[Please note that this game may cause motion-sickness in certain individuals.] Quick, pretend you're in an episode of Wayne's World! Wooooooaaaaah! Wooooooooooooaaaaaaahhhh! Why? 'Cause that's how you're going to feel when you fire up Oslo Albet's 3D avoidance racing game, Pipe Riders! Combining the crazy, tilty, swinging fun of an early Sonic game Bonus Stage with simple, breezy, arcade gameplay, it's a bouncy retro ride down memory lane. After selecting a difficulty and a race from the 32 available levels, just use the [arrow] keys to move around and speed up or slow down. Your goal is to reach the finish line as quickly as possible, naturally, avoiding the various obstacles littering the raceway and grab the green(ish) cubes to replenish your shield if you've been taking damage. Grabbing a green cube when your shield is full gives you a time bonus, so don't ignore them even if you're an avoidance pro! As you progress, keep an eye out for special pads that'll give you a boost of speed if you drive over them. Just completing a race is enough to unlock the next, but if you want those gleaming medals you'll need to work hard to shave precious seconds off your time.
Pipe Riders is a lot of fun, but it might be a bit too simple, and feels like it needs some fleshing out to really be a champion all its own. Split-screen multiplayer would seem like the logical step for competitive play, but even allowing us to save our races for other players to challenge our "ghosts" in a la Hell is Other People would have been great too. Unless you're motivated by high scores and medals, and not everyone is, there aren't a whole lot of reasons to go back and replay earlier levels. But if you shun the company of other players, or just enjoy the thrill that comes at hurtling at irresponsible speeds down a course peppered with things to smash into, Pipe Riders is still a solid, fast-paced way to pass the time. It's also a fairly accurate representation of how I play Grand Theft Auto, but with less screaming and bone-crunching thuds.