Lifeline (mobile game)

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Lifeline is a text-based adventure game developed by Three Minute Games for iOS and Android.[1] Through a texting conversation between the main character and the player, the player must guide the main character, Taylor, to survive an unknown moon after their space ship crashed.[2] Lifeline was written by Dave Justus and published in 2015.

Gameplay[edit]

In the game, players interact by choosing from two different responses to help the main character progress in the story.[3] Some decisions require looking up additional information, and if the player makes a wrong decision, it can cause Taylor to die.[4] In the event that Taylor dies, the player can rewind to a past decision and try again.

Plot[edit]

The plot follows Taylor as he/she tries to find a way back home after crashing on a foreign planet that turns out to be inhabited by hostile, hive-minded parasitic lifeforms known as the Greens. Taylor must overcome natural and unnatural elements in order to manipulate the structures of the planet and call a spaceship to come rescue him/her.[5] The game is played in real time as Taylor explores, sleeps, and interacts on the planet, so sometimes the player is left waiting for hours before they will hear from the main character again.

Characters[edit]

Taylor is the main character of Lifeline. Taylor is a sassy science student from Earth, acting as a Cadet of the recently crashed Starship Varia.[6][not in citation given] Taylor is resourceful with the material around him/her, and when in a stressful situation, resorts to quips and humor. As a part of the game, Taylor's gender is left ambiguous, leaving the player to decide.

The Lifeline is the character the player plays. The Lifeline is in constant communication with Taylor throughout the game. The player must decide whether to let him/her die or attempt to save him/her, using valuable resources.[7][not in citation given] The Lifeline is connected to Taylor through a signal from his/her EVA suit.

Captain Aya is the former captain of the Starship Varia. Taylor finds her in critical condition after the crash.

Sequels[edit]

  • Lifeline 2: Bloodline (2015)
    • Lifeline 2: Bloodline follows a teenage witch, Arika Lanphear, who is trying to rescue her younger brother. Through the plot, Arika finds many magical objects to assist her in her mission. The Lifeline is connected to Lanphear by blood magic.
    • Lifeline 2: Bloodline was also written by Dave Justus.
  • Lifeline: Silent Night (2015)
    • Lifeline: Silent Night takes place shortly after Lifeline, following Taylor in another adventure fighting against the Greens. This game was released around Christmastime, and has a very slight Christmas theme.
    • Lifeline: Silent Night was also written by Dave Justus.
  • Lifeline: Whiteout (2016)
    • Lifeline: Whiteout follows another character, V. Adams, who awakes in the middle of a frozen wasteland, with the Lifeline as his only form of communication. This is one of the two games as of current to not involve the Greens.
    • Lifeline: Whiteout was created in collaboration with Eipix Entertainment.
  • Lifeline: Crisis Line (2016)
    • Lifeline: Crisis Line takes place in Austin, Texas, following Austin Police Department Detective Alex Esposito. Esposito is investigating the murder of Jason Leder, which leads him into a load of trouble. The Lifeline is connected to Esposito through a mobile app called HelpBot.
    • Lifeline: Crisis Line was written by Matthew Sturges.
  • Lifeline: Flatline (2016)
    • Lifeline: Flatline follows a medical patient, Wynn, as she tries to escape from the hospital that she's trapped in. Unlike the other games, this story plays out more like a horror story. The Lifeline is connected to Wynn telepathically.
    • Lifeline: Flatline was written by Daryl Gregory.
  • Lifeline: Halfway To Infinity (2016)
    • Lifeline: Halfway To Infinity is the third installment in the Taylor series, taking place shortly after the last two games. This time, Taylor is stranded in space, taking on a strangely familiar foe.
    • Lifeline: Halfway to Infinity was also written by Dave Justus.
  • Lifeline: Whiteout 2 (2017, partial release)
    • Lifeline: Whiteout 2 is the mostly unreleased sequel to Lifeline: Whiteout, following V. Adams in another adventure, shortly after his last. The Lifeline Library app allows for a part of the game to be played.
    • Lifeline: Whiteout 2 was created in collaboration with Eipix Entertainment.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 77/100[8]
Review score
Publication Score
TouchArcade 3.5/5 stars[9]

Lifeline received 3 and a half stars on TouchArcade, which said the game, "Manages to create an emotional connection to Taylor is a fantastic writing achievement".[9]

The game received 8/10 on Pocket Gamer, praising it by saying, "For a few brief hours I cared - really cared - about the fate of a completely fictional character. I don't think any other game I've played has made me feel that way before."[10]

Metacritic gave the game a score of 77/100.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ d4. "Lifeline". Three Minute Games. Big Fish Games. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Games, Bareghost. "Lifeline Gameplay Playthrough Part 21 - Connection Terminated (The End)(iPad)". Youtube. BareghostGames. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Hudson, Laura. "I've been texting with an Astronaut". Boing Boing. Boing Boing. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Hudson, Laura. "I've been texting with an Astronaut". BoingBoing. BoingBoing. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  5. ^ d4. "Lifeline". 3 Minute Games. Big Fish Games. 
  6. ^ Lofgren, Krista. "Behind the Curtain – Three Minute Games (Lifeline) Interview". Big Fish Games. Big Fish Games. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Lofgren, Krista. "Behind the Curtain – Three Minute Games (Lifeline) Interview". Big Fish Games. Big Fish Games. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Lifeline... for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  9. ^ a b Dotson, Carter (8 May 2015). "'Lifeline' Review – Taylor, You Are Way Too Needy". TouchArcade. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  10. ^ Thrower, Matt (29 April 2015). "Lifeline... review". Pocket Gamer. Steel Media. Retrieved 23 February 2016.