Hard Lines Review
- Text feedback adds a fun level of characterization to the 'lines' you compete with.
- Snappy controls; swipe and touch varieties available.
- Bright neon graphics; balanced with retro sound-effects and a trance soundtrack.
- Six game modes to keep you entertained; includes a classic Snake (with jokes!).
- Unpredictable AI; varies from sinister to outright stupid at the drop of a hat.
Hard Lines doesn't require fancy 3D graphics or a huge gimmick to make Snake fun again; amusing writing, multiple modes and competitive AI go a long way to revive this classic game.
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As the wheel of time turns, we finally find ourselves face to face again with an old nemesis - Snake. What was once a staple addition to just about every mobile device has been reborn in Spilt Milk Studios' latest release, Hard Lines.
"Been there, done that" you say? Sure, we've probably all spent our penance of chasing pixels in order to make a snake grow larger, but Hard Lines proposes a slightly different kind of game. Taking a page from TRON, this version of Snake is slightly more aggressive as players try their hand at not only eating shiny pixels, but also destroying other lines by cutting them off ala Light Cycles. Three control schemes give players the option of either swiping to turn or touching the edges with two or four locations depending on your preference. Sure it sounds easy, but once you mix neon explosions in to the mix things can get a bit hectic.
In order to keep things fresh, players can blast their way through six different modes. Other than the default Survival mode players can try to beat the clock in either Dead Line (3 minute timer to score as high as possible) or Time Attack (earning additional time based on your score). Pinata adds a neat twist by requiring players to be aggressive in order to reach the tasty pixels inside opposing 'lines'; Gauntlet ramps things up to an all or nothing brawl as you fight other lines non-stop; and lastly Snake mode allows you to relive the classic gameplay minus the opposition.
Despite simply being lines on a neon grid, each colored entity sports a unique personality that's shared through quips displayed on-screen as you fight them. Instead of being a cluttering distraction, the lines manage to add a lot of character and charm, elevating it above similar sterile arcade titles. This, combined with the trance soundtrack and sound effects makes for a retro classic with all the conveniences of modern gaming.
It's time to put to bed any other Snake title you have and replace it with Hard Lines.
DescriptionDownloaded over 400,000 times! ***Top 30 Games in the USA, Germany, France, China and Canada!***
Slide To Play: 4/4
The Guardian's 11th best smartphone game of 2011, until Keith tells me off!
***Top 50 Apps in the USA, Canada, France, China!***
***Number 3 in the Quality Index's Top 10 iPhone games of June 2011***
***Number 10 in the Quality Index's Top 10 iPhone games of the last 6 months!***
Slide To Play: 4/4 "You will believe...that lines have feelings, too."
AppSpy: 5/5 "Amusing writing, multiple modes and competitive AI go a long way to revive this classic game."
Fusion-Gamer 10/10 "Humor, simplicity, difficulty, originality & a damn good soundtrack all blend together to create the perfect app package."
Pixelated Sausage: 5/5 "Hard Lines is one of the best iPhone games I've played in quite some time."
Daily Joypad: 5/5 "Some of the most stylish retro visuals seen on the App store."
148Apps: 4.5/5 "Hard Lines is a little gem simply put. It’s immensely enjoyable offering that ‘just one more go’ mentality."
Edge Online: 8/10 "Original, funny and intense, this score-attack game is anything but an idle distraction."
Take on all comers, avoid collisions and score MILLIONS of points in this stunning game of skill and quick reflexes!
Guide our plucky underdog hero Lionel in his epic task to KILL ALL LINES, pick up lovely GLOWY THINGS, fight for survival (in SPAAAAAACE!) and most importantly DON'T CRASH! This is literally the funniest game you will ever play that has a glowing yellow line as the main character.
Outwit the hilarious AI in a never-ending quest for points and glory on the worldwide leaderboards!
Aim to beat your personal best or compete against friend's high scores over 6 distinctly fast, fun and frantic gameplay modes.
Inspired by classic arcade games from years gone by (you know the ones we're talking about!), we've brought them kicking and screaming onto your iOS device!
Screen-searing graphics, a bass-thumping retro soundtrack and endless replay value make this must-play package unlike anything else you've played.
Natty OpenFeint integration
6 Lovely Game Modes
Crivens! Endless Replay Value