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Run on in Temple Run

Welcome to another edition of Geek-Offs, where you'll find the perfect distractions to help you muddle your way through hump day each week.

It's a rare day when you see an app in the iTunes store that has a 5 star rating (for the current rating at least, and 4 ½ stars for all versions, but who's counting) and over 130,000 reviews, so when I happened upon Temple Run, I knew I had to check it out. And several hours later - along with a fresh battery recharge - we offer up the iPhone running game from Imangi Studios as this week's welcome to the new year Geek-Off.

The running game is nothing new to the iPhone or casual gaming (surely you dabbled a bit in cube running), but for some reason Temple Run takes the runner game to the next level of addiction. When you launch the game you'll go through a quick tutorial (turn left and right at forks in the path and swipe up and down to jump and dodge various obstacles) and before you know it you'll be running like Indiana Jones from a pack of killer monkeys through the jungle. Be sure to collect as many coins along the way with a simple tilt of the phone because you can use them in the store to buy in-game powerups, single use utilities (bless you, resurrection wings) and extra characters (because at some point you'll get sick of looking at Guy Dangerous' ass). And if you and your friends are Game Center users, you'll be able to see their distance markers in game, giving you bragging rights if you can out run them all.

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Jennifer Medina