Temple Run launches on Windows Phone... but without Xbox LIVE support

Temple Run, the wildly popular infinite running game that launched on iOS 18 months ago, has today reached Windows Phone. The app arrives without Xbox LIVE support, and in the form of the original version of the title, as opposed to the recently released Temple Run 2 on iOS/Android.

Microsoft announced that Temple Run joins 7 other games available from today in the Windows Store, including Gravity Guy 2 (launching as an Xbox LIVE-enabled title), 6th Planet, Propel Man, Orcs Must Survive, Ruzzle, Fling Theory and Drift Mania Championship. All will be available by the end of today.

With the introduction of new native code in Windows Phone 8, developers can port existing apps over to the new platform with ease. New game engines are available to take advantage of; however game developers consider it a slow process. The company has pledged 'big improvements' for developers, although many of the most popular casual gaming titles are still absent from the Windows Store.

Temple Run was created in 2011 by Imangi Studios, and later released in 2012 on Android. The game follows an explorer escaping from three demonic monkeys after stealing a golden idol from a temple, offering up randomly generated obstacles to dodge, as well as power-ups and coins.

Source: Microsoft | Temple Run on Windows Phone Store

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Doesn't work on 620.. requires 1gb RAM to work!

Works fine on my 3 year old iPod touch and the cheapest android phones..

Yeah 7.8 devices should be getting some love really. My iphone 3GS had temple run on it, i don't see why they can't put it on 7.8 devices. That said this is a good start and it's hopefully just the beginning

thechronic said,
Yeah 7.8 devices should be getting some love really. My iphone 3GS had temple run on it, i don't see why they can't put it on 7.8 devices. That said this is a good start and it's hopefully just the beginning
Completely different development kit/api

thechronic said,
Yeah 7.8 devices should be getting some love really. My iphone 3GS had temple run on it, i don't see why they can't put it on 7.8 devices. That said this is a good start and it's hopefully just the beginning

It's not as simple as clicking a button and making it magically work on another platform dude...

As it sort of says in the article, no Windows Phone 7.x support at all Considering some were released only in December e.g. the Lumia 505 it's bad they aren't getting some big name apps.

thealexweb said,
As it sort of says in the article, no Windows Phone 7.x support at all Considering some were released only in December e.g. the Lumia 505 it's bad they aren't getting some big name apps.
Windows 7.5 user here. I feel bad for the Lumina 900 owners, but I'm close to being out of contract so I could care less.

thealexweb said,
As it sort of says in the article, no Windows Phone 7.x support at all Considering some were released only in December e.g. the Lumia 505 it's bad they aren't getting some big name apps.

It's "bad" but not viable to completely rewrite the app in C# or whatever. WP8 support native code so it's a relatively seamless port from iOS to WP8. Temple Run 2 will also be on its way because the Unity 4 beta SDK includes support for Windows Phone 8 which will make porting much much easier. Expect to see a few big gaming titles make their way over soon!

Temple Run was fun to play for a few days, then it just got boring/repetitive. TR2 is the same way. Good to see more games/apps coming to WP tho...popular ones at that.

techbeck said,
Temple Run was fun to play for a few days, then it just got boring/repetitive. TR2 is the same way. Good to see more games/apps coming to WP tho...popular ones at that.
That's been my experience on nearly every mobile game. I don't understand the obsession people have with so many of the mobile offerings.

I don't either, but playing games on the toilet or when you're waiting around is kind of nice I guess? I usually just read news or watch youtube videos though...

KSib said,
I don't either, but playing games on the toilet or when you're waiting around is kind of nice I guess? I usually just read news or watch youtube videos though...
We all know what the internet is for...

srprimeaux said,
Sure am glad I left Windows Phone behind. I was sick and tired of being last.

What apps didnt you have on WP? And not every app released on a certain platform makes it to the others. There are many iOS apps that are not available for Android but doesnt stop users from using Android.

It's funny because I was going to get an HTC One X, but when I went into the Verizon store and played around with it -- I liked it, but the general app reviews were so bad for major apps while I was browsing the marketplace on that same phone. I couldn't see myself investing in a phone that developers aren't that interested in yet.

So I got a Galaxy S3 and am super happy. Maybe when my contract is up I'll give Windows Phone another try!

techbeck said,

What apps didnt you have on WP? And not every app released on a certain platform makes it to the others. There are many iOS apps that are not available for Android but doesnt stop users from using Android.

Strava, Instagram, Hulu, Citrix Receiver, OnPage. But the biggest issue is Windows Phone being late to receive apps that have been prevalent on competing platforms. That's going to be the life of Windows Phone users for a while. How many times have you seen a Windows Store icon next to an App Store and Google Play icon on TV commercials? Or when have you seen Windows Store gift cards next to iTunes and Google Play gift cards? That's a problem.

Gravity Guy 2 was released first to WP8 today. Its progress. It'll take time. I switched to a Lumia 920 after being an iPhone user for almost 5 years. WIndows Store is like where the App store was 2-3 years ago, but its moving along a lot faster. It has too.

On your point about gift cards, I completely agree. MS already has this in place with MS points. I don't know why they don't make things purchasable with MS points since the infrastructure is already there. Sure it's not a perfect solution, but MS point cards are right there along iTunes gift cards.

KSib said,
It's funny because I was going to get an HTC One X, but when I went into the Verizon store and played around with it -- I liked it, but the general app reviews were so bad for major apps while I was browsing the marketplace on that same phone. I couldn't see myself investing in a phone that developers aren't that interested in yet.

So I got a Galaxy S3 and am super happy. Maybe when my contract is up I'll give Windows Phone another try!

You do know that HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 are both Android based.

My niece has a Galaxy Note 3 and Temple Run, and I've noticed that the game tend to crash multiple times. I've played Temple Run on a Nokia L810 (T-Mobile), and the app has not even crashed even once.

Sticking with my Windows Phone!

srprimeaux said,

Yes, everyone says they want those two apps on their devices. /s

The point is that the situation is changing. Developers are not ignoring WP anymore, at least not like in the past.

and oddly enough its just the first game, surprised they did not release the second one. its much better. and pretty much the same game.

littleneutrino said,
and oddly enough its just the first game, surprised they did not release the second one. its much better. and pretty much the same game.

Probably waiting for MS to make the porting process easier and quicker like the article talks about. If devs can get a updated VS SDK that will let them target both Windows, Windows Phone and the next Xbox as well then help make the porting process from iOS as easy as it can be there is no reason to hold back.

We've started getting more and more things these past few months though so the bit about the porting process taking longer than they'd like seems to be the case.

littleneutrino said,
and oddly enough its just the first game, surprised they did not release the second one. its much better. and pretty much the same game.

temple run 2 runs on unity engine. unity just released an open beta for windows phone 8 today. im sure its coming,and in the mean time they can release temple run 1 and make a few bucks.

other games that run on unity include shadowgun and bad piggies. im sure these will start popping up pretty soon,as with unity,you can just compile for the platform and it should work without needing to make modifications.