Time management can be one of the toughest aspects of college life to master. And games such a Temple Run and Fruit Ninja can make the temptation to procrastinate even easier. iPhone, iPad, and iPod users run the risk of getting caught up in the madness that is dodging trees, demon monkeys, and flying bombs when they download Imangi Studios’ Temple Run and Halfbrick Studios’ Fruit Ninja.
For Temple Run, the object of the game is to outrun evil monkeys as they chase you for stealing an ancient idol from the temple. The game gets harder as you have to swipe and tilt your device to avoid obstacles such as trees, arches of fire, and endless holes all while trying to collect coins and power ups to increase your score.
Fruit Ninja is less stressful as you only have to swipe to slice the fruit as it appears on the screen. But if you fail to cut three fruits, you lose and the game begins again.
These games have gained so much popularity within the last year since they’ve been released not only because of their ease of access and affordability (free to download on most devices), but they also present a different challenge every time you push play.
Jason Coleman, The Tech Shop Technology Buyer at the Kansas Union, said the best thing about these games is a player can’t win because the game constantly changes. Game critics such as TouchArcade and AppleNApps have considered these games so highly because of their “one-more-time compulsion” and “endless fun”.
“I became addicted to them,” Coleman said. “I just found Temple Run not that long ago and now it’s kind of a game I’ve become obsessed with. I’ve conquered every objective except for the 10 million point mark.”