In Plumber’s Nightmare by Invasive Bamboo LLC, you are confronted with a puzzle full of unhinged plumbing pipes that you must rotate and connect correctly. They must complete a circuit without end. Simply touch a pipe piece to turn it, continuing to do so until it is facing the way you would like it to connect. The red valves indicate a closed off end pipe that does not need connecting. There are three levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium and Hard. Each difficulty will come with much bigger and more extensive puzzles. There is no timer and you can pick up the level wherever you leave off.
Plumber’s Nightmare is definitely a more challenging puzzle game, but not always in a good way. I was able to solve a few of the easy puzzles very quickly, and soon moved on to the medium levels. Once there though, the maze of pipes was quite large, and it was hard to tell what pieces I had connected correctly. The pipes do glow subtley when your connections are made, but at some points it was hard to tell which ones were glowing. I would think I was finished with all of my pipes seemingly connected, only for the level not to move on, leaving me scratching my head trying to figure out what I did wrong. My other qualm with this little app is the background noise. There is no entertaining game music here, just the sound of a leaky faucet dripping. Though appropriate for the theme of the game, it gets to be repetitive and distracting.
I really wanted to like this game, I am a huge fan of puzzle apps in general, but I just couldn’t get over some of the hiccups. The plain aggrevation from not being able to solve the puzzles made me quit trying all together. If Plumber’s Nightmare can work out the kinks, I would definitely give it another try. If you’d like to give it a go, you can get it in the app store for $1.99, or try the lite version for free.