[PS4] Linelight Review
Linelight from My Dog Zorro is a minimalist but highly addictive puzzle game for the PlayStation 4. Read our Linelight review to learn why this is a must have release!
In this game, players are in control of a small and shiny white line that can only travel on top of the roads laid out in each area. You must be careful as you move around because if you touch a red line, you will be destroyed. Luckily the game autosaves as soon as you enter a new area in each of its worlds, so youâ€™ll be able to quickly give it another trial. Same goes for the puzzles. If you ever find yourself in a predicament, you can reset the current puzzle so that you can try to solve it with a fresh layout.
The first world in the game works as a tutorial so that you can learn the basics of the game. Each new puzzle you encounter builds on the knowledge youâ€™ve gained from previous puzzles, so youâ€™ll certainly learn from your mistakes as you go. At first, youâ€™ll only need to worry about controlling your line and avoiding deadly red lines, but pretty soon things escalate considerably. This doesnâ€™t mean that he game is unfair or too hard, but it does mean that you will need to carefully plan your moves from the second world and on.
As you complete puzzles, youâ€™ll find shining stars that resemble either on your path, locked away by a key or under the protection of an enemy. There are 240 stars in total to collect, but thatâ€™s not all! On top of this, thereâ€™s a second set of hidden green stars that are not part of the main paths in the game. To find them, youâ€™ll need to push against the side of each path as you move along to find the secret path to each one. I suggest you focus on completing each world since you can go back to any world from the menu. When you do go back, you should also pause the game when you go back to a previous world to try and find the green stars since you will be able to spot theâ€¦ spots where a hidden star is, well, hiding.
On top of moving through each area as you avoid enemies out to get you, youâ€™ll also sometimes need to time your actions to the beat. There are times when enemies will move to the rhythm of the music, showcasing a very specific movement pattern you must decipher. And if that isnâ€™t fun enough, youâ€™ll run into enemies that only move when you move, forcing you to be extra careful. And what if you could make some enemies move with the press of a button? Well, in Linelight you can do just that! The game will tell to when you can start using the Square button to make enemy lines move â€“ this is a gameplay mechanic that will play a big part in the puzzles you find later in the game.
The final section of each world asks players to work together with an enemy line as you both move along separate paths that sometimes intersect. During these sections, there will be an even bigger focus on moving along to the music as you find the proper rhythm to each small puzzle in your path. If youâ€™re not careful, youâ€™ll end up at the wrong spot and be destroyed due to your mistake â€“ not a big issue since you can immediately reset the screen and do things right.
Linelight includes a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and the best part is that no trophy is missable thanks to the world and level select options. All youâ€™ll need is plenty of time and perseverance as you take on the gameâ€™s puzzles. This is particularly true of the puzzles that protect the hidden green stars as the game likes to throw at you puzzles that are similar to the ones on the main path, but on a larger scale and at a higher difficulty.
I absolutely loved Linelight. Itâ€™s a highly addictive release that will keep you coming back for more, and once you think youâ€™ve finished the game, you might end up finding some extra content as a reward for your effort. Its simple but strong gameplay mechanic, minimalist but charming look and excellent puzzle design make this one of the best games on the PlayStation 4.
[review pros=”Charming minimalist look.
Plenty of content.” cons=”No complaints.” score=96]
This Linelight review is based on a PS4 copy provided by My Dog Zorro.