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Triangle Studios Announces Heron: Steam Machine for WiiWare

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Another Dutch WiiWare developer has appeared!

Triangle Studios today announced that they are developing Heron: Steam Machine exclusively for WiiWare.

The game seems to be inspired by the classic Pipe Dream and Pipe Mania games, in which you have to move and turn pipeline sections in order to make water or another fluid move from one spot to another. That's really all there is to it here as well, it seems, although the developers will likely give the game their own twist. There's a 4-player mode as well.

The full press release is below:

Announcement: Heron: Steam Machine (WiiWare™)

Leeuwarden, The Netherlands - July 3, 2009 - Dutch independent game developer Triangle Studios is proud to announce Heron: Steam Machine for the WiiWare™ service.

Heron: Steam Machine is Triangle Studios' take on the pipe puzzle format. In Heron: Steam Machine, players have to connect pipes to keep the Steam Machine running. Play in singleplayer or co-op with friends for huge amounts of puzzle fun! The gameplay mechanic is simple and addictive, anybody can learn to play Heron within minutes, but only experts are able to achieve the highest scores.

The story:
For many years, a mechanic named Ron has been working at the factory for Rubber Duckies. One day, the owner of the factory decided to retire, and leave the family business to his evil son, who has different plans with the factory altogether. The evil son doubled production targets for the factory, and as a result, Ron has to work at least twice as hard to keep up with the high demands of his new boss. The player has to help Ron out in the factory, and together they face the challenge of keeping the Steam Machine from breaking down!

Multiplayer:
Multiplayer is an important feature in Heron: Steam Machine. The Wii™ console is all about having fun with family and friends. In Heron: Steam Machine, players have to co-operate and connect each one of the pipes at the same time. Can you work as a team in perfect harmony? Test your skills in the Multiplayer mode of Heron: Steam Machine.

Key features:

  • Addictive single- and multiplayer fun for all ages.
  • High quality 2D Graphics.
  • Upbeat soundtrack.
  • Multiple highscore listings.
  • For up to 4 players.

We'll have more info about Heron: Steam Machine as soon as it's available!

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User Comments (17)

Sneaker13

#2

Sneaker13 said:

Looks pretty cool. I like puzzlers. Dutch developers are doing good things lately.

nr_09

#3

nr_09 said:

go belguim and netherland
any europeans wanna join our clan on the conduit

KnucklesSonic8

#4

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Looks interesting. Definitely serves an audience on WiiWare. The motif reminds me of Science Papa and Mercury Meltdown Revolution. The presentation values look quite polished and I like the art style from what I can see. I just hope there's more to the single-player experience than meets the eye otherwise I won't be spending more than 500 for this.

Remco

#5

Remco said:

Glad you guys like it. The multiplayer definitely is a blast, the single player makes you want to play over and over again, especially if you're a competative player :-)

ATRUEZELDAFAN

#6

ATRUEZELDAFAN said:

Thank the sweet lord, another puzzler. We all know how much of a lack of support they have on WiiWare.

Sean_Aaron

#7

Sean_Aaron said:

I'm all for it after Pipedream got canned for the Wii last year. I love the arcade version of the Lucasfilm Games original on MAME, so if the core mechanic is retained you've already got my money!

Kojak

#8

Kojak said:

Hey! - I`ve been waiting for a game like this!
Thats if its good, of course ;-)

GameCube

#11

GameCube said:

I hope they'll also release it on DsiWare, because I prefer to play games like these on the go. And the DSi store could certainly use more content.

Ricardo91

#12

Ricardo91 said:

I have fond memories of playing Pipe Dream on my dad's old PC, and the thing's way too old and crusty to dust off now, so I might get this if it's cheap. Now we need Chip's Challenge and Jezzball-esque games on Wiiware! :)

deadly_by_design

#14

deadly_by_design said:

@10 Hm, reminds me of the bomb arming minigame in CoD4 DS.

Or the "hacking" mini-game from Bioshock. Looks fun. I might buy it if the price is low.

KDR_11k

#16

KDR_11k said:

Hacking in Bioshock had you drag tiles around, this looks more like you're going to rotate them, CoD4 did it like that.

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