BRAINPIPE: A Plunge to Unhumanity

BRAINPIPE: A Plunge to Unhumanity is pretty much a trippy and surreal take on the Missile Game 3D. You use the mouse to guide an invisible eyeball through the “tunnels of the mind”, dodging various obstacles along the way. The sensitivity of the controls cannot be changed in the options as that is relegated to the sound/ music levels. So if you find them to be not sensitive enough or overly so, you’re kinda out of luck.

Though that’s kind of the same with the Missile Game 3D. I used to play the hell out of that game as a kid. I got really good at it since I played it so often during recess and lunch. It would mess with your eyes a lot since it was slightly rotating around and it had such a high contrast – mostly being bright white with black lines. BRAINPIPE kind of does the same effect since the background lights rotate around. It’s a lot easier on the eyes, since its bright colours on black.

There are collectibles which are odd symbols floating around each level that you can choose to collect. I think they add something to the score which is pretty illegible due to the font chosen. You can see what these symbols are upon the game ending. Apparently they represent aspects of the mind.

The music and sounds are very sci-fi. They’re interesting to listen to. They have enough variety that it’s not overly annoying to have running in the background, they also aren’t distracting when you want to concentrate on the game. Each level changes up the sounds and some even have the low murmuring of voices. It fits the aesthetic style the developers have gone with. The graphics are very retro-y. They’re bright and colourful on a dark background, with most of the obstacles being glowy particle effect type things. Basically it’s odd, surreal and trippy.

It’s quite a short game with only 10 levels and you can very easily get through it in about 30 minutes. There’s not really any story within the game as all of the information on the setting and the goal of the game are found on the game’s store page. It’s a very barebones arcade experience at best as there really isn’t any reason to replay it other than to get a better score. It’s a meh kinda game. It’s fun and interesting to play once but once you put it down, you don’t really want to play it again.

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