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Viper Software
Simon Ffinch
1985
Arcade: Action
£6.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Ross: You get two games for the price of one here... and both are pretty good!

Pipeline is the better game, so we'll deal with that one first. Featuring some very colourful graphics and a fairly original idea (at least on the Speccy), you have to keep a pipeline completely free of leaks so that the water flows through to fill a tank at the bottom of the screen. Trouble is that gremlins are about and soon start causing all sorts of problems by making holes all over the pipeline. So, guiding your spanner-wielding workman around the pipeline, you start making repairs and bashing said gremlins on the head.

The graphics are very large, but that doesn't affect their smooth animation... very convincing! And if you want further proof that this isn't such a bad package, turn the tape over and load up S.O.S. OK, so the idea's not that original (we've all seen Lunar Lander clones before, haven't we?J but it's not a bad game.

Overall, though S.O.S. isn't the best thing since sliced bread, the two games together make up a pretty decent package that's definitely worth the money. 3/5 HIT

Dave: Original , attractive and horribly addictive... indeed, it's enough to put you off running a bath for ages! Go out and buy it and have barrels of fun. 4/5 HIT

Roger: Great stuff. A program that all plumbers should play before they come around to your house and turn it into an indoor swimming pool! S.O.S. isn't bad either. Go-getters should go get it! 4/5 HIT

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