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SummaryA minute to learn, a lifetime to master, hours to explain - classic stuff
The GoodThe basic idea probably came to the designed one day when he had plumbers round, and its inherent simplicity is delightful. It was something different to the Tetris/Klax/Columns style of puzzle games, and offered a lot of potential for invention and strategy. The + shaped pieces are especially important as they give potential to change direction much more easily.
The 20 seconds to start building before the flow starts is perfectly judged, allowing you to lay out lots of working pipes (and the foundations for others as you await the correct pieces - bringing some real strategy into the proceedings).
The bonus game is one of the neatest I've ever seen, a fantastic idea implemented really well.
The extra point bonuses are superb, and the delight when you find or achieve them is massive.
The BadYou could criticise the graphics and sound, but they more than do the job, and make sure that the game stays within a single 64K load.