T.E.C 3001 Review
- Varied modes offer a myriad of options.
- Crunchy sound effects and nice synthy tunes.
- Nice virtual reality visuals.
- Controls feel a bit too loose.
- Jump and slide buttons too close together.
Solid presentation and a ton of options help T.E.C. 3001 stand out in the runner genre, but the wishy-washy controls throw up unwelcome hurdles.
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No one can accuse T.E.C. 3001 of being ugly. As your robot runs through a virtual reality world collecting batteries for the benefit of humanity, the two-tone colour pallettes can't help but bring to mind nostalgic memories of '80s video games and Tron.
Pretty visuals aside, though, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this is another run of the mill endless runner. In fact, though it does have endless mode, the heart of the game is its varied campaign challenges.
There's your standard running and jumping mode, in which you use arrows to turn left and right, and the action buttons to jump, duck, or charge forward. But there is also a rail mode in which you're locked into one of three pathways, and a drag race mode where you need to tap at the right time to speed up and reach the finish line before the timer runs out.
In the standard mode, the directional controls feel pretty floaty, sending your humanoid avatar drifting lazily from right to left. At high speeds, this almost 'on ice' feeling can be disastrous, especially as the later stages require a lot of quick jumps to platforms that are above and below you.
A lot of the time it's not worth grabbing the speed icon that ramps you up to maximum overdrive because, exhilerating though it is, navigating the space can be next to impossible. The close proximity of the jump and slide buttons can also lead to more restarts than any player should be comfortable with.
T.E.C. 3001's gorgeous presentation creates a sleek and sophisticated gaming space, and its various modes do a good job of holding your attention. That said, the looseness of its controls work against it, allowing moments of unnecessary frustration to distort the game's otherwise smooth and shiny surface. If you can tolerate the controls, though, then there's probably just enough here to keep you occupied till your battery runs out.
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“It is a real diamond in the rough, and is arguably the best game that Indie Games has to offer so far.”
- Hooked Gamers
“TEC 3001 is a marvel of its kind.”
- Game Side Story
“The game kept me crouched close to the TV like I used to when I was little.”
- The Last Save Point
Run, Rush, Haste, Burst
Speed has never been pushed this far.
Jump, Charge, Dodge, Slide
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In T.E.C 3001 (Tesla Energy Collector), you are guiding a cutting-edge technology robot to collect virtual space energy leftovers for humanity. With great graphics and a unique heart-pumping soundtrack, T.E.C 3001 has what it takes to keep you on the right track.
Winner of the Indie Games Summer Uprising 2011.
- 41 levels of speed bursting dexterity test
- Split screen multiplayer mode to challenge your friends on the same device
- Four ever-challenging game modes: Free, Drag, Speed and Endless
- 14 unique soundtracks to give you adrenaline rushes
- Simply the most hardcore runner game you can find
What's New in Version 1.1Game Center
iOS 7 Fully implemented
Minor bug fixes