Oh come on. How bad can it be?
Welcome to mobile gaming, otherwise known as attack of the clones, where the most popular titles get shamelessly copied on a regular basis. Exhibit A: Pyramid Run, an obvious imitation of the hit iOS effort, Temple Run. In fact, Pyramid Run might as well be Temple Run, considering it plays exactly the same. That said, is it worth 3,717 negative reviews? No, not exactly.
By now, you must know how Temple Run works. An adventurous guy running through the jungle, with players swiping left or right to make split-second decisions while gathering gold coins along the way. Well, Pyramid Run is similar, except it's an adventurous guy dashing through ancient Egyptian pyramids with mummies giving chase. Beyond that, the same old rules apply. Gather coins, swipe up to jump, down to slide, tilt to steer, and so on and so forth. Meanwhile, you have power-ups that give the hero that all-important edge, be it a coin magnet that attracts nearby loot, or a necessary speed boost, among other items. You even have two characters to play as, a male and female, the former named Prince of Persia. Original.
Taking all of this into account, Pyramid Run is a respectable clone with solid touch/accelerometer controls, some whacky sound effects and a decent amount of scenery to keep things interesting. That said, some of the art assets (particularly icons) are embarrassingly low-res, and the ad pop-ups are bothersome, to say the least, especially when there's no way to remove them from the screen, even during play; you must wait for them to disappear. Thankfully, these don't appear that often.
As for the price tags on items, it's typical freemium nonsense, with power-ups costing 2,500 coins at the minimum. At least you don't have to acquire any to enjoy the game, providing you dig it in the first place.
With this in mind, no, we don't think Pyramid Run is a disaster. Imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, and the developers succeeded in creating a decent experience. Just a dash of uniqueness, though, would have gone a long way.
[Editor's Note: Had there been a way to close those ads, we would have given Pyramid Run a three out of five.]
What's Hot: Free-to-play, familiar Temple Run mechanics, somewhat addictive gameplay.
What's Not: Annoying ads, expensive items.