Temple Run 2 [Free] is one of those games where you don't really need a "guide" to succeed at a high level. If you've got a couple of fingers and a decent understanding of the point of an auto-runner, you'll do just fine.

Now, if you want to go next-level or Beast Mode on the game, there are a few things you can do to step up your game we've discovered. Over the last few days, we've been talking to Imangi co-founder Keith Shepherd about his latest game, probing his brain for some hot tips to take us to the top of the leaderboards. As you can imagine, he's got a few.

Pay Attention To Your Special Power

Each character in the game -- there's three unlockable ones in total -- has a special power that you can activate multiple times during a run. Guy's isn't so great from a scoring standpoint, but the other characters can give you a boost. And here's something cool: you can these trade powers between each character once you've unlocked them.

Multipliers Are Your Pals

Keith tells us that the key to wicked, super high scores is all about jacking up your multiplier. He says the easiest way to do this is to just start doing objectives. Each one you do boosts your multiplier by one. "So definitely focus on getting those done if you want to score really high," he says.

Pump Up Your Abilities

Maxing out your abilities gives you more coins, more energy, and durability. These are all important when it comes to a long run, which, naturally, produces more points. Keith points out to us that you can also boost your multiplier by a few points with abilities, too. And you know you want to do that.

Get In The Groove

This is from our tips department: our best runs come when we're sorta zoned in and not thinking about the game so much. For example, yesterday we crushed our old record while sipping coffee and listening to Combichrist. Don't judge.

Get Your Coins Up

Coins are the most important component of Temple Run 2. They basically make everything work, so Keith advises you double-down on your Coin Values ability. "Completing enough objectives to earn the Coin Magnet power for your character is also helpful," he says.

Boost Yourself

The easiest run is the one you don't even have to worry about. "Using the Boost power and Head Starts at the beginning of the game can also help you safely move forward without having to worry about making turns or avoiding obstacles," Keith says.

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Temple Run as a franchise is great because it's accessible. Anyone can play this thing and do reasonably well. But there are some things you can do to step up your game, as Keith has pointed out. Hopefully, you'll find a few of these tips useful, whether you're new to the series or not.

If you'd like to hear some other chatter about Temple Run 2 strategies and scores, give our message board thread on the game a look.

  • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

    i am feeling temple run game is turning to strtegic game rather than timepass game ;)

  • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

    i am feeling temple run game is turning to strtegic game rather than timepass game ;)

  • ndre

    the "zooned in" thing is absolutely true for me. I also already follow everything he suggested. Except for head starts, I don't like them. They last for an amount of time such that the game would still be easy if done at regular velocity, which gives you more control on getting coins and diamonds. Boosts are really useful later on, when things get tricky.

    • King Random

      That "zoned in" thingy is also true for me.
      On many of the games that I play, I get the high scores on the times that I am more relaxed/not really focusing or concentrating on the game.

      • http://www.youtube.com/streetartmuzik Chris Kye Wilcken

        I play my best when Im pooping.

  • http://twitter.com/Smokanci Scarecrow

    Why use boosts? They cost about 2500 coins which you will only recuperate after 8000 miles. Oh, I get it, so you will be forced to PAY to get enough coins.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000224661824 Dennis Jianbin

      noob!!! i get about 15k per run xD

      • MasterWalpha

        What is your score usually?

  • .Asa

    Hack it for unlimited coins & gems :)

    • Duhbyo47

      Eh...

    • Fredrik Jackson

      That ruins the whole game. You're supposed to play it over and over again to earn it.

      • Duhbyo47

        Not only this ^ but it also screws over the creators who obviously rely on IAP to make money on this game.

      • MidianGTX

        Ironically, that also ruins the game.

      • Michael Ivy

        Level 8 is impossible to get past, not because its hard, but because its boring. 10,000,000 meters takes FOREVER and so i am finding i am playing it less and less. Power aheads, run for 10,000,000 pts, and when u wipe out you still have hardly moved the meter on distance. Like I said, will probably dump game before i actually make it to 9. challenge is great, but, immovable progress is retarded.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1215957163 Santhosh Kumar Boggaram

        I Agree with you.. I have unlimited COINS and GEMS still its boring .....

  • http://twitter.com/manufracture D Schutz

    Combichrist. Evil/Nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/contest.chris Contest Chris

    Nice, 6 frigging frontage article for this derivative game! Unacceptable. Ta sold them souls to imangi

    • http://twitter.com/109mae Davide Pasca

      ..it's extra painful for small developers like me.
      It's not like there's a lack of games on the App Store, or even on the TA forums...

      • ndre

        Davide, I am a huge fan of both Final Freeway titles (remembering their dev's name should be a decent proof of it :-D )

        However, Imangi is a husband-and-wife success story, it's not like they are a corporation. Hope you'll meet similar levels of success soon.

      • http://twitter.com/109mae Davide Pasca

        ndre.. Thanks for playing FF ! 8)
        I'm also very happy and inspired to see success stories like Temple Run.
        But that success has long been achieved.

        The amount of coverage for this sequel is insane and it's likely taking attention away from other games that have much more humble goals.

        People like me wake up every day hoping to see their game mentioned on TA's front page.
        But for the past 2 weeks I've been reading news about TR2, while I see months of our work going to waste.. because unfortunately TA is the only game in town.

        TA alone can decide whether a game will live or die.. and, for example, my game is all but dead now.

        Maybe I'm just selfish, but I think that the attention given to TR2 is unnatural. These guys are shooting for the moon, while developers like me are shooting to repay debts.

        Perhaps I'm out of line, but I'm just being honest 8)

      • sam the lion

        No, I can totally understand. From what I understood, that's the cursed double nature of the App Store - you either get a smashing hit, or you can't repay the bills. That's why I wish you to get the first option soon :-)
        I just check TA from time to time, so maybe I did not get an exact estimate of the amount of coverage for TR2.. I'm inclined to think that's roughly what they do in general for long-waited and successful games, without "unnatural" factors involved (they even did not give it full marks in the review I believe). However, as you said, part of the problem is that TA seems to be the only influencing iOS gaming site, despite so many of them exist. This seems really odd to me.. TA guys are surely talented, but there MUST be space for at least another reputable voice. Maybe this gap will be filled soon, who knows.

      • sam the lion

        Whoops, from the TA app my forum nick comes out instead of disqus.. I'm still ndre :-)

    • Adams Immersive

      I do think TR2 didn't need more than maybe 3 articles--spaced out over time. However, I'm sure it comes from TA's genuine interest in the game (which I share) and not from some secret back-room cash exchange. And unlike a print magazine, space is not limited on a web site: you can have 10 articles about 1 game and if they didn't that take long to write, then it doesn't mean removing other articles. (I know people worry about that, but when TA has an interest in some other game, then that article gets written I'll bet.) As for derivative: as far as I know, TR invented the behind-the-back runner (though I consider many car games to be spiritual ancestors). So it has a place in history, and it's sequel deserves mention--while also being quite a good game even if the original TR never existed. Other runners (which I like too) may be derivative, but this is a legitimate sequel to an original game.

      • http://twitter.com/109mae Davide Pasca

        Space may not be limited as for printed magazines, but there's still a concept of sticking on the front page for a longer period of time.

        Also the editors have a limited amount of time. Theoretically, in the same amount of time that one writes another TR2 news piece, he or she could cover another title.

        Of course other games aren't as popular as TR2, but it's a recursive process. The more you talk about a single game, the more that game will capture the attention.

    • http://twitter.com/PrayForDeath Pray For Death

      I personally can't wait for the '10 Reasons to Download Temple Run 2' article.

  • Pushkarraj Mehta

    Although I am enjoying playing temple run 2 on my iPad... Why is it not out on Google play yet..?? Should have launched the game on both platforms at the same time.
    Love the new graphics and look and feel of the game.

    • AgreedTech

      Apple exclusivity deal is the most likely reason TR2 isn't releasing on Google Play until tomorrow.

  • soylocomoco

    Is it just me or were those "tips" really obvious?

    • JCman7

      Yeah I thought so too

      • nymadwe

        Yeah, maybe if they wrote down the optimal wich upgrade to invest in rotation could tell somebody something new, btw I guess those are obv. Too;)

      • JCman7

        yeah I focused on the coin and multiplier upgrades first

      • MasterWalpha

        Does anyone know what the power bar on the side is for?

      • JCman7

        Thats for your powerup that your character has. Builds up with coin collection

  • felipe

    TR2 has too much video lag and lot of bugs.. Waiting 4 improvements

    • http://twitter.com/nucksandwings Neil gibbons

      Noticed the Video lag bigtime on my iPhone 4 is iPhone 5 better for this game

  • Adams Immersive

    I think the Coin Magnet in TR1 would double the coin values as well. Is that true in TR2?

    • AgreedTech

      Unfortunately, it isn't true for TR2. They want you to purchase the $4.99 coin doubler instead.

      • Adams Immersive

        I see. I had dreams of Coin Quadrupling!

        (Which sounds dangerously like one of my pet peeve game mechanisms: Pay Not To Play! I'm looking at you, FarmVille. Oh, well--I'm having fun with TR2 and haven't paid. I'll probably throw them a buck or two!)

  • Briker Ed

    There's quite enough Temple Run 2 news and screenshots in the last 3 pages. Stop now. . . .

    • Galsia

      Don't read it then.

  • iPhallex

    +99 internets for the Bloody Roar/Seattle Seahawks reference (both of which I'm a fan of)

  • err404

    This type of game needs iCloud syncing. I hate feeling like I need to play on my iPhone instead my iPad or lose any progress.

  • Nate

    This has to be one of the weakest articles you've run in a long time ... nothing but obvious "strategic" hints that anyone who's ever played one of these endless runners already knows, and relating to a game that's already been covered *exhaustively* by the site.

    For the record, I don't for a moment believe you guys have been paid off by Imangi or anyone else for this level of coverage, I just think you have lousy/inattentive editorial oversight. The fact that you spoke the game dev(s) is not interesting to readers when the devs have literally nothing interesting to say.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Perhaps this article isn't aimed at "anyone who's ever played one of these endless runners already." You are more than free to not read the articles that don't interest you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/contest.chris Contest Chris

        Such levels of obnoxioueness.

  • http://twitter.com/dannybour Danny Bourque

    Yea too bad the coin magnet power up is impossible to unlock. All it says is "unlock at level 5" im level 7 now, have all the characters and i still cant unlock it.

    • http://twitter.com/nucksandwings Neil gibbons

      I'm at level 7 and I got it with Scarlet Fox

      • grlgrn

        I have had 5000 coins and still can't unlock Scarlet Fox...I am on level 8...Also I had 100 gems and I used it to save myself 5 times and now I only have 15 gems. WHY IS THIS happening...can someone please help me. Getting easily bored at this game since I can't unlock the people and my gems get stolen...thanks.

      • Dennis Nuñez

        You have to buy the unlockable players. Go to upgrades, where you see dangerous guy slide the touchscreen and you will see all the unlockable players.

        About the Gems, everytime you save yourself you use gems. First time 1, second time 2, thirth time 4, then 8, 16, 32, etc. This is in the same run. Try to upgrade the gem reduction, you will save a lot of gems.

      • grlgrn

        HOW did you unlock Scarlet Fox???

      • Dennis Nuñez

        You have to buy her. She costs 5,000. Go to upgrade and you will see the unlockable characters.

      • Dennis Nuñez

        I got it very soon, don't remember what level

  • http://www.facebook.com/lonnhunter Lonn Hunter

    So has anyone completed the "Jackpot" objective of getting 5 gems in one run? I'm stuck on that one since I've never even seen more than 2 appear in a single run yet, and I've scored over 2 million points. How can you get the gems if they never show up?

    • grlgrn

      YES, I did get the 5 gems in ONE run. I am on level 8 and still can't unlock the characters even though I have had 5 and 10 thousand coins. HOW do I do this. Also I had 100 gems and used five save me's and now only have 15 gems left...What happened to all my gems?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/umairakmal Umair Saeed Chaudhary

    I have better tips... Current high score 30million this is how:
    1. Save coins, spend only on last character and second character to unlock boost.
    2. Spend coins to fill first ability (coins one)
    3. If u r willing buy a coin multiplier (only for addicts like myself)
    4. Focus on ur timings to boost (combine it with magnet)
    5. Ideal and super scorer mode:
    Have last character+boost ability
    6. Donot use gems until u reach level 9 and by that time u will have done the third last ability (gem one)

    See improvement for urself
    It requires a lot of patience if u r not willing to use a coin doubler...

  • shivaraj

    If you Run without making coin it will get upgrade your coin multiplier.. 500m,1000m etc

  • http://www.facebook.com/bibek2041 Bibek Shrestha

    how should i end the game without losing my score. is has been running automatically since last 10 hours......

  • Pranjal Mishra

    Scored more than 2.9 millions but still stuck on level 8. How to proceed to the next level?????

  • Blair Cunningham

    My high scores are around is 12m. I've bought (with free coins)everything there is to buy...I cannot make a dent in the remaining 75% of the 10,000,000 Meters Objective. At 35k meters a run, it'll take me 100's of more runs to get to level 9. What compelling reason is there to carry on, rather than walk away feeling used? Kind of like what Subway Surfer did to me: reset everything to Zero the moment I unlocked the most expensive graff writer......

  • krishna dangodra

    I hav got a new idea through wich we can gaurd ourselves ..
    here it is
    guys firts of all im using the latet version 1.1.1
    so maybe I think that this trick can be used in this version only ...maybe
    whenrver u get a magnet or shield just slide down and immediately jump ( when u hav a magnet or shield just swipe down and immediately jump) the shield or magnet will go down on the feet of the guy or any other character ...
    Once the magnet or shield has gone down it will save u like a shield from all obstacles in which u had to actually slide down ..
    use it to get to the highscore..
    BELIEVE ME IT REALLY WORKS GUYS

  • http://www.fri-v.com/ Friv

    I'm at level 7

  • Victoria

    I did it! I've just completed Temple Run 2 level 9. I'm so excited! How do I post pictures? LOL

  • Nekizalb

    Temple Run 1 is better.

  • Kevin McCarty

    I use a hack for Temple Run 2 gave me unlimited gems, coins and infinite speed. Here it is: g4mehacks. com/temple-run-2-v-1-2-hack/

  • mckillio

    I still don't understand what the point of the score is, is it literally just a bragging rights thing?