Lyne: A Stressful Game In Disguise [Review]


Apparently, I’m a sucker for minimalist puzzle games.

Lyne by Thomas Bowker
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $2.99

You can find a lot of them in the App Store, and I’ve reviewed more than a few since I’ve been here. I like the simplicity, the clean interface, the solid blocks of color … it’s all very relaxing. And then I play something like Lyne, a new puzzler that looks like those other zen games, but then you start playing it and realize that beneath its sparsely populated surface is a relentless battle for your sanity.

In a good way. Mostly.

Lyne: A Stressful Game In Disguise [Review]

Lyne has a simple premise: It gives you a bunch of shapes, and you have to draw lines between the matching ones. And that’s all great until the rules start emerging.

Lines can’t cross. You must connect every shape. Later, your board includes pieces through which you can draw multiple lines. You have to draw multiple lines through them.

If you try hard enough, your brain does something I can only describe as ‘Mental Magic Eye.’

A game isn’t a game without rules, of course, but Lyne is so much more particular, exacting, and demanding than similar games that it’s enough to snap you out of Zen Mode. And then you start to think. And then you either give up or adapt. And if you try hard enough, your brain does something I can only describe as “Mental Magic Eye,” and Lyne becomes something else entirely.

LyneGame Name: : Lyne
The Good: Simple and relaxing but still somehow challenging and stressful.
The Bad: It’s a bit rule-crazy.
The Verdict: It’s a deceptive take on minimalist puzzlers that ultimately pays off.
Buy from:App Store

Cult of Mac rating: 4/5

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Evan KillhamEvan Killham is a freelance writer who lives in Nebraska and isn't interested in football, so he has plenty of time to play and think about video games. He has written for Bitmob and GamesBeat and sometimes, he even goes outside. But not too often because he's heard there are bees out there.

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