Lyne

Oftentimes, it’s nice to have a simple, casual game to play with the other ones. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing huge games, especially large, open-world RPGs. But there are times when I simply can’t play those because I’m away from my computer or I don’t have a lot of time. I keep a handful of games on my phone for those moments.

Lyne is one of those games.

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Lyne is a simple puzzler available for mobile and desktop devices. There are numerous levels, each one with a simple premise: draw lines from one point to another. These lines must be drawn through all shapes of the same color. And there are certain pieces in each level that must have lines drawn through them a certain number of times (no more, no less).

And that’s pretty much the entire game. As you play the game, you’ll unlock either more level sets or new color schemes, and the difficulty will gradually increase. I didn’t have the entire game beaten when I wrote this, so I don’t know exactly how many levels are included in the game (I had 11 sets of 25 levels unlocked at the time of writing). That’s irrelevant, though, because there are also new sets that get generated and made available daily, so there’s always fresh content available for you.

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I like the simplicity of the game; the graphics and sounds are subtle but effective. The difficulty is relatively well-paced, too; sure, I experienced some spikes in difficulty, but I could easily move to another level since entire level sets are unlocked at once. The game is nice for those short moments when I don’t have a lot of time, but want the satisfaction of accomplishing something in a game.

If you like brain ticklers, give this game a try. It’s simple and relatively inexpensive, and there’s plenty of content keeping the game alive. You might not find yourself getting an addiction to it, but you’ll find those small moments of accomplishment that we all need from time to time.

Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows, MacOS, Linux

Cost: $3

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