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Review: Plumber on Blackberry: A Retro Classic, Now with Adverts…

Plumber is a recently added gaming application for the Blackberry phone range, available via the Blackberry App Store as a free download, with players returning positive reviews of the game; I decided to give it a go.

The basic objective of each level is to successfully create a running pipe from the start point, to a designated end point before the allotted time runs out. The game is played using only the trackpad by rotating a series of tiles, each of which sports one of two fittings, a corner fitting, or a straight fitting. The player must spot and complete a route between the two points before the allotted time runs out, at which point the player loses control and the water is turned on.

 

This concept has proved extremely popular with fans and yet, I feel I must point out a difference that struck me about this particular product. Those of us who were raised on the very basic computers of our fathers during the late eighties to early nineties will fondly remember the Windows 95 Operating System, as well as many of the bundled games that came with the machine on arrival in the ‘Accessories>Games’ folder. One of these games was called Pipe Dreams, and it bears striking resemblance to the concept of Plumber. In 1995, this game was full screen, ad free and free with the OS. In 2012, what is essentially the same game, ported for the smartphone, is no longer full screen, now populated largely by advertising space, and has to be downloaded via the App store, which may cost money for PAYG customers. This isn’t a massive issue but it is enough to ask the question of what else there is in terms of progression here besides the technological advancements involved in making the hardware smaller.

Don’t get me wrong, this is by no means a reason to give Plumber a miss, it is a hugely enjoyable free game courtesy of the Blackberry App Store. It is an entertaining, intuitive blend of the arcade and puzzle genres and has a surprising amount of replay value.

Plumber’s only negative point (aside from the cheeky advertising presence) is that it is a reminder that it has been seventeen years since the release of the Windows 95 OS, and after all this time it makes sense that some of our favourite Windows 95 titles should be reborn onto the smartphone, such as Captain Keen, the Doom series and Wolf3D. The Blackberry’s QWERTY keypad would facilitate the original control schemes… Just as a thought.

Overall, Plumber is a worthwhile addition any Blackberry user’s app arsenal, and at no cost, there’s no reason not to try it out.

Download Plumber now from the Blackberry App store.

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