LYNE can best be described as a minimalist puzzle game.
Essentially it is a series of logic puzzles generated on a grid, consisting of coloured nodes and permeable gears. Each puzzle must be solved on the fly by connecting paths from one primary node to another through the same coloured nodes and transitional gears. The goal is to ensure that all nodes and all the slots on each gear are used in the eventual solution.
There are twenty-five individual puzzles grouped into twenty-six sets, which grow in depth and complexity the greater the progress made. As you can imagine the puzzles start off deliberately simple allowing players to grasp the basic elements of gameplay. Later puzzles require an ever increasing amount of convoluted paths to be drawn in order to use all the available nodes and gear slots. In addition the game also generates a set of daily time-limited puzzles which vary in complexity and must be finished each day or they disappear until they are generated sometime in the future.
Finding the solution to each puzzle can take between a few seconds and a few minutes depending on your ability. If you become stuck a combination of trial and error will eventually lead you to your goal. If you really dislike puzzle-solving take heart, for what I found truly amazing about LYNE is that it that solutions become intuitive. Drawing the correct paths take on an almost organic feel. Someone on the forums said that 'it feels like LYNE rewires the way your brain works,' and it does feel like that.
Despite the graphics feeling simplistic they are cleanly drawn and totally appropriate. While there is no music to speak of the game uses a series of medolic sounds with every mouse stroke that rise in frequency the the faster the connections are made. Together these sounds have an almost hypnotic quality which Im sure sublimally urges you on to complete the next objective.
If you dont like solving puzzle or find that your brain just isnt suited to play such games then this might be an exception. It is such a wonderful distraction from the plethora of online shooters, RTS and RPG/adventure games out there that you should really give it a go. LYNE is everything it says it is on the store page and worth the cheap price. Glad I made this purchase.