Jul 31, 2015
Borderline â€“ Life On The Line is a great minimalist arcade that highlights the reason why simple, stylish arcades were so popular back before the free-to-play strategies devoured everything. It’s really simple, but requires a hell of a lot of concentration and skill to play well.
The player controls a tiny little orb that clings to a curvy line that seemingly goes on forever. The line has a bunch of obstacles around it, and crossing it, and the player needs to try and evade those obstacles by flying over them. At the same time, there are star trails sprinkled around the levels, and the player needs to collect them, boosting his high-score. The further the orb flies and the more points the player scores, the more contrived obstacles start popping up, and soon there’s not a second of peace for the player, since the line twists and turns, making it even more difficult to evade the objects correctly. Even one mistake, and the player needs to restart, or waste one of his precious hearts to continue playing.
Speaking of hearts, they are the only currency of the game, and I’m completely alright with that. They can be earned either by getting 100,000 points of score through any amount of runs, by finding one just floating in the level, by watching a video advertisement, or by purchasing them from the store. These same hearts are used to purchase all kinds of visual upgrades for the shape of the orb, the trail that goes after it, some additional effects, or even to change the in-level soundtrack â€“ although I found the default soundtrack to be the most fitting, weirdly.
Overall, Borderline â€“ Life On The Line a great and challenging little game. It has just the right amount of content. It even has multiplayer! I didn’t try it, though, since you need friends for that. The ads are somewhat irritating, but they can be disabled with a $0.99 micro-transaction which I think would actually be a decent price for it. So, if you’re a fan of minimalist, stylish old-school arcades, Borderline â€“ Life On The Line is definitely for you.