TGWK’s Review – Hard Lines v1.1.0 (iOS)

Hard Lines is a retro style “snake” type game from developer Split Milk Studios. In the game, you play as Lionel who drives a “line” and must destroy other opposing lines while picking up glowy things. I compare it to Snake loosely but in actuality it also has much in common with the classic TRON Light Cycle game. What you do is control a line around a playing area and try to pick up points while other lines are trying to do the same. If you hit any of the other lines or the walls, it’s game over for you.

The game is very easy to pick up and controls are quite easy to learn. Controlling your line is as simple as swiping in the direction you want it to turn. Your line only moves in 90 degree angles so you can only go up, down, left, or right. You must avoid other lines on the field but can destroy them if you make them hit any part of you. As you can see, very Snake and TRON like. Unlike those games though, you can pick up the red power up that allows you to just plow through other lines for a limited amount of time.

Graphically the game is very simple looking but very colorful. It uses a lot of neon colors but other than that, there isn’t mu ch to the game graphically. The audio in the game is quite good though with a very upbeat sound track.

Hard Lines is a really good retro style game. It’s a really good combination of the classic Snake and TRON Lightcycle game that I think old school players as well as new players will enjoy. It’s very challenging for such a simple game and highly recommend it.

Hard Lines is available now in the App Store for $0.99. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

Description

*** UPDATED WITH RETINA DISPLAY & SUPPORT FOR iOS 3.1.3 AND ABOVE!!***

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.

***Number 3 in the Quality Index’s Top 10 iPhone games of June 2011***

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!

***Number 10 in the Quality Index’s Top 10 iPhone games of the last 6 months!***

Screen-searing graphics, a bass-thumping retro soundtrack and endless replay value make this must-play package unlike anything else you’ve played.

Features:

Hilarious Quips
Spiffy Leaderboards
Natty OpenFeint integration
6 Lovely Game Modes
Crivens! Endless Replay Value

[via App Store]

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