Review Temple Jump
Jump through an endless temple
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 15 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Deep mechanics, very cool avatar animations
Gameplay isn't innovative, gets very repetitive
If you’re a fan of both temples and jumping then you definitely won’t want to miss Temple Jump for Android. It’s another endless arcade game that has you jumping from platform to platform as you make your way through the longest temple you’ve ever seen.
Temple Jump is both a simple and complex game. To jump, you’ll tap the screen. From here your jump is simply charging. The longer you hold the tap the longer and further you’ll jump. This is obviously where things get tricky because you have to learn how sensitive the jump is. This issue is only compounded by the fact that each type of platform reacts differently when you land on it. Sometimes they’ll sink and other times they’ll topple over as soon as you land. So you’ll also need to learn how each platform will factor into the jumping equation.
The game itself looks nice enough. Pixel art doesn’t seem to be going away and Temple Jump embraces this. The art is simple and bright. One of the coolest aspects of the game comes in the form of what you can buy with gems that you collect while playing the game. Gems can be spent to unlock new characters to play as, and the first character I unlocked was Nyan Cat featuring his/her famous rainbow trail.
All in all, Temple Jump is a fair platformer but while the mechanics can run deep, I never found them to be particularly interesting. And I’ve gotta say, there is nothing innovative here to keep someone coming back who has already played hundreds of games just like it.