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Lifeline is a gripping interactive story of survival against all odds. In the aftermath of a crash landing on an alien moon Taylor is stranded, the rest of the crew are dead or missing, and Taylor’s communicator can only reach YOU.

Help Taylor make life or death decisions, and face the consequences together. Or see what happens when you make a different choice. Simple actions can have a profound effect.

Lifeline is a deep, immersive story that plays out in real time with many possible outcomes. Taylor is relying on YOU.

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  • A playable, branching story of survival against all odds!
  • Immerse yourself in this sci-fi adventure by acclaimed author and fan favorite Dave Justus!
  • Your decisions could change the course of humanity... and possibly time itself!

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Lifeline is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Needs a better demo. I'm sure everyone who only played the demo had the same experience I did: a short period interacting with Taylor, followed by a long wait while he traveled, then the demo ended. It's difficult to review a game based on that, and I feel the demo should have been designed to skip or shorten those waiting periods so we'd have a better idea of what the game is like. However, as you can see, I'm giving this game five stars anyway, based solely on the small portion I did get to play. Why? Because Lifeline's story, presentation, and gameplay are creative and out of the box. When I compare that to an infinite pile of cookie cutter HOPAs, Lifeline stands out as innovative game development, and that deserves five stars. It also deserves my money, so I'm purchasing this. I love text adventures, and have loved them since Zork was released 36 years ago. Lifeline's story already has me curious, and its game universe immersed me without graphics. That's talent.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lonely astronaut in a strange satellite text game for mobile. but very exciting game, on PC too! I miss Taylor. I just can't wait next adventure!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The first game of this kind I have ever played Right from the beginning I knew that I would like this. It is absorbing and imaginative. I really have no idea how the story is going to turn out. When I was a kid we had books called choose your own adventure, which I liked. But this is the best!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ~~~EXCELLENT STORY ADVENTURE FOR PHONE NOW ON PC/LAPTOP~~~ Like so many in today’s workaday world, I find myself absorbed in my phone on this morning’s commute to work. Keeping up with the latest videogame news, half-reading the status updates of my friends on Facebook — oh! Taylor is messaging me on Lifeline. He’s wondering whether or not he should spend the night sleeping next to the warmth of a potentially radioactive generator, or tough it out in the middle of a hostile, frigid dessert. Quickly, I close my open tabs and running applications; I had better take this. LOL. No, my friend isn’t the world’s most irresponsible camper, but rather, the protagonist in 3 Minute Games’ innovative sci-fi text adventure Lifeline. Spanning three real-time days, the game tasks you with guiding the survivor of a futuristic crash landing to safety as he navigates the challenges of staying alive on the surface of an unfamiliar planet. Not a wholly unique setup in this genre, perhaps, but thanks to nuanced writing and a genuinely novel mechanical hook, Lifeline manages to feel like a window into a living, breathing world. You see, the key differentiator between Lifeline and any other text adventure is 3 Minute Games’ bold decision to introduce a semblance of true-to-life time passage to the proceedings. From initial contact until you discover one of Taylor’s several possible fates, everything happens in somewhat “live” fashion. Through one of two possible text prompts, you can guide the story in multiple different directions, at a pace that is out of your control. Advise Taylor to take a nap or settle down for the night? Expect to hear back from him several hours later. Caution him against cutting through the middle of a large crater by instead navigating the perimeter? The ensuing trek will have him MIA for measurably more time. While at first blush I was worried that this would prove to be a frustrating gimmick, the reality is much more fulfilling. By isolating interactions to sparing moments throughout the day, Lifeline infuses your normal grind with a palpable sense of adventure and consequence. During my play-through, it’s not an exaggeration to say that I woke up nervous about what might have happened to Taylor, or paused in mid-conversation with colleagues to check on the outcome of a decision I had made on his behalf. I’ve played many games that I find engrossing, but Lifeline may be one of the first that changed the way I thought about my daily routine, which leapt off the screen and became a part of my lived experience. This is due in no small part to writer Dave Justus’ excellent script, which bolsters the clever design by presenting in Taylor a truly engrossing character. Perhaps unavoidably, there are some moments of clunky exposition that flesh out Lifeline’s backstory, but that practice never extends to Taylor himself. Deftly interspersing sarcastic asides with moments of downbeat introspection and nervous rambling, Justus crafts a flawed but endearing protagonist who can both annoy you and earn your sympathy in the span of one conversation. In other words: the pitch perfect representation of a young adult out of his depth and looking for help. Without broaching any spoilers at all, it suffices to say that the overall narrative is filled with enough tension and surprise to keep you engaged, but Lifeline’s ultimate feat is the way that it will have you genuinely caring about Taylor. Lifeline is a game that rises to the challenge of an overcrowded genre and even more stuffed app ecosystem. The game’s drip-feed of content – would-be fertile ground for predatory in-app payments – is used instead as an innovative way transform your relationship with the technology that sits at the center of your life. Meanwhile, a tightly written story full of branching paths serves as a vehicle to test the boundaries of what mobile games can do, and challenge you to invest yourself in the fate of someone you’ve never met, stranded millions of miles away. Someone who also happens to be made of ones and zeroes. Amazing!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Imagination - It Rocks! Okay.... so no graphics, no audio... Just a black screen with white text, and a smart aleck student on the other end... on another planet, in some solar system. By himself, all other shipmates are dead, not much found yet in food and water rations, no real shelter other than one near the afterburner and it has some slight radiation. And you are the only one that can help him... run internets searches, give him your opinion on next steps, and maybe get him killed. Fortunately, if you made stupid decisions on his behalf, you get another chance. I LOVE THIS GAME. It is gripping from the beginning (somewhat in the style of the old text games like "The Leather Goddess of Phoebus), only you don't tell him to "look down" "look left", etc. You read his situation and then make a decision which he will mock you for of course (but so far I haven't killed him). The only thing that took a little getting used to is it is supposed to be "real time", so if he tells you he will get back with you in an hour, it will probably be around an hour. That just means you can multitask. If you don't mind *not* being spoon fed graphics and music, and want to use your imagination for a while, this game will suit you perfectly. It has me, and I am a long way from being finished. But... I haven't killed him yet. Enjoy!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Text Game Saw this as an app, so excited it's on PC now. Haven't completely finished it but am loving it so far. Yes you have to have patience but that's the beauty. It's a very different kind of game which is what I love about Big Fish because they continue to offer outside the box games.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Text Adventure at its best This game is not for those players who have no patience, and just want to rush through a game. Many years ago, I used to play a lot of text adventure games, and most of them didn't come with images. Those games weren't as easy to get through as HOGs or even M3 and TM games. You had to put your thinking cap on in order to get ahead. And this game is very similar. You are contacted by Taylor (he or she, take your pick) who has crashlanded on an unknown planet, and he needs your help to survive. He asks you where to go next, what to do next, and other things. And your correct answers sometimes depend on a life or death situation for Taylor. If Taylor happens to die, for example, you are taken back to an earlier stage of the game, from where you can continue. That option only appears after the first time you give Taylor a death sentence. At the same time another option opens: Turn Fast Mode On, and you will see a Rabbit next to it. This mode is for players who have been playing this game for a while, and don't want to go in normal mode through the game again after having to restart it from an earlier stage, but can rash through those earlier parts. And yes, there are waiting times with this game. Taylor goes exploring things, doing things, sleeping through the night, etc. And at those times, Taylor is "busy", as it then will tell you on the screen. Depending on what he is doing when he is busy, he can be offline from a couple of minutes to hours. You can leave the game running, and when he is back, you will hear a sound to that effect. Or you can shut down the game, and open it sometimes later to see if he has come back to you. And there is no need to worry that Taylor will go ahead and do other things while you are not in the game. He will wait for you to come back on, before continuing. I love this game. I am a big fan of old-school RPGs and Text Adventures, and this game is just what I have been waiting for.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Choose your own adventure! A brilliant game in the same vein as the 'choose your own adventure' books of the 1980's - Not one to play if you're impatient and there's no point just playing the demo as there's a 60 minute or so wait early on in the game (BFG should maybe have considered a 2 hour trial on this one?!) Looks good, great music - simple but absorbing game. I love it!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Different Story This is NOT a typical game. It is all texts only, it plays out in your imagination between texts as you react to what Taylor, the sole survivor of a space ship crash tells you and asks you for advice about. The story changes with your decisions, there are different endings. There are delays roughly equivalent to real world ones as he does what you say. I log out, play something else or work or whatever and check back later for any new messages. Not a game for everyone. Graphics are a texting page. If you are a reader whose imagination yet is alive, you might like it and come to care about Taylor, the stranded astronaut. At 2.99 on release as the catch of The Week, it is not painful to buy it if you do think it interests you. The low price is get it closer to what they paid for it on Android not that it is lame. For what it is, it is a good price for something new to try out and I bought it and am enjoying chatting with Taylor and wondering what might be ahead of us.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tap Story I understand this is a branch game, but it follows the form of Tap stories. In all honesty, this really isn't a game at all but an immersive science fiction experience. I love sci fi, so this was a download for me. Don't expect gorgeous graphics or cutscenes - this all plays out in your head from a series of texts. If you have a good imagination and like to read a gripping story like The Martian, this is a good choice. It's real time, so you need to check in and check out - I got updates on my laptop as 'Taylor' texted with the latest news to let me know it was time to fire up Lifeline again. Give it a try - maybe you'll enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-03-17
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