When I got word I was to do a review for a game called Pipe Lord, I thought, This probably isn’t about smoking jackets, wingback chairs by the fireplace, and dimly lit reading rooms. Could it possibly be about the music of the Scottish highlands? I do love me some bagpipe music. No, it was neither of these options. This game is about a guy riding on a pipe. Hmm.
Pipe Lord is a perpetual runner (slider??) obstacle course. The gameplay is about as simple as it gets: tap the right side of the screen to jump, tap the left side to duck (or quickly descend during a jump). There are jets of fire, stabby knives, gaps in the pipeline, and other fun bits which will all kill you in an explosion of body parts, leaving little bloody trails. Don’t forget to try to collect as many coins as you can because that’s expected (besides, you’ll need them to get access to new pipe surfer dudes).
There are some challenging movement combinations, and—of course—timing is critical. When you die (and you will), you sometimes get some corny dialogue.
Pipe Lord’s graphics are more of the blocky, 16-bit stuff which screams, “Look at me being all retro cool.” Meh. The soundtrack is OK and fitting to the scenery and situation. As many times as you die, you just come back to start the round again, so that’s alright.
So Here It Is
Yes, this is a short review, but the game’s premise is very simple and, considering the plethora of perpetual runners out there, doesn’t really stand out for me. Gameplay simply involves memorizing a pattern and tapping left or right. While I always appreciate the effort developers put into making games, this genre is simply oversaturated. If you really like this type of game, Pipe Lord is worth considering. But personally, I’ll be moving on to something else.
Genre: Endless Runner / Platformer
Seller: Ancient Games DS
Requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Availability: Now at the iTunes App Store