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?
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Mostly Positive (95 reviews) - 78% of the 95 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:
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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21 of 22 people (95%) 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2014
Sooooo trippy! Spooky view of the inside of the mind. Very disorienting. Fun fun fun
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 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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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2013
It's an interesting game, but there isn't a lot of things to say about it, you have to avoid obstacles at fast speed and catch some letters on every level, the difficult is good at later levels, appart from that there isn't a lot to say about it, I can't recommend this one for it's full price, it's just an arcade game, only 10 levels and almost no replay value other than getting higher scores, it's a good choice if you want something quick to play on a boring day or if you're looking for something different to play in steam.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
Classic reflex and control game. No instructions, but immersion = discovery.
It's weird, trippy, and a bit disjointed, but definitely charming.
You play as the mind's eye in a randomly generated stream of consciousness.
Collect the glyphs for bonus points and strive for that ulitmate goal: Unhumanity.
No unlocks, no BS. Simple, yet replayable.
Worth $2? Yup. You'll get your playtime out of it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2012
A wondrous little Indie title that will test your strabismic acuity. Brainpipe is a traversal of a coaster like psychedelic pipe complete with immersive award winning audio and great visuals. -w 1920 -h 1080 -fullscreen
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Quick review:

Short Verdict: A psychedelic first-person runner, with maybe a neuro-something theme if you look hard enough. A bland game experience, and it doesn't add much to the genre. If you really want a runner and don't wanna spend more than US$2 on it, then maybe, just maybe, you could get this. (I wouldn't, since I only had fun for the first 5 minutes of the 15 I managed to play.) Otherwise, stay away.

  • Weird graphics in a nice way
  • Could be fun as a casual game for the right player
  • You may start a new game from any stage you want
  • If you like the game, it has replay value, since levels are randomly generated

  • Controls are not very smooth and don't add much to gameplay
  • Weird background... music? No, definitely not music, more like organized noises
  • When it gets too fast, it's almost certain that when you hit an object you'll hit a lot more and die
  • Health system is kind of weird--when you take a hit, everything shakes and red flashes everywhere, but you can't really know exactly how's your health

Bought on / for: I actually only played BRAINPIPE because I got it as a giveaway. Even for free, I wouldn't get it if I'd known. By the way, it's currently being sold on Steam Store for R$ 4,29 (US$ 1.88).
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 23
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.

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 reto-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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0.8 hrs
Posted: August 21
This is free now, eh? In that case I need to heartily recommend it. It's not a long game, it's not a deep game, but it'll get your adrenaline pumping.

Fly through a trippy tunnel very fast and try not to hit the bad stuff. Challenging, impressive atmosphere, good old fashioned fun.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 17
-null explaination
+train your eyes & reflexes
+good for a free game
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0.7 hrs
Posted: July 15
In BRAINPIPE: A Plunge to Unhumanity you play as some type of eye device surfing through a psychedelic neon tube dodging particle effects accumulating score. Its not that different when it comes to mechanics, its just visually styled strangely, and honestly I like it for that. If it sounds interesting give it a try.
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Feared Alien Voodoo
0.2 hrs
Posted: June 24
If you keep missing the paradigm shifts
or your world ended in 2012.
This time tunnel will reveal all the things that you missed.

"Feels like your whole
being is being

If you are already
this is will be
a walk in the park,
if the park was a psychedelic umbilical cord
and your soul was free of your
slimy meatsuit.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: June 13
Throughout the game I realized how uncomfortably my lower jaw is jointed to my skull.
Would be on drugs again/10
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0.9 hrs
Posted: March 9
Ah, the smell of highly experimental concepts.

I find this game to be very meditative, at least on the highest levels.
Great sounds, interesting concept, simple gameplay, challenging.
Nice little game.
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gato certified dino hunter
0.2 hrs
Posted: February 14
betr than va por w a v e
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Brown Jenkin
0.4 hrs
Posted: January 12
Digital Eel should update this with VR support.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: January 1
You´re constantly moving forward in a tube (your aim consists of a circle with perpendicular lines moving towards you) , have to avoid obstacles and collect "glyphic" items. Pretty relaxing and also good to reduce your brain lag. Improved my reaction time in Counter Strike. I like the esoteric art style and the minimalistic soundtrack. It´s very easy to learn - but as you go along it will be hard to master.
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