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MacRumors
Aug 1, 2013, 11:57 AM
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Imangi Studios' hit game Temple Run 2 has been updated to include Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt as a playable character.

As expected, the character comes equipped with Bolt's signature yellow and green outfit along with unique talents like a coin-magnet speed-boost hybrid power up. Bolt spoke to USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2013/08/01/usain-bolt-in-temple-run/2607887/) about his appearance in the game, which he says that he plays while traveling.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/08/bolt.jpgTo see himself actually in the game, "is fun and a little crazy," says Bolt, interviewed via email. "People always tweeted at me and told me what a great fit my character would be in Temple Run, so finally seeing myself in the game is epic."Temple Run 2 is Imangi's follow up to the original Temple Run (http://appshopper.com/games/temple-run) game, which was first released in 2011. Temple Run 2 launched (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/16/temple-run-2-hits-the-app-store/) early this year, offering enhanced graphics, smoother gameplay, new power ups, and new environments. The free game was an instant hit, with more than 50 million downloads (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/31/temple-run-2-fastest-downloaded-mobile-game-ever-50-million-copies-in-two-weeks/) within two weeks.

The partnership between Bolt and Imangi came about after the studio contacted him about being a character in the game. According to Bolt, he responded, "Make it happen ASAP!"

Temple Run 2 (http://appshopper.com/games/temple-run-2) can be downloaded from the App Store for free, though the Usain Bolt character will require a $0.99 in-app purchase. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/temple-run-2/id572395608?mt=8)]

Article Link: Usain Bolt Added as Playable Character in 'Temple Run 2' (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/01/usain-bolt-added-as-playable-character-in-temple-run-2/)



robertosh
Aug 1, 2013, 12:00 PM
Hahahaha cool

ScubaCinci
Aug 1, 2013, 12:05 PM
I got the update to the app but don't see it as an option in the game..am I the only one? I prolly wouldn't pay for it anyway but I hate when things don't work the way they are supposed to.

ZacNicholson
Aug 1, 2013, 12:09 PM
I bet Riley Cooper and Paula Deen won't be using this character.

magiic
Aug 1, 2013, 12:31 PM
I'd buy that for a dollar!

oregon.trader
Aug 1, 2013, 12:31 PM
FYI, the yellow and green are the national colors of Jamaica, not Bolt's "signature" outfit. All athletes who compete for Jamaica wear those colors.

tann
Aug 1, 2013, 12:33 PM
Totally going to buy this.

nickharris1992
Aug 1, 2013, 12:53 PM
FYI, the yellow and green are the national colors of Jamaica, not Bolt's "signature" outfit. All athletes who compete for Jamaica wear those colors.

Bolt is Jamaica

boshii
Aug 1, 2013, 01:03 PM
Bolt is Jamaica

I laughed.

MartiNZ
Aug 1, 2013, 02:09 PM
Good times. Instabuy, especially as the game didn't cost me anything itself! A fun real life tie-in, maybe it'll start a trend :). Cool response to being asked about it, proper celebrity.

Nunyabinez
Aug 1, 2013, 02:53 PM
Do the power ups include "testosterone injection" and "human growth hormone?"

(just a sports joke, not maligning Usain)

iMikeT
Aug 1, 2013, 04:41 PM
With Usain Bolt, does that mean you can plow through the levels in record time?

asthamapheo
Aug 1, 2013, 07:14 PM
this is gonna be awesome, cant wait to play!

ghettochris
Aug 2, 2013, 02:21 AM
With Usain Bolt, does that mean you can plow through the levels in record time?

Since temple run is just one endless level, no. ;)

cclloyd
Aug 2, 2013, 02:25 AM
Buying him should allow you to play "turbo mode", where it goes at 10x the speed :P (More like 2-3x)

whooleytoo
Aug 2, 2013, 06:50 AM
Since temple run is just one endless level, no. ;)

Not with Usain Bolt. He finishes endless levels!

MartiNZ
Aug 2, 2013, 05:46 PM
Not with Usain Bolt. He finishes endless levels!

Now we need a Soviet Russian character so that the endless levels finish him!

egoistaxx9
Aug 3, 2013, 01:44 PM
i love this new tweak, made the game lively again. even Bolt is happy about this.