Out of Line

Rating Summary

Based on 24 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

50%

Critics Recommend

Based on 24 critic reviews
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No Recommendation / Blank
Jul 13, 2021

This platformer is perfectly perfunctory in every way.

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6 / 10
Jul 9, 2021

Out of Line is a good little puzzle platformer that will last you approximately 2-3 hours. It flows nicely but some may find the puzzles a touch too easy to solve. The artwork and music are great but the story remains unclear, with the ending just leaving you with more questions.

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76 / 100
Jul 17, 2021

Out of Line is a great example of the puzzle platform genre. Nerd Monkey’s methodical approach to puzzles is delightful.

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6 / 10
Jul 15, 2021

Out of Line tries to straddle the line between being an emotional narrative-driven experience and a consistently engaging, challenging puzzle game; unfortunately, it struggles to accomplish either. Far from a bad game, we'd absolutely recommend Out of Line for the younger audience who may want to dip their feet into the puzzle platform genre, but for those seeking something a bit more taxing, then you might be better off looking elsewhere.

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4.6 / 5.0
Aug 4, 2021

Out of Line is not a long game. It could be finished in around 3 hours, but it is still very enjoyable to play. The puzzles are not overly complicated but are challenging enough and the story that unfolds is unique and charming. Overall, I would say the value for money is great and I would definitely recommend it. It is a perfect game to pick up and casually play when you need a break from the real world.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2021

Out of Line is a simple, sweet game with clever puzzles scattered through a beautifully dystopian steampunk setting that suffers only from its short length.

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7.7 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2021

In puzzle-platformer Out of Line, young San is on the run from corrupted abominations, with nothing but a golden spear to his name. Will you be able to help him escape and meet some other friendly faces along the way, or will the blight claim him too?

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6.5 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2021

Overall, it feels like a light experience that could be enjoyed by players of all different levels, perhaps a good fit for introducing younger gamers to the medium. As someone with a lot of puzzle-platformer experience, I would have liked to see a greater variety of play mechanics, but outside of a few glitches requiring a restart (invisible walls preventing progress, for example), there isn't much to dislike about the game. Out of Line simply ends up playing it fairly safe, so if that's what you're looking for, then maybe you'll want to get in line.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2021

That being said, I would recommend the game to those who aren't looking for overly complex puzzles and a deep, meaningful story. Out of Line is one of those games that won't challenge puzzle enthusiasts nor appease players looking for an appealing narrative.

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5.6 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2021

Is it out of time for games like Out of Line or did it run out of shine which made me go out of mind? Either way, now that I'm out of whine, I'll slap a 5.6 on this review and look forward to what the devs come up with down the line.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2021

Nerd Monkeys have done an excellent job compacting a light puzzle platformer into a small space and painting it absolutely beautifully. You aren’t going to find a world beating new mechanic for puzzle platformers and you might have to crack your mind wide open to find the story but I’d say it’s a worthwhile pick up despite its few shortcomings.

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4 / 5.0
Jun 26, 2021

Honestly, there’s very little I can find in the way of criticism for this game. It’s stunningly gorgeous, intuitive and creative, and a delightfully unique little puzzle-platformer. The game is beautiful and oddly moving, considering the complete lack of dialogue. If you need something a little different from your standard platformer, give Out of Line a try.

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Liked
Aug 6, 2021

Out of Line does not hide its inspirations, but does a great job presenting itself as something very unique, thanks to its beautiful art style, atmosphere and engaging puzzles.

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8.7 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2021

Out of Line is a well-polished adventure with an art style that will dazzle you from start to finish. San's story is a mystery that is slowly revealed, but without having a clear story line... Everything is open to your own interpretation of events, especially the ending! The spear gives access to very creative puzzles that, as the levels go by, become more unique and challenging. Help San escape the factory and its clutches, to the sound of a relaxing soundtrack. Out of Line is a national title that has exceeded all expectations, and if you like calm and visually magnificent games like Ori and the Will of the Wisps, then you really can't miss this one!

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5 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2021

Out of Line couldn’t even quite reach the line. The visual texture delivers warm and fuzzy vibes but the simplistic puzzles, slow paced movements and rhythm makes the whole game feel a little clunky, thus causing a bit of traffic throughout the flow. It still makes up for the game’s overall design being clearly delivered which couldn’t be helped but to expect better games to come from the same development team.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2021

Out of Line has an incredible balance between all of its puzzle, platforming and adventure components. With graphics that are the envy of the largest studios in the industry, this adventure drawn with watercolors brings a relaxing yet always immersive environment to San's history. Being a relatively short game, it has the correct dimension for what it wants to convey, including an ending that calls for the interpretation of each one

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8 / 10
Jul 16, 2021

Out of Line is a 2D side scrolling platformer puzzle game. The game is gorgeous, and just enough challenging that you won’t rage quit. Join San on this cute adventure to help him escape a terrifying factory. The art style is beautiful, the mechanics are extremely smooth and sound. For those who like relaxing short games, the gameplay runs at around 2-3 hours, and for what it it is, you are getting a lovely evening of gameplay that won’t make you feel panicked or pressured to race to the end. The only thing you may come away with is more questions than answers when it comes to the story. A lack of context plays a role in this, and it does not get clearer. However, each player may have their own answer to what the story held.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2021

Out of Line’s puzzling escapade is certainly a neat one, but a lack of challenge and obtuse storytelling do see it falter behind similar titles in the genre. It’s a shame too, because using the spear felt good, with plenty of neat ideas introduced throughout the adventure. The world is gorgeous too, with some wonderful sights to be seen across the hand-painted world. It just needed to pack a bit more punch when it came to the narrative and the difficulty. It’s all well and good having creative puzzle-design, but when they’re so easy to solve it becomes harder to appreciate them. Regardless, Out of Line has enough strengths to make it a worthwhile venture for fans of the genre – just don’t be surprised if you’re left wanting a bit more by the time you’re done with it.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2021

Out of Line is quite short, clocking at around three hours, and not exactly replayable, but I did enjoy this brief ride while it lasted. It wasn’t so much for its themes, as they can (and most certainly will) fly by everyone’s head as the storytelling isn’t this game’s forte, but I did enjoy its gorgeous art style, relaxing level of difficulty, and inventive puzzle design.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2021

Overall, Out Of Line lives up to the promise shown in its trailers, and is a nice light addition to one’s game library. As a relatively linear side-scroller I wouldn’t count on extremely high replayability, but endless replays are not really the expectation for this style of game. With no real combat, Out Of Line relies heavily on its well-designed puzzle levels to engage the player, but manages to do this without feeling repetitive or punishing. In the end, if you’re looking for something that gets your adrenaline up, give this a pass. If you’re looking for fun you can share with anyone in the family, or a relaxing end to a stressful day, Out Of Line is an excellent choice, and definitely worth your support.

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