Day 272: Paipa

Posted: 2011/08/09 in Indie Games

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and are not well represented in the top 50 lists on the Xbox Dashboard. Today is day #272, and today’s game is “Paipa”.

Now this is a hidden gem, if ever I saw one. This is a puzzle game with a real twist (literally). Rather than matching up gems or dropping tetris shapes to clear the playfield, you must manipulate pipes to connect the playfield from left to right. Once successful, that clear a section of pipe and new bits of pipe fall in from above. That alone might make a good 80 Microsoft Point game, but Paipa mixes it up further, taking a good idea and making it excellent.

First, from the developer (Papercut):

“It is the year 1866. The Queen has sent the interplanetary steamer HMS Victoria to claim Mars in the name of the British Empire. You are an engineer responsible for the pressure release valves on deck 43. To release water pressure you have to connect the valves on both sides of the console by rotating pipes and working with tools.”

The first thing Paipa does to add to the play value is by having you repair sections of pipe, by doing movements of the right stick. This must be accomplished while paying attention to how much time you’re taking, and the rising water level as the engine room continues to flood. It adds just the right amount of tension. This is a criminally underrated 80 MSP game that really deserves a download.

Click here to download “Paipa”, and then please come back after playing to rate the game.



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