Plumbers Don't Wear Ties (found PC version of 3DO game; 1993)


Plumbers Don't Wear Ties (PC version)
Photo of the PC version.
Photo of the PC version.
Status Found
Date found March 21st, 2017
Found by Psychoticgiraffe

Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties is a 1994 adult romantic comedy game for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer console. Though self-described as an interactive full motion video game, the gameplay is closer to that of a visual novel, as the bulk of the story is revealed through a slideshow, with only the opening cutscene actually presented in video form.

Plot

The plot of the game is that the two main characters, John and Jane, are both pressured by their parents into getting married. The two meet by chance in a parking lot and the player inputs various story choices throughout the game in an attempt to get them together.

History

However, due to the small impact many of these choices have on the story, along with the terrible production values, cheesy writing and acting, nonsensical story elements (such as a rapist boss chasing Jane through a public area or a battle between narrators), as well as the aforementioned misleading branding, the game was panned by critics upon release and is infamously considered to be one of the worst video games of all time.[1]

Status

After its release, the game was largely forgotten until the early 2010s, when it received a new burst in popularity from internet critics such as the Angry Video Game Nerd. However, while the 3DO version is the most well-known version on the Internet, the game was originally released on PC, developed by United Pixtures and published by Unica.

Outside of a brief mention on the back cover of the 3DO version, it was barely possible to find evidence of it existing outside of an article in PC Gamer; until March 20th 2017 when a leak of the PC version was recently published by Psychotic Giraffe with the help of a Reddit post; footage of the game along with downloads are now available. A physical copy of it was tracked down and found at the Ball State University library.

PC Gamer magazine gave this game a rather scathing review of 3%. Video proof can be found here, it has also been uploaded to archive.org, and video footage can be found [here]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKTqmjzgD4k[2]

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References

  1. Wikipedia page for the game Retrieved 22 Oct '16.
  2. Video Footage of Game with links to archive.org download (special zip is made to work in DOSBox) Retrieved 22 Oct '16.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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Most of this article is plagiarized straight from Wikipedia.
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Gilby1385

7 months ago
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Yeah, that's the best info I can get at the moment. In fact, a lot of info in most pages on this website is plagiarized from various website, Wikipedia being one of the most common.
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Kobochat

7 months ago
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If you see something that's plagiarized, point it out. Don't use it as an excuse to plagiarize your own articles.
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Gilby1385

7 months ago
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Okay, sorry.
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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You know it's possible for a game magazine to get a copy of a game which is pulled before general release? I can't think of any examples right now but I think there are a few Amiga/DOS/Spectrum games which were reviewed in magazines only to not actually ever be released for the public.

Could be the case with this game. Just saying.
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Gilby1385

7 months ago
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I agree.
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Reynard

7 months ago
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Same thing with "Coolsville". A French magazine got some info about the game and seems to have played it, even though it was cancelled.

http://lostm...;_1994-1998)
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ApolloJustice

6 months ago
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Mother 1 was also in Nintendo Power, although it had already been renamed Earthbound http://earth...04/eb0np.jpg
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Psychoticgiraffe

2 months ago
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The game is no longer lost but I can't figure out how to edit this page, I personally found it and have uploaded it so that it can be obtained.
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Anonymous user #3

7 months ago
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plumbers don't wear porn..or do they?
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Flashbcaks

6 months ago
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would anyone be interested in having that PC Gamer article transcribed? figure there might be some out there who might struggle reading it :0
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Kobochat

6 months ago
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Here's a slightly bigger version: http://24.me...bo1_1280.jpg
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Anonymous user #4

6 months ago
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This game isn't lost.

The anrgy video game nerd reviewed it
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Dash Master 48

6 months ago
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Yes, but I assume the version he was reviewing was the 3DO version.
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YouTubeFan43

5 months ago
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It was.

The PC version isn't found yet.
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Anonymous user #5

2 months ago
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From what I can tell from the PC Gamer's review of the lost PC version of this game, I am guessing that this version will be just the same as the 3DO version with still images being passed off as "full-motion video" and annoying photo filters that almost make the game unwatchable and a annoyance from beginning to the ending.
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Psychoticgiraffe

2 months ago
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this game isn't lost anymore, but I can't figure out how to edit this page, can someone give me privelages to edit it and put links to the upload of the files
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Reynard

2 months ago
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How is it not lost anymore?
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Psychoticgiraffe

2 months ago
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Because I found it @Reynard

I obtained a copy and have scanned the booklets inside it and etc and am in the process of uploading video proof and the iso to archive.org

I currently have it on google drive as well in a bootable form, I made it run in dosbox after install windows 3.1 inside dos

give it an hour or two and if I can get access or an admin to update the article that would be great
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Anonymous user #6

2 months ago
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Chris426 here. I can edit it to include the information, only if you provide the link to the video and link to the iso.
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Anonymous user #6

2 months ago
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o shit I just saw it. Congrats for finding it
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