Dancing Line

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Simple strategy game features too many ads.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Users get a brief tutorial before playing but could probably figure out how to play without one.

 

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Consumerism

Users can pay $4.99 to play without ads or buy gems, which they can use on avatar items, for $2.99 to $9.99.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dancing Line is a fairly straightforward puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. Users get a chance to make some choices, such as which world they'd like to be in and the length of the line they're drawing through the environment. They can't connect with other users, so there's little privacy risk, and they won't see inappropriate content. But they will come across a number of ads for products ranging from game-based apps to, oddly enough, bandages. They can pay to get rid of these ads, or for avatar items to customize characters.

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What's it about?

In DANCING LINE, users move a growing line through sharp turns in a beach, winter, and other settings. The environments are increasingly difficult if you play them in order; gamers can also skip around, if they'd like, from world to world. In addition to sidestepping obstacles like trees, players need to avoid extending the line beyond curves in the road.

Is it any good?

Players control a line's direction by clicking on an endpoint they'd like it to go to in this fun, easy-to-play game. Although Dancing Line has a simple concept, it can still get pretty engrossing; the line moves quickly, so players have to make speedy decisions. The graphics are simple, but many aren't completely static; butterflies fly by as you zoom along, for example. With more than 25 worlds to explore and varied difficulty levels, there's plenty on hand to hold your interest.

Players can try again if they smash into a tree or other object, which should help prevent frustration; if you get bored with your current environment, you can skip ahead to another world without having to complete each level in between. Only a few worlds have to be unlocked -- which is another nice touch that should help keep players from getting bored and giving up -- and the music, which ranges from original techno-type tunes to softer piano pieces, is pleasant. All in all, Dancing Line is fun to play; the app's biggest drawback is the fact players can purchase an ad-free option for $4.99, but if they don't, they'll unfortunately see a fair amount of ads -- which can slow things down and make playing less exciting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how much screen time is too much. It's easy to get sucked into a game like Dancing Line, so how can you set limits to ensure you're spending time offline, too?

  • Do commercials make you want to buy things, regardless of whether or not those items may be necessary? Are you more likely to turn you away from playing games that heavily insert ads?

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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