We'll have our normal weekly "Coming Tonight" post out for you later today, but this news is just too big to wait for. Hitting the New Zealand App Store just mere moments ago and set to filter its way across the world and into the US later tonight is the sequel to one of the App Store's biggest success stories. Yes, Temple Run 2 [Free] has arrived. Not a spinoff, not a movie tie-in, and not yet another clone, this is a true and proper sequel from Imangi Studios developed with the help of Fuzzycube Software. Sweet!

I've been playing Temple Run 2 for the past day, and for the most part what wasn't broke has not been fixed. Right from first boot up you'll get a sense of deja vu as the camera sweeps in on the cursed idol that has been the cause of so much running over the past year and a half. You're still being chased by freaky monkey creatures – well, just one giant creature, actually – and you're still using a combination of swipes and tilts to jump or slide past obstacles and collect coins. This is totally Temple Run.

However, just because the key components remain the same doesn't mean there isn't a ton of new stuff in Temple Run 2. Quite the opposite. The game takes place during the "golden hour" that's just before sunset in a new temple floating high up in the sky. This sequel has received a big upgrade in terms of visuals and animation over its predecessor, and it makes a difference. It's a beautiful game for sure.

The real improvement, though, is just how fluid and natural the environment feels. The original Temple Run was very rigid with mostly straightaways and 90-degree turns. Temple Run 2's environments are curvy and hilly, giving everything a more natural and "real" feel. There are cool new ziplines glide down, and eventually you'll come across sections where you'll be riding the rails in a mine cart. It's pretty sweet. Check out this gallery of screens below (click to enlarge):

There are also four different playable characters, each with their own unique attribute as well as a host of upgradeable abilities. I'm sure there's a bunch of cool stuff I have yet to discover, too. We'll continue digging into Temple Run 2 and will have more on the game soon, but if you were among the millions and millions who enjoyed the original I think it's a pretty safe bet you're going to like the sequel. Look for it in international markets throughout the day and the US at 11pm EST, and check out our forums for more early impressions of the game.

New Zealand App Store Link: Temple Run 2, Free

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.boulnois Brian Boulnois

    yawn this been so many times now and better yawn :D

    • Tranceaholic

      I'll be checking it out anyway since it's FREE!

    • araczynski

      that's subjective, while i detest the genre in general, the original temple run was the only one that i actually had fun playing, it lasted a whole 2 days on my ipad before the fun faded and all that remained was IAP and repetitive junk. i'll give this one a shot as well, maybe it'll make it 3 days.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.boulnois Brian Boulnois

      and i wonder how many of you would fall for the Joke pun as well thats two of you :-D

  • http://www.silentrocco.com/ Silent Rocco

    So, they checked out what Pitfall did better and repeated it. What a sequel :)

  • ThePsycopier

    Peculiar, the temple run link redirects to temple run 1 if you
    aren't in the New Zealand!

  • Adams Immersive

    iCade still supported? TR1 is great with icade.

    • Professionalbum

      I always wanted to get one; do you need a table to place it on or is it stable enough to play on your lap?

      • Adams Immersive

        It's a big ol' piece of furniture! Too bulky and heavy for lap use--really, it's enormous (part of the fun). And the bottom support is just 3 edges, so it needs a surface to sit on.

        HOWEVER... there's also iCade Core which doesn't have the fun cabinet but does have the full controls. iCade Core looks more lap-friendly, which is one reason I hope to get one: good with TV or projector, I'm thinking.

        I don't know how steady the iPad would be in that slot if the Core were placed on a moving lap. But since it's Bluetooth, I don't plan to put the iPad itself into the Core anyway. The iPad can sit off to the side while I game on the projector. Or, if you don't move around too wildly, the iPad might be OK right in the Core. But I feel like the screen wouldn't lean back far enough for a comfortable lap angle. Better to place the iPad somewhere else in front of you.

    • Adams Immersive

      No iCade. Hopefully in an update! They got the iCade control perfect before.

  • Cobalt

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    • Cobalt

      Always up for a new runner, good fun for a few days until the next one comes around. This will replace run n' gun on my device.

      Question for toucharcade, why do you not have a add to watchlist on this or any of the coming tonight posts?! I may not want to get the game tonight but want to keep an eye on it for the future and hate waiting till the next day to remember to add it to my watchlist.

      • Adams Immersive

        I'd love that to be added to TA's AppShopper sister site/app. Maybe by way of a custom search that gets repeated? Or something? Sounds less than perfect--easy for developers to abuse?--but maybe useful even so.

  • Rocksteady777

    The original game got really repetitive after a while, but hey it's free; no use in missing out

  • 3carloh

    NONE IN THE US ITUNES AS OF THIS WRITING

  • jonS90

    Not in the US as of this writing....

  • htr101

    The biggest let down for me is just the lack of iCade support! TR1 was perfect with iCade - amazing implementation. Hoping for an update Imangi!