What is BRAINPIPE? Is it an otherworldly mind control device, masquerading as a seemingly quaint computer game? Is it a gateway to worlds beyond our own, created by eldritch wizardry and invoked by strange creatures hidden away on uncharted islands in the South Pacific?
User reviews: Mostly Positive (91 reviews) - 79% of the 91 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 24, 2008

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Is it an otherworldly mind control device, masquerading as a seemingly quaint computer game?

Is it a gateway to worlds beyond our own, created by eldritch wizardry and invoked by strange creatures hidden away on uncharted islands in the South Pacific?

Perhaps it's a message from the future, an instruction to mankind to uplift humanity to a higher state of being.

Or maybe it's just an addictive endurance run game from Digital Eel.

BRAINPIPE is a unique gaming experience. The ultimate objective is to transcend humanity. You do this by navigating the tunnels of your mind, exercising your hand-eye coordination while relishing in the funkadelic sights and sounds of your inner self. Collect the illuminated glyphs while avoiding the nasty obstacles. They may look all nice and shiny, even warm and inviting, but each brush with them brings you one step closer to eternal darkness!

BRAINPIPE is also an easy game to play, hearkening back to the classic arcade games of yesteryear. A one click interface keeps you focused on the action, instead of searching for the right key to press, and is a perfect complement to the soothing audio and visuals.

Are you ready for a trip beyond space?

Beyond time?

Beyond MIND?

Experience BRAINPIPE today!

  • Single-player arcade action with a psychedelic twist from the masters of trippy computer gaming, Digital Eel.
  • Relive the '60s and '70s without getting hassled by The Man.
  • One click intuitive interface that will have you playing in seconds.
  • Ten levels of ramping perplexity and oddness.
  • Eight distracting obstacles to avoid.
  • Spinning glyphs to collect, including the awesome UNHUMANITY golden glyph! Transcend your humanity and reveal your true self!
  • Relaxing colorful three dimensional visuals race through your mind.
  • Hypnotic sound and music featuring Eelmix sound management.
  • Creepy eyeball buttons.
  • Playable full screen or windowed.
  • Mouse, joystick, and gamepad support.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor: Pentium 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X700+ or NVidia 6800+ video card, OpenGL 1.1 compatible video drivers
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB HDD
    • Sound: Windows Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32 MB 3D Video Card
    • Hard Drive: 40 MB free space
    • Other Requirements:
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
There isn't really a lot to Brainpipe but that's OK. It's a game where you zoom through a tunnel at speed, grab glyphs and avoid anything that's likely to kill you (that's pretty much everything that isn't a glyph, really).

And doesn't it sound so terminally dull when you put it like that? (YES, IT DOES)

Is it terminally dull? Nope. it is so very far from terminally dull! Rejoice.

There's a couple of things that really make Brainpipe special. One is the graphics which, y'know, aren't quite up to the full Minter they're certainly not far off. It's like flying through someone's fevered attempt at a 70's Doctor Who title sequence or what might happen if someone sat down and said "Mr Trumbull, could you make us a videogame please" or something.

The other is the sound. Oh man, the sound. This is the stuff of headphones on, turn it up, sit back and enjoy. Or just turn it up really loud if you can't manage that. Parts of the soundtrack wibble in and out of focus, sounds zip around you ear to ear, it's one long Any Colour You Like ride but a little bit more strange.

It's essentially the full audio/visual woooah there. Which is just fine. I love it to bits. I love it for its simplicity, I love it for its graphics and I love it for its sound but I love it most of all because it's so very pure and unfiltered. It's slightly weirdy, slightly askew and all the woah there. I couldn't ask for much more.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
Okay, this game is ♥♥♥♥ing awesome.

It's the kind of game you play once every few weeks, but for the rest of your life. Great if you randomly feel like immersing yourself in a richly aurally-textured half-axon half-multiverse tunnel with a pace ranging from narcoleptic to highly spasmodic.

The actual goal is collecting glyphes embodying tiered concepts, with a final one marking a progression we'll get back to; all while avoiding obstacles as your speed slowly increases with each level.
For instance, level 1 is the nasal ganglia, with concepts such as "peculiar insight" or "nervous laugh" and the final glyph being Awareness.
The gameplay also involves the ability to, holy ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥, SLOW DOWN TIME. The game really has a particular relation to time in general, as you slow down the sound environment as well and pausing temporally stucks you in one audio piece. Said pieces otherwise naturally flow with the game.

While all golden glyphes make you "progress", and the general goal is to collect everything, the game has one and only one condition for winning : collecting the very final glyph, Unhumanity. Completing a playthrough rewards you with the ability to choose an in-game avatar from a variety of monsters. As for what happens when you miss the glyph... I'll let you see for yourself.

So in short, exceedingly fun, love the overall feel of the game, EXTREMELY underrated on steam. It's one of those little games that have a special place in my heart. Maybe literally given the environment.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Great sound, good visuals, and fun words. Got in on sale for $0.99 and I think it was worth it, just for the enjoyable experience. Also fits really well with certain music, like Pete Namlook & Bill Laswell's "From the Earth to the Ceiling", Biosphere's "Baby Interphase", or Boards of Canada's "An Eagle in Your Mind" (try some!). It's a fun, trippy experience into the mind... the most dangerous place we'll ever know!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2011
This game consists entirely of dodging obstacles while flying through the opening to Doctor Who. Along the way you'll pick up various hydrocarbon chains, most of which are butane, but 1,1-dimethylcyclopropane does make an appearance (for all you 1,1-dimethylcyclopropane fans out there or "1,1-dimethylcyclopropane-iacs").

The options menu allows adjustment of music and sound effects and nothing else. So if you l find the controls too sensitive, as I did, then too bad.

So far I've only gotten to level nine. Doing so took 20 minutes. I'd be surprised if this game is longer than an hour. Without any evidence to the contrary, I'm forced to assume that the game's brevity is to make sure it doesn't get repetitive.

If flying through an abstract something-or-another while dodging stuff sounds fun, then buy "1... 2... 3... Kick It!"
If you feel that you must buy this game, then wait for it to go on sale first, it isn't long enough for $10. Also, consider checking into rehab, hippie.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2014
Beating level 10 made me feel as if my physical human body was improper. Wonderful meditation tool. 10/10
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