Temple Run 2 races through the 20 million downloads barrier on iOS

Clone apps appear on Google Play just as quickly

Temple Run 2 races through the 20 million downloads barrier on iOS
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It's been a week of highs and lows for Temple Run 2 developer Imangi.

Okay, so, it's mostly been highs. Dizzying highs, in fact.

You see, according to Imangi co-founder Keith Shepherd, Temple Run 2 has already racked up a whopping 20 million downloads on the App Store.

Astonishingly, that figure has been reached just four days after Temple Run 2's release.

To no one's great surprise, then, Imangi's Bronze Award-winning endless-runner has raced to the #1 spot in the Free App chart on Apple's App Store.

Running into problems

So, what could possibly take the shine off such a monumental achievement?

Well, it seems scammers have been trying to cash in on Temple Run 2's iOS success by publishing copycat apps on Google Play.

Flagged up by Shepherd himself via Twitter, one of these fake apps bore the real game's official logo, screenshots, and the name 'Temple Run 2 HD'.

The thing that should have sent alarm bells ringing in this instance was the listed developer (pictured above). We're guessing the 'H' is silent.

Google has since pulled the offending app - and others like it - from Google Play, something a grateful Shepherd quickly acknowledged on Twitter.

Chasing your shadow

According to Android Community, the official Android release of Temple Run 2 is pencilled in for Thursday.

Our advice, therefore, is to avoid any Google Play app bearing the Temple Run 2 name between now and then.

Oh, and always check the name of the developer before you download. A quick look can save you a lot of heartache... and malware.

James Gilmour
James Gilmour
James pivoted to video so hard that he permanently damaged his spine, which now doubles as a Cronenbergian mic stand. If the pictures are moving, he's the one to blame.