Developer: Backflip Studios
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Tunnel Shoot is a new tunnel shooter (surprise, surprise!) developed by Backflip Studios (Paper Toss, Ragdoll Blaster) and Team Phobic (Bounce On). It’s a simple game, but a fun one, and showcases the talent of both developers.

In Tunnel Shoot, you pilot a ship down an endless, colorful, vector-drawn tunnel filled with obstacles and enemies. You tap to fire and two-finger-tap to release your bombs. Initially, you fire three bolts at a time; if you hold down the fire button, however, the game will slowly decrease your weapon to two, and then one, bolt. Your ship always moves forward, but the tilt controls allow you to circle around the entire tunnel.

The tunnel is filled with colorful, swirling arrays of geometric shapes. Shoot ‘em down and earn points, as well as releasing green gems, which can be scooped up for even more points. Hit one, however, and you’ll likely loose a life. As you progress through the tunnel the combinations of shapes become more complex, and it becomes more difficult to evade / destroy them.

The graphics are bright and crisp, though obviously better on higher-res displays. (Tunnel Shoot is universal; yay!) The soundtrack isn’t bad, either; nice and futuristic without being obnoxious. Tunnel Shoot tracks your high scores in-app and also features Plus+ integration for achievements and global leaderboards.

Overall, Tunnel Shoot is a fun, simple game. It’s a great casual shooter that’s easy to figure out, but very difficult to master. For $0.99, casual fans should get more than their money’s worth.

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