APP OF THE DAY: Temple Run review (iPad)

It's Wayne Rooney's favourite game, apparently, and if his high score boasts on Twitter are anything to go by, then he's really bloomin' good at it. Maybe even better than he is at football.

His high score, which he posted on Twitter to mock his England and Manchester United team-mates Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck, is 4.5 million which is really quite impressive.

Not as impressive as Pocket-lint's 13 million+ mind but we doubt he's as addicted to the game as we are......

Temple Run

Platform
iPad

Price
Free

Where
iTunes

There's no great complexity to Temple Run. But it's within its simple gameplay that its genius lies. Its simple, twisted, evil genius - even more evil and tortured than the moster-monkeys that chase you throughout the entire experience.

For you see, as with any successful casual mobile game, the power of Temple Run is its addictiveness. The "one more go" lure that will see evenings, days and weeks lost; blurred into a hazy nightmare involving hollow trees, gold coins and, weirdly, an American footballer.

The premise is straight forward: your character (there are several protagonists who you can unlock) has escaped from a temple (hence the name) and is being chased incessantly by the aforementioned monster-monkeys.

You're not sure why you're running but run you shall. Run, turn, jump and slide. That's it. Avoid the trees, don't fall off the track and make sure you collect as many coins as you can along the way - presumably whatever your character has made off from the temple with isn't enough for him or her.

But it's important to collect the coins because these will buy you power-ups and help unlock hidden characters and wallpapers in the store. And this is important because the more power-ups  you have, and the more features you unlock, the higher the score multiplier and the higher your score. You can simply pay real money for extra coins with in-app purchases but that would be cheating, wouldn't it? (We're looking at you Mr Rooney).

Power-ups include a coin magnet so you can scoop up any in your view with minimal effort, invisibility, wings for resurrection when you die, and distance boosts.

Graphically, the game is decent enough but you'll hardly have time to notice that with the fast-action gameplay. Gameplay that will have you hooked from the moment you start playing. You have been warned.