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Line Rider 2: Unbound review

Actually, Bound By Physics would be more accurate


  • Charming style
  • Simple purity of premise
  • Tons of options


  • Frustrating challenge
  • Tracks become overly complex
  • Concept wears thin

The original Line Rider was an online hit thanks to its forehead-slappingly simple concept that caused hours of teeth-gnashing frustration: you have to draw a track for a guy on a sled to ride down, making sure you have your Big Book of Physics on hand to make sure he doesn’t go tumbling off the screen. Line Rider 2 is the same idea tarted up with an electronica soundtrack and a story to tie things together. Forty tracks are available in Story mode and you have to fill in the gaps and collect tokens, though in Freestyle you can create a track from scratch. Puzzle mode lets you devise your own ‘fill in the gaps’ posers, and these can be shared over Wi-Fi.

The trouble with Line Rider 2 is that while it’s not short of options, the core idea can wear thin quite quickly; if you’re bored after trying a few of the Story mode tracks, things are only going to get more complex rather than more interesting. Still, at least you can try it for free online first.

Nov 5, 2008

More Info

DescriptionThe idea is a simple one: you draw a line on the screen and a little man in a woolly scarf tears along it until a lump, a bump or a ramp causes him to come off his toboggan and fly though the air. Lack of content and wobbly controls slightly mar an otherwise captivating experience.
PlatformWii, DS, PC
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Alternative namesLine Rider
Release date7 October 2008 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)