young woman, and yet the game has her running away instead?? Seems more like 'scared' than 'brave'. Although it does seem like a smart move for Disney/Pixar.

  • HerbertKornfeld

    “The antagonist in Brave is a ferocious demon bear named Mordu, who had attacked an encampment of the royal family when Merida was a little girl and bit her father’s leg clean off.”

    Um… Spoiler? Some of us haven’t yet seen the first 30 minutes of the movie.

  • Jagpreet Singh

    Hello I like this Game Temple run Brave Is that Availble for Android phones if its not availble then is not good because Which people had Android Phones they too want to play Games like New Games like Subway Surfers e.t.c Can you tell me Its availble for android or not

    • dylanmannen

      this is a iOS site, bye.

  • http://twitter.com/Playfo Playfo

    Pixar + Disney + Temple run = Nice synergistic alliance
    Can't wait to see it live

  • Jacob007

    Temple Run has done its time and is now forgotten about with all the other endless runners.

    • dmarcoot

      Funny, this is top paid app currently. Temple Run was also featured in the WWDC Siri demo of the new API. It would reality and you are at odds

  • Nate

    To "court" someone is to woo them, to try to convince them to join with you in some (usually romantic) enterprise.  Disney and Pixar aren't "courting" Temple Run, because they're already partnered with Temple Run ... the courting phase is long over, and the game is practically about to be released. /grammarnitpick

    People's strong or confused reactions to this seem a bit strange to me ... this is *exactly* the same thing that Angry Birds did with Rio and Doodle Jump did with Hop and Puss in Boots did with Fruit Ninja.  Clearly "branded version of an already popular mobile game" has become a fairly standard promotional technique ... folks just need to get used to it. 

  • Jagpreet Singh

    Hello Everybody is this Game for free ? Please reply me a message and i think this game is the number one game from Temple run please reply me :)