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Lifeline (Series) Review

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Posted: 15 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Lifeline is a narrative adventure where you interact with an astronaut, Taylor via text messages. You help him return home after crashing his aircraft on a foreign planet.

The main interactions are through choosing responses to Taylor's questions, that sometimes require you to search the internet for the answer. When Taylor has a job to do he will do it in real time meaning you can only talk to him when he is done, which can be a number of hours without hearing from him. This makes it feel like he is a real person and creates a unique way of playing as you may not have that much to do one day compared than another.

Making a wrong decision can cause Taylor to die, when this happens you can rewind the story back and make a better decision. Once you've completed the story you unlock Fast Mode which means there are no breaks to wait for Taylor. When replaying the game the end outcome and story narrative will be different, with various different out comes.

Lifeline is apart of a series with 7 prequels with some extending Taylor's story and some with new adventures :
  • Lifeline (2015)
  • Lifeline 2: Bloodline (2015)
  • Lifeline: Silent Night (2015)
  • Lifeline: Whiteout (2016)
  • Lifeline: Crisis Line (2016)
  • Lifeline: Flatline (2016)
  • Lifeline: Halfway To Infinity (2016)
  • Lifeline: Whiteout 2 (2017, partial release)

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/04/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: 3 Minute Games (@3MinuteGames)


Duration: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete. Depends on how long Taylor takes to do jobs and how often you message him.
Players: This is a single player game.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. The game is cheaper on iOS and Android. On Android in includes adverts.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16+ with strong violence

In the US, ESRB state: On Android this is rated PEGI 3+ and ESRB EVERYONE.


You can rewind the story at any point if you think you've made the wrong decision. Once you've completed the game a couple of times you can scroll back through decisions and alter them to see what you've missed through your choices.

Works well with VoiceOver on iOS, although as mentioned by AppleVis "When you come back to the game after a break wait for the beeping to stop, and touch the extreme bottom right of the screen to access the most recent messages. If you touch the bottom while the messages are still printing (and you hear the Morse code beeping sound), it will jump you back to the top."
Our Lifeline Accessibility Report documents 16 accessibility features:

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