Developer:Big Mouse Media
Summary:White Lines is a beautifully simple memory game.
I’m going to start this review with a summary from the developer: White Lines is a beautifully simple memory game in which players must redraw sequences of lines that travel across the screen.
That’s really the best way to describe this app. It’s a memory game with a twist: instead of simply tapping colors in sequence (Simon), you brush strokes of white in sequence (mmm, simon and painting?). It’s pretty simple while at the same time very stimulating. Calling back the early days of computing, White Lines takes the most basic of color palettes and creates a dynamic and interactive game. The graphics are crisp, meaning that the (what appear to be) paint-brush-strokes of white are authentic. In fact, the design is so neat that it reminds me of the great, austere game, Shadow of the Colossus. That’s enough about the graphics and simplicity, here’s what it’s like to play the game.
You’re supposed to watch the computer draw lines and wait for a green light to beep, signaling for you to start your attempt at recreation, but I found that it’s much easier when you cheat start while the computer is still drawing. There’s a drawback to this though, because you run the risk of the game not detecting a stroke correctly which results in you getting a strike, and in White Lines – unlike Baseball – it’s two strikes and you’re out.
Although it’s not mentioned in the iTunes store or in the game, I think that the harder difficulty you choose (Easy, Medium, Difficult, Pretty Darn Tough, and Are You Nuts?), the more stringent the game becomes with regards to accuracy of lines. I tend to have a bend to my lines, so any of the difficulties past medium are nearly impossible for me to play. I did manage to correctly replicate one set of lines on the highest difficulty and was surprised to see that my score was 600 – a new high score for me! I like that the points are increased along with the difficulty, it only makes sense that you get 600 points for replicating six lines. And before I forget, let me say that the game goes fast – there is very little pause between when you finish your lines and when the games starts drawing the next set. Additionally, the lines are drawn fast so that even on the highest setting – six lines – they’re all drawn in about a second. Also, on the highest setting you only get one strike, take that California!