A fun concept marred by a nonsensical leaderboard.
Tunnel's designer, Oriol Ferrer Mesia, does something we never considered. Instead of posting our current score on the iPhone screen, like most developers do, he obscures it from view, only showing it to us after the game has ended. In addition to heightening our anticipation, it also allows us to focus our attentions on the game. Too bad the same developer also created one of the worst online leaderboards we've seen. Sure, Tunnel is free, but damn.
In the game, your goal is to guide a small black rectangle through a never-ending tunnel to net the highest score in the world. After touching an edge, and thus ending the game, you're able to post your score to a leaderboard that displays greatest all-time scores, best scores the past 24 hours and within the last five minutes.
As a video game, Tunnel is one of our new guilty pleasures. It reminds us of Up There!, another easy to play iPhone app that's great in short bursts. The winding tunnel features plenty of jagged edges and sharp turns, and when combined with the excellent tilt controls, the game gives us welcome jolts of adrenaline. The fact that it hides our scores only adds to the tension.
Oddly enough, navigating a tunnel at high speeds is actually much easier than messing with the leaderboard. After submitting a score, you can see where you rank amongst other players, but you never receive a number that says you're 56th in the world. Instead, you must remember your score and then scroll through sometimes hundreds of others until you find your name. That is both monotonous and sloppy.
We'd cut Mesia some slack, but it's hard to do that when other apps like PapiCatch have easier to navigate leaderboards. Tunnel is a cool game that's worth downloading for free, but we'd like to see an update that improves its glaring flaw. This issue notwithstanding, it's still a fun app that'll keep you tilting for hours.
What's Hot: Surprisingly addictive, hides your score until the game is over, has an online leaderboard, allows you to listen to your own music in the background.
What's Not: Horribly designed leaderboard.