Thursday, April 2, 2015

App Art Favorites- Temple Run: Oz

Whimsy Woods

As an artist, I love art that captures all things whimsical and out of this world. As a child I could get sucked into the world of the Wizard of Oz because of its incredibly bright colors and basic storyline; of a young girl who travels to a fantastical land where friends are found in uncanny forms and glittery shoes are a girls best weapon (I had a pair myself!)

When Disney came out with the film Oz, the Great and Powerful, I had a hard time believing it could do any justice to the original. I was pleasantly surprised, as the witty and fresh story line stayed true to the tale I grew up with, while allowing the land of Oz to show more sides of its bright and unique landscape. The game, Temple Run: Oz, does not disappoint. Its vibrant colors, keen details, and painterly transitions from region to region are breathtakingly executed. I actually saw the movie after experiencing the game, and loved how well knit together the two entities were. I felt like I was walking straight into the film every time I played the game. Now if ONLY they would develop the Chinatown (as in tea cup's). The Game currently allows you to run through Whimsy woods (where the film starts out), Darkwood Forest (where Oz meets Glenda for the first time, the Emerald City (does it need introductions??), and Winkie Country (where the Queen's guards and farmers live).

Portal From Whimsy
Portal coming into Darkwood

 The portal transition as you go from place to place is probably my favorite visual aspect of the game, and the BEST transition yet in all the Temple Run games (I've played them all). Its very atmospheric and smoothly seems the scenes together. All in all a very magical gaming experience. Thank you Disney and Imangi!

Darkwood Forest
Hot Air Balloon in Whimsy Woods




For more info on this game, its availability, and others in connection with Imangi Studios, please see here!

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