[App Review] The Impossible Line

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Impossible Line screen
This is the only time you’ll raise your hand to go up to the chalkboard!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Apple store? With so many free games to choose from, it’s really hard to restrain myself from downloading them all. My most recent download, though, is Chillingo’s The Impossible Line.

The game offers a quick and simple way to test your memory by having you draw a line from point A to point B. Here’s the catch – each level is a sketch on a chalkboard that is marked with thick, solid barriers. You’re only given a few seconds at the start of each round to memorize the location of the barriers before they disappear. You then have to navigate around the invisible walls to reach the target before you’re allowed to move on.

So, is the game staying true to its name? Kinda sorta. The Impossible Game isn’t hard or compelling, but that’s what makes it so enjoyable. The simplicity of the levels provide a good way to pass the time on your way to school, or while waiting in line at the store. Anyone can pick up the basics of the game, and it’s a great twist in the overcrowded puzzle genre because the obstacles vanish to create an invisible minefield.

The Impossible Line, unfortunately, does have some issues that are hard to ignore. While it’s available for free on the Apple store, the in-game ads are huge and forcibly jammed in your face after every level. You haven’t truly known the meaning of anger until you’re on level 40, about to hit the target, and an ad scares your finger into the barrier. Another drawback is how excessively repetitive the game is once the uniqueness of the concept loses its charm. After level 50, the spark fizzles out and the novelty fades. It’s not that the levels don’t get increasingly more complicated, but there’s only so much enjoyment you can get from a game that relies on one line.

With over 200 levels, The Impossible Line offers a fun way to keep your memory fresh and active, and if your mom is anything like mine, she won’t scream at you for wasting your time. Instead, she’ll scream at you for hogging the iPad! You can get The Impossible Line for all your Apple products. The final verdict? B-.

Images courtesy of Chillingo.