img_0189Pipe Mania [App Store] was originally developed by The Assembly Line in 1989 for the Amiga. Soon after, it was ported to various other platforms by LucasFilm Games (who called it Pipe Dream), and since then it's appeared on nearly ever platform in existence. Whether you've played the original, a remake, or a mini-game inside another game based on the concept (such as the hacking drill in BioShock), Pipe Mania is a timeless classic and is said to be the most successful puzzle game ever created.

The basics of the game are simple, you need to construct a pipeline from the faucet to the drain. Initially, you construct this pipeline using the series of different straight pieces and elbows from the left side of the screen. Pieces can't be rotated, so each must be placed intelligently on the game board to reach the goal.

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As the difficulty ramps up, you will be forced to build your pipeline utilizing existing pieces already built at the start of the level as well as building around obstacles in squares that you can't place pipes on. If the next available piece is of no use to you, you can place it on the game board, out of the way, and if you misplace something you can build over it. Both of these actions subtract from your overall score, but are often necessary, especially in later levels.

219952To add variety, this latest version of Pipe Mania (based on the 2008 PSP version) includes a colorfully animated introduction, complete with different characters seen throughout the game, along with slightly different tile sets for other areas of the game. For instance, once you complete laying pipes in the sewers, you progress to the railroad where you lay train tracks to connect two tunnels. Seven of these locales are playable in World mode, and as you earn trophies Arcade, Bonus, and Classic modes are unlocked.

Pipe Mania for the iPhone works very well with touch controls. Reinvented for the iPhone and other consoles, this latest iteration of Pipe Mania has the same core gameplay of the previous versions, but with graphical updates as well as a few other perks to increase replay value and add variety.

Here's a gameplay video showing some of the early levels:

While there have been a number of Pipe Mania clones in the App Store, none seem to have the depth and finish of this official port of the original. Early reactions from our forum members have been very positive. The iPhone version is said to be almost an exact port of the 2008 PSP remake of the game. Those only familiar with the original version of Pipe Dream may take offense to portions of the 2008 remake as it adds a number of new elements to the game. Fortunately for old fans, there also appears to be a Classic mode that seems to preserve the original gameplay.

If you've never played a Pipe Mania game before, there is no better time than the present.

App Store Link: Pipe Mania, $4.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • http://www.robosoftin.com Robosoft

    Thanks a lot for giving us such a great review. We are really happy to bring back a classic game like Pipe Mania. And we promise you, this game is worth every cent of its price of $4.99.

    The World mode is a treat to play. Very difficult to put down once you start. Here's hoping that the gamers will appreciate the rebirth of this all time classic puzzle.

    Cheers !!! :)

    Follow 'robosoft' on Twitter to know more about this game!

  • http://www.robosoftin.com Robosoft

    Thanks a lot for giving us such a great review. We are really happy to bring back a classic game like Pipe Mania. And we promise you, this game is worth every cent of its price of $4.99.

    The World mode is a treat to play. Very difficult to put down once you start. Here's hoping that the gamers will appreciate the rebirth of this all time classic puzzle.

    Cheers !!! :)

    Follow 'robosoft' on Twitter to know more about this game!

  • http://www.final-iteration.com Andrew Ogden

    I am sorry but I am sick of the pipe game after Bioshock forced me to do it for EVERY hack in the game. While it looks like the developers have done a lot to introduce new game components, I cringe at the idea of completing more of these puzzles for fun, when a single playthrough of Bioshock probably has me doing it 250+ times.

  • http://www.final-iteration.com Andrew Ogden

    I am sorry but I am sick of the pipe game after Bioshock forced me to do it for EVERY hack in the game. While it looks like the developers have done a lot to introduce new game components, I cringe at the idea of completing more of these puzzles for fun, when a single playthrough of Bioshock probably has me doing it 250+ times.

  • Kita

    It's not that I don't think the game isn't worth 4.99 but I'm suffering from app fatigue. There's so many apps coming out everday to the point where my mind becomes numb to all of it and it's just an endless drain of spending money if I don't stop buying all these apps. It was really awesome at first but now I usually wait until the app comes down to (or starts at) 99 cents. Maybe if there was a much lesser selection of games I would buy this now but I already purchased way too many apps (well over a buck) I still need to play and beat!

    • Alichan76

      +1. I'm getting really desensitized to the whole app store malarkey. Far too many games, it's crazy. There is something to be said for 'too much of a good thing'...

      • Czech dumplings

        yes, the only reason there are many good hames because of the massive volume of games and apps in general. 99% percent of them are still pure crap.

  • Kita

    It's not that I don't think the game isn't worth 4.99 but I'm suffering from app fatigue. There's so many apps coming out everday to the point where my mind becomes numb to all of it and it's just an endless drain of spending money if I don't stop buying all these apps. It was really awesome at first but now I usually wait until the app comes down to (or starts at) 99 cents. Maybe if there was a much lesser selection of games I would buy this now but I already purchased way too many apps (well over a buck) I still need to play and beat!

    • Alichan76

      +1. I'm getting really desensitized to the whole app store malarkey. Far too many games, it's crazy. There is something to be said for 'too much of a good thing'...

      • Czech dumplings

        yes, the only reason there are many good hames because of the massive volume of games and apps in general. 99% percent of them are still pure crap.

  • Steve D

    I rather like pipe mania and will get this later. I've seen the clones on the app store, but don't ever like to purchase clones of games, even when the original's aren't on there. Now it is, it sounds like its well worth getting.

  • Steve D

    I rather like pipe mania and will get this later. I've seen the clones on the app store, but don't ever like to purchase clones of games, even when the original's aren't on there. Now it is, it sounds like its well worth getting.

  • ChewbaccasGrowl

    I bought this game the other day and have not been able to put it down! Nearly every level introduces a new play mechanic to keep the experiance fresh. This is one of the best value for money apps out there. It's also one of the few games that makes me want to replay previous levels to get a higher medal. This game deserves to do well. Highly recommended.

  • ChewbaccasGrowl

    I bought this game the other day and have not been able to put it down! Nearly every level introduces a new play mechanic to keep the experiance fresh. This is one of the best value for money apps out there. It's also one of the few games that makes me want to replay previous levels to get a higher medal. This game deserves to do well. Highly recommended.

  • Kurt's Krap

    VERY addictive game. I normally won't go over $1.99 for an app but this one just looked too tempting and I'm glad I went for it. Been playing it all afternoon!

  • Kurt's Krap

    VERY addictive game. I normally won't go over $1.99 for an app but this one just looked too tempting and I'm glad I went for it. Been playing it all afternoon!

  • http://minimumsafedistance.org Rifflesby

    "Most successful puzzle game ever"? Mmmmmno. Second after Tetris, maybe.

    Looks nice, but not for five dollars. I already have a dozen great games on my phone that don't get played enough; if I'm going to buy something, it either has to be at that 99¢ price point where I can buy it without thinking, or be so new and awesome-looking that I can't do without it. Pipe Dream, even a nicely polished version of it, is not the latter.

  • http://minimumsafedistance.org Rifflesby

    "Most successful puzzle game ever"? Mmmmmno. Second after Tetris, maybe.

    Looks nice, but not for five dollars. I already have a dozen great games on my phone that don't get played enough; if I'm going to buy something, it either has to be at that 99¢ price point where I can buy it without thinking, or be so new and awesome-looking that I can't do without it. Pipe Dream, even a nicely polished version of it, is not the latter.

  • ChewbaccasGrowl

    Expecting to pay 59p for a game of this quality (on it's launch) is madness! I'd rather spend £2.99 on a game of this quality with this much replay value than 5 cheap 59p games with limited playability and content with which I'd get bored of very quickly. Don't get me wrong, I've had some great 59p games, but these are few and far between and mainly ones that have eventually come down in a sale. We need more games of this quality at this fairly priced price point for the app store to move forward away from the over saturation of quick fix games.

    • http://www.robosoftin.com Robosoft

      Thanks a lot for the support! A lot of work has gone into this game, and its great to know that there are people out there who appreciate it!

      • ChewbaccasGrowl

        Credit were credits due:)

  • ChewbaccasGrowl

    Expecting to pay 59p for a game of this quality (on it's launch) is madness! I'd rather spend £2.99 on a game of this quality with this much replay value than 5 cheap 59p games with limited playability and content with which I'd get bored of very quickly. Don't get me wrong, I've had some great 59p games, but these are few and far between and mainly ones that have eventually come down in a sale. We need more games of this quality at this fairly priced price point for the app store to move forward away from the over saturation of quick fix games.

    • http://www.robosoftin.com Robosoft

      Thanks a lot for the support! A lot of work has gone into this game, and its great to know that there are people out there who appreciate it!

      • ChewbaccasGrowl

        Credit were credits due:)

  • Joy G

    Well worth the price. If you are looking for a quality game with great polish this is it. I have paid $20 for the PSP version of this and comparatively found the iPhone version well worth the price.

  • Joy G

    Well worth the price. If you are looking for a quality game with great polish this is it. I have paid $20 for the PSP version of this and comparatively found the iPhone version well worth the price.

  • Jessie

    Fun game. For those that are put off on the price- it's only 5 bucks! There is a less expensive version- which is more like the old school game some of us remember- doesn't have all the bells and whistles- but it's a lot of fun- called Toobz- I have played that a ton as well.

  • Jessie

    Fun game. For those that are put off on the price- it's only 5 bucks! There is a less expensive version- which is more like the old school game some of us remember- doesn't have all the bells and whistles- but it's a lot of fun- called Toobz- I have played that a ton as well.

  • Jim

    Might be fun, don't know. Doesn't work under 3.1.

  • Jim

    Might be fun, don't know. Doesn't work under 3.1.

  • Burrows

    Really worth it's price .. One of those apps which I went for straight away despite the reviews or price and it hasn't disappointed me at all .. A classic port and I am enjoying it more so on the i Phone ..

    Quality apps come with a price tag a little high compare to others .. So there is no point in expecting a game like this for $.99 ..

    Gr8 work guys!!

  • Burrows

    Really worth it's price .. One of those apps which I went for straight away despite the reviews or price and it hasn't disappointed me at all .. A classic port and I am enjoying it more so on the i Phone ..

    Quality apps come with a price tag a little high compare to others .. So there is no point in expecting a game like this for $.99 ..

    Gr8 work guys!!

  • PuzzleGeek

    The developers have done a good in carving the game to suite for iPhone playability with the full glory of the original title.

    Now there is a SALE offer for this game till 26th of this Month for 0.99$ only!!!
    I just downloaded the game and its fun and exciting....

  • PuzzleGeek

    The developers have done a good in carving the game to suite for iPhone playability with the full glory of the original title.

    Now there is a SALE offer for this game till 26th of this Month for 0.99$ only!!!
    I just downloaded the game and its fun and exciting....