Lucasfilm Games published back in 1989 and 1990 Pipe Dream and Night Shift, both really great puzzle/action games and both developed in the UK by The Assembly Line (Pipe Dream) and Attention to Detail (Night Shift). The games are two of the lesser known titles published by Lucasfilm Games, in the mist of great pirate adventures and fast flying simulators they had to battle for attention right from the get go.
In Pipe Dream using a variety of pipe pieces, presented randomly in a queue, the player must construct a path from the start piece for the onrushing sewer slime, or “flooz”, which begins flowing after a time delay from the start of the round. The flooz is required to pass through a given number of pipe pieces in order for the player to continue to the next round.
Pipe Dream was also called Pipe Mania in the EU and was released for the some of the typical UK machines at the time: BBC Micro, Acorn 32-bit and Amstrad CPC all of these releases were in typical EU small boxes, with modest artwork and low quality packaging. Lucasfilm took over the publishing for the big machines, like the Amiga, IBM/PC, C64 etc. Steve Purcell redid the artwork for the box and it looks absolutely gorgeous. You may know Steve Purcell from a ton of other titles like Sam & Max, Zak McKracken, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Monkey Island series and a whole bunch of other great games. You may also know him from the movie world, where he has done work for Pixar and from the comics scene with series like Defenders of Dynatron City and Sam & Max: Freelance Police.
Night Shift is a pretty unique puzzle action game where the hero is a worker in a factory owned by Industrial Might and Logic (a parody of Industrial Light and Magic). Your hero ensures that the factory is working properly as it cranks out Star Wars action figures, including those of Storm Troopers and Darth Vaders. The object of the game is to always ensure the factory is working properly, and to move in an increasingly better home.
Here we have some of my different sealed releases of the two games.