A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Pipe Trouble wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
The trick to the game isn't laying out the pipe from Point A to Point B; it's doing so without disturbing as many people, animals, and trees/crops as possible.
Violence & Scariness
Some environmentalists, when sufficiently angry, will blow up sections of your pipeline. Additionally, some people get sick if there's a gas spill.
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"Gol'durned" is used in substitution of the more, similar-sounding offensive slogan.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pipe Trouble is a politically motivated remake of the 1990s arcade hit Pipe Dream. Players must run a pipeline between two points, but the app adds a very heavy political agenda to the gameplay, as the company laying the pipe is a Big Oil and Gas distributor that, inevitably, must go through farmland, around houses, or through forests, upsetting the residents. Although the game describes itself as "over-the-top satire," a more fitting definition would be propaganda.
Is It Any Good?
Whether PIPE DREAM is a good game may well depend on your political beliefs. The game is very much a propaganda tool about the dangers of natural gas mining, and it's very anti-business. That could be enough of a distraction to permanently annoy some players.
The heavy political message is frustrating, since the game is built off the framework of the '90s arcade hit Pipe Dream, which is a challenging, fun puzzle game. That fun is overshadowed this time around, though.
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