Fatal Rewind 3/5
By Violent Lee
The writing is good. I say that as someone who's written both novels and video games. The main character has a definite but multifaceted voice. And I love that it's basically an adventure game without you pointing and clicking at everything on a screen.
Dying sets you back a loooooong way. I died three times, and even with "fast-forward" enabled, I can't bring myself to try to slog through it again. If only dying gave you the option of going back a few choices from your failure instead of THE BEGINNING OF THE ACT. It's the one problem I have with the game, but it's a major one and it's going to keep me from ever playing it again. For that reason, I can't score Lifeline 2 high.
It's reminiscent of how Morrowind's lack of direction/fast travel made me give up on it, but Bethesda fixed that in Oblivion - which I played for 185+ hours.
TL;DR: Developers, please fix the dying penalty on your game because it killed my enjoyment.
Choices Are Limited 2/5
I love the other Lifeline games. I highly recommend those. This one felt irrational. Many of the choices you make are not what the plot suggests you should do. For instance Fight or Run. When it is clear you should talk to someone who isn't threatening and has previously alluded to what you might need. It really feels like you don't get to make legitimate choices. Poorly written decision tree.
More fun than I expected 5/5
Witty writing and a fun execution.
Lifeline developer is good 5/5
I wasn't as interested at first because it was a different theme than sci-fi. I liked it, and looking forward to another
Longer story (good) but still not my fave 2/5
I've played all the Lifeline games, and this is by far my least favorite.
-Longer storyline (so you can play the game for longer)
-Strong female lead character
-Story focuses uniquely around magic/mages vs. the standard alien/sci-fi vibe of the other Lifeline games
-Unfortunately, much of the longer story is made up of wordy, excessive chatter/banter that has nothing to do with the actual story (a little bit of it is great, but this is way too much)
-This is especially problematic because the story-specific content that IS there is really unhelpful. Really hard to make out the point of what is happening and why it is relevant.
-No substantial consequences to anything I did in the game, which completely took all the fun out of it
When playing the other Lifeline games, I was always waiting with excitement to get the next response from the lead character, and when I reached the end of each story, I loved rewinding back and making different decisions along the way to see where it could take me.
When I (finally) reached the end of this one, I was just happy it was over.
Really Good, First was better 4/5
Really liked it, by I loved the first one. Magic in a modern setting was intriguing. Great character. Story was good.
And yet, I found myself a little bored at some plot stages, and felt that some of my decisions were may have been irrelevant, given the end state. In the first one, I died a lot. In This one, I started to lose any sense of suspense or worry, as it felt the stakes were negated by preset consequences.
Again, overall really good. I was just blown away by the first one.
Old game? 3/5
By BCS Reader
So I recently got a new phone and I downloaded this game hoping to continue where I left off but unfortunately I can't so I there is a way to get my save back.
Not NEARLY as good as the others 2/5
I've played a couple other versions from the Lifeline series and I was really excited to try another, but this one just felt like it wasn't even close to the standard of the others. In the original and by far the best, someone is stranded out in space and the only person their communicator is able to reach is you. But in this, Arika simply reached the wrong person she was trying to contact, but she's not stranded all alone, she's just wandering around Oregon with many people around, she doesn't actually need you, and she very often doesn't even listen to what you say and gets very rude at some points. It just doesn't work. The others in the series are absolutely amazing, but this one was just a let down. I'd recommend you save your money on this one, but definitely try one of the other Lifeline games, especially the first
Great game 5/5
Personal and gratifying
A MUST Buy 5/5
This is the second lifeline game I've played though I have downloaded them all and I can't imagine lifeline getting any better!! This is a definite MUST buy.
10/10 Wouldn't play it again because I already know the story!
Great game! Wonderful storytelling. I truly felt a bond with Arika. It's easy to forget that she's not real, and I wanted her to be happy throughout the entire thing. Keep 'em coming!
Man, I hated to see that story end! It made me scared, worried and anxious for Arika and with every victory, I cheered for her and wanted nothing more than to see her succeed in her quest. But now that it's over and she won... now I want to see more from the story. I want to see Arika again. I hope there is a sequel to her tale. That was amazing.
I really want to interact with Arika more after the adventure. Hope to get a sequel with Arika sometime in the future.
Great game 5/5
Loved this game. Could play at my pace. Killed her off a couple times 😩 but learned from my mistakes and completed the game. Can't wait to d/l another!
An intriguing tale. 5/5
It's nothing amazing like the first one but still worth a read. I enjoyed it.
Fun, witty 3/5
By one tweak
Game goes by way too fast.
Awesome but doesn't sync consistent with Apple watch story progress 4/5
Hopeful this gets fixed
Fantastic addition to a great franchise 5/5
By Jordan Barrick
Lifeline 2 is a well crafted and effectively paced story. Although there is a heavy handed approach at cynicism and pop culture references, Arika as a protagonist is quite human. Even dealing with very unrealistic themes set in current era background it does not disappoint. Without including spoilers is very difficult so I will stick to generalities. Certain aspects of this story were disturbing and incredibly visual. Her plight required a couple of restarts for me after I blew it in a seemingly innocuous decision arch. I've come to love this franchise and Arika is a great heroine to add. Keep them coming!
A beautiful experience
Best Title they have!!! 5/5
My favorite game so far. Really hope the end game is true and that we will be seeing Arika Lanpear again!
Absolutely loved it 5/5
I really enjoyed this game especially the story. I hope they make a sequel to this game!
Spell binding and enchanting 5/5
I absolutely love this game/app. I get so into the story and the main character Arika that I lose track of time. Can't wait for more
I loved this chapter!!!! 5/5
I loved this chapter!!!!! I hope they continue this with the Arika series like they did for the Taylor character.
Fun game but has some bugs... 2/5
By Mateo Wood
It seems like a fun idea, but there seems to be some bugs. Twice, I've been set way back in the game, which is especially frustrating since the game simulates real time. I was just getting into it when I opened up the app and was asked once again what my name was.
Just played through a 3rd time 5/5
This game is fantastic I've played all the games just waiting for the next one to come out and this one is my favorite. I've gone through and replayed all of them twice, I really hope the next one is about arika!
A wonderful experience 5/5
This was an enjoyable time passer.
Love to read again!!! 5/5
First off let me start by saying I do not normally write reviews. Growing up I had a hard time with reading and never took to reading. Definitely an awesome story. My top 2 favorites have been this one and Whiteout. Can't wait to see what they do next.... as sad as this may sound, I want to say thanks to the creators for helping me want to read again.
Apple Watch integration very buggy 2/5
Story progress constantly desyncs between my Apple Watch and my iPhone. I've lost hours of progress because of this
Great story 5/5
By Pacman 953677
No complaints at all, the devs really did a good job on this one.
Lifeline 2 5/5
By far my favorite of the lifeline series I can't wait to start the next one, the story progressed well and the fact the each choice can have a dramatic effect on the story is amazing
HB214 - Wonderful Story!!! 5/5
Just finished this and i am not disappointed. Very well developed and a lot of fun all the way around. It was a nice feature having the character acknowledge me by name making the interaction that much better. At some point with all her questions, i was expecting her to ask how i seemed know things as if i were some kind of time master or deity. Anyway, a very charming story - no pun intended. Loved it, please write another one with Arika. 👍👍
Best Game on the App Store 5/5
This game is, by far, the best game on the App Store. Of all the Lifeline games it has the most believable protagonist. It's a terrifying, gripping, suspenseful, tragic, and emotional story that will make you wish Arika Lanphear was a real person. My only criticism is they haven't made a sequel to this game. PLEASE MAKE A SEQUEL!!!!!
Great Story 5/5
I love all the lifeline games, but besides the original lifeline, this one is probably my favorite. I'm a sucker for magic and I felt so attached to Arika from the start. There was more story, too, and it was excellently written. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes choice games and more to those who played the original lifeline. Can I give it more than five stars? As an apology for constantly making Arika walk, heh.
One of the best 5/5
Besides a slightly anti-climatic and quick ending, this is one of the best Lifeline games, in my opinion.
Dear God 5/5
This is the kind of app that if it were a show, at the end you would stand up with tears in your eyes clapping until your hands hurt. This series of apps are truly wonderful. Im in high school and obviously hate reading more than life itself. But the way this story is told and morphed around what you decide, is brilliant. Top of the line game right here. 10/10 would recommend
Loved it 5/5
That was so good hope the next one comes out soon!
What the plot? 3/5
Read under your own discretion.
So when I played the first Lifeline app with Taylor, I actually felt as though his life was meaningful and his goals to stop the Greens were heroic and thought provoking. When I played this game, I felt nothing for Arika and the plot was thrown at me without remorse. The concept was interesting at best and I loved the fact that magic was involved, I just didn't like the fact that whole story was holding your hand while you were involved in getting three items and fighting the bad guys, the Greens. THE GREENS. The greens was the idea for Taylors plot, not this one. It felt like they wanted to make it connect to the previous game when it just made me feel disappointed instead.
The plot was mediocre, as I felt like the bad guys should not have been the aliens from the first game but a different thing altogether. I thought that this concept would be excellent if it was not in modern times but during some medieval fantasy era.
Arika didn't make me feel sympathetic for her and her sarcastic attitude felt abnormal and was an extreme version of Taylor's personality. It wasn't the best but it was still slightly enjoyable in the least.
Not as good as lifeline, but it's still crazy good. 5/5
Just finished. I could see how people finish on the first try. But, ending is great, story is great. Seriously, why are you still reading me? Just download it.
Ive never played a game this immersive before, and I can't imagine anything topping it. 5/5
By A person who uses this app
I played the first one and Silent Night before this one, and I think this one feels much more personal. Being able to have her call you by your name is a great addition to the game. It makes me feel like somewhere out there, there really is an Arika Lanhear, and a New Tenacity, and Monks of Time, and a Kildecatt's Curiosities, and a Floodland.
Wowed once again. 5/5
By That Toaster
Honestly, Lifeline is my new favorite series. It has an exceptional story that wows me every time. **SPOILER STARTS HERE** I'm currently playing this, at the part where Arika is watching the Greens burn, while doing the original on my phone.**SPOILER ENDS HERE** This series continues to wow me. I get attached to these characters over and over again. I would recommend to anyone looking for a really good story, and anyone in general. The fact that I'm not even done with the game, and writing a review in general is rare.
Good, but didn't meet expectations. 3/5
By A teenage boy
Right off the bat, let me say I adored the original lifeline. It definitely ranks among the best I have ever played. After finishing it, and reading the description of Bloodline, I was excited to jump in. Unfortunately, instead of plunging into a deep pool of immersion like I had with the first one, I bounced off a solid sheet of ice. I just couldn't get into this story. I'm not saying it isn't a good game, but don't assume you'll like it because you liked the first. This one is very different, and in my opinion not in a good way.
Great story telling 5/5
Working my way through the series. What a time.
Super fun 5/5
By G V 15
Love all the lifeline games. Great storytelling
Great fun! 5/5
By Man Wellington
This was great fun, the only downside is that there is a lot more waiting in this one than others I have played, but it's still a great experience!
The best one 5/5
Of the four I've played (lifeline, this, silent night, whiteout) this one is by far the best.
Keep playing! 5/5
At first I was disappointed with this one, but as I kept going it really pulled me in and I loved it. This series is totally awesome. I love the common threads throughout each of them that keep you wondering what you'll learn next. More please!! =)
Got my money's worth 5/5
By Is this nickname ok Apple?
This game is definitely worth getting. I had a lot of fun trying out different endings and learning about arika.
Love these games! 5/5
Seriously these are fantastic interactive stories
Repeating line of dialogue 4/5
When you are at the orphanage and you choose to tell arika to stab the hand, then she said it felt weird or something so I told her to go and she said what's the point blah blah blah so I said ok continue and it kind of reset back to before she had stabbed the hand by her saying it was screaming again and that she was going to stab it even though it already happened.
I have screen shots but no way to contact you guys within the app.
Loved it! 5/5
This was maybe even better than the first but just in a completely different way. It's much longer (I thought) than the first one.
I also want to mention I just love games that don't require an internet connection to work!