TempleRushGo: three similar games

Kaylin Kyle, Staff Writer

In our generation, games are a must. We’re constantly looking for the next best thing, for the next thrill. We’re looking for the next thing to hook us and keep up addicted. But some games are classics: you can come back to them over and over again and find new ways to beat that level and get the multiplayer championship. 


Temple Run came out August 4th, 2011 and originally cost 99 cents to buy but then later switched to freemium prior to December 2011. On January 16th, 2013, Temple Run released Temple Run 2 and the original was later changed to Temple Run: Classic. In its first release, Temple Run easily exploded and was a number one game. Since the franchise of Temple Run started, there have been other games released in add-on to the original game, such as Spirit Run, released August 29th, 2014, and Temple Endless Run 3, released October 10th, 2018.

For a long time, Temple Run had the best sales and was the top game, but then post the Despicable Me movie, Minion Rush was released June 10th, 2013. Minion Rush is very similar to Temple Run aside from the daily challenges, constantly changing maps, and obviously running as a minion. However, if a player collects enough bananas, they could change what the minions’ wear, customizing their minion and collecting more rewards. 

Both games were challenged by Mario and company, who have always been a hype in our society. Mario has been around for decades, and when news of a mobile version was to come out, everyone was hyping it and waiting for the release. Mario Kart Tour was finally released on September 24th, 2019. For months, people were playing, completing the races, and easily getting addicted. However, Mario Kart Tour was – and still is – missing one key component that players are looking for: multiplayer. As fun as the game is, fans want to be able to race each other with a variety of different maps, carts, parachutes, and characters. However, so far, all the game offers is the variety of all those components, but a player is put into a random set of players to against other Mario Kart users. 

All three games have been very addictive in their own ways, with interesting maps, characters, and challenges. There are several other games like these three, such as Subway Surfers, but for years, Temple Run, Minion Rush and Mario Kart Tour have stayed in the top running.