It’s easy to take everyday objects for granted, but you may gain a new appreciation with the iOS game Find The Line. It’s a finely crafted puzzle game that brings an Etch-a-Sketch style to life to compose deluxe renderings of everyday objects. Each level comes with predefined lines with specific regions of those lines that need to be placed properly to form an image. You simply swipe the screen to move the line through, and try to find how it fits with the other lines. Find The Line is reminiscent of Blueprint 3D, but set in 2D, as you move the on screen objects around until an image takes shape.
There are over 200 levels included spread across ten different themes, which all present highly detailed scenes of specific objects. As you progress, you’re given two to four different small lines to put in motion, until you find their particular placement. At the beginning of a level, you’re unsure what you’re creating, but the game does a great job of giving you hints at what the overall object will be. For example, you will come across teeth, a dentist, and toothpaste while you slide the lines around offering up indicators at what the main composition will be, which in this case is a toothbrush. Each puzzle lays itself out along these lines where you don’t know what you’re making until you start to unroll the lines, and then get to see the picture take shape slowly, but surely.
There’s a great deal of fit, and finish applied to Find The Line highlighted by all of the details that go into the lines as they move about the screen. There are so many little details, as well as differing positions to place the lines to give you pause while solving. The game also includes hidden stars, and keys formed out of two different lines, and hidden within their full path. It’s neat to see the pictures take shape, and there’s added artistry on level completion to round out the polish of the app. The one drawback is that Find The Line is on the simple side, and there’s not the greatest challenge in figuring out the positions of the lines. In fact, you can stumble upon the solutions if you just send the line in motion, though later levels introduce a few possible solutions in one line. It’s a puzzle game that is neat above all else, but doesn’t deliver the inherent puzzle aspect to keep you engaged through all of the included levels. With that said, there’s enough thought required of the player to deliver satisfaction upon completion.
Find The Line (Free, Universal) is extremely well put together to deliver an intriguing concept that looks great in motion making it worth picking up. It’s also free to play with IAPs tied to additional hints, and there are video ads after each level.