There weren't any directions in the game, but the Marketplace says "Tap on the pipes to complete a closed shape within time limit and upgrade to the next level." But where and how to tap. It's been a while since the early "Pipe" games, but what does "closed shape" mean?
After researching more and thinking about it, the goal here is to make a closed loop. In the earlier games, you want to make the pipes connect from A to B, so that water can flow through them.
In this game, there's no start or finish. Here's the opening screen:
New game takes you to a random collection of pipe bits:
And if the Marketplace directions are true, you should be able to complete a level by connecting a set of pipes in a closed loop. Cool. Maybe I can do that!
Well, after more minutes than I wanted to spend, I couldn't do it. The problem with this game is that it sets a time limit, and the limit is only 80 seconds. That's not enough time!
I'm not even convinced that there is a solution for every stage, so I'm left saying that this is a nice game that lets you change the connections but not much more than that. By the way, you have to click in the center of a pipe intersection which then makes that "square" rotate. But the touch seems a little fiddly, so I found I would have to stab a few times to get a rotation. Dragging might be nice, but the goal is still elusive to me and the time limit is harsh. I would have liked it if the time limit could be adjustable (easy, medium, hard) and rather than tapping, maybe dragging?
As such, unless I'm missing something, I have to rate this game as a 2 out of 5: bad directions, bad touch, arbitrary time limit is harsh. Sorry, DS Effects, but I think a few more days with this could have made it cool. I had original thought I wouldn't review games that weren't great, but I now think that it is important to let people know when a game was rushed out too soon and needed more work. This game wasn't a completely epic fail, but won't let you have much fun.
As always, if I've missed something, I'm happy to change my review and let people know what I missed.
Cost: FreeGenre: Puzzle
Score: 2 (out of 5)
Tested on: ZTE Open (Firefox OS)
Get it at: Firefox Marketplace
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