Line Rider: No One Will Beat This

By John Walker on March 24th, 2008 at 11:36 pm.

You know Line Rider, right? You don’t! It’s the Flash game where you draw a track for a little guy on a sled, who through the power of gravity and physics will swoop along your creation. Build things carfully and he’ll have a lovely ride. Mess up, and he’s go splat head-first into the ground, fly off his sled, and there will be sad faces all round.

Thing is, if you’ve had a go, you’ve probably discovered how tricky it is to be elaborate. In which case, this should make you cry:

Egad.

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  1. Larington says:

    WOW

  2. Janek says:

    Some people have too much free time.

    Way, way too much free time.

  3. Theory says:

    That would be cool enough if he’d imported it from an image editor. But to have made it all in the Flash tools provided by the game itself…I salute that man!

  4. dr_demento says:

    Isn’t TechDawg the guy who got hired onto the WiiWare team on the basis of his LineRider skill? But yes, that’s… phenomenal.

  5. Q says:

    He who says “Some people have too much free time” has too little of a life!

  6. Jonathan says:

    I really do hate people who come out and say things like “Some people have too much free time.”. Its sheer jealousy that someone has actually had the nerve and the drive to do something that is sometimes spectacular.

    All I can say is hail the powers of an artist with physics and a snazzy wacom.

  7. Kieron Gillen says:

    That really is amazing.

    KG

  8. Xagarath says:

    I am genuinely awestruck.

  9. wcaypahwat says:

    Ohhhhhh yeah….

    I must say, I was literally flabbergasted. Some things are just beyond ridiculous/awesome. This is one of them.

  10. Mitch Small says:

    My faith in humanity has been restored but my mind feels violated by greatness.

  11. Lefty says:

    What’s that music from again?

  12. Troy Goodfellow says:

    I think the music is from the Kevin Costner “Robin Hood” movie. So, awesome video with a poor choice of soundtrack. I guess we should thank the gods it wasn’t Bryan Adams.

    Videos like this remind me of my own artistic and design inadequacies.

  13. YouMeanMe says:

    The first track is the Robin Hood theme (it is mentioned in the credits). Presumably you are asking about the second which is “The Race” by Yello. Probably best known from the scene in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off where he first sees the Ferrari.

  14. Will Tomas says:

    Stunning. I salute that man.

  15. Superfly says:

    That was amazing

  16. Lh'owon says:

    Oh wow. Was not expecting that. Crazy artistic skill too – I wouldn’t look unfavourably at all on that as a separate picture.

  17. nabeel says:

    Oh. My. God.
    nabeel

  18. Andrew Mayer says:

    Gorgeous and functional.

    Glad to hear that he got hired as a professional.

  19. Matt Dovey says:

    When I first saw the article I thought “sheesh, weren’t we all over the Line Rider videos in 2005?”

    Then I saw the video, and realised why we’re only seeing this one in 2008. Just astounding.

  20. Andrew Armstrong says:

    Neat stuff :D very inventive use of it, and awesome artwork.

  21. Sokurah says:

    It looks looks cool, has great artwork and moves very fluidly.
    All good things…I just hate games where you can’t distingush between foreground and background graphics.

  22. dartt says:

    Sokurah, have you played linerider?

    The point of what he has done here is that he drew all those graphics and defined the background and foreground in order to create the course that the uncontrolled rider whizzes along.

    It’s very difficult just to create a simple downhill course with anything more than a few curves and jumps so what he has done here is inspiring.

  23. terry says:

    That vid gave me an overwhelming urge to play Motocross Maniacs on the Gameboy, except I lost my cart :(

  24. Nallen says:

    Okay guys really, this took a small dose of artistic talent and a huge amount of time. It’s is impressive in terms of taking something to the extreme but other than that, no. It’s not amazing,and it certainly isn’t inspiring to me in any way, shape or form.

  25. Kieron Gillen says:

    Well done you.

    KG

  26. KBKarma says:

    Oh. Oh wow. That’s… wow.

  27. Martin says:

    Impressive!

    Now – pancakes!

  28. Ed says:

    Is that real? I am blown away.

  29. Globetro says:

    Nallen: The part about “all it takes is a lot of time.” Do you realize that it’s exactly this time and devotion that creates extraordinary things? Do you look at Olympic athletes with ennui, feeling that all it took was a “lot of time in training”? Do you think the Pyramids of Egypt is pretty blah cuz all it took to create it was for people to carry and place a bunch of rocks for a long period of time? Do you think Eddie Van Halen’s guitar skills aren’t impressive because all he did was practice a lot?

    [Unnecessary insults removed. - Admin]

  30. Alexander says:

    I think the end tune is ‘Oh Yeah’ by Yello, not ‘The Race’ (though both are pretty equal contestants for greatness. Not to be confused with the pure seks French Yelle and tektonic remixes.

    Well, nonetheless, even though it’s extraordinary, it’s crazy; I sincerely hope this is imported.

  31. Junior Master says:

    I have to admit, I was a little surprised when the rocket at the end didn’t take off.

    Choice of music wise, I think thats great for it, there are bits where he’s got them complimenting each other nicely, regardless of the source.

  32. YouMeanMe says:

    @Alexander

    Yeah, you are right about the song name.

  33. Lefty says:

    “The first track is the Robin Hood theme (it is mentioned in the credits). Presumably you are asking about the second which is “The Race” by Yello.”

    No, I meant the first one; I know the Yello track well.

  34. KindredPhantom says:

    He wins, give him the game.

  35. ginger says:

    ur all sad

  36. SKINNY says:

    I love you all x

  37. hhdjsd says:

    it was ok to me