Lifeline is a series of games developed by 3 Minute Games. The Lifeline games are a series of interactive text adventures with varied themes, including but not limited to Sci-Fi, survival, fantasy, adventure, mystery, and detective simulation. The series currently has 8 games, the most recent being Lifeline: Whiteout 2. As of November 2021, Lifeline games has announced that a new game will be released sometime soon. It will very likely continue Taylor's story following Lifeline: Halfway to Infinity.
The games usually put the you, who is also considered the player (or perhaps a more adequate analogy could be that of the stranger), into a supportive character role to help the main character make decisions. While the player usually controls the flow of the story, the main characters will sometimes refuse to listen to the player's advice and go off on their own. The player will be communicating with the characters with some communicator, with Lifeline 2: Bloodline relying on magic witchcraft and Lifeline: Crisis Line relying on a phone app called HelpText.
Usually, the main character is in trouble, and he/she needs your help to get out of it. While most games have one "true" ending, many choices will lead to the main character dying, very rarely, some will have other alternative endings with the main character surviving, but a twist. After you find one of the endings, the game will unlock the Rewind and Fast Mode options. Rewind allows the player to rewind to a player-made choice, rewinding the whole game up to that point. Fast Mode allows the player to skip the waiting times between messages.
These games feature a real-time waiting system between messages. The main character will write messages and complete activities at a human pace (walking, driving, sleeping, etc.). The main character will close communications until something happens during the task or until they finish the task. The waiting time on tasks can be from under a minute to over 8 hours.
The Lifeline series currently has 8 official games:
- Lifeline - First entry into the series. The player assists Taylor with survival on a barren moon.
- Lifeline 2: Bloodline - Second game in the series. The player assists Arika Lanphear with avenging her family's death.
- Lifeline: Silent Night - Direct sequel to the original Lifeline game. The player joins back with Taylor to assist with an unknown vessel coming into contact with the ship Taylor is onboard.
- Lifeline: Whiteout - Fourth entry in the series. The player helps V. Adams to uncover his past amidst a freezing environment.
- Lifeline: Crisis Line - Fifth entry in the series. The player is a HelpText volunteer connected to Alex Esposito, a police detective in Austin, Texas, who is involved in a strange case related to a murder.
- Lifeline: Flatline - Direct sequel to Lifeline: Silent Night, with Taylor trapped within the orbit of a strange black hole.
- Lifeline: Halfway to Infinity - Direct sequel to Lifeline: Silent Night, with Taylor trapped within the orbit of a strange black hole.
- Lifeline: Whiteout 2 - Sequel to Lifeline: Whiteout. The player helps V. Adams to escape from a mine controlled by ALT.
Music and Art
A link to most, if not all of the Lifeline Series music can be found here.
The Lifeline Universe
The first story and its two sequels are set in space, more specifically on an alien moon and onboard space ships. Others occur across our planet, such as by an unknown tundra region, across various parts of the Pacific Northwest (in Oregon and Washington, i.e., New Tenacity), Austin (Texas), La Rumorosa (Mexico), and includes secret organizations, some of which feature alien-based parasites and magical properties.
Important features throughout the series are the Green, ALT, the Permanent Working Group, the Pearson Corporation, magic, and tunguskite. Reoccurring narrators of the game so far involve Taylor and V. Adams, but the series has indicated that Arika, Alex, and Wynn will later appear as well. Other reoccurring characters involve Regina Virdi, Blue, Captain Aya, Mari Lee, and Melanie (Mel) Choir.