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AiRace: Tunnel - DSiWare Review

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AiRace: Tunnel

DSiWare | Qubic Games | 1 Player | Out Now | 200 Nintendo Points
Related Game: AiRace (Review) 
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26th May 2010; By KnucklesSonic8

AiRace: Tunnel is a quick, no-hassle game that you can play on your DSi. Basically, you take a single air vehicle and guide it through a series of obstacles that become increasingly difficult to evade. The concept has been explored many times on the web, and even one stage in Thorium Wars made use of it. But still, this portable game is very likeable and, best of all, you can pick it up for only $2.

    The game includes 5 main tunnels of varying difficulty levels. Using either the stylus or the D-Pad, you take control of a plane and try to reach the end of the stage without hitting any obstacles. You'll encounter such traps as lasers, rotating gates with small openings, and shifting panels that open and close. Depending on the selected control scheme, pressing either Left/Right on the D-Pad or the Y/A button will change your planes orientation, causing it to soar with the wings facing upwards. This is especially handy for making it through those tight areas that you'll encounter over the course of the game. The further you travel into the tunnel, the faster the game will get, and the more difficult it will be to dodge each trap with sufficient accuracy. 

    Using the D-Pad is pretty good, but just like in AiRace, I found the touch screens to be better, offering greater control and precision. You can use them interchangeably via the 'Controls' menu, and you can even change the setup if you happen to be left-handed, or prefer reversed controls. The tunnels look great as does the interface used in the game. The music is the same as in AiRace but it still fits in with the action. So for a $2 game, it looks really good.

In each stage, you'll have 3 planes to try to clear the stage. Upon losing a life after a crash, players will be forced to start at the beginning of the tunnel again. Some stages even consist of multiple stages where the number of planes you have carries over, so that's something to keep in mind as well. The strip on the right of the top screen indicates your relative position in relation to the end of the tunnel. Just above that is a percentile that gives you an idea of the progress you've made. Each track will save this as your best record once you complete the stage or get a Game Over. 

    Once you've cleared a tunnel completely to the end, you won't feel a great sense of motivation to try it again. Clearing all stages will take a few hours, though, and even when you've completed them all, 'Tunnel Infinity' gives players something to come back. Serving as an endless option with random traps, this ensures that your experience is different each time you play. Additionally, with each stage you complete, your lives will be restored and after reaching certain levels, you'll even gain more lives. I was very pleased to see the developers include this option.

    I have no big issues with this title. It's a great example of the kinds of games that you can get on DSiWare for only 200 Points. Certainly not lacking in any respect, AiRace Tunnel is both fun and addicting and should be an obvious choice for DSi owners.

25/30 - Very Good

Gameplay 9/10 - Simple concept that's been done before but works well on this platform, gets challenging gradually, great controls
Presentation 9/10 - Looks good, multiple tunnel environments, different traps that are pretty varied, good music, 
Enjoyment 4/5 - 
Especially fun when you first get it, can be rather addicting, motivating to just hop in and try to improve on previous results
Extra Content 3/5 - Can complete the game in a few hours if you're persistent, Tunnel Infinity offers more replay value

Equivalent to a score of 83% (percentage score is approximate and based solely on the previously stated rating)

Review by KnucklesSonic8
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