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Tunnels of The Underworlds

From the Database of Home of the Underdogs

GAME DESIGNER:Hannu Kankaanp??



Copyright 2002, Hannu Kankaanp??

Tunnels of the Underworlds is a fun multiplayer ‘caveflier’ game from the lands of cavefliers: Finland, of course :) Developed by a small group who call themselves GigaMess, TOU boasts excellent, hi-res SVGA graphics, smooth animations, dozens of weapons, and virtually unlimited levels to keep you deathmatch-ing long into the night.

The basic idea of the game, like all other cavefliers, is to pilot a spacecraft and wipe out your enemies. TOU is not a game that will take the genre to a new standard, but is a game that will raise the bar for freeware cavefliers with the incredible amount of features. There are 4 hand-drawn levels, millions of generated levels with 6 hi-resolution themes, 7 deathmatch styles, over 70 special weapons, and over 10 basic weapons. Most of the weapons are unique and a lot of fun to use, mainly because they are not direct-fire types but require more sneaky tactics to be useful. For example, turrets and bombs are effective only when you place them at strategic spots and activate them at the right moment. You can also drop cute little helpers including troopers, cars, and teddy bears (yes, teddy bears) that will go out on their own to destroy your enemies’ units. Any terrain you destroy stays scarred for the rest of the game, and excellent sound effects make the game even more immersive.

Cavefliers are designed with multiplayer mayhem in mind, and TOU does not disappoint: up to 4 players can play on a single computer, although the game does not yet support LAN or TCP/IP modes. If you can’t find friends to play with, you can fight against a pretty decent AI with five difficulty levels. All in all, TOU is an excellent caveflier that should entertain every fan of the genre – and it’s freeware to boot. Two thumbs up, way up!

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