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7 January 2007

Tubes

 in 1994,Puzzle — bunnzy

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I finally got this game. Thanks to my cousin Brett 🙂 I’ve been searching for it for ages – dude you rule! This game was so much fun when I was younger, puzzle games are a dime a dozen, but this one really stood out.

In this game there is a scientist, and all his particles have gone astray. You have to help him clean them up by putting them into test tubes. There are two modes you can play in (endurance or wave) and there are also difficulty levels.

Basically there are 6 tubes, and the particles come down them, and you can’t let them fall out the ends (aka drop)! You only get so many drops, and as you progress up through the levels it gets harder. You have this test tube on a slider and you have to catch the particle when it comes out of the tube by sliding across. You then empty one particle at a time from the test tube into the beaker below. You can hold up to 5 particles in the test tube so you can be strategic with how you empty them, as when you get three of one colour on top of each other in the beaker they disappear and you get points (sound like some sort Tetris kinda?)

Sounds easy huh? Well that’s not all you see, there are other particles in amongst them and they have different tricks. Some are helpful and empty the test tube, whilst some are evil and turn the ones already in there to lead.

I always thought the graphics were really good for this game. It had an interesting beginning and was always pleasant to look at.

The gameplay is excellent, it’s a really fun and challenging puzzle game. Tubes is a great game when it comes to taking a puzzle game and approaching it from a great angle. Many games are straightforward and have no theme. Tubes is also really hard to quit. It’s also quite rare and overlooked, so the more people out there who give it a shot and spread the word the better. Download it!

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Size: 535kb (2 min on 56k dial-up)

7 Responses to “Tubes”

  1. a gravatar ADY Says:

    vreau si eu TUBES…unde il pot gasi??

  2. a gravatar michelle Says:

    how did u get the game to work…i keep coming up with a runtime 200 error and ive downloaded a patch (tppatch) which doesnt seem to work either 🙁

  3. a gravatar John(Yankee) Says:

    Michelle, did you ever get this to work? I downloaded the version @ XTC Abandonware and got the same runtime 200 error. However, I then copied the game files to a floppy and ran it on an old 386 machine from the A:\ drive and it ran perfectly. It seems it should run on a DOS emulator such as DosBox. CPU cycles need to be slowed to emulate less than 200MHZ. Hope this helps in some way…Toodles. 🙂

  4. a gravatar bunnzy Says:

    Yes, it works fine in dosbox. But for some reason a lot of games arent working unless you bring the cycles down to 200mhz or below. The same thing happened with Catacomb.

  5. a gravatar John(Yankee) Says:

    The problem is the designers never expected computers to become that fast when they designed these games. It’s caused by an overflow of the timing variable. On the flip side, many older games that don’t have any timing simply run faster as CPU cycles increase. But you knew that.

  6. a gravatar Farhat Says:

    Is this the full version or the shareware?

  7. a gravatar igor Says:

    i know that, it/s pretty tough sometimes, so I have to save frequently and start my cheap research papers again

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