It's sort of crazy looking back at the beginnings of Imangi Studios, when we were posting about their original word puzzler Imangi [Free]. If anyone would've suggested back then that this husband and wife team would eventually produce a game that'd be downloaded a billion times, no one would take you seriously. The sheer scale there is just mind-blowing.

Well, it has happened. Per an info graphic released by the studio this morning, Temple Run has been downloaded one billion times now. That covers the entire Temple Run series, and combined folks have spent hundreds of thousands of years play time in the game. Check out the rest of the stats they released:


Imangi has grown as a company too, scaling up to 11 people from their original dynamic duo working out of their home office in Washington DC. I talked to Imangi's Keith Shepherd last week about all this, and he seems super happy with there they are now. Their new office and in-house team is going to allow them to get back to doing more creative things as their new hires take over things like the continued updates the Temple Run games have been getting.


It'll be interesting to see what Imangi does in the future. The success of Temple Run was a surprise to everyone, and isn't something you can reasonably expect to duplicate. I can't wait to see what they do next, hopefully it involves some Little Red Sled [Free] love.

  • lazrhog

    Just awesome. Couldn't happen to two nicer people 😀

    • VarshaMoretoniss

      just before I looked at the receipt ov $8130 , I
      didn't believe that my sister woz like actualy bringing in money part-time from
      there pretty old laptop. . there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only
      about 22 months and at present repayed the mortgage on their appartment and
      bought themselves a Chrysler . see here M­o­n­e­y­d­u­t­i­e­s­.­C­O­M­

    • NadineDeightonrif

      My Uncle
      Joshua just got an almost new white Kia Rio Hatchback only from working
      part-time off a home computer. try this R­e­x­1­0­.­C­O­M­

  • ODMay

    Flappy Bird would've been near the trillions but congrats to Temple Run.

    • Themostunclean

      A trillion? If there were enough people for that to happen then we'd probably be more concerned with famine, pollution and rampant disease than video games.

      • ODMay

        I said near.

      • Themostunclean

        A trillion is 1,000 billions. Even "near" is pretty crazy.

      • the_rebel14

        "Near" is still pretty far.

    • rewind

      There are less than 8 billion people on Earth. Flappy bird must've gotten quite a few downloads from the aliens...

      • the_rebel14

        Aliens: "I hate this planet and its inhabitants! Destroy them and their infernal games!"

      • Craig_Hubley

        More like "Muah hah ha! The silly humans are being brainwashed by the games we uploaded to their mobile play stores... they are learning to kill ever enemy species we have in the galaxy, and soon they will welcome us as their unkillable powerup providers."

        The aliens of course will look like glowing crystal jewels...

  • curtneedsaride

    Are those stats for both games or just the original Temple Run? The graphic doesn't say and the article says: "Temple Run has been downloaded one billion times now. That covers the entire Temple Run series, and combined folks have spent hundreds of thousands of years play time in the game." which makes me think it is just the original that was downloaded 1 billion times. That's amazing. Got it on my phone right now, so I approve!

    • Natalia Luckyanova

      The number is for Temple Run 1 and 2 combined, but it doesn't include Temple Run:Brave and Temple Run: Oz.

  • one.sixty.four

    That's awesome. I have all 4 on my iPad. Congrats Imangi!

  • Sojourn

    Or an update to GeoSpark! That game was great.

    • Natalia Luckyanova

      Haha thanks!

  • Bliquid

    Astonishing numbers!
    Is this a first time, videogame speaking?

  • thiagovscoelho

    So one in every seven people has downloaded this game? Of course this assumes 1 download/person but still

  • PureRumble

    iDontGetIt. Does the poster say Usain Bolt has collected two trillion gold coins in the game? Does he have some form of clinical OCD when it comes to infinite runners or did he IAP them with 100 million dollars???

    • rewind

      No no, people have collected a combined total of 2 trillion gold coins while using him.

      • PureRumble

        See?! This speaks plenty of how much I have played this game...

        None. But thank you for the information.

  • PureRumble

    In the background of the picture of the team, they have blurred out their project charts on the white board. Don't want to reveal your future plans is that it?

    Not that I am interested, just saying.

  • Adan

    Yeah... very well, but the Temple Run games are now a bit long in the tooth... how about some love for Max Adventure and optimise it for iPhone 5/5s... or even better, a sequel... it is by far the best thing Imangi have created.

  • Boobi

    Grats amazing accomplishment.

  • torosama

    Amazing accomplishment. I've never played it or downloaded it because I think all those endless runner type games are pointless. But hey, a lot of people seem to enjoy them.

  • rewind

    32 billion deaths, but 140 billion Save Me's used? That can't be correct.

  • nadav bar kama

    CONG. that is a very significant number ... well done! and it almost exceeds the number of semi and total TR clones ...

  • Bvrsty

    an article on the success of a game on mobile, and these are the responses. absolutley amazingly sad. I hope your next birthday party is filled with same.

    • Craig_Hubley

      Um... we are to "celebrate" so much human effort going into games, when like 1/3 of Americans bother to vote?


  • Craig_Hubley

    When I was a kid, Raiders of the Lost Ark came out. I saw it in a theatre - as there were no VCRs yet - and was amazed. Nothing like that had been made in Hollywood in 30 years.

    I never would have thought a game on a small screen could have had that kind of dynamism, but the tilting and swiping is physical enough that you feel involved. The pace is fast enough that you really don't get to think about anything but the game. And the games are therefore over quickly which is important when you are filling wasted waiting time.

    On a modern 1920x1200 tablet, which sells for like $100 now (e.g. Kobo Arc7HD) even with a micro-HDMI output to see your game on a big screen, the Temple Run 2 graphics are as good as any animated movie. I can see people using the pivot on their big screen mounts just to play this at gigantic size... I will be trying that myself soon.