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Heron: Steam Machine Available on WiiWare this Friday

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Yet another Dutch developer joins the party.

Triangle Studios have announced that their upcoming puzzler Heron: Steam Machine will be available on WiiWare in Europe this Friday.

Remniscent of the classic Pipe Mania/Pipe Dream, in this game you move around sections of pipe in order to stop a steam machine from overflowing. There is also multiplayer support for up to 4 players. For 500 Wii Points it looks like it could be quite fun, here's the press release:

Announcement: Heron: Steam Machine launches October 16th in Europe (WiiWare™)

Leeuwarden, The Netherlands - October 12, 2009 - Triangle Studios announces the European release date of its first WiiWare game, Heron: Steam Machine. As soon as this Friday, October 16th, European players will be able to enjoy Heron: Steam Machine on their Wii™!

The addicting pipe puzzle game is an excellent choice for players who like a frantic single- and multiplayer experience. Heron: Steam Machine for WiiWare will be available for 500 Wii Points in the Wii Shop Channel! To view the official trailer, screenshots and more information, please visit: www.heronsteammachine.com

Heron: Steam Machine will also be available for iPhone and iPod Touch. This portable version is expected to launch later this month.

About Heron: Steam Machine: Ron, the factory mechanic, has been working at the factory for Rubber Duckies for many years. On one dark morning, Ron comes to the shocking discovery that his boss is going to hand over control of the factory to his evil son! The son raises production targets as soon as he takes charge of the factory, and Ron will have to work at least twice as hard in order to be able to keep the steam machine running. Players can help Ron out by maintaining the steam machine, and prevent it from breaking down!

Multiplayer:
One of the most important aspect of Heron: Steam Machine is its multiplayer features. Instead of going up against each other, players will have to co-operate in order to keep the steam machine running. Are you and your friends able to work together as a team? Make sure to test your team spirit 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.

You can also check out the official site.

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User Comments (26)

hobbes

#2

hobbes said:

I played this a long time ago... It came on one of those 3.5" floppy disks for PC and was called pipe dream.... There were some differences... But still looks like a very similar game... Fun game though.

Omega

#3

Omega said:

Uh. I have seen so many versions of this game that I can't count them anymore. It's a great game concept like Sokobon, simple and yet addictive, but honestly, it's nothing special and it's getting old.

odd69

#5

odd69 said:

Yep this is a mini game in Bioshock. This is yet another shovelware game i'll skip.

SwerdMurd

#6

SwerdMurd said:

I guess they nixed development on Heroin: Dream Machine, and made this....can't say I approve of the decision.

Cheezy

#7

Cheezy said:

Monday's WiiWare release down. Unless there are more, we gotta hope on DSiWare and VC (although it will probably end up being another dissapointment)

Gigantorama

#8

Gigantorama said:

@ Swerd_Murd

I lol'd, really I did. That being said, it really does look like the Bioshock minigame, and as far as minigames in games go, that minigame was a bad minigame. A good one would be the card game in Final Fantasy 8. Or even blitzball. A blitzball game for WiiWare would sell millions.

Gaming Goodies!

Starwolf_UK

#9

Starwolf_UK said:

Pipe Mania/Pipe Dream
It looks nothing like those game. In Pipe dream (at the game boy and arcade versions I've played) you place the pipes onto the grid rather than rotating them. I also remember the game boy game having a hidden mini-game which played more like Tetris.

This is more like...a game I can't thing of the name of but has also been "elaborated on" numerous times. It doesn't look too bad but I'm hoping it at least has some substantial single-player to it. I'm kind of left dry over Magnetis only being a few variants of score attack for the lone player. Things like Pop have Medels to earn and Maboshi with thwe whole helping Mr.Maboshi makes it feel you are making some progress.

Sneaker13

#10

Sneaker13 said:

Yeee for the Dutch. Hope it will be good, but I think I await a few reviews. Don't have any points too at the moment. I'm saving them for LiT.

Digiki

#11

Digiki said:

So we're getting another game that can be played for free on the internet...

XCWarrior

#15

XCWarrior said:

I have been waiting for this game since it was announce in the summer. I sure hope it comes to the Americas soon. And for 500 points, its basically a must unless you guys give it a bad review. I guess the nice thing with it coming to Europe first is I'll know the review before it comes to America.

Sean_Aaron

#16

Sean_Aaron said:

I'm planning on reviewing this one unless there's another staffer who's jonesing for it. I do wish it was simply Pipe Dream because I love that game (especially the arcade incarnation), but this could be interesting and you simply cannot have too many puzzle games, can you?

Digiki

#17

Digiki said:

And for 500 points, its basically a must unless you guys give it a bad review.

What is the meaning of this nonsense?

letsplay

#18

letsplay said:

I remember playing a card version called Waterworks created by Parker Brothers in 1972. (Oh my that's a while ago.)
Steam machine looks like frantic fun.

thebigM

#19

thebigM said:

Looks very interesting, and 500 is a real bargain.
I have full trust in Sean that he will test it to the last detail and will help me in my desicion to get it or not. Therefore, I feel similar than XC Warrior´s nonsense.

Egg_miester

#20

Egg_miester said:

how can people judge this as shovelware just off a few images and small write up.
to me it seems like it can be fun and for just 500 points

Omega

#22

Omega said:

^ Pipe Mania was developed by The Assembly Line for the Amiga. As far as I know LucasFilm Games published it and ported it to several other systems under the name "Pipe Dream".

Sean_Aaron

#23

Sean_Aaron said:

Pipe Dream/Mania used a variety of different kinds of pipe pieces and layouts to create enough variety to maintain interest; if this game lacks that then I think the appeal will be quite limited in duration.

XCWarrior

#24

XCWarrior said:

@Digiki And for 500 points, its basically a must unless you guys give it a bad review.
"What is the meaning of this nonsense?"

How does it not make sense? At 500 points, unless it gets a bad review, I'm going to buy it.

@Sean Aaron: I agree that I love Pipe Dream/Mania and hope this game provides that same kind of enjoyment. Judging by the video, it looks like it will provide that. I sure hope so. Can't wait for your review.

opeter

#25

opeter said:

How does it not make sense? At 500 points, unless it gets a bad review, I'm going to buy it.

Me too, absolutely.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#26

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Pipe Mania fan over here. I know this game doesn't play exactly like Pipe Mania, but it has piqued my interest. I'll need a revw though please ;-)

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