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PIPE DREAM
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TM & ©1989 Lucasfilm Ltd
Original Game Design ©1988 Entertainment International UK Ltd.
Original Game created by The Assembly Line
Scenario Enhancements by Bullet-Proof Software.
Release: 1992-08-07 (¥7500)
Cartridge SHVC-PP
Puzzle game


Pipe Dream is a puzzle game by Bullet Proof Software based on a title originally released in 1989 and developped by The Assembly Line. The goal of the game is rather simple - the player takes the role of a plumber who must fix flooding and pipe issues throughout the city. In each stage, he is given a random series of pipe pieces that must be connected to construct a path going from a start point to an exit point. Water starts rushing out after a certain time and the flow must pass through a given number of pipes without dripping water. Each stage becomes progressively more complex than the next and special tiles soon challenge the player in maddening ways - warps at the edge of the playfield, obstacles and so forth. This Super Famicom brings features of its own to the franchise though - most notably the points that are awarded to the player at the end of each stage and which give him a chance to buy bonuses or the almighty city map (which allows the blumber to pick alternate routes and explore different parts of the game). The game also supports a password feature to let the player resume at the beginning of each area, without forgetting a two-simultaneous player mode.
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Pipe Dream is based on Pipe Mania originally developed by the British company The Assembly Line and published by Entertainment International for the Amiga in 1989. The game was renamed Pipe Dream (for the US market I believe) and converted to countless home and computer systems at the time by LucasFilm Games. A 3D version of the game was released for the Playstation in 2000 and simply called Pipe Dreams 3D. Pipe Dream has been ported to virtually the entire spectrum of computing devices in existence, from the original Game Boy to the I-Phone, and there is also a wide assortment of clones and variants.


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Plumber? Pipes? The Pipe Mania franchise may be as old as Mario but no, we're not dealing here with Nintendo's all time classic. Pipe Dream features one of those simple, yet ingenious game concepts that made it through the years and still resonate today. This Super Famicom version is, I must say, fun to play. I has a good and solid gameplay with cute graphics and a forgettable but suitable soundtrack. The game however really shines in the gameplay department and it becomes quickly addictive. Not everyone will share my opinion of the game though, but I found that Pipe Dream has this nice learning curve that never frustrates nor feels unfair. There's also enough features packed in there to keep players coming back for more. Nothing spectacular by any means, but entertaining and fun none the less.




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