Review – Turbo Tunnel – Endless Speed Awaits
As someone who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s I’m familiar with titles such as F-Zero and Wipeout XL. So, when a friend recommended Turbo Tunnel my curiosity was piqued. I must admit that the game wasn’t what I expected when it was first recommended to me, but the game surprised me in a good way. I was expecting a typical racer, what I got was a game where I was my own opponent just as much as the tunnel course is.
Turbo Tunnel works to redefine what a racing game is
The game throws the standard premise of finishing first against other opponents out the window. Instead, you’re faced with an endless tunnel, full of obstacles and power-ups, and the only opponent that you must beat is yourself. This is accomplished simply by trying to best your previous high score, this was easier said than done for me, but I had a lot of fun trying.
Aside from the simple premise, the game is fast-paced, you start off at a reasonable speed, slowly gaining more speed the further into the tunnel you go. This trend continues until you finally crash and explode into millions of tiny pieces. For your playing comfort, the game allows you to use a keyboard as well as offering partial controller support if that’s your cup of tea.
As with most titles, there were things I felt worked, and other things I feel could be improved upon.
The game is simple in both premise and design, it doesn’t try to do a lot of different things. Instead, it focuses on doing one thing and doing it well.
The game mixes the steadily increasing difficulty with a steady supply of various power-ups. While the type of power-up you get seems to be random, there’s usually one after or before a group of obstacles.
The game strikes the difficult balance of challenging, yet fun gameplay.
What didn’t work
Despite the endless nature of the game, the tunnel feels repetitive after only a short time. The game would’ve benefited if the tunnel underwent more drastic changes the further in you go. This would’ve helped to ease the repetitiveness that the game suffers from. Although in the game’s defense, repetitiveness often plagues endless games such as this.
I also feel that the game would benefit from an online leaderboard. Since you trying to constantly beat your high score, it would be nice to see how you’re stacking up against other players.
Until next time
Turbo Tunnel is a great way to kill time and to keep your gaming reflexes in tip-top shape. The game is fun and easy to get lost in the act of besting yourself. Rather you’re a fan of endless type games or just curious Turbo Tunnel would be a great title for your consideration, as the free title you really have nothing to lose but a little bit of time.
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