The Nardio Review
Is it worth your time?
What should I play it on?
The Impossible Line is a Universal app. With the precise way you need to move your finger around the small gaps I can’t imagine playing this on anything other than an iPad.
What did you think without spoiling it?
The Impossible Line is in fact quite possible. It also happens to be addictive and great for bouts of on and off play. The best part is, it’s totally free. Impossible Line wants your finger to go from point A to point B through a maze. Sounds easy? Not really. It’s tricky because the maze disappears a few seconds after you start the level. It’s up to your short term memory and a little bit of luck to get you through. For the most part I had a good time playing through the game.
I found it best to take breaks on the very frustrating levels. Fortunately, they are few and far between. For the most part you can just sit down and breeze through a lot. To help things along are power ups you can use to make things easier. The Impossible Line does suffer from heavy ads. They aren’t game breaking, but they can be a bit much at times. You can buy your way out of them if you feel like supporting the developer. And if you don’t feel like spending money, you can still check out a few of the ads and maybe find new games you want to try. Either way you are helping. Honestly, I feel the buyout price is over priced at $1.99. There just isn’t enough here to justify the price.
Over all, I say just try it and enjoy it for a while before you get bored and delete it. It’s a fun game in the short term, maybe an afternoon or weekend tops.
How does it play?
The controls are perfect and intuitive. Just use your finger and your noggin. It’s a very simple yet brilliant idea that just begs you to try again. The only down side is the game uses a lot of ads that make the game more frustrating that it actually is. You can buy out of the ads for $1.99. There are also power ups you can use to help out with the tougher stages if you just don’t have it in you to trial-and-error it anymore. These power ups are purchased with the coins you have earned after beating stages. Unfortunately, you cannot go back and repeat stages for more coins, so if you run out of earned coins you are going to have to buy them with real money. I never used my power ups besides the tutorial. I don’t like that I can’t go back to earlier levels to replay them for fun, or to hand off to another player so they can get into the game. Sure the concept doesn’t change much, but getting someone in on puzzle 45 seems a bit harsh. Chllingo really should add the ability to play with different profiles.
I hate that to Chillingo has slapped EA’s user agreement onto all of its games and you have to agree to it to be able to use them at all. This applies to paid and free games. If you say no, you can’t use the app even if you paid for it. I really hope this comes back to Chillingo/EA with people asking for refunds and Apple getting upset. If you spend the time to read the agreement, it’s not very good to the consumer from what I understand. EA still does deserve its worst company in America. Again Chillingo/ EA forces you to agree to its user agreement or you cannot play your own game.
I really hate that I can’t go back to earlier levels just to replay them for fun or hand the game off to someone else without having to wipe my progress. Some levels just seem to be copies of others. Later on the paths you need to take get so narrow you feel like you are being forced to use the power ups to get through. It’s during those stages I just put my iPad down and walk away.
The Impossible Line is an interesting game that feels shallow at times. It doesn’t help that you are slapped in the face with ads at every single corner. Personally, I don’t think there is enough quality content here for me to pay into shutting off the ads especially considering that the power ups seem to be something that you eventually cannot afford unless you then spend more money.
- Price: Free
- Insane amount of ads
- 23.3 MB
- 1 player game.
- Universal App
Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-impossible-line/id669390657?mt=8