Every once in a while there’s a game that you want to play 24/7 and the more you play it the more you find yourself sucked into how good it is. The game is just that entertaining. Usually, these games have a pretty straightforward play mechanic (so you don’t have to spend a lot of time learning the game and you can dive straight into playing the game), yet will eventually ramp up the challenge to such a degree that you’re always refining your technique so you can get further and further into it, steadily creeping that high score (if the game you’re playing uses those) ever upward.
The game gives you just enough to feel satisfied and just enough to make you want to play more, when at home, at work, on the road, commuting, and in between meetings or classes.
That is why I’ve written this guide to Temple Run for PC, so you can play on your computer in addition to your iPhone or Android device. Like most mobile games, this game has been developed for short play sessions so you can play around with it anywhere. However, this is one of those games where it’s worth it to play when you’re sitting around the house or on the go. I’ve always wanted to play it with the larger screen and higher resolution that a laptop affords me. On top of that, the graphics card on my computer is much better than on any of my handheld devices, making the entire gaming experience more enjoyable and fulfilling. But presently, there is no native way of installing Temple Run on a computer. Like many of the most popular games of today, it has been designed with a mobile-only model in mind.
I will walk you through step by step how to get Temple Run 2 for Windows machine, bringing you the latest options throughout the web. I’ll also cover some tips that will get you on your way to enjoying the app even more and getting the most out of your new setup.
“Life is just like Temple Run. You run as fast as you can to collect coins. Yet, you reach no where and just spend coins to run a little further and a little faster.” – Reddit
Temple Run Features & Tips
You may not have played Temple Run previously and and as such be unaware of how awesome the game is as a time waste and as constant entertainment. With more than a billion world wide downloads this game is undoubtedly a huge success. Along with that, there have been over 50 trillion meters ran overall by the game’s loyal users.
The concept of Temple Run is that you are constantly running and can make the runner jump or run to the right or left. Surprisingly, it was developed by a husband and wife and an artist. The three of them made one of the best mobile games of all time. In January of 2013, Temple Run 2 was released, which has also been a huge success. They are both doing extremely well and have similar strategies and gameplay.
The concept is that you’ve just stolen a treasure from a group of demonic monkeys that are trying to eat you and are chasing you. Therefore, you need to endlessly run away from them until you either fall off the path or are eaten by the monkeys. This game hearkens back to some of the great original, Atari-generation games in that, like Pac-Man or Space Invaders, there is no way to “finish” the game. However, this isn’t the same level of frustration that you have in those games, because there are ways to progress in the game. You can control the runner to jump, slide under an object, or to run to the left or right with a quick swipe.
The game is completely free but offers what are called in app purchases. You can buy coins while playing the game so that you can help run further and continue to play the game more. You’re not forced to pay anything but it helps the progress through the game. Of course, since the game is so popular, a lot of groups want to use it to advertise. This leads to a favorite exploit of freemium games—the sponsored video. From time to time you may have the option to watch a video in exchange for free in-game benefits.
Some of the very best features about the app are below.
- Temple Run is extremely addictive and very easy to play. As soon as you download the app you will be able to play and get a decent run in. it’s easy to pick up.
- You can never “beat” the game so you can always get better and continue to enhance your abilities. This means the game will always provide entertainment.
- You can buy coins with real money to help you continue to buy things in the game. Alternatively, you can get more coins just by running more.
- You can share your score on Facebook and connect with your friends so that they can see how good you are.
- Get new characters by unlocking them and that will give you the option to switch it up a bit and increase efficiency. My favorite is the Bruce Lee lookalike. Although it does strain believability: who’s going to believe that Bruce Lee is going to run from anything? Including demon monkeys!
- When playing Temple Run on Windows you will notice the graphics are awesome so you will be able to play the game in full HD quality.
Also, as shouldn’t be surprising for such a popular game on such a popular platform, Temple Run is being regularly updated with new features. Playing at different times of the year may result in slightly different feels for the game, as the course you run may have specific features relative to whatever holiday is currently going on. This not only relates to the obstacles and the look of the game, but may also unlock specific artifacts and other upgradeables.
Temple Run for PC Download
Take note that the trick below works for both Temple Run and Temple Run 2, whatever version of the app you want to use. Maybe you will want to download both games and install both on your emulator so that you can switch between the two versions.
Remember to keep in mind that Temple Run is one of those games that rely on your device’s accelerometer. This is the hardware within your iPad which tells the iPad which direction the device is oriented. This is how the iPad knows to flip or rotate the screen as you turn it around. It also allows you to control your Temple Run character (though—who can really control Bruce Lee?) using the tilt and movement of your iPhone or Android. But, if you’re playing on an emulator (on your PC) you will have to get used to a whole new set of controls when you’re playing. However, it is easy enough to get used to playing it quickly and efficiently. Basically, you press the arrow depending on where you want to go and based on different emulators you press space bar to jump.
TIP: If you want to have the full gaming experience, I suggest getting a joystick for your PC so you can play with the joystick to turn left and right. This adds a whole lot more fun to the game and makes it feel a lot more natural. Basically, you just get a joystick and attach it through a USB or Bluetooth and that will allow you to play Temple Run on it. You may be reluctant to get a peripheral like this, but trust me, it’s worth it. Not only are there a variety of affordable joysticks and gaming pads out there, but joystick play taps into that old-school sense of what gameplay is.
Now, let’s get into the meat of how to download Temple Run for PC and offer a whole new set of places and options when it comes to playing this highly addictive game.
The primary way you can play Temple Run is to download and use what’s called an Android emulator. The emulator is a way for the Android operating system to be mimicked on the Windows operating system. That way, you basically trick the Temple Run apk file into thinking it’s being run on an Android device even though it’s on a computer.
DISCLAIMER: Keep in mind that for this option to work you will need a Google Play account that is registered with an Android device. This is because Google will only let accounts that are registered with a device download apps. So make sure you sign up beforehand and if you don’t already have an Android smartphone try to borrow one from a friend so you can login. After you login once and register the device you won’t need to login again on that device.
Temple Run for PC – Android Emulator
As I said previously, the best and really only working way to play Temple Run is through an Android emulator. There are a variety to choose from but the largest and most common are Andyroid, BlueStacks, and YouWave. You can also use Manymo if you want an emulator that doesn’t actually require you to download an app. The emulator is completely online so that is a good option if you’re at work and don’t want to download an emulator to the computer.
Follow these steps to get Temple Run:
- First, head over to Andyroid, BlueStacks, or YouWave and download the Android emulator. Keep in mind that the first two are free and YouWave costs $19.99 so I would recommend trying that one last if the first two cause issues when you try them.
- Download and install the emulator onto your computer. Once finished, open it up and go through the setup process.
- You will need to sign in to your Google Play account and accept the authorizations for the emulator to use your account. Make sure you accept all of the disclaimers or questions for it to work.
- After you login, it may automatically sync with your current Google Play account and download the apps directly to the emulator. If not, you will see what looks like a fresh install of Android 5.0 or Lollipop as if it is a Windows tablet.
- If Temple Run is not automatically installed, you can just head over to the Google Play store and search for Temple Run.
- Click the download button. You may be asked to sign in again, if so, login with your username and password you used previously to register with an Android device.
- You can now play Temple Run all you want on your computer by booting up the emulator and double clicking the Temple Run game.
TIP: You probably want to play a bit and see if it saves anything of your profile. Sometimes if you use different emulators they will actually save your profile from one run to another and with other emulators it won’t save. The online emulator, Manymo, will not save your profile from one run to another if you close out of the emulator. Therefore, that’s not a good option if you want to build up a character and your saved game.
Is Temple Run 2 for PC Different?
You may have found yourself on this page because you wanted to know specifics for Temple Run 2. If that is the case, rest assured that the strategy and steps above work just the same for the first and second option. In fact, it works just as well for Temple Run: Brave for PC. This is because the emulators should work on any app that you want to run on them.
Keep in mind that sometimes there are incompatibilities with the different graphics cards so you may get an error that your graphics card does not work with the emulator. If that’s the case, make sure you just update the driver on your graphics card and that should solve the problem. If it doesn’t, leave a comment below.
“Whoever said white men can’t jump has clearly never played Temple Run.” – Not Will Ferrell
That wraps up this guide on Temple Run. We hope it’s been helpful and will get you on your way to playing anywhere and on any device your heart desires. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any other tips or if the steps above didn’t work for you! Also, share this page via Facebook and Twitter so your friends can play as well.