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Review: Line Rider iRide (V: 1.1)

Line Rider is a physics game. The basic concept is to draw one or more lines with the touch screen. A boy (referred to as “Bosh”) rides his sled on these lines after the player presses the “Play” button. The game includes simulated physics, which means the track must be sufficiently smooth to prevent the character from falling off the sled. This version was developed and published by inXile. It currently sells in the app store for $2.99.

Presentation

There isn’t any story in this game (which is actually better for this type of game).  There aren’t really any menus either.  The game just kind-of drops you in an empty screen.  From here you can just start colouring.  Overall, I believe this is one of the best ways for the game to start up!

Score: 9

Graphics

If you compare this game to Flying Rider (R.I.P.), Flying Rider kicks this version in the nuts (I’m not trying to offend anyone).  This game has very, very jagged lines.  Hopefully these graphics will be improved through an update.

Score: 5

Sound

Not much here, just some popping sounds.  This game would benefit extremely well from music.

Sound: 3

Gameplay

This game has a mixed bag of pros and cons.  On one hand, drawing with your finger helps over a mouse on a PC/Mac.  But, on the other hand, with such a small screen, drawing can be a real chore (and by chore, I mean makes-you-want-to-throw-your-iPhone-across-the-room).  I think that if the tweaked the drawing a little more (like, having the magnet effect on all the time), the game could become a lot smoother.

Score: 6.5

Value

For $2.99, this game is a steal!  The game can run short if you get board easily, but for the rest of us, this is money spent well.  As well, it’s always fun to download someone elses stages and watch them (while yelling, “Oh S*!T, how did he do that!?!?!”).

Score: 9.5

Lasting Appeal

For half of us, the game will eventually become a dusty app.  You have fun for a couple of weeks, then nothing.  But, for the other half, this game will last for years.  It is all up to whether or not you are type A or B (to find out, just go play the free PC version). 

Score: 7

Overall

Overall, this is a game that is for a specific crowd.  It isn’t for everyone, for those who enjoy it, enjoy it a lot!  Go try the game on the web, if you like it, buy it.  If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.  It’s as simple as that.

Presentation: 9
Graphics: 5
Sound: 3
Gameplay: 6.5
Value: 9.5
Lasting Appeal: 7
Overall: 7

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