Help someone lost in space from your Watch or iPhone
£2.29 Developer 3 Minute Games, 3mingames.com
Works with Apple Watch (with iPhone app), iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Version
Something that becomes apparent when you have an Apple Watch is that most games created for it don’t really work. They’re not suitable for how the device is used – they’re either ergonomic nightmares or demand play sessions that last too long. However, Lifeline… is an exception, and while it also works well on iOS devices, it’s tailormade for Apple’s wearable.
The game starts with you receiving a communication from Taylor, a marooned astronaut. They’re keen to survive and clearly terrified, despite a facade of morale-boosting humour. Decision-making is clearly not a strong suit, however, and that’s left to you. At certain points in the conversation, you’ll get a choice of actions, and Taylor will do what you say. We’ve seen this Choose Your Own Adventure-style structure plenty of times on iOS, but this game is lifted by some excellent scripting and the way it plays with time.
For example, when Taylor has to hoof it across the planet’s surface, your next communication may not be for hours. And you can’t help but wonder what’s going on in the interim. The result is an intimate and surprisingly emotionally-charged slice of interactive fiction that will give you a genuine buzz every time you get a tap on your wrist.
Lifeline... is the first of a new breed: an Apple Watch game that’s really good. And it’s a decent experience on iPhone too.
Despite simple interactions with Taylor, Lifeline… feels intimate and complex.