Engaging, fun, but flawed 4/5
Like many people playing this game, I’m a big fan of the Lifeline series. In comparing Flatline to its cohorts, it improves in some areas, but displays new flaws that ultimately outweigh its innovations.
First of all, the character of Wynn is pretty great. Not as idiosyncratic and lovable as Taylor or Arika, but not as dry and dull as say V. Adams. She’s believable and engaging, but kind of unlikable in a few ways.
Secondly, the heart rate and its involvement in the game is a minor innovation that adds a good variable.
But the things that keep this one from a perfect score are its far too frequent pauses in the action. Part of what made the first several games so good were their pacing. A consistent, moderate amount of action in spurts. Flatline takes you out of the action for brief periods way too many times. While this does draw out the story more, it’s just ridiculous to wait five minutes while Wynn takes a sip of water or something.
Also, I’m not a huge fan of the Green story arc that ties these games together- it seems kind of slapdash and patched together, and so I wonder why it’s always the focal point of these games stories, but that’s honestly just a personal thing for me.
Complete waste of money. 1/5
First, let me say that I have other games in this series, so I am very used to the format of having to wait at times to continue the story. However, this particular game has constant waiting periods. Literally you get to read a few lines, then you wait. I few more lines, then you wait. It is a constant process of hurry up and wait. Just terrible design. Do yourself a favor and save your money.
To many waiting periods. 2/5
It seems you were "waiting for transmissions" every 4-5 lines. Basiclly, you read a short paragraph, answer then wait a minute or two for another few lines. Its absasive. I played white out first and it was amazing. Waiting periods were short and the story was interesting.
Another priblem i had as it didnt tell you what the options were. For example you may have chosen "step back, now." While it was interpeted as me teling wynn to be safe, we had a paragraph of her scolding me for yelling. Overall really hard to play. Dissapointed, the story sounded interesting.
holy. crap. 5/5
By Editor 221b
This is by far one of the most amazing things ever. I have never been so engaged in an app in my whole life. I felt like I had control over the life of this fictional character-I got attached. This story is so engaging and unique and just leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting to learn more and more. And the whole concept of the heart rate made it all the more interesting.
Constantly restarting without dying/finishing 1/5
I have been attempting to play this for over a year but, without dying, the game keeps restarting with no way for me to skip ahead to where I was the night before. I can be anywhere from a few hours to a few days (real time) into the game and it will suddenly say “QComm Disabled” in the middle of other dialogue. The previous hours/days of dialogue are still visible and I can even scroll back through it to the beginning but there is nothing I can do about it.
I have deleted and reinstalled the game several times over the last year or so because this is the only Lifeline game I haven’t yet completed but I am finished making the effort.
Unlikeable character, long waits 1/5
By Haynar 153
I’ve played the other lifeline games and out of all of them this character is the least likable, also if you pay for it game you should have the option of a fast mode which this doesn’t have. This game could’ve been so much more fun without these two factors
Main character is too b****y 3/5
I understand that maybe if I was in the same predicament that I would skeptical of a random voice in my head, but come on.
Good game 5/5
Can u add a map so people who want to play the entire can go down different paths without going through the same path
Good game but seems a little short 4/5
The game was great although it took some patience but when I finished the game I think their should have been more
Good game but.... 3/5
Like like Lifeline but this game was is ridiculously slow. It takes Wynn so much time to do anything and everything. Wynn spends half the game sleeping.
And when she’s not sleeping takes 10 minutes to walk across a room and still nothing really happens.
It would have worked a little better if Wynn walked you through what she was doing but instead it’s “wait, I have to do something mundane. See you tomorrow.” When she finally does get back to you she tells you she has to sleep and this may take a while. I almost felt like the person who wrote this intentionally wanted to annoy people.
Very disappointed in this game.
Very very scary. Great storyline.
HOLY HECK IT'S AMAZING!!! 5/5
By DONT WASTE TIME!
This game will keep you going. Wondering, worrying, and fearing if Wynn will be ok. The suspense you get with the real time interaction is insane! And some moves that you might think are keeping her safe, actually are what kill her. If you immersive yourself, you'll even fool yourself into believing that your actually helping a real person! It's amazing! I highly recommend and it's definitely worth the cost! Believe me, I was reluctant first, but it was so worth it!
A thrilling experience 5/5
It is genuinely challenging to find the way out. There are more than enough plot twists in the game and my tendency to play it safe definitely influenced the outcome. After a week I finally made it to the end, but it was hard and I stayed up many a late night trying to help Wynn through horrifying dilemmas and avoid nasty critters. There are things I would change, but it is what it is and it is quite exhilarating, to put it mildly. Well done to the Lifeline team on this one. Well worth the purchase.
No Fast Mode, constant pauses! 2/5
So, I got about halfway through this game, then I had to start over due to the game being deleted. In every other Lifeline game out there, "Fast Mode" is an option so you don't have to wait in between transmissions with your character. There is no Fast Mode in Flatline. So I had to trudge through the game at the same, slow pace again, already knowing what happens. Which brings me to my next complaint: sometimes you get a SINGLE sentence from Wynn, and then you have to wait five minutes for the next transition. The gameplay is too short in terms of actual communication vs "Awaiting Transmission." Wynn is not a very likable lady, either. She's kind of a snot. Taylor was awesome and so was Adams, but the two female-lead Lifeline games have mean, snarky women you interact with, which makes me think they don't have any women writers for the women characters. The story kind of lacks direction too. There is a vague goal of "find my sister scientist" in there, but so far, it's mostly Wynn wandering around a bit aimlessly. I'm still going to finish it, but I'm glad it was pretty cheap as an App Store game.
Terrifying! Kept me on edge! 5/5
The descriptions of what Wynn sees is outstanding. I love it. It's like the perfect horror book!
The Great Story Continues 5/5
Just finished game and it was scary good. Interesting chapter in the Green series. The scary storyline and soundtrack do give you chills.
Just careful with app story crashing if you don't play it for a few weeks. App crashes and revers story back to the beginning.
Best game in the universe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5/5
Seriously i would rate it 1000 stars but thats not a option so i guess 5 will have to do
By Spell tuff
When I downloaded the game I kept choosing the wrong buttons and it you can feel like you are in the game
I don't like Wynn 3/5
I love all characters in lifeline series, Taylor, Adams, and Alex. But I don't like Wynn. It seems that she doesn't need me at all. I mean she did say something like "better than nothing", but she is not grateful at all! I tried my best just to make her feel better, but she was always like "Shut up I know what to do". Then why do I get the options to talk to her?
Moreover, changing the past options doesn't change her pulse sometimes. Looks like a bug but I don't know exactly cause I didn't want to explore the story since the character was annoying. I didn't feel as bad as I was when I failed in other games of the series when I "killed" Wynn. I will not purchase another game of Wynn.
And btw, I LOVE Adams. Please bring him back sooner!!!!
Different than the other Lifeline games. Very slow play. 3/5
By wide range
Should change their name to 30 second games based on this game.
I LOVE the Lifeline games. I have played them all and can't wait for new ones. I rate all the others 5 stars.
However, this game is not like the others. I enjoy the fact that I don't get sucked into a game for hours with their game. The Lifeline games are great for taking a quick break.
In the other games, you would have a few minutes gameplay before going to "waiting for transmission" or the character is doing something. You would have several interaction between breaks.
This game is getting annoying. It seems like I "await transmission" only to come back later and literally have ONE (2 or 3 max) interaction before the game goes back to "awaiting transmission". This is a real pain since it is taking forever to make any progress, and is starting to make me less likely to finish the game (something I would never have done on the other games).
I have seen others complain about this problem too. It is DRASTICALLY and noticeably slower than all the others.
I will add that thus far I have not really made much progress, and it seems like the decisions I make don't seem to matter. It looks like whatever the decision I make, I still end up going in the same direction.
The story line is slow. I thought it would be like the other "escape" story.
Hopefully the author is reading this and can adjust the speed of gameplay in an update.
I will still buy the next game they release, but I it is just like this one, I will probably lose interest in the games.
I am very sad about this since I really have enjoyed the "thinking", puzzle, and cerebral aspect to these games.
I dies to the ape in less than 3 minutes. Ha, three minute games.
Best game series ever 5/5
By Some1 over the rainbow
You all are fantastic with your story-writing, and giving an alternate choice that results in a huge change of paths, it is insane. Cross referencing each other, with saying that New Tenacity was the start of this story, and linking the PWG in with Lifeline 2 and Crisisline, it's great. I'm surprised when I put down Taylor as my name it didn't give me a reference to Taylor in his/her story arcs.
Love the series! 5/5
I took a chance on the first Lifeline game and have been addicted ever since. This installment of the Green Series is definitely the most difficult so far. I had to resort to looking online for cheats because I wasn't sure there WAS an ending where the main character lived. I apparently was just making wrong decisions. If this type of game is your thing, you can't go wrong here. Keep up the good work, developers!
I love these games... 5/5
The writing keeps me interested, the actual wait times both let me take a break and help with immersion and it's not a pain to go back and try something else if you screw up. I'm also a fan of whenever the main character asks me to check something because they are unable (it's the little things that matter). In this particular game they went the extra mile with that and I really appreciate that! (No spoilers)
If they keep up this quality I'll definitely pick up any future games this company puts out.
Ayyy That's pretty good 5/5
Game is very interactive and fun the story also keeps you on the edge always wondering if the next choice is your last.
I like the real time aspect of the game and the story is really interesting and interactive.
Amazing game! 5/5
By Vegan Superman
If you enjoy a good text based game that gives logical options, this game is for you!
One way game.. 2/5
This is not a true multiple choice game. A true one lets you pick a different path and get different story development. If you don't do what the game wants you do do, you die every time. So, it's basically the equivalent of reading a book. One set path. Waste of my time and money..
So awesome!!!!!! 5/5
By Crayon Organizer
I love the continuity between stories and how they all exist in the same universe. Very impressively done! This one was my favorite yet.
Too many wait times and the character is too weak or something, she is a pain
Flatline - Character has no rescue option 1/5
All the other 3 min. games I was able to rescue or help my character but I don't find any options to at least get Wynn out of the facility W/WO the sister. Disappointed. I would not have purchased this game if I had known I could not really save my character
Awesome game 5/5
I really enjoy all of their games. This one had a few more breaks in between play then I wanted but it was still really cool. Do yourself a favor and play it!
VERY interesting. 5/5
It's been extremely hard for me to find a mobile game that I like but this...this is very hard to put down. Kind of like a good book, except that book has the reader making choices and affecting how the story goes. The music could be just a little better in my opinion but it's not bad enough to take away a star.
Tired of constantly Awaiting Transmission 3/5
By DJ Rizzo
I am a huge fan of the Lifeline interactive stories. But this one has (almost) annoyed me to the point of deleting the app before finishing. The reason is the constant long pauses in dialogue, all of which happen while the words "AWAITING TRANSMISSION" are shown. This causes the story to take far longer than any of the other Lifeline apps (I've played them all). The timing is so frustrating; just when I'm sick of staring at the screen and decide to move on to life IRL or another app I get a notification that the character needs me. Also, there's an annoying bug where I get a notification badge AFTER I exit the app, when no notification has actually occurred; but rarely is there a badge after a notification actually happened. I expect far better from these devs.
Great Game, But... 5/5
By Jet pack 11
First off this is probably the most fun game I've played ( for me at least ). The story is great the writing is fantastic but I do have one problem and it might just be me being impatient, but I hate the long wait times. You'll be making good progress and then you'll have to wait an hour and a half for Wynn to search a cabinet. That is about the only downside for me. Great game!👍
Loved it! 5/5
My favorite of the Lifeline games so far. Definitely keeps your heart racing
Liked it 4/5
I've played all of the Lifeline games and enjoy them. Many reviewers complained that the earlier games went too fast. The reviews on this one say it goes too slow. I guess you can't make everyone happy. I've loved them all. I liked how much deeper this game was. My only negative about this one is how often I would tell her to do something and she would just refuse. Why give me an option? I know I have to frustrate her sometimes, but it happened even when it wasn't necessary.
Quirky, awesome, engaging 5/5
This is my second Lifeline game (I played the with Alex first), and it's an awesome, unique experience (even without an Apple Watch). The real-time nature of the narrative contributes to its engaging nature. I find myself actually caring what happens to Taylor, which is the same feeling I experienced when playing Lifeline: Crisis Line with Alex. I had to look up the order in which to play the other games, since 3 of them star Taylor. Right now I'm simultaneously playing Lifeline, Lifeline 2: Bloodline, Lifeline: Whiteout, and Lifeline: Flatline since they star characters other than Taylor, as I want to play the Taylor entries in order (Lifeline, then Lifeline: Silent Night, then Lifeline: Hallway to Infinity). These games are definitely worth playing. I'd love to see how the experience differs when playing with an Apple Watch. Regardless, I highly recommend all of the games in the series. They do have an overarching theme that ties them all together (the threat of the green-eyed woman and/or the odd, green alien tentacle blobs that can enter your body Wrath of Khan style). I like the fact that some of the games are sci-fi, one is fantasy/magic themed and one is basically survival horror, and all of them adhere to the overarching theme of the green mind-controlling alien creatures that you must either destroy or avoid at all costs. I highly recommend them.
By GaMe FrEaK2020
This is pure entertainment. It's starts and a good pace and it's easy to stay on track story-wise.
In a way, you feel like Cortana talking to Master Chieh, except on a more human scale. This is my first Lifeline game and I will definetely be playing more!
Needs to be fixed 2/5
The story is ok. Too much waiting. I almost finished the game but it restarted. It won't let me go back
Great game!! 5/5
Not my favorite 4/5
Out of all of the lifeline games this has to be my least favorite. Like other reviewers have been saying, it takes forever for Wynn to do anything. It's exhausting and it makes game play extremely choppy. I don't feel like you really learn any of what's going on until 3/4 into the game. I actually thought about self sabotaging to get her killed so I could put it on fast mode just to get through all of the tedious pauses. Also what's up with not seeing the full text responses? This is the only game that doesn't allow that and it's pretty annoying. All of that being said, it's still a lifeline game and it's still a good time but definitely on the bottom of the list as far as favorites go.
Great game 5/5
If you like games like telltale where you choose the story, this is one of the best games up there
I like the plot, but the app doesn't work well sometimes 3/5
The story is fascinating. New horror theme instead of space adventure in the past several games. The only problem with this is that wynn is so slow and need to wait after each choice. The app doesn't work sometimes. There is no text on the screen and you need to close it from the background and restart to resume.
By N. Fairwood
Atmospheric and well written, Flatline impressed me. Its focused and interconnected themes of horror are effective, with great sound design to back the story. Other Lifeline games have contained elements of the horrific, and with Flatline those elements are expanded upon and put center stage.
Best game 5/5
By Game probe
The story line is so awesome and pretty much better than anything I've ever played
More Stimulating that animated games 5/5
Despite being text only, these games are engaging and get you sucked in, like a good book. I recommend all of them: Flatline, Lifeline 1 & 2, Crisis Line, Silent Night, Infinity, and Whiteout.
Simply Amazing 5/5
This series is so amazing. You can't help but get attached to the characters at some point. Can't wait for more!
Good game but not as good as Whiteout