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PSP Minis Review – Brainpipe


Among the first batch of PSP Minis to be released was Hands On Mobile, Inc’s Brainpipe. Find out if Brainpipe is worth wrapping your head around in our review…

Brainpipe is not a deep game by any means. In essence, Brainpipe has players simply traveling down a pipe at varied speeds.  However, it’s the game’s trippy visuals, mind-numbing speed, and trance-inducing music that pack the game full of character.  These levels show what it might look like to watch an electrochemical nerve impulse travel to the brain while tripping on acid and listening to techno.

Players travel down the pipe at full speed, dodging obstacles while snatching strange symbols. There doesn’t seem to be any meaning behind the symbols, and they don’t seem to serve much of a purpose, aside from giving the player something to do while speeding down the “brainpipe.”


The graphics are poor, but don’t really need to be spectacular in this case, mostly because players will be too distracted by the warp speed gameplay.  Even without any variety to the gameplay, it is still very addicting to play, even without much sense of a goal. It’s definitely the type of game that can be picked up and played for a few minutes here and there, so it serves its purpose as a one of the PSP Minis.

Overall, the game isn’t a groundbreaking experience, but it’s a lot of fun, and it is perfect for those times when players have 5 minutes to hop on the PSP but don’t want to get into a full game.

PlayStation LifeStyle’s Final Score

Perfect for short bouts of gaming

A lot of fun

Not much gameplay variety

6 out of 10