Review Lifeline 2
Some of the best storytelling in mobile gaming
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 20 Jan 2016, tested on HTC One M8
Excellent story, lots of interactivity, good looking menus
The notifications are way too much, has some cringy humor
Have you ever wanted to be a part of the story you were reading? I don’t mean stepping into a character’s shoes, I mean actually being a character? Lifeline 2 for Android gives you that opportunity. It puts you right in the middle of a real-time story where you connect with a young teen sorceress named Arika (pronounced ARR-uh-ka).
There isn’t much here on the visual side, but what you do see is really well done. The game is visualized as nothing more than text that scrolls over a static background, but the typeface and the background images really sort of capture the feel that’s going on in the story itself.
The story revolves around a young woman named Arika. She introduces herself as a runaway teen sorceress, and she’s on a quest for vengeance. When she was younger, her parents were killed in front of her and her little brother was torn away from her. Now she’s traveling back to where it all began in a sort of last ditch effort to save her brother or die trying.
Where do you play a role in that? Well, you’re who she reaches out to by accident. Throughout the game you’ll get to know more about Arika and her story through text dialogue. You even get to select responses to what she says and she’ll respond in-line.
I’m hesitant to write anymore because I’ve already set up the story. Now you just need to jump in and play it. Some of the jokes in the dialogue are a bit cringy, but the plot is really interesting and it takes you along for a great ride.