Get your finger out of your nose and put it to better use. No, we don't mean inside your belly button.
We just downloaded Trace to our iPhones and it's a great video game. Its premise mirrors Line Rider 2's in that you have a little dude that must get from point A to point B, and in order to do this, you draw lines for him to travel on. There are 120 imaginative levels spread across six worlds, as well as a bunch of hazards to avoid. Although tons of simple levels make it easier than we'd like, Trace designer Kevin Calderone makes up for that with a bunch of brainteasers and cute visuals.
To draw these lines, you simply place a finger on the iPhone's touch screen and drag. Doing this takes practice, since the game places its lines a millimeter or two below your fingertip (we prefer using a swiping motion), but once you make the adjustment, you'll quickly create pathways, hills and ramps for the little red dude to walk on.
After drawing on the screen, you make the character move by pressing left and right arrows, and he'll jump whenever you tap the Triangle button. If, however, you're unhappy with whatever you drew, simply press the Erase icon and use your finger to delete.
Each world (Paint, Water, Plant, Chalk, Flame and Space) features signature graphics that appropriately fit the theme. Chalk, for example, has you exploring a blackboard and jumping on math problems and dodging words like Homework and Danger. Conversely, Flame has lots of lava to navigate around, while Plant forces you to jump on foliage while avoiding thorns. You have infinite lives, so feel free to experiment with different solutions.
At the same time, there are a lot of easy puzzles that you'll never replay (you can solve them out of sequence). This kills most of the challenge, though the game does have a nice assortment of difficult boards.
Trace, however, is still one of the iPhone's coolest games and one we'd gladly pay for. Of course, we don't mind that it's free. Like MazeFinger (which we reviewed yesterday), there's no reason why you shouldn't give this game a chance. It's sweet.
What's Hot: Free, cute graphics, 120 levels.
What's Not: Lots of easy levels, hard to draw accurate lines with large fingers, unmemorable music.