Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "slid down tubes" in the following sentence from the description of the game "Minion Rush":

For six and a half harrowing minutes, we ran up ramps and slid down tubes, steered around boxes and into hapless bystanders, until we hit a surfboard that refused to budge. (Apple's App Store)

I got a reference to the word "tubes" here:

While you run, you encounter a series of obstacles, from a range of metal rockets to glass transportation tubes for the minions. (Venture Beat)

I am still not sure about the meaning of the phrase "slid down tubes".

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    Do you understand ramps and tubes?? Think of a Fun Park. Try google images. If you enter a tube at one end at the top, you then slide down it. If you did that yesterday, you slip down it. slide, slid, slid
    – Lambie
    Commented Sep 2, 2020 at 22:45
  • Whoops, slid down.
    – Lambie
    Commented Sep 2, 2020 at 22:55

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“slid down tubes” is not an idiom; the normal meaning from the dictionary applies for each word:

“slid” is the (irregular) past tense of “slide”.

“down” is the direction gravity pulls you.

“tube” is a hollow cylinder.

If you get in the top of a (tilted) tube and let go, you will slide down to the bottom.


ramps and tubes

There are at least two ramps to walk up in that picture and a curly tube to slide down. slide down=you sit down in the tube and slide, like a kid.

playsi.com for the picture enter image description here

The ramp is on the far left side....and the half-tube is right in the front!

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