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Top 10 movie franchises that would make great Temple Run spin-offs

A need for speed
Product: Temple Run 2 | Developer: Imangi Studios | Genre: Endless running
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Earlier this month, Disney France PR representative Cecile Fouques teased a new Temple Run spin-off called Temple Run: Oz the Great and Powerful.

This got us thinking. Thinking about which other films and movie franchises would make for amazing endless-running titles.

Here's what we came up with.

Don't forget to leave your own suggestions in the comments section below.


In an Aliens-themed Temple Run spin-off, you would, quite naturally, find yourself being chased down the cramped and dark corridors of a decrepit spaceship by one of Hollywood's most frightening otherworldly antagonists.

We'd love to see a few facehuggers thrown in somewhere for good measure, too.

The Bourne Identity

Near the end of The Bourne Identity, there's an excellent scene where Matt Damon commandeers a classic Mini Cooper and races through the busy streets of Paris in order to evade the police and the CIA.

To cut a long story short, this chase scene could serve as the perfect 'setup' for a highly engaging endless-runner.

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

When we picture Harrison Ford's first action-packed Indy adventure, we can't help but think about the movie's now-infamous boulder scene.

An Indiana Jones-style Temple Run game probably wouldn't be that different from Imangi's vanilla experience.

It'd just boast a load more fedoras and one or four humourous quips.

Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg's 1993 sci-fi masterpiece is brimming with scenes that could be transformed into excellent Temple Run-style games.

How cool would it feel to outrun a T. rex in a gas-powered jeep, for example? Or to take a herd of stampeding Gallimimus to the cleaners in a footrace?

The Lion King

Disney's The Lion King features one of the saddest scenes committed to celluloid.

It's almost impossible not to shed a tear as you watch Mufasa disappear under the hooves of hundreds of stampeding wildebeest.

In this endless-runner spin-off game, it'd be your job to stay one step ahead of the wild beasts. Simple.

Back to the Future 2

Numerous set pieces and vignettes from Back to the Future and its two sequels could be translated into a more-than-adequate endless-running title.

The scene we think could most easily be adapted into a hit iOS and Android 3D endless-runner, though, takes place during Marty McFly's second trip through time.

Yes, we're talking about that epic hoverboard scene where Marty is chased through a futuristic city by Biff Tannen's cybernetically enhanced grandson.

Forrest Gump

If you've seen the excellent Forrest Gump just once in your life, you'll probably know exactly where we're going with this.

Yep, you're right.

For those of you who haven't caught this multi-Oscar-winning classic, there's a scene early on in the movie in which a young Forrest (complete with leg braces) is forced to outrun a group of stone-throwing bullies on pushbikes.

The Great Escape

In this Temple Run spin-off, you'd step into the shoes of POW Captain Virgil Hilts (or Steve McQueen, if you prefer).

Your aim would be to distance yourself from your Nazi pursuers and travel far enough to cross the German border to safety.

You'd have to swipe downwards on your device's screen to slide under roadblocks, and swipe upwards to leap over wire fences and other obstacles.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

So, in Temple Run: Return of the Jedi you wouldn't take control of Luke Skywalker.

In fact, you wouldn't take control of any Jedi.

You'd actually play as a scout trooper on the forest moon of Endor. And you'd have to use a speeder bike to avoid the abovementioned lightsaber-wielding warrior and his twin sister Leia.

Nice twist, huh.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

What do you get if you replace Temple Run protagonist Guy Dangerous with a young John Connor, and substitute those murderous monkeys and dilapidated ruins for Skynet's terrifying T-1000 and a San Fernando Valley-based flood-control channel?

That's right.

You get an excellent Terminator 2-themed endless-runner in which you're tasked with outrunning a robotic shapeshifter that's pursuing you in an 18-wheeler.

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Anthony Usher 16 February 2013
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Jun 2010
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RB10 | 18:13 - 17 February 2013

Very. Good. Idea. ;-)
Nov 2012
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@rifflesby | 17:14 - 17 February 2013
Three words:

Run Lola Run.
Jan 2010
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curtisrshideler | 18:21 - 16 February 2013
Also, maybe someone could do Ghostbusters justice in a Temple Run style game. Probably not though.
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curtisrshideler | 18:20 - 16 February 2013
Wow. I can't believe you just named some of my favorite films of all time. Aliens and T2 are amazing, and would require a solid team to due them justice. I'd pick PikPok, personally.

I'd also like to throw in Groundhog Day with Bill Murray chasing the groundhog through a similar setting every day and only minor things changing. Throw in some funny one-liners and snowball throwing, and it's comedic gold. Also, let's see a runner where you play as Ralphy from A Christmas Story, where you are chasing Black Bart and his goons, where you get to fire off that carbine action 200 shot range model air rifle! And who wouldn't love The Goonies, where you are being chased by the Fratelli's on your way to getting One-eyed Willie's ship full of riches?!

PS. That Back to the Future II idea would be awesome. How about multiple levels where you're on a hoverboard, skateboard, in the car, on foot, and on a stage-coach? It would all work!

Last note: Man, that Die Hard game looks so disappointing. I really got excited when I saw the headline. But then it wasn't in portrait mode, it looked slow and sluggish, and you couldn't even play as John McClain? Hope the movie ends up being better than the game.
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RB10 | 18:01 - 16 February 2013

An intriguing idea. I likes it.

Neat twist: if you managed to reach 88 mph, you would be transported back in time. Or back to the future. We should patent this! :-)

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mr_bez | 16:17 - 16 February 2013
Assuming we're talking endless titles, rather than just Temple Run spin offs, my vote goes to Speed. Keep that bus above 50 mph or it blows.

As well as your usual hazards, you'd also have a range of things that speed you up or slow you down. There'd also be obstacles like the unfinished freeway that are unavoidable and require you to build up enough extra speed before you reach them. You might need to be doing 60 to smash through a road block, but 75 to make a freeway jump.