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Freeware Garden: Line Crossing

Trains with trees. What will they think of next?

Afra, the wonderfully pixelated protagonist of Line Crossing, has found herself on a mysterious train. One I’d also have absolutely no qualms calling beautiful.

What’s more, Afra has simultaneously found herself starring in a very simple adventure game (of sorts) that seems to prefer focusing on exploration than more traditional puzzles. It starts when day suddenly turns into night. Now you have to help her go through the train and run into a menagerie of wonderfully weird creatures, situations and images.

There’s a ton of fun to be had via the game’s exploration bits too as more or less anything can happen. Well, anything that has already been scripted, but that’s more than enough.

Ah, good. More trees.

You may even run into Brother Devero. He does feel your eyes gazing upon his awesomeness, but refuses to use his teeth to rend your neck as you are sadly impervious. Thankfully, he’s at least more than happy to gift you a chocker for your delicate throat. Said chocker will then help you unlock the ten different endings on offer.

Good thing is you’ll probably get to see them all, what with Line Crossing being a relatively short and straightforward game filled with delightful words. Talking with characters and exploring compartments never gets old. I’d say it makes more sense with each new playthrough.

Oh, and though you could download Line Crossing for Windows, Mac or Linux via its Ludum Dare forum thread, I suggest you play it online on itch.io. The page is designed around the game itself and, in a way, expands the playing area — in my eyes at least. It is the first place that gets updated whenever a new version of the game is released.

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