It’s always refreshing when you come across an App Store game that’s entertaining, addictive, and unique. Quite often the most addictive games are the simplest like Flappy Birds, or Angry Birds, the type of games that don’t require a lot of instruction. What makes these games so compelling is the fact they’re so simple, but still pose a significant challenge to the user. In our busy lives we don’t always have a lot of time to learn a game with a bunch of complicated rules, but if we can find a game that we can figure out in a matter of seconds we’ll often spend every spare moment we have tackling this new source of gameplay addiction. Feed the Line is a great example of one of those addictive little games that you just can’t put down. This is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
In most cases even the simplest games fit into a certain category, such as side-scrollers, puzzle games, card games, or one of countless other categories. It’s extremely rare for a game not to fit easily into one category or another. Yet Feed the Line is clearly an example of a game that refuses to fit into any one category. This game includes a pretty simple concept: the idea is to push all of the bricks that pass you by onto the line. As simple as this sounds, the game poses enough of a challenge to keep you interested, and entertained for hours.
This game features some fun sound effects and some cute graphics but it’s not without its problems. Unfortunately this game is full of ads. There are banner ads at the bottom of every page, and full-paged ads are launched after every third game. When you see one of these full-paged ads you won’t be able to move past them for at least five seconds. There are also no instructions in this game at all and while it is a pretty simple game this is still an unnecessary oversight. The other disappointing factor is the lack of a leaderboard: the app does tell you your ranking in your area, but it doesn’t let you see other people's scores on the leaderboard so that you can compare how you’re doing. This app will require 13.9 MB of available space on your iOS device.
How to Play
The opening screen of this app is pretty basic: you’ll notice four basic sections you can access. You can toggle the music on or off, you can access a section that will show you the latest challenge for your completion, you can go to the store to remove ads or purchase extra lives, and of course you can play the game.
Gameplay is pretty simple. As the blocks scroll towards the top of the screen you are expected to try and push them onto the line in the center. You do this by tapping on the animated fingers on either side of the line which will then push the block to the left or right depending on which finger you’re using. If a block gets to the top of the screen and it’s not on the line you’ll lose a life. If you lose three lives it’s Game Over. It may sound pretty simple, but it’s actually a challenge pushing the blocks with just a right amount of force to guide them onto the line. This one’s all about timing and using just the right amount of force.
Unique game that doesn’t easily fit into a typical category
Full of ads
Despite the pervasive use of ads in Feed the Line it’s still a fun and addictive game, and fortunately the ads don’t get in the way of the actual gameplay. This game doesn’t require a significant learning curve, but it’s definitely challenging enough to keep you coming back for more. This is one you’ll want to check out.
Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.