“Pipe Push Paradise is a difficult open world puzzle game about plumbing.” That’s the first thing you see when you go to the Pipe Push Paradise website. Let me digress though, “Pipe Push Paradise is a difficult open world puzzle game about plumbing”
“Pipe Push Paradise is a difficult…”
“…is a difficult”
Has it sunk in yet? You might be wondering why the blatant emphasis on a specific word? I don’t know any other way to describe the game so easily, Pipe Push Paradise takes all you know about puzzle games, laughs at you, and kicks your face into the cold dirt!
I mean, I will be brutally honest here, I am extremely grateful that the internet is a thing that exists, otherwise, you would likely find me in some corner sobbing uncontrollably from frustration! How could a cute looking game bring down yours truly to this state? Let’s start at the beginning…
The game starts with some calm acoustic guitar music which can be heard in the background. It’s so calm and relaxing, yet little would you know that this music would accompany the terrifying nightmares you would have later, as your nameless silent protagonist gets off the boat. The world looks like the same type of world I would see while reading bedtime stories to my toddler. Now personally, our hero looks remarkably like Tina from Bobs Burgers. Must be the haircut? In any case, you talk to the first resident that you see to discover that your uncle, the islands only plumber, has been asleep for a very long time!
I am going to assume that the islands only doctor got lost spelunking, why else would they call you, Tina the Niece, instead of paramedics? They call you though because they sense that you carry the same abilities for plumbing that your Uncle does. It’s nice to see that Tina’s lessons at Charles Xavier’s School for the Gifted have been paying off. Perhaps she will be the X-Men’s B-Team next semester! After talking to the resident, you are then released into the wild.
Here’s the deal though, I cannot find the right words to express how evil this game is. The very first puzzle in the game gives you an idea of what the game is all about. SPOILERS, it’s about pushing pipes around an island paradise! In each puzzle, you will see that there is water coming out of one drainpipe, and your job is to move the pipes around so that the pipe shooting water out is connected to the other pipe. It’s extremely simple on paper! There are no hidden surprises, no bombs will go off and destroy a pipe, you won’t have Swiper the Fox try to steal any pipes, “SWIPER NO PIPING!” None of that.
All the pieces of the puzzle are there from the get-go. You just have to figure out how to get the pieces to where they need to go. The first level is simple, you will solve it in a matter of seconds. The second level will be a bit more complicated, but still simple enough. The third level though, that’s when you have to start thinking a bit more. After that, Lord have mercy on our sweet souls!
You see, remember how I mentioned that you have to move the pieces around to connect the pipes? I forgot to mention that they may be backwards or need to go down into a pit or other means of placement. THAT’s what makes Pipe Push Paradise unique in a way I haven’t really seen with puzzle games before. Thankfully the developers didn’t go too crazy though as they provide players with the ability to simply reset the whole puzzle with the press of a button. Even more so, was the ability to rewind every single move you make! Accidentally push a pipe into a pit?? Rewind. Push a pipe against the wall for the 37th time on accident? Rewind. Want to feel like Max Caulfield for a few minutes? REWIND! The developers made a very difficult game, but they also made it so you can correct any small mistake you make.
Here’s the deal though. Pipe Push Paradise could probably be completed pretty quick if you knew the answers to each of the 47 puzzles. However, that would quickly diminish the fun factor for fans of puzzle games. I will admit that I am not the biggest fan of these types of games, but it also reminded me of playing ABC 123 Sesame Street from when I was but a young gamer. The fact is, there is no better feeling than being positively stumped on a level for an hour and then IT clicks. These 47 puzzles will put your problem-solving skills to the test!
Ok, I joke around quite a bit about the game being evil, but everything I said about Pipe Push Paradise being hard is very true. You can look at that as a nice challenge, or just avoid the game. The game does not hold your hand after level 3. I would rather that than for it to be too simple though. Just remember, if you do get stuck on a puzzle, only use the internet to look up the solution as a last resort.
As a side note, Pipe Push Paradise is yet another great port from the team at Stage Clear Studios. They’ve ported a number of Indie titles to consoles this generation and this is yet another great job from all those involved. As of today, Pipe Push Paradise is out on Steam and the Switch, the Xbox and PS4 ports are coming in February 2019.