Deceptively simple. Infinitely complex. LYNE is a minimalist puzzle game that will knot your brain as it calms your soul. Connect the shapes. Fill the board. Lose yourself in the interflowing paths of LYNE.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,547 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 17, 2014
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“I highly recommend grabbing LYNE if you’re a fan of relaxing puzzle games.”
5/5 – AppAdvice

“LYNE offers a brilliant dose of puzzling fun.”
5/5 – AppSpy

“Great design, both from an aesthetic standpoint and also regarding its difficulty curve.”
4/5 – MacLife

About This Game

Deceptively simple. Infinitely complex. LYNE is a minimalist puzzle game that will knot your brain as it calms your soul.

Connect the shapes. Fill the board. Lose yourself in the interflowing paths of LYNE.

- Hundreds of pre-built puzzles
- An infinite number of procedurally-generated puzzles, released daily
- Slick, intuitive interface
- Soothing dynamic audio
- Unlockable colour palettes

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: 2.00GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: 2.00GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
59 of 61 people (97%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Lyne is a fun little puzzle game. It's a puzzle puzzle game that involves literal puzzles, not the kind of puzzle game where you move around characters. The puzzle style is very intuitive and you will be able to quickly understand and jump right into it. The style of the puzzle is innovative and is somewhat like connect-the-dots but with the need to use logic to find the solution.

If you like puzzle puzzles, like the kind of thing you may find in a puzzle book or the back of the newspaper, you will probably enjoy this innovative game.

The puzzles can be solved visually at first, but slowly they get complex and you need to use logic to figure out what order to connect the dots in, and which paths to take... and it's really quite fun to solve the challenging ones.

The game comes with more than enough puzzles (650), but the best part is, since the game has the ability to randomly generate new puzzles every day, you get a lifetime subscription to the puzzles. If you log on each day, the puzzles get harder as the week goes on, starting over again on easy every monday-- just like puzzles in the newspaper.
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264 of 368 people (72%) found this review helpful
1,036.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
They spelled line wrong.
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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
I actually bought this so I could spell out my steam name with the achievements...

It's actually a great game, which requires some thinking and looking.

Great to kill time with, and its still fun.
It's very challenging, and it has daily challenges.
It's also an app on phones!

Its hard for a silly guy like me.
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
This puzzle game is a surprising joy to play. Its really interesting and feels fresh from other games that I've played. What does it involve? Drawing lines... yep that easy. You have colored shapes, each set of colored shapes has 2 'cap' shapes, where you can either start or end the colored line. So you start on a green box / triangle, then click and drag your mouse between the matching color shapes making lines. All shapes need to be connected and can only be connected to once. The lines can only go in eight directions from each shape. Its super easy. Then the game adds different colored shapes, so you've got green lines and red lines. So what's the catch? You can't cross the lines. So where's the challenge? Eventually directional octogonal shapes get added, these are neutral blocks that you're able to attach multiple lines on in 8 directions, no matter what color the line is, just as long as you don't cross the lines. It starts with simple octogon blocks that need you to connect to them twice.... then three times and so on.

Can you lose? Nope. You have as much time as you want. You can't fail, if you do the puzzle inaccurately it just has a little red line around the box you forgot. Then you keep going. If you screw up, just click one of the cap shapes to delete the lines or back track your lines by clicking and dragging backward to remove the line you just made. If you ever get truly stumped, you can back out of that puzzle and go to any one of the 25 other puzzles in the group. You'll unlock a few groups at a time, so you'll always have 75 puzzles to chose from. The game goes in succession, once you complete one puzzle its immediately to the next. There is a legitimate sense of satasfaction when I complete a puzzle that I was stumped on. Not just that, but eventually I found myself thinking of the dynamics of these puzzles and realizing where I should start first.

The game has 25 puzzles per group and groups A - Z. 25 * 26 levels = 650 levels. Is that not enough for you? Well then there are daily levels with 25 levels of A B C making for 75 daily levels. The daily levels are considerably more difficult than the default puzzles. Its a nice way to keep fresh content and keep people in the game.

If you don't like puzzle games, avoid this. The first 50 levels are understandably easy, but they do get more challenging. It is a soothing game and the puzzles get complex, but still easy and simple.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
You could basically call LYNE "connect the dots" (but LYNE is much more enjoyable than connect the dots).
The objective is simple, connect the correct colored shapes with each other to make "lynes".
The game has an abstract style that is very relaxing to the eyes.
Pick this up if you want a "brain exercise".
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I got to be honest with you. I was just looking for a a cheap casual game to earn me some badges. Something to waste time clicking along. Oh wow was I wrong! Yes it is casual in so far that there is no urgency to finish the level but it's not simply a time waster. At one point I can swear I was one with the game seeing the combinations appearing in front of my all by themselves. (no I do not use experience enhancing substances - some chocolate and that's it). Great music and very addictive game play. I am so glad I bought this little gem of a game. I have friends who like puzzles. Dudes buy this! Like now.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Lyne - very stylish game in which you will connect the same subjects in the line.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
I like the idea.
Music is cool.
It's kinda hard but kinda not.
You just have to get your lines right and some times you will right away and otehr times you will be at it for a long time.
There are lots of lvls and I am liking the game.
5/5 for this sort of title.
Nice work LYNE
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Elegant yet complex. Relaxing and challenging. An awesome puzzle game.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
LYNE is a fantastic game! Really easy to learn the basics, yet can be challenging later on. Really great thing about the game that there are no points, there is no timer - therefore absolutely no pressure. It's a peaceful game that you can solve in your own pace.
I bought it on Humblebundle, so I got an android copy of it as well - working good on both devices. Even though it's a clearly a game developed for phones and talbets, works and feels just as good on computer. Usually ported games just painfully dumb because of the limited controls of phones, but this game perfectly melds the limits into it's features - you only need to swipe with your finger/with your mouse. The simple controls are justified by the simple mechanics of the game.
I soon plan to buy quite a few copies of the game for some of my friends, who would enjoy this puzzler - It's a good buy at the (otherwise really reasonable) full price of 3$/€, and and insanely good deal if it goes on a sale.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I purchased this game during the summer sale and left it to gather dust. I recently installed it, however, and it's become a personal favorite. The game moves quickly, but there is a sense of depth (and often frustration) that makes it enjoyable. The world seems to slip away. This is a great pick for casual gamers.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
LYNE is equivalent of scribbling doodles on paper, only with purpose, but has the same soothing and calming effect.
Added bonus: goes very well with contemplative music of your choice.
Awesome/10 for relaxation and pondering the answer to life the universe and everything is connected.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Fun, casual puzzle game. It's very simple but can be challenging at higher levels. The sound effects make it very soothing. You sort of get your mind into a groove and just jam. It's a very relaxing game--for when you're in the mood for that sort of thing instead of your favorite FPS.
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20

If you’re looking to buy this game because you’re a steam who*re who wants to add the achievement showcase on your profile to spell KAWAII or SEXYHOE, it’s going to involve a lot of time and effort. This game was fairly cheap and runs on my macbook!

I bought this game thinking it’ll be quick and easy, I’m a smart noodle what’s the worse that could happen? Ughhhhhhhh!! You will shed many tears, suffer from hunger and lose sleep over the course of a few days/hours if you’re determined like me to finish this game ASAP.

This game took me about maximum of 42 hours of gameplay because I like to afk a bit as I paint my nails or chat with friends. In that aspect, it’s a good afk game where you can pause and do other stuff but won’t lose everything you clicked. However, you lose your focus and cry to your friends that you have no idea what you’re doing!

This game is fairly repetitive and sort of boring, I don’t think this game is addicting at all. Each letter consists of 25 puzzles and each puzzle can take you a minute or 15 minutes to complete. You need to have some outside incentive to play this game quite honestly. I had a bet with someone that whoever gets to Z first would get nudes! This helped fuel me to get to Z because I feared I would lose the bet. Phew!

What really kept me going were my friends who reminded me every passing hour that my nudes were on the line. Also, my lovely K-pop playlist that played in the background, so thank you Afterschool and hot Korean bad boy groups.

Would I do it again? No! I’m not really a fan of puzzle games, I would rather play multiplayer games that involve killing bit*ches. But if you enjoy games like this to play leisurely and not about that steam profile life, then I would recommend this game for you. You got nothing to lose but perhaps your sanity!

XO Jenny

P.S. If you want my kpop playlist, ask and I surely would link it to you~
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
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.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Brought to us by Australian indie developer Thomas Bowker, LYNE is a minimalist puzzle game that tasks you with connecting sets of colored shapes, without crossing or re-tracing any lines along the way. If it sounds simple, that’s because it is by design; LYNE claims to be “deceptively simple” yet “infinitely complex”. But does it do enough to set itself apart from the ever-growing library of puzzlers competing for gamers’ attention?

LYNE is designed to be as streamlined and polished as possible. Your first moments with the game set the tone for the entire experience as you’re met with crisp lines, pastel colors and gentle sounds, making for a very refined appearance. The menus are easily navigated as well, and overall everything feels calculated and elegant. The puzzles themselves are divided into lettered sets of 25, and completing a set earns you anywhere from one to five points, depending on the difficulty. As you accumulate points, you’ll unlock additional level sets and color palettes. There are hundreds of puzzles pre-loaded, so there's no shortage of challenges to tackle!

The puzzles start off easy, acquainting you with the controls and basic gameplay with a few stylized visual prompts. However, after the first level set you’re on your own. Still, the difficulty curve is gentle enough to welcome even those who have never tried a puzzle game before, while still appealing to even the most hardcore of puzzle masters. No lives and no time limit means the pressures of performance and progression are removed, placing the focus on the player’s experience with the game. There is a surprising amount of variety in the puzzle design, all while only ever using four different shapes. It’s not overcomplicated, and if you ever feel yourself growing tired of looking at the same colored shapes in different arrangements you can simply change the color palette for a fresh visual experience. Completing a puzzle sends it sliding off to the left to be replaced by another, and a total lack of load time helps LYNE maintain a superb flow.

As excellent as the puzzle design is, the secret of LYNE lies in its audio. Ambient and echoing but never obtrusive, the soft tones that emanate from each connected shape combine with the minimalist visuals to create an impressively immersive and calming environment. I often ended up playing it after a stressful day, and found relief in its gentle, tranquil presentation. That combined with the satisfaction of puzzle completion means it easy to lose yourself in LYNE.

At $2.99, its price is a bit steep for a seemingly simple puzzle game. It’s a shame so many people will pass over LYNE without a second thought just because it’s not free or under a buck, because it truly does offer a unique and immersive experience.

LYNE is a great game not only for its clever puzzles, but for the soul soothing elegance it emanates throughout the experience. Don’t let the price stop you: this is a game worth owning. If you’re looking for the next Tetris you won’t find it here, but LYNE distances itself from the frantic and competitive nature of other games in the genre for a gentle yet challenging experience that is perfect for nearly every gamer.

9/10, Highly Recommended

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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This game is: Difficult sometimes, but if you complete the level, its a great feelin.
This game is: Fun for 20+ hours.
This game is: Great designed.
This game is: Cheap.
This game is: Great.

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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Oh God, I'm just gonna rest when I finish the Z set.

DLCs for other alphabets, anyone?

Z set! FOCUS, MAN!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Simple to understand, harder to solve. If you like relaxing but challenging puzzle games with many levels (from A to Z + daily levels), you should definitely try out this one.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Playing this game will most likely raise your dismal IQ.

But whoever wants that, I would like to know.

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