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January 3, 2011 10:00 AM   Subscribe

HYPERPYPE -- a strangely addictive flash game. It's easy to fill most of the pipes, but it's very hard to get them all.
posted by Chocolate Pickle (36 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yeah I know myself too well to even take a look at that.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:24 AM on January 3, 2011 [5 favorites]


That was fun. Reminded me of a similar game, Loops of Zen.
posted by Shesthefastest at 10:24 AM on January 3, 2011


I like it! Reminds me of Pipe Dream.
posted by beandip at 10:28 AM on January 3, 2011


God lord. I must never look at that again. Who knew that 30 minutes could disappear so quickly?
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:32 AM on January 3, 2011


Unless I'm doing it wrong, it's really only frustrating because of the interface:

(1) As far as I can tell, I can only rotate pipes in one direction! Why can't a right click or a ctrl-click rotate the other way?
(2) I can't "lock" pipes after I determine which way they go?

With these two additions, it would basically be a form of Net that allows loops. And with Net, I can make it harder by allowing toroidal connections across walls.
posted by muddgirl at 10:34 AM on January 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


That music is what the mute button was made for.
posted by incessant at 10:39 AM on January 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


Curse you, another half hour of my life gone! And that music....
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:56 AM on January 3, 2011


MuddGirl:

1. Three right turns == one left turn.

2. To lock a piece, don't click it.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:23 AM on January 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


I think you're trying to be witty, Chocolate Pickle, so I guess you get partial marks for transparency. Did you check out Net? If you like Hyperpype you will probably like Net. If you don't like Hyperpype, then I think maybe you're being trollish?
posted by muddgirl at 11:30 AM on January 3, 2011


Oooooohhhhhh, man, you suck.
posted by Gator at 11:54 AM on January 3, 2011


Got a lot faster once I worked from the edges in -- fun game, thanks.
posted by Pantengliopoli at 11:59 AM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


In the five-minute version, it really does seem like there's only one way to do it, no matter if the green carbonated gunk is getting through all the pipes.

This makes it very frustrating, because you've solved the problem, but you haven't. Bah.
posted by Katemonkey at 12:13 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Got a lot faster once I worked from the edges in

Yeah, on my second try, I realized I needed to approach it like a jigsaw puzzle: Corners first, then the edges, work your way in from there.
posted by Gator at 12:23 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hmmm... Kind of easy to get them all. Really hard to get all with no "gaskets showing". Cool.

muddgirl - I couldn't get Net to work. Are there problems using Firefox?
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 12:32 PM on January 3, 2011


It requires Javascript, I think (or at least the main page says it is a "Java applet") - I have no problems in Firefox or IE.
posted by muddgirl at 12:55 PM on January 3, 2011


Shesthefastest writes "Reminded me of a similar game, Loops of Zen."

Essentially the same as loops of zen but Loops of Zen, which I prefer for some reason, feels both less polished and more professional at the same time.

ObscureReferenceMan I got Net to work under Firefox. It's Java so that might be your problem.
posted by Mitheral at 1:03 PM on January 3, 2011


The thing with this game is that it's localized. Changes only affect their immediate neighborhood. All you have to do is look for connected nodes that have open spaces, and rotate them until they are sealed.


Okay, what's supposed to happen when get all the pipes connected? It's just sitting there. Are you supposed to get it totally sealed?

muddgirl - I couldn't get Net to work. Are there problems using Firefox?

It didn't work in firefox for me, but I think that was due to adblock. Also, it uses flash, not java.
posted by delmoi at 1:56 PM on January 3, 2011


Yes, you are supposed to leave no open pipe ends anywhere. You still have a boatload of open ends all over your screen. Once you do that, you get the "level cleared!" overlay and your final score, and if your score is low enough you get to put your name on the list. (Number 22 over here!)
posted by Gator at 2:05 PM on January 3, 2011


Yep, Flash - http://www.awkwardzombie.com/Pipes.swf
posted by XMLicious at 2:07 PM on January 3, 2011


Yes, start at the edges - you know that flat pipes have to be parallel to the wall and T-pipes have to have their flat edge against the wall. I like the Net implementation because you can remove the walls and it becomes much more tricky, although you can lock the position of blocks so that makes it somewhat easier.

Also, it uses flash, not java.

I never can remember that "java applets" use flash, or something.
posted by muddgirl at 2:08 PM on January 3, 2011


Yep, Flash - http://www.awkwardzombie.com/Pipes.swf

I think we're talking about Net.
posted by muddgirl at 2:09 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Java and JavaScript and Flash are all different things (even though Java and JavaScript sound like they should be the same thing).
posted by Gator at 2:13 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Good lord, this is a time-sink. Damn you (thank you) Chocolate Pickle!

Are you supposed to get it totally sealed?

Yes -- that's what makes it so tricky. (It's on the second page of instructions -- didn't see there was a second page at first myself).
posted by treepour at 2:18 PM on January 3, 2011


That's level ONE? I like the concept but it needs to ramp up the difficulty a little more slowly.
posted by mendel at 2:28 PM on January 3, 2011


That's level ONE?

Try Zen mode - it starts out with a 2x2 square.
posted by muddgirl at 2:31 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ah, "five-minute mode" is what I wanted.
posted by mendel at 2:47 PM on January 3, 2011


(Nope, Zen mode was what I wanted. Thanks muddgirl.)
posted by mendel at 3:50 PM on January 3, 2011


Holy cow I just got 19th. This is the first time I score on any internet board game. Yay for easy self esteems boosts!
posted by olya at 3:58 PM on January 3, 2011


Java and Javascript don't even have anything to do with each other, it's just a weird anomaly that they happened to come out at around the same time and Netscape and Sun thought it would be cool to co-brand them. Javascript was originally going to be called LiveScript
posted by delmoi at 4:17 PM on January 3, 2011


Yeah I don't even try to keep it straight any more. "Java" is one of those words that just becomes meaningless after it's repeated too much.

Also, I feel dumb for reporting a bug that is apparently known to the designer and is an achievement. She's probably really annoyed.
posted by muddgirl at 4:20 PM on January 3, 2011


That music is what the mute button was made for.

You're insane.
posted by Evilspork at 5:34 PM on January 3, 2011


Fun! I found a blooper, though -- on Zen level, at least, you can win a stage by connecting up an isolated loop, even if the rest of the puzzle is undone.

(Also, it would be nice if they made it easier to spot unconnected gaskets.)
posted by Rhaomi at 7:16 PM on January 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


This game feels like a metaphor for something I hate.
posted by Ella Fynoe at 4:07 AM on January 4, 2011


@Rhaomi: It's not a bug, the entry text is pretty misleading. You're not supposed to get all the pipes filled to win, you just have to create a closed circuit. This is also the only way you can get the hole game done in 5 min. anyway.
posted by petrovski at 5:42 AM on January 4, 2011


I am totally addicted to this, but starting to get good scores, no.1 for the day!
posted by biffa at 7:51 AM on January 9, 2011


aw, i was happy to be #12 for the day!
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