IndieTrials
Tunnel Vision
Developed by Stendec Games
Released on September 22nd 2011
Sold on XBLIG for 240 MSP
Review details
Reviewed on October 19th 2011 by Martin Caine
First impressions
The box art for the game is simply but stylish and the screenshots for the game look positively gorgeous and I can imagine alot of people being drawn in by the great art here. On loading the game the start screen displays the same graphic as the box art, is quick to load and the background music is pretty cool.

The menus feel a little basic but are functional and I quickly look at the controls before heading off to start the game. First impressions are great and the game looks and feels top quality so far.
Trial experience
Upon starting the game you're presented with a nice animated loading screen and are quickly dropped into the first level. You don't get much warning before the whole thing starts but you are presented to a nice 360 view of your ship and it's surroundings. The graphical style of the main game is very much in the style of most modern AAA shooters, with what appears to be deferred rendering used to excellent effect.

I'm quickly getting shot at and there are bullet-trails filling the screen. The twin stick setup is intuitive and easy to get in to. You use one stick to move your ship around the screen and the other to guide the target reticle. While movement and shooting seems pretty simple, I find it hard to tell if I've actually destroyed anything and I basically just seem to be flying round avoiding everything.

The game is very fast paced and is very much like playing a bullet-hell shooter in a novel 3D view. I get to the level boss with a few minutes still remaining on the trial but as hard as I try I simply can't kill him. This probably shows my lack of interest for bullet-hell shooters, but I am actually enjoying it, and I think as I go on I manage to avoid more and more of the enemy bullets.. but still can't hit the boss enough to kill him.

The trial ends after my fourth or fifth attempt to kill the boss and I'm tempted to start the trial again, just to see if I can get to him faster and beat him the next time!
Overall thoughts
Tunnel Vision is a graphically stunning bullet-hell style shooter seen from a novel 3D perspective. While the gameplay is fast and addictive, the trial doesn't really give you much of a clue as to what is contained in the full game. The menu system also looks and feels like it was an afterthought, a little more effort would bring it up to the qualit the game deserves. This is one of the better games on the platform, and the competition can only hope to look this good.
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