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