Brain Pipe (PlayStation Minis) Review—Mind? Blown!

This review by Chris Becker originally appeared on back on October 2, 2009.

Brain Pipe is a launch title that a lot of people might over look. Even if you try it, there is a good chance the game wouldn’t give off a good first impression. Behind the game though, which would ultimately be better if played with a mouse, is a rather enjoyable trip.

Picture your eye in grid form going through a tunnel after an acid trip and that’s what you get with Brain Pipe. There are 10 levels in total and the goal is to get to the end of the tunnel while at the same time collecting different states of mind. Score chasing is what you’ll want to do after getting the hang of the rough controls.

Most of the music is generated from the different objects you pass by in the levels. This becomes a really nice touch at the end of each level when the speed starts to pick up and objects are flying by left and right. It’s one of those things that you will notice and may even put a little smile on your face. The music is very subtle with voices coming from everywhere mixed in with the background music.

Randomly generated levels are one of my favorite things in games and this does it really well. Most of the levels are going by so fast that you won’t even notice they are different from the last time you played them. That is until later levels where retrying becomes second natural.

Moving your eye ball can be controlled with the analog stick or the Dpad. The latter of the two works a whole lot better.

The best way to describe the visuals would be something comparable to swimming in a lava lamp with your eyes open. It’s not the prettiest game, but you can at least see what’s going on and will find yourself in a daze the whole time you play. It has that sort of draw a game like this needs where as soon as it says game over you’ll be pressing on that start button to do it all over again.

The controls will take a little getting used to and the graphics could be touched up a bit, but it’s a very addictive experience.   After it clicks this is one that will draw you back time and time again.  Collecting the different states of mind and the random levels are bound to keep you busy for hours on end.

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