Reviewed by David Savage
Temple Run Speed Sprint is a card game based on the popular phone app. It is a family game where the winner is the first player to get rid of all their cards. Suitable for 2-4 players from age 8+. upwards.
1 Deck of Temple Run Cards (4 Runner Cards, 11 each of Left, Right, Jump, Slide and Invisibility)
Electronic Talking Idol Timer
1 Instructions Sheet
This is very simple to set up and you can be playing in less than a minute. Put 3 AAA batteries into the timer, give each player a runner card and shuffle the playing cards. Deal 12 cards to each player (2 or 3 player game) or 10 cards (4 player game). Each player puts the cards face up in front of them while the remaining cards are placed face down on the table. Select the number of players on the timer. Once done you can start playing.
Player 1 starts first (the player with the number 1 runner card) and presses the button on the idol. The idol will issue a command like Player 1 – Jump and player 1 can get rid of one of their Jump cards (if they have any) and then press the button on the idol to end their turn. You have 3 seconds to play a card otherwise you hear a monkey screeching sound and you have to take an extra card from the pile. The next player then presses the idol etc… If you don’t have a card that the idol has told you to play you can use an invisibility card in its place (if you have one). If the idol tells you to pass you can pass one of your cards to any other player who has to add it to their pile – remember to do this within 3 seconds and press the button otherwise you will have to draw another card.
If you play the wrong card you can pause the game by pressing and holding the button on the idol, the player that discarded the wrong card must take it back and take another card from the deck as punishment. Press the button again to restart.
The first player to get rid of all their cards is the winner.
This is an excellent, face-paced game. Having played this and the board game version with my 2 nieces (ages 11 and 13) we all agreed that this is a much better and more exciting game. Easy to understand and play and as all you need is the deck of cards you can take it anywhere with you and play anywhere. As the game is quick it would be great for car journeys as well as staying in on cold and rainy days. It says suitable for age 8+ but as it’s very simple to understand and play I’m sure younger players will love it too!
Lots of great fun for the whole family. Highly recommended.