Review Lifeline: Whiteout
Help a mysterious adventurer uncover their past
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 30 Mar 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Sets up good atmosphere, makes good use of notifications
Has some awkward phrasing, very similar setup to previous entries
If you’re someone who enjoys a good read then you might be surprised to find that there are a pretty large amount of text-based games on mobile. Lifeline: Whiteout for Android is just one of those text-based adventures where you’re talking one-on-one with someone who appears to have amnesia.
Now, having amnesia would be bad enough on its own right, I don’t think anyone would disagree with that. But that’s not all your new friend has to worry about. They’re also all alone in the middle of a frozen lake with an unknown briefcase. Together, you’ll have to work together to save the mysterious adventurer.
Now, for me, the writing pretty much makes or breaks a text-based game. I mean, if there really aren’t any other aspects of the game then you better make sure the writing is at least good. Unfortunately, a lot of the dialogue in this game is kind of awkward and your character will sometimes have reactions to things that appear to be way out of left field. I also found some of the reactions to be a little disjointed.
The story itself is somewhat intriguing, but I’ve also played a few of these now and I realize that really every one of these Lifeline games have the exact same setup. Lifeline: Whiteout isn’t any different. So, if this is your first rodeo with a Lifeline game, you might enjoy it because of the atmosphere the game creates, but there are definitely better games out there.