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Game #1929
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Tubular Worlds    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Vertical shooter

Rating: 8.43 (46 votes)

Tubular Worlds box cover

Tubular Worlds screenshot
Tubular Worlds is a shareware side-scrolling shooter that unfortunately was never well-known in the United States. The game features a variety of weapons and enemies in four different episodes totalling sixteen levels. As the official page has it: "You play the role of a senior cadet at the country's elite school for fighter pilots. Your final exam involves flying the gauntlet of four virtual cyber worlds and destroying the Warlords encountered there. Be warned! At the end of each combat segment a very powerful Warlord will be waiting for you!" Banal, surely, but a plot isn't what great shooters are made of, and fortunately Tubular Worlds is no exception.

Gameplay is definitely a cut above average shooters, which is a pleasant surprise given that it was marketed as a shareware title. The game sports very good graphics, excellent controls, nice sound effects and overall good level design. Weapons come in a wide variety, and you can even configure them (as opposed to new powerups overriding whichever weapon you were using before). The game is a bit repetitive, though, and your ship can die to a single shot from a powerful enemy. Still, there's enough to please shooter fans here that makes Tubular Worlds well worth a look. Two thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Unknown
Developer: Dongleware
Publisher: Dongleware
Year: 1994
Software Copyright: Dongleware
Theme: Science Fiction, Shareware
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site (archived)
Links:    
If you like this game, try: Raiden, Jim Power, Menace

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