- Manufacturer: Bullet-Proof Software
- Machine: Game Boy
Wouldn't you just love to play a game where your task is to fit pipe segments together to make as long a pipeline as you can before some gooey fluid overtakes you and floods the basement? Does that sound exciting? No? Well, then, you obviously haven't played Pipe Dream. The original computer version, released by Lucasfilm Games, received many awards after its release, so if you had any doubts about this game, flush 'em.
In Pipe Dream your job is to fit together pipe segments of varying types so that they form a continuous line away from a starting "spigot". You cannot rotate the pieces and must try to fit them together as they come. Further complicating matters, shortly after a round begins, viscous fluid called "flooz" starts flowing horn the starting point. There is a meter showing the "distance" the flooz must travel before reaching the end of the pipeline, and if your pipeline isn't long enough to carry the flooz at least that distance, the game is over! The longer you can make your pipeline, the higher your score will be.
The danger, of course, is in placing parts willy-nilly Gamers familiar and leaving an incomplete segment from which the flooz can escape. You have no control over what pipe piece you'll get next, so you're forced to work with what you've got, looking at the "pipe dispenser" on the screen. This bin of pieces shows the next five pieces you'll get, so you can try to predict where to place pieces in anticipation of what's coming next. When the flooz starts to close in on the end of your pipe, "danger" music starts to play, and if you haven't met the distance requirement, you'd best hurry up!
Pipe Dream supports the Game Boy's Video Link, allowing for two players (provided both have the game cartridge). In this mode, the first player to win three stages in a row wins the game. To further heat up the competition, every time a player makes a "loop" (with special criss-cross pipe segments), he or she causes the opponent's flooz to suddenly advance by four pipe segments!
Pipe Dream features several different pieces of background music, 36 levels to challenge you and animated sequences after every four stages - as well as a password. There's plenty of time to ask Santa for this one!