|Developer||Creative Game Design|
|Genre||Shoot ’em Up|
Tubular Worlds is a side scrolling shareware shoot ’em up from 1994 sporting beautiful VGA graphics and fast & smooth shooting action.
The game allows you to move in all directions while the screen scrolls from right to left. Your goal is to evade both bullets and moving enemies while taking out flying and stationary units. Power-ups can be gotten from random destructible scenery as well as destroyed opponents giving you better weapons, faster movement, etc.
The game offers both mouse & keyboard controls with the mouse being highly recommended since it’s both more intuitive to use and easier to dodge and aim which makes the game a great deal easier, especially after having received multiple faster movement power-ups.
On death (a single hit) the game sends you back to an earlier checkpoint with the loss of all your power-ups which makes the game quite challenging even at the easiest of difficulty.
The game also offers a 2 player mode where one player can use mouse while the other has to use the keyboard. It does make the game somewhat easier however.
- This game was also released for the Amiga where it sported improved music & sounds.
- The game did not have an official physical release
- Tubular Worlds’ name may have been inspired by Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells (1973). In a funny twist, Mike Oldfield released a song called Tubular World mere months after this game’s release. Maybe Mike was secretly a DOS (or Amiga) gamer?
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- PIB: RedAvatar
- Video: Dosgamert
- Game download: RedAvatar
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