Summary: In Pipe Mania you must lay down a pre-ordained set of pipes on a tiled grid in order to keep the constantly flowing Flooze moving for as long as possible without it spilling out. The game requires quick thinking, hand-eye co-ordination, forward thinking and keen spatial awareness.
Excerpt: If you are picking up Empire Interactive's Pipe Mania for graphical prowess, you're barking up the wrong tree. In its own right, however, Pipe Mania actually looks great. The game's visuals come across in a somewhat cartoony nature, and the characters and staging of the dialogue appear with an almost Flash-like style. These graphics may not be flashy, or come fully equipped with realism, but for a game like Pipe Mania , it is perfect.
Excerpt: For the most part, puzzle titles have had their day in the sun, although they remain a mainstay of the handhelds. Even so, this doesn’t stop publishers from releasing simple, budget-priced titles for consoles that appeal to the masses, especially those who are looking for a fun way to pass the time during the dreary winter days.
Conclusion: Pipe Mania for the PS2 is a good game in terms of core gameplay but has a less intuitive control scheme than either the PC or DS versions of the game. Also, the load times are unbearable for such a simplistic set of graphics/sound/presentation. Multiplayer is the only feature that the DS version lacks so if you have a DS, this game is best played on it. For non-DS owners, the PC or PSP versions are your next-best bets.
Pros: + Ordentlicher Umfang, + Einfaches Spielprinzip…, + … und trotzdem aufgrund des Zeitlimits sehr herausfordernd, + Sinnvolle Ergänzungen gegenüber des Originals, + Hoher Wiederspielwert, + Charmant und liebenswürdig
Cons: - Wozu hat dieses Spiel eine Story?!, - Andere Spielmodi müssen erst freigespielt werden, - Nervige Hintergrundmelodien