Pipe Mania plugging up consoles

Assembly Line's classic 1980s puzzle game will be "reborn" this year on the DS, Wii, PSP, PS2, XBLA, and PC.

Remember Pipe Mania? Like Tetris, it started off easy and gradually got more and more difficult until it became almost impossible. Gamers had to guide "flooze" through a series of pipes to stop it from oozing out onto the grid. You build the pipe from a selection of different shapes on the grid, and your goal is to finish without the flooze escaping.

Now Pipe Mania is coming back, like flares, leg warmers, and puffball skirts before it. The game will be coming to the Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Xbox Live Arcade, and the PC.

The new version of the game will add expanded game modes, along with new themes, play mechanics, and pipe pieces. UK-based Empire Interactive is both developing and publishing the game, and it is slated for a global launch before the end of the year.

The original Pipe Mania game was released in 1989 on the Amiga, and was developed by The Assembly Line and ported by LucasFilm Games to other platforms including the Atari ST, BBC Micro, and Commodore 64. The various iterations of the game have sold in total more than four million copies worldwide.

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23 comments
jediphil
jediphil

I remember play that game on the Com 64, look forward for the release of this classic game

Proust
Proust

I'd buy that for a dollar.

nate1222
nate1222

I hope there's a downloadable version for the PC. It looks like fun.

Vash67
Vash67

Coincidentally, I had only just learned of this game the other day when I was looking through the old used GB games at Gamestop...

4quarters
4quarters

Helloooooo!! PSN version????

AngelCage
AngelCage

Hey, i played tons of flash versions of this game... i can't pay more than... $2 for a game wich i can play for free... only if they offer something unique and impossible to do in flash. And by the way, where is the PSN version????

chimera01
chimera01

I remeber this game being pretty fun. I'm not sure about paying much for a newer version,though.

NND1
NND1

More lIke Pipe Trash

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

I think there was a Windows 3.x version, or something.

stziggy
stziggy

I can pay $19.99 for a PC game that I can download from multiple sources on the Internet for free. Gee, thanks Empire Interactive!

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Aww man it's a rip off of "Mac Pipes!"

mysterylobster
mysterylobster

"Remember Pipe Mania?" Americans will remember it as Pipe Dream, which was a minor hit on the Gameboy and NES.

werc96
werc96

Yea....ummmm....No excitement. I think i had enough "Pipe Mania" In bioshock.

krimla
krimla

My wife and I played a game like that on our "Multiple Arcade Machine Entertainer" at home. It's pretty fun when you get two players involved. Many arguments start because of misplaced pipes. This game requires that you have ESP to understand the other persons game plan:)

shrink45
shrink45

I thought it said "Mario" in the title :P

zoe256
zoe256

Oh, I'd so love to buy this game! But I think I'd be wasting my money on it as I would be totally useless at it lol

rogue48
rogue48

ooohhh, how exciting!!

moph_dog
moph_dog

like that mini game in bioshock?

aj_marquez
aj_marquez

Quite a funny game it is. I remember the time.