Tunnel Escape Is A Magic Carpet Ride Of Death [Review]

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When I saw Tunnel Escape in the App Store my first thought was that it looked a lot like the magic carpet sequence in the Super Nintendo version of Disney’s Aladdin (which is the best version, do not bring your Genesis fanboyism into this). What I wasn’t prepared for was it bringing back all the tension I felt as a kid trying to avoid swells of lava while soaring through increasingly narrow passages.

Tunnel Escape by Darryl Johnson
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: Free

Tunnel Escape is decidedly much more relaxed than Aladdin as the only thing you’re fighting against is how long you tap the screen. Each tap raises the little cube higher in the world, and if you don’t tap, it’ll sink down on the bottom of the tunnel. Touching the walls, or top of the screen, means instant death, so you have to feather your taps to succeed.

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That’s…pretty much all there is to Tunnel Escape. As you fly, your square will change color and the tunnel gradually narrows. It takes some time before the cube is too big to navigate easily, however. If you want to prepare for the inevitable bigness, you can purchase shrinking powerups through a microtransaction on the game’s home screen but I don’t think they’re that necessary unless you have to beat your high score.

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Despite rediscovering all my flying carpet-related anxiety, I enjoy the simple challenge in Tunnel Escape. I’ve spent a few hours trying to not only take decent screen shots, but see how far I can make it before I really do need to invest in shrinking powerups.

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The Good: Simple tap controls mean the real challenge is the control you have over your fingers.
The Bad: You have to buy powerups but it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.
The Verdict You’ll have a hard time putting this down once the need to earn achievements hits you.
Buy from: APP STORE (Tunnel Escape – Darryl Johnson)

Cult of Mac rating: 4/5

About the author

Jasmine ReaJasmine is a massive nerd that will play anything Marvel related -- even if it's ultimately disappointing. When she's not playing iOS games she's usually reading Star Trek novels, reviewing those, and then searching for space sim apps.

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