Linia is a puzzle game developed by Black Robot Games. It is quite the sight to behold, with its colorful and relaxed atmosphere. It is rated PEGI 3 and looks quite simple, but as you progress it gets quite difficult and engaging. The gameplay alone is to blame for that, as this game may give you much frustration, but also make you never want to let go of it until you’ve managed to at least get through the level which is giving you hardship.
Linia features a single mechanic, tracing a line which will connect the colored shapes, in the order given by the specific level. It is done by simply swiping your finger across the screen, but things get interesting as more complex tasks are given.
For instance, as you progress to higher levels, the shapes and colors begin to move in patterns that are also progressively complex, so it quickly becomes very hard to get the pattern asked with a swipe.
Actually, it progressively gets harder up to a point where this game can really make you rage quit several times, and then get back on the task again, as it leaves you with a desperate need to get the pattern right.
This is largely due to the fact that the moving colors, which seem to hide, run, revolve, change shape, and almost deliberately run away from your finger, are actually forming a logical puzzle and are testing your perception, your hand-eye coordination, and precision in general. Some problems at high levels truly feel like only a surgeon, with perfect perception and the steadiest hand in the world would be able to solve.
Appearance and atmosphere
As if to counter and balance out the often frustrating gameplay problematic of the game, the appearance and the music are quite pleasant. The colorful sights are a feast for the eye, while the relaxing music allows you to focus on your tasks with no distractions.
Linia can become so progressively hard, that it can easily frustrate the player, leaving some people just frantically swiping their finger across the screen with the hopes of maybe accidentally hitting the correct color sequence.
But, this doesn’t produce results, as this game seems to test our patience as well. But it is where the reward comes from, because solving puzzles in its nature is a rewarding experience, and solving difficult puzzles which require this level of different ability synchronization gives that much more reward.
The overall experience of playing Linia feels like solving a logical problem for a science project or a competition of some kind. It certainly lets the player feel rewarded after a successful swipe, which requires you to combine perfect coordination, precision, perception, and timing. It is no wonder the gameplay is so rewarding, as this game manages to combine all that into a single finger swipe, which is ingenious indeed.