Sega’s Block Pipo Lego-block-controlled video game may make waves in Miami area arcades very soon
What is Lego’s Block Pipo? Sega has been working on a Lego-block-controlled arcade game called Block Pipo, a revolutionary and new electronic arcade video game that uses Lego’s colorful interlocking plastic bricks to control cartoon-like onscreen characters. Block Pipo is a cooperative game, but it can be a competitive one if two arcade cabinet machines are linked together. Players stand in front of a rectangular touch-sensitive LCD screen and a basket full of large Lego blocks. The players must stack the blocks in the basket to form the ground directly in front of the arcade game’s screen so that in-game bird-like creatures may move around and collect various items. This cutesy, entertaining and innovative Japanese video arcade game may be released under the name “Brick People” here in the U.S.
If Block Pipo (aka Brick People) catches on in Miami, it could have educational applications
Young children could play the cute and challenging game Block Pipo in Miami-Dade County schools. The challenging, puzzle-like game play coupled with its potentially cooperative elements could promote creativity and social skills in young school children. Sega could come out with home versions of the game if its unique features become popular in the United States and abroad. For now, however, the game can only be played in Japan.
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