Temple Run for Windows Phone 8

Run even more with the free Temple Run for Windows Phone 8

We told you this morning it would be a big day for Windows Phone 8 and indeed, it was bigger than we thought (we didn’t see the Nokia firmware thing happening). One of the big runner games today was Gravity Guy 2, which is now out, but a more “classic” game with a totally different perspective is Temple Run.

At the time of our writing, the app was not yet live in the Store but that has now changed. You can pick up Temple Run for $0.00 right now on Windows Phone 8. The game, like on iOS and Android, relies on in-app purchasing (optional) for revenue, hence why it can be free.

Temple Run for Windows Phone 8

Temple Run is a somewhat typical “runner” game where your character evidently subscribes to the Lance Armstrong school of endurance.  But Temple Run, which came out in late 2011 on iOS, shook up the mobile world with its 3D perspective (as opposed to the traditional side scrolling view). You can control your character by tilting your phone left/right, swiping up to jump, down to slide and swiping left/right to quickly turn corners.

Oh and you’re being chased by man-eating apes (or are they giant monkeys?).

We have to admit it’s a hell of a fun game albeit a tiny bit pointless. For some quick distractions and challenging jumps/slides, you can’t go wrong especially with the price. Oh and regarding a Temple Run 2, which just came out in January for iOS, that game is built on the Unity game engine and Unity loves Windows Phone 8, so hopefully there's a chance.

We did notice at least one glitch, the Tile for the game when pinned is blank with a white square. Being an indie title, we can presumably expect a bug fix sooner than later.

Pick up Temple Run for free here in the Windows Phone Store. Windows Phone 8 only and 1GB of RAM required.

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floriyann says:

thats why u better change your phone and switch to Android. I'm very tired of being forget by Microsoft when it comes to app dispatching ! I had a HTC HD7, and not only i couldn't upgrade to WP8, but I cant have most of the new app! I like windows phone because they give a completely and really cool User Interface, but i'm done with them now! Android and iOS already have the Temple Run 2, so bye microsoft !!!

Chris Yahya says:

Wp 7 series : 2010-2014.
Wp8 : 2012-2014
Wp9 : unknown
Dont worry, wp 8 devices is upgradeable to wp9.
Its long time. 4year than android, only 6 month.
Why wp7 dont get wp8? Different kernel system.

Andi_N says:

So why not get a WP8 then?

floriyann says:

becuase it's miss a lot of important app, and it takes too long to come! WP8 is not bad, but when when wp9 will come they gonna say it's gonna lack some of the new feature, so no thanks. I switched to a nexus 4 nd im very happy with it. Updates come more often

kiddj55 says:

Doesn't work properly on my 8x. Background doesn't render at all. I see more white than jungle. This is truly disappointing.

MacDaMachine says:

Yep. That, plus crappy frame rate, plus the tile doesn't even show anything (white box).

Terrible port.

With Lumia 920 everything is fine. Framerate etc. is very good. (only there is no really tile)

raul_junior says:

Ya same with my 920 its fine

electriclamb says:

Yep, fine with me also on my 920

procen says:

works fine with my 810

rui.silva450 says:

All perfect, good fps and tile seems very ok

Use black color scheme

JamesDax3 says:

Runs perfectly on my 8X no problems at all that I've seen so far.

Jean80 says:

I have a 8X. Looks identical with the Lumia 920 (also have that) and iPhone 4S.

Flagz says:

everything checks out on my 8X, 8GB or 16GB version and how much memory do you have left?

kiddj55 says:

I have 16gb version and 9gb left the problem is the theme. Try the game while using the light theme and you'll see the difference

sholokov says:

Fine with 920. Only issue is that pinned icon only shows a white box.

Multiratt says:

Open App slowly + Bug icon on live tiles.

Jrexxx says:

Got the white background issue on my lumia 920 too...

MDak280 says:

Finally! Better late than never... I really hope Temple Run 2 comes out soon!

Zeeshan360 says:

I would happily pay for the Xbox live version .. Make it happen plz

A54D says:

It's buggy!

mohannad087 says:

what a hot day for windows phone users .......

Lasciviouss says:

Correction: What a hot day for Windows Phone 8 users...

caliborn says:

^This!!  No love for us still on 7.8

krystea says:

No problems here with my 920.

Jakeway says:

Played 47 times.... No bugs for me 920.

Turn on the light theme and see what everyone's talking about.

blackhawk556 says:

lol, you sure you played enough times??? :)

Jnbs says:

OMG i knew it only for 1GB RAM phones.. This is outrageous!! This game runs fine on low end android phones!!! Why can't it run on my 620!! T.T >ㅁ

So far it seems games come out with the 1GB requirement and with an optimization update, it gets reduced to 512MB. 

Jnbs says:

Well, I hope they update it soon.. Meanwhile I will be playing Gravity Guy 2!!

Well I hope it remains free till it gets reduced for 512 people

hope they make it work on 7.8 somehow!

pbroy says:

My lime green 620 is sad... :(

It runs on my ipod touch 2G, which i suppose has only 128MB RAM!!!!:-(

How can this game need 1 GB of RAM?
Oh, well. I'm glad someone was wrong in saying it would be $0.99.

hacer619 says:

Is it downloadable from the windows phone 7 store?

Engadget was wrong on the price! Awesome!!

Cellus13 says:

Of course its Engadget.

ryan.kruger says:

No problems on my 8x either.

samirbaku says:

 but windows phone 7 ??? any good game for us ? 

kiddj55 says:

You guys get chaos rings!! It's wp7 only

Skittledude says:

Were did you hear that? I've read that its for both 7 and 8.

kiddj55 says:

Nope it's only windows phone 7 don't know why Daniel or anyone hasn't spoke about it

blackhawk556 says:

you mean wp8?

kiddj55 says:

No I mean wp7. Try to download it for your wp8 device it won't work. Then try your wp7 device. Wahlah magic! http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=eba66c26-8fa0-4f07-bef8-ff03f7bce73d

morpheus1982 says:

No issues for me on 8x. However better graphics would not make this game interesting to me.

BK-one says:

Got it. Looks great. Tile thing not an issue for me. I don't pin any of my games to the main screen. I am just not that lazy..

It's not purely laziness after a certain point. I have 33 games installed on my Lumia 920. Games don't get the alphabetical headers like regular apps, making it something of an inconvenience to get to the game you want. Windows Phone touts its simplicity in use and navigation, and pinning games to the Start screen is a part of that for some.

Now, I fully admit that:
1. I don't play most of those games a lot.
2. I have some installed just to try them to give developers quality feedback so that the know customers re dedicated to supporting them.
3. Some are installed purely for my little brothers to play, if they go desire.

I personally have 4 games pinned: Skulls of the Shogun, Gun Bros, Asphalt 7, and Plants vs. Zombies. I did it so that all of them are 1x1 tiles on the right half of the screen an the Games hub is a 2x2 tile on their left, kind of like being an "All Games" tile and a "Freguent Games" tile. It works for me, not that I'm saying you're doing anything wrong in the slightest.

My statement is to point out that some people do find it useful, and it the tie is broken, it will be crappy when my brothers go into Kid's Corner.

carlos118 says:

Aww, was looking forward to this... but 1gb devices only : /
Hopefully a 512mb version out soon.
Looks like i will need to upgrade to a gig device soon. Lumia 820?

I would spend the extra money for a 920. Since games cannot be installed onto the SD card, you'd be liited to just 8 GB of storage for games. The 920 has 32 GB, though no microSD slot, but that 32 GB can all be used for games (minus the space used for the formattng and the OS).

TJWINS says:

I hope this wasn't the app Belfiore was teasing because we really need cross platform social and communication apps like Viber and Instagram. Games are for gamers only. I hope this isn't it.

jgbstetson says:

I think it is because he seems to be boasting a bit on the ole Twitter.

TJWINS says:

Whether you think its gay or not, Instagram is the most important app to the success of any platform. And you are gay if you don't believe that.

The game works fine on my Lumia 920, the only problem is the app tile, when u pin it to the start screen, its a blank tile with a white box, wtf ?? Anyways loving the game, hope its not long until we see TR2

Just curious, what is WPCentral's definition of an indie title?  Everything not Xbox Live enabled?

mondokjm says:

I've never played this game on other platforms, but it seems that the swipe gestures are a little rough. This also could be indicative of how terrible my reflexes are. Using a L920.

A54D says:

+999999 same here :/

Works like a charm on my Lumia 920!

lubbalots says:

Not what I expected. There are better games out there. Just have to search. Hype for nothing.

Abdul9 says:

You can't imagine how glad i am that i am not the only one that sees nothing special about this game.

mnkhalid2000 says:

Why not for 7.8 :(
It runs perfectly well on single core Android devices ..:'(

FeedTheShark says:

Having come from a Samsung Galaxy i can assure you it didn't. It crashed, it staggered, it was frequently unplayable. I eventually got it running on a stripped down custom rom, but even then it would sometimes glitch out. Still WP is better than Android so hopefully they'll get it running on 7.8 and 512mb devices. Probably have a month of optimisations on WP8 devices before that comes tho. Silly waste of time game mind you, I'd rather not have it jn a way...

mnkhalid2000 says:

I love my WP .. Just hope they do ..

Kenjoe says:

Downloading it right now


Too bad 1 GB only.

It's taking forever to download it.

Laziej says:

Got the white background glitch....jesus I love my windows phone. Had one the first day it launched but this is sad

Jowiso says:

I'm on a Lumia 920 and also experiencing this glitch.
WTF is the deal on this. It's such a simple game, both conceptually and graphically. There's no excuse for major issues like this. It's unplayable on my device, despite uninstalling and re-installing.

FeedTheShark says:

People say it happens if you have a light theme enabled, switch to black and see how it goes. Bad testing is all, I'm sure they'll come out with a fix soon, no need to panic.

rbxtreme says:

Installed,played I confirm its butter smooth on my 920.

lemonsteveo says:

Yeah works great on my 920. Too many games to play all of a sudden! Not complaining though!

No issues on 822 (: Finally here, better late then never is definitely trending on the Windows platforms. Instagram soon?(:

PipoDj says:

Bit buggy but tolerable. Feels like im playing it on an android phone... Hoping for fixes soon

dkp23 says:

920 worked fine.

Ben Sailors says:

Lumia 920. Works great, though I swear its a little slow reading my swipes. I get the white block when pinning to start as well. Probably rushing it out, they missed that.

mjfadaway says:

Can't argue with free!

itsmecipher says:

23 mb game requiring 1 gb ram!! absurd!...dunno whats this internal thing with them. there could be some other sensible reasons to leave out 7.8.

wetworker says:

Works great on my 920.

JamesDax3 says:

Running great on my 8X.  I don't pin games to my start screen so I can't comment on that issure.

Cellus13 says:

Yay! Its a start.

jlynnm350z says:

Why are the graphics, lets say subpar or lackluster. This is Windows 8, I expect more we are capable of more.

ChMar says:

They made the investment to port the game to windows phone platform. They were not going to invest in updating the assets and a battery of new QA tests it hey changed the models. This was the best for them to port the code and reuse the assests. Lowest cost of production best ROI

1_RF1 says:

Couldn't they have at least called it Temple Run 3?

Jowiso says:

It's simple. Switch the background of your homescreen to black rather than white. As soon as I made that adjustment, I was able to play normally. The weird rendering only happened when the background color was white.
Clearly the bug needs to be fixed, still, but this  is a temporary way to overcome it and play!
Please let me know if this fix works for you, too!

Worked. Thanks.

l_n says:

Anybody else notice their phone heating considerably while playing? L920

what the heeeeeeeel!!1!!!  i am fed up with windows 8 phone.... never in mylife will a buy a phone on this forsaken platform... i litterally have no game on my phone nooooooo fudging game... because all the good games require 1 gb of ram... even this teeny tiny game that is 23mb requires i gb of ram why???????????what  the hell i am so p***ed of..... i have resisted, asphalt 7, batman TDK, spiderman, real football, but temple run noooooo no mudda fudging way... i hate windows phone and i wish i never bought a phone on this stupid platform.... sticking to android from now on... absolute nonsense

Android seems to suit you well. You shouldn't wait any longer, they even have devices with 256mb. Woot.

walter1832 says:

iregretreadingyourcomment, see ya!

Ticomfreak says:

Hopefully they update it for 512MB devices....

Adios. Android loves people like you.

You really created a separate id/changed id on the forum just to post this drivel? They have ported asphalt 7 to phones with 512 Mb and there are many other games ported as well. why spread the fud? Really, this post is a waste of reading. And curse properly if you're going to do it.

Don't do freemium, but not going to whine about it either, I have plenty of full games available. So, have fun, Windows Phone for life!

tebugg says:

been playing this game and it doesnt always get my swipe gestures right. some time it wont even register my swipe. i've noticed if its a really long swipe it will, but if i just flick upward to jump instead of a long finger move across the screen my toon wont jump. may be some kind of issue with the app and the screen sensitivity setting.

Ticomfreak says:

Try maxing out the sensitivity

PhilR8 says:

I've noticed the same thing, even with the sensitivity at maximum: my swipes are not always registered.  Nokia Lumia 920.

Divination says:

Same thing here. Normally happens later on in thelevel. 

fwaits says:

Tile issue JB said would be coming in an update soon, they pushed it out fast I guess to release with some of these other games.

I don't understand people buying a 512 mb device to play games. My parents have those, it's perfect for them. If it was supposed to perform as well and run everything as the 1gb, why would the latter exist. It's like people think specs are only to brag about in sites. 512mb are lovely devices, real pretty, but get some sense, it's not, it can't be the same.

I don't think you get it, people don't buy lower specced devices intentionally, they buy them because they cannot afford high end devices.

Do you know which device has 512 MB RAM, iPhone 4,4S...
and guess what all the 1GB RAM only games work on it perfectly.
it can even run really high quality games such as infinity blade.

And the only reason these games do not work on my 620, which is better specced than every other iPhone except 5 is because developer isn't optimizing them.
It's a lose-lose situation.

arepitt says:

I agree with you

rahul.sharma says:

Works like charm on Lumia 920 :)

My Lumia 820 can't hold as many apps as the 920, I regret my life, Android is dope, tra-la-la.
I can do ridicule!

Mic3Rocks says:

What the fuck is going on?
Since when did Temple Run require 1gb of ram?
It works fine on android devices having 512 mb ram...

fraserzhu says:

I don't understand why this game can run on any andriod and ios but not 512n equipped wp8. The latest real racing can run in on a single core iPhone 4with no issue what so ever. What's wrong with you Microsoft. You r killing the platform. Wp8 is officially dead!!!

Relax, game developer just has to modify it to run on less ram for 512 Mb devices seems like a common thing with a lot of games. Wait a few weeks = golden

fraserzhu says:

Hope this will be the case

If they modify the app to perform smoothly on devices of 512 Mb, could it be ported over to WP7x?

Good question, from what i read it is easier to port apps to wp8, I hope it comes for my wp7 sisters and brothers also.

Jean80 says:

Instead of whinging, maybe you should ask the developer on why there isn't yet 512MB support. 

fraserzhu says:

I don't understand why this game can run on any andriod and ios but not 512n equipped wp8. The latest real racing can run in on a single core iPhone 4with no issue what so ever. What's wrong with you Microsoft. You r killing the platform. Wp8 is officially dead!!!

I am assuming this is a dupe.

lerimer says:

I love the live tile on it!!!

izzykahn says:

I like how it performs on my 810. I think it has a pretty decent frame rate. I'm sure most know now about the live tile problem. Other than that, I'm partially satisfied. :) Now I'm waiting for Ruzzle to release...I've never played that game, but in a way I have, since it's like Wordament.

Nakazul says:

A free game, yay! Almost out of storage now :-( I own 61 + games and im running low on space, so plz stop making games now ok? Ok. :D

nizzon says:

Here I was expecting some major APP to be released and all we get are games. Maybe mr Belfiore should be more specific with his "news teasing",

Didn't he say fun games in his defense?

kirklyt says:

Have it, seems rushed and glitches here and there. Joe Belfiore said an update is coming to address the bugs... Truly a freemium game for WP. Thumbs up for this.!! :)

pippyo03 says:

Its not even temple run 2!!!!!!!!

Elton Jothi says:

was this the app that Joe belfiore was teasing about the other day ?? if so i am dissapointed ...

What about all the other games today? I believe there were at least six.

Just  me or does it not recognise gestures very often? Like I swipe up and it does nothing at times

I heard that if you adjust your sensitivity it may address the issue.

CommonBlob says:

Wow, this is what the cool kids are playing? Its really dull....

dnmartin98 says:

This....with bells on.

izzykahn says:

Hey...I remember one of you guys @WPCentral made an article about Temp. Run maybe coming May, along with Real Racing 3, and Instagram. Temple run was born to WP8 prematurely. I wonder which app of the 3 may be born next...

Iskassasya says:

No tile hahaha

Increase the sensitivity. Works wonders.

Ali Rahman1 says:

No support for Nokia 620?if they keep doing things like this they wont be able to capture market share from Android.

Siren33 says:

They're fragmenting the OS by not releasing apps for devices with 512 MB RAM. when it runs fine on Android phones with the same RAM I don't see the problem. Keep on doing this and see sales drop for Lumia 620 and 720. Sad

So is this the App Joe B. was teasing on Twitter or are we still wating on that one?

Shepard902 says:

I was waiting and wanting this game so much, and now i find out that it requires 1GB ram. (have htc 8s) I can't believe it, bad graphics, old game and it isn't available for 512 devices. I played Temple run when i had Nexus one which has an adreno 200 gpu, sigle core 1ghz processor and also 512 ram (not to mention buggy android) and it still worked perfectly fine. Shame.

Slai says:

So I just tried Temple Run.
After all the hype, I was expecting a fun, good game. Sadly, not my cup of tea. I cant really see why the big fuss. People were talking like it was Halflife 3, turned out to be Daikatana.
Ah well, didnt cost me anything at least :)

Yay! Fun little game that I was really missing from my iPhone 4. I actually prefer TR1 over TR2. Sometimes the game doesn't register my swipes, but I'm not sure it was any better on old phone.

Runs perfect on my 822. Now where is the thread complaining about Chaos Rings only being available on 7.x devices... I'm steaming pissed and was ready to throw money down. I hope it comes out soon...

SoullessOnyx says:

Doesn't work on my HTC 8S :(

dubie v2 says:

WP 7.8???
I. HATE. Microsoft.

Temple run...finally...runs smooth on my Lumia 920...

Getting this now!

Visva27 says:

Windows phone 7x users who have 512 ram Microsoft said, temple run is not for you. Go and sell your mobile and get good android smartphones.

Wtf dude? A low end android with 512 Mb will lag running temple run. We will save how android does with tizen and wp8 providing more competition at all price points.

You're right dude! I was planning to get lumia 720 but I think I have to stick to android... Maybe Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus..

DarthVeda says:

the white tile issue is something i got when going for the iconic tile template, didn't know how to fix it. Switched it to flip tile template and worked! I am sure temple run guys have done the same and have not bothered to check if the tile works or not. Wonder how it passed through certification with such glaring bug visible.

mrnavkhan says:

What the fuck is going on?
Since when did Temple Run require 1gb of ram? In window phone many mobile phone having 512 mb ram so why Temple run not support 512 mb ram , i am a big fan of Window phone and Nokia but know i think that Microsoft not think for there customers....I hope the time will come when everyone leaving Window phone for there bad support
It works fine on android devices having 512 mb ram...

You are kidding right? Nokia just updated to firmware 1308 and Microsoft just showed its buildwindows site, with a prominent place for windows phone. The game will get fixed in a few weeks to run on 512 Mb. Watch.

mrnavkhan says:

Few weeks more oh shit man too much time ....

Boo hooo...buy a 920. Problem solved.

mrnavkhan says:

It show that how much Microsoft shows are performance

ANTarantola says:

This sucks. I get that getting the big apps is huge for Microsoft, but come on. Temple Run 2 is out and we are JUST NOW getting the first one. How long til the second one? These aps being released lately aren't exciting at all. Just shows how much catching up Microsoft really needs to do. I love my 920 and WP8, but these aps are kiling me. I've been on board since WP7, and I'm starting to get impatient. When all my friends are playing the latest and greatest with each other, I'm finaly getting around to downloading what they had a year and a half ago. Great game, but I'll be excited when we start getting the new apps,and not have to settle for the knock offs and games that the other guys have been over long ago.

ANTarantola says:

And I love the fact that its free by the way. Not very ofton one of the apps released that are free on other platforms are free for us as well. Hopefully the trend continues.

RafIul PriYo says:

i was planning to buy 512 device as it is not possible for me to afford high end device.. If this game dont come on 512, how can be the tr2?? If 512 version not come in a month, i will be forced to buy the malwaree android.. *sorry for my bad english

maxali says:

Not available for your phone! Am using Lumia 920!

Amran Nagal says:

Not available for 7.x devices, I hate you Microsoft.

Pelle Lbergh says:

Wtf isn't this available yet in the Swedish app store?

Carlos M says:

Great app, where's Temple run 2??

Pelle Lbergh says:

Well it landed in the app store eventually. Works flawlessly and smooth on my Lumia 820. Now we want subway surfer and instagram and we're in business.

OMG!!! NO 7.8?????????????? 



Diverial says:

How about wp7.5?

Visva27 says:

Temple run is working lot of bugs in windows phone. Android and ios are good for temple run. Microsoft was forgot wp7.8 users. Microsoft will forgot when wp9 will been released.

Gud to c temple run app in wp8.. but the problem is tilt is not working properly in lumia 920 ...have to fix the bug asap

teel232 says:

No more love for 7.5? Hmm...and Microsoft says they will continue to support it. I can't wait until the galaxy note 3 comes out. Windows is a very nice OS, but they still have so much catching up to do.

avicz says:

I hope this temple run will also work with my lumia 620 :(

hriday das says:

still no temple run in windows 7.8...??