On The Line – Feel The Finger Burn On iOS

3.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Design: 3.5/5
Duration: 3.5/5

Precise touch controls | Balances challenge & enjoyment | Hardcore mode

Can recognize a second finger by mistake | Usual endless repetition


Games made for touch continue to stand out on iOS, and On The Line is a new endless runner that uses your finger as the main character. The idea is similar to the App Store classic MazeFinger by Ngmoco, but made for today’s standards. The game provides a white line dissecting a colored background, and your goal is to stay on the white line for as long as possible. The line is filled with twists, turns, zigzags, sliding obstacles, moving walls, and more. All you have to do is hold your finger on screen, and drag it around to stay on the white line even as the speed increases, and the obstacle complexity picks up.
The game is perfectly suited for quick pick up, and play, and there are ultra precise touch controls to stay within the line, even when moving at high speeds. You finger will start to burn after awhile when playing On The Line because it becomes a relatively intense experience as the difficulty increases. The endless set-up has its built in repetitive factors, but On The Line does a good job of providing incentive to keep playing. There are landmark milestones to reach based on traveling a certain distance on the line. When you reach the distance, you unlock a new background color with slightly new variations on the maze you’re traveling through.

One of the best parts of the game is the hardcore mode, which is unlocked after completing the first objective. Rather than starting out in the slow beginnings, you jump right in to more difficult stretches with the speed picking up from the get go. Though there’s the endless set-up you have a neat objective system, new unlockables, and an alternate mode to add some freshness. This is all built on the high quality touch based gameplay mechanic for an entire experience that is well suited on iOS. One problem is that if you tap the screen with a second finger the game can recognize you off the line, and it should really limit input to one finger.

On The Line ($0.99, Universal) offers equal parts challenge, and enjoyment that will test your finger dexterity making it worth picking up for some touch based fun.


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