The pipes themselves cannot be touched or landed on in most games. The Balloons will float out of the tops of them. While the pipes for the most part obscure the Balloons as they float up, in Vs. Balloon Fight and Balloon Fight NES the Balloons can be partially seen through the small gap between the lip and the stem, and it is possible to pop them at this point. In Balloon Kid and Balloon Fight GB, however, the pipes are solid and can be landed on. At the end of the Bonus Stage, a Heart will also float up from a pipe in Balloon Kid, as well as in its remake. In Tingle's Balloon Fight, the pipes are once again untouchable, but they do stop the player from collecting Balloons early.
In Vs. Balloon Fight and Balloon Fight on the NES, the pipes were somewhat narrow and had a very round lip at the top. The pipes are made of a shiny, silver metal. There is a small gap between the lip and the stem of the pipe. In Balloon Kid, the pipes are slightly redesigned, as they are now more blocky, and in Balloon Fight GB, the pipes are green. In Tingle's Balloon Fight, the pipes are still blocky, but they are made of beige bricks.