Pipe Mania Review: Piping Up The Platform

We did a first look at Pipe Mania a while ago, but we never got the chance to write a full review of the game.  Well, we finally had the time to sit down and write one.  Pipe Mania is a game that has been available on almost every gaming platform, the iPhone now included.  It features tons of maps and themes, and it surely will please puzzle fans.


Artwork and Design: The main thing that some iPhone games are missing is adequate design in their menus and other miscellaneous screens.  Pipe Mania does a great job with the overall design of the game, and it looks decent.

Puzzling: The puzzle factor for the game is definitely present in this game, and it is quite challenging.  Although it isn’t quite for the younger ones, puzzle fans will enjoy this original experience.

Achievements: The game features a lot of achievements, which definitely adds to the replay value of the game.  Unlockables range from bonus mini games to different character profiles.  Although characters aren’t exactly involved in this game, it’ll be interesting to find out once I get far through the game.

Content: The game is not short on content… at all.  It features 4 game modes ranging from world (campaign) mode to bonus mini games.  The world mode features around 56 levels along with a classic mode that features even more levels.  Bonus mini games are also included, although I’m not exactly sure how many.  I can tell you that there are more than 2 though.


Button Response: When tapping an option, the response seemed a little slow to process, resulting in a few seconds of waiting before the next screen.  Sometimes, it would seem like I tapped the wrong button/option, and the confirmation highlight around the button is not present.  It made the menus and options a little awkward.

Difficulty: The game is a little difficult for beginners like me, and although it is definitely playable, difficulty is an issue.  The tutorial was hard to understand, but once I figured the game out, it was hard to execute.  After getting used to the game, the ramping of difficulty was still present, and the game is definitely difficult for kids to play.

For $4.99, you receive a bunch of content and replay value that will surely keep you entertained for a long time.  Whether it’s on the plane or in a train, Pipe Mania delivers many hours of impressive gameplay that’s unrivaled by any other game.  Its 4 game modes and other extras make this game one of the most content packed games ever.  The gameplay itself is also very entertaining, and I found the game to work extremely well.  It is difficult though, and difficulty options would have been nice, but for now the game executes a pretty immersive experience.


Pipe Mania was developed by Robosoft and published by Virtual Programming Ltd.  I played through version 1.1 on my 1st generation iPhone.  The price is $4.99.


About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

One thought on “Pipe Mania Review: Piping Up The Platform

  1. Hi Daniel,

    Thanks a lot for this fabulous review. Also for mentioning in detail your likes and dislikes. The game does provide a lot of content. In all, there are 354 sub-levels, so that should keep a player going for a long time. Great to know that you liked the artwork and design of the game.

    About the difficulty levels, Sure, the game can seem a little difficult in the beginning. But as you play more and more, it gets easier. Also, we’ll look into the button response issue and will make sure that its fixed.

    Your suggestions are always welcome.


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