Mobile auto-runner Temple Run joins Angry Birds
at the billion downloads table, developer Imangi Studios announced this week. That figure, by the way, refers exclusively to Temple Run
and Temple Run 2
, so imagine how huge it is when you include Disney spinoffs Oz
. Either way, it's a remarkable achievement for the studio founded by a husband and wife team who had no idea how their game would catch on.
"It's kind of crazy," founder Keith Shepherd said in a GamesBeat
interview. "Temple Run
has been out a little over three years. We launched on August 3, 2011, I think? At the time, there were just two of us at the company. We were working with a freelance artist on the game. The three of us made the original Temple Run
in about five months.