November 3, 2023

Making Waves: Tunnel Boat Terror (Demo) Impressions

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Making Waves: Tunnel Boat Terror (Demo) Impressions

By Joel | November 3, 2023

The roar of engines, the smell of gasoline, and the thrill of cutting through waves at breakneck speeds are what draw many to the exhilarating world of powerboat racing. So, if you've ever wanted to pilot one of these bad boys, here's your chance. Tunnel Boat Terror, the latest offering from Falcon Racing Studios, seeks to thrust players into the driver's seat of the planet's most iconic and fearsome power boats.

> View the Tunnel Boat Terror trailer here

Immerse yourself in the extreme conditions and compete against real-life racers to become a power boat racing legend.

Unleash the Speed

With its unique blend of design, destruction, customizations, tuning, turning, throttling, and trim, Tunnel Boat Terror is like a love letter to speed demons and boat enthusiasts alike.

The game offers many options to improve one's skills and equipment to become a legendary powerboat racer. In this brand-new racing experience, newcomers and veterans will find something to sink their propellers into.

However, the title is about driving fast and going fast in extreme conditions. With a dynamic weather system, players can brave choppy seas and thunderstorms, adding an extra layer of challenge to the races. This feature, combined with the ability to compete against real-life racers, makes for a competitive and immersive game.

The developers at Falcon Racing Studios have stated that they aim for a 50/50 balance between arcade and simulation, which is a commendable approach, as it ensures that the game is accessible to a broader audience without alienating any particular group.

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Immerse yourself in the extreme conditions and compete against real-life racers to become a power boat racing legend.

Extreme Conditions, Extreme Racing

So, how does Tunnel Boat Terror stack up in the grand scheme of racing? Let's dive into my early impressions after playing the demo for a bit.

- Breakneck Speed: First, the races are incredibly fast-paced, almost to the point of being overwhelming. The lack of track information means that it can be easy to lose one's bearings and veer off course. However, this is somewhat mitigated by the precision and accuracy of the controls, which allow for tight and responsive maneuvering.

- Stunning Looks: The graphics, as you can see from the screenshots, are a sight to behold, with elegant water effects that truly make you feel like you are in the middle of a race. However, I do wish there was an option to zoom out the camera a bit more to get a better view of what's ahead. This is particularly important given the lack of a minimap, which would have been a useful addition to help navigate the twists and turns of the race course.

- Water Physics: In terms of the water and wave reaction, this is an area where I feel the game could be improved. I miss the constant swells and waves left behind by other racers, which was a main feature that the classic Wave Race for the N64 almost perfected. Here, you simply race over the waves without any real feeling of the water physics we have come to expect. I have read that the water physics are being developed further, so I am hopeful that this aspect of the game will be enhanced in the coming months

- Unintuitive UI: The garage option needs to be more intuitive, as there is no clear way to exit without pressing the back or escape button. This is a minor gripe, but it does detract from the overall experience.

Tune and Trim

Overall, Tunnel Boat Terror is a game that has a lot of potential. With its breathtaking visuals, responsive controls, and unique features, it has all the makings of a great power boat racing game and I look forward to seeing how the game evolves and improves in the coming months.

If this sneak peek has revved your engines, drift on over to our Review page for more high-speed hilarity and game insights.

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