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Empire Software
1990
Arcade: Action
£9.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
None

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Rich Pelley
Chris Bourne

Pipes, eh? Yep, Spec-chums, that's what this one's all about.

Your task is to take pieces of pipe one at a time from this dispenser thing at the side of the screen (the pieces are lots of different shapes) and place them in a wiggly line around the screen, constantly extending your pipeline, so that when all this floozy red stuff starts flowing a few seconds later it can whoosh through the system you've created and won't make a big mess on the floor instead. (Perhaps you played the demo on the Smash Tape a few issues back? Hope you did - 'cos I can't really explain much further.) As you might expect, graphics are of the crisp, clean and simple type but gameplay is such that this makes no difference at all. In later levels all sorts of complications make themselves known. Suffice to say it's quite good fun (if you, erm, like that sort of thing, that is).

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One of the best and most original of the recent flood (well, trickle) of puzzle games. Pipe Mania benefits from the fact you can physically see time running out as the gunge creeps up on you. Yikes!