ubhWell here's my pick for weird thing of the day. Imangi's Temple Run 2 [Free], sequel to the seminal behind-the-back runner that spawned an entire ecosystem of similar titles, has just been updated with Usain Bolt as a playable character.

Yeah, world record holding, Olympic gold medal winning, "fastest man in the world" athlete Usain Freaking Bolt. How cool is that?

It makes sense, too. Well, not the part about Usain Bolt being in an ancient Mayan temple escaping from a crazy demon monkey thing. Not that part. But the running part, that totally makes sense.

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Usain's special ability also, er, sort of makes sense. Activating it gives you an electric bolt shield which gives you invincibility, auto-guidance, and it attracts coins. Because bolts. And running. It's all a rich tapestry.

This new character doesn't come for free, though. Usain Bolt will set you back 99¢ as an in-app purchase, and he isn't available to buy using the game's own coin currency. Also, apparently he's only available for a limited time, so if you need a tiny world-class athlete living in your device you might want to snatch him up while you can.

  • icoker

    this is a nice add-on, too bad it has to suffer the burden of being an IAP.

    • Deixa

      Too bad it makes no difference how you play the game. I don't see the point in this, it's just to show off to your friends

  • pxlpshr

    I don't mind giving the devs my money. They can take it all. They made a great game and there's nothing wrong in asking for more money to unlock a character who wasn't free to begin with. You better bet your bippy Usain and his management get a huge swath of these IAPs, but they help get newbies into the game or veterans who put the game down come back in.

  • toxiccheese

    $.99 for a character that adds absolutely nothing to the game and is not even relevant to the context of the game? No special power-up or ability? No thanks.

    • pxlpshr

      Don't buy it. 99 cents has you all rowelled up?

      • toxiccheese

        No, the price isn't an issue. It's the fact that it doesn't add anything to the gameplay. I will always support developers, but why can't this be more than just a character skin?

      • Erik Moller

        Because games like TR take a 6-man/woman unit time to make. It's an attention economy that we live in and skinning a character that gets people into a game that's gone through many updates is an easy way to have your veterans who may have strayed yonder to come back. Games like TR2 will really draw me back in iOS 7 when devs can erase illegitimate scores. Currently I've got 75 million on my own and it pisses me off to see the hundreds of million crowd who just cheated they're way to highest decimal point.

  • Protoman

    The next athletes they need are Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Wayne Gretsky!

    • curtisrshideler

      Dennis Rodman. Then they could charge additional for more hairstyles and crazy costumes.

      • Protoman

        That's genius.

    • pxlpshr

      I want the Pope and the Kool Aid mascot.

  • objectiveC

    What about Insane Bolt?! LAUGH OUT LOUD