Lines: The Game (In Beta Release) Is Available

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Link to Lines: The Game.

Lines: The Game is a text-based game to play while waiting in line at Disney theme parks.  It is designed to be simple to play on a (sometimes unreliable) mobile phone network.

Instructions

In Lines: The Game, you’re a guest on a 21-day trip to the Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately, you took out a loan to pay for your trip. Your job is to make money to pay back your loan, by buying things such as attraction FASTPASSes, food, and clothing in one part of the park, and selling them for more money in other parts of the park.

Visiting Lands

You can visit any of the lands in the Magic Kingdom by clicking the button with that land’s name. For example, if you’re on Main Street USA, clicking the “Fantasyland” button will bring you to Fantasyland tomorrow. Moving to another land will end your current day in the park, and your next day will start in the new land.

Making Money

You make money by buying things cheaply in one part of the park, and selling them for more money in other parts of the park. Occasionally there will be drops or spikes in the prices of some items. Take advantage of these if you can. Anything that you’re holding when your trip ends does not count toward your final score.

Your Backpack

You get to bring a backpack with you into the park. It’s a magic backpack! It can hold up to 100 separate items.

Friends

You’ll occasionally have the chance to hire friends to help you carry things around the park. Hiring a friend increases the number of things you can carry. They also help when you’re confronted by opponents.

Tools

Every once in a while you’ll find a market that allows you to buy special tools, such as a bottle of “Tour Group Body Odor.” These tools are expensive and take space in your backpack. Tools are used when fighting opponents.

Opponents

There are lots of people who don’t want you running around the park selling things: overzealous employees, management types, and evil stepmothers. If they catch you they can take items from you, take money from your wallet, or cast spells to make you weak. They can also ask you to leave the park. When you encounter an opponent, your options are to stay where you are, run, or fight.

Fighting and Health

Fighting is best done when you have special tools, since these tools inflict damage on your opponents. If you decide to fight an opponent, your health and the health of your opponent may suffer. You start with 100 points of health. You lose points each time an opponent damages you during a fight. You’ll be asked to leave the park if you run out of health.

First Aid

You may find First Aid stations around the park. First Aid allows you to regain health points after a fight. Increasing your health costs money.

ATMs

You can deposit or withdraw money at ATMs located around the park. Money deposited in the ATM cannot be taken by opponents. Money can be withdrawn at any ATM.

Loans

You start the game with a loan of $5,000, which must be repaid (with interest) at the end of your trip. During the game, the Sheriff of Nottingham may offer you other loans at very high interest rates. These also must be repaid at the end of your trip.

Credits

Lines: The Game is an open source adaptation of an open source work by John E. Dell.

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Posted on July 17, 2012

57 Responses to “Lines: The Game (In Beta Release) Is Available”

  • This is so great! Now I am going to have to intentionally find attractions with longer wait times so that I can have more time to play.

    Now we need developed the Opposite Touring Plan so that we can MAXIMIZE our waiting in line. :)

  • Ah, there seems to be a problem with too many people on the server. I’ll take a look at this now.

  • Wow. well, this will give me something to do when waiting by myself for Ride Swap!

  • And it should be back up now. Thanks for your patience!

  • Haha, this sounds great! I didn’t realize that you were serious until about half-way down – it sounded like something you & the guys would joke about on WDW Today. “Tour Group Body Odor”, LOL!

    Can’t wait to try it!

    • Yes, if not on WDW Today, then it would be in the Color Companion….
      Great, now that I’m curbing my addiction to optimizing various touring plans, along comes something equally addicting. What a fun way to help with the in-between WDW trip blues!

  • That really is a fun, simple game. I ran through it a couple of times already and I can see it being a fun diversion at work… Not that I’d play a game when I should be working our anything…

  • It won’t let me login to play (I should be using my touring plans login and password right? )

  • I can’t figure out how to use the tools during the game and I never encountered a first aid station, so the whole cast member-fighting thing was kind of confusing. Also, it would be helpful to have some sort of average price for the items so you can tell if something is a good deal or ridiculously expensive. Otherwise, it’s a really cool game and I think I will be playing it a lot at work tomorrow.

    • Thanks Madison! I’ll try to make the use of tools more obvious. (Just having them in your backpack is sufficient when fighting; you don’t have to wield them or anything.)

      I’ll think about the ‘average price’ display.

    • Good idea about the average price thing. I’ve struggled with the same thing.

  • Is it just me… or between this and the new interactive queues am I wanting to spend more time in line and less time on rides all of a sudden? I think you are going to need a new Touring Plan for those that WANT to spend more time in lines :-)

    Looking forward to giving this a go. Will be great way to get my fix between trips :-)

  • I don’t get it. I bought some stuff and now all I can do is sell them for nothing. How am I supposed to make any money?
    I keep getting chased, and the amount I owe is going up.
    Am I missing something?

    • The price for each item changes each “day”. Some days, the items are worth nothing, so hold onto them until another day when the price goes up and you can sell them.

      The amount you owe goes up every day because you’re getting interest on your loan.

      In order to escape from cast members, you either need to run away or fight them. In order to decide, you should look at the tools you have (if they’re better than your opponents’) and if your endurance is better.

      I’ve got your back, Len haha

  • It sounds like a game that doesn’t have to be played just in the park.

  • I never wait in lines at WDW ;) Between touring plans and my own “brand” of using baby swap and going during light crowd levels, I don’t remember the last time I waited in a really long line (like more than 10 minutes)…

    The advice of the unofficial guide has me so SPOILED!!

  • I am finding this game very realistic. Pretzels are over $2,000

  • I’m absurdly bored at work so I made a spreadsheet that I’m filling out with prices as I go through the game. The spreadsheet averages out the prices (bottom of spreadsheet) as I add them. I also highlighted in green if the price was low according to the game (ie Buzz FASTPASS machine goes crazy) and red if the price was high (ie low-card diets are a fad, everyone wants pretzels!). Hopefully this will be helpful to others.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ag_0zvdYM7fVdElVaWdQX0phbFhZX0xIRkVtczYtU3c

    • OK, here are the average costs of each item according to my last few games

      Big Thunder Mountain FASTPASSes 830
      Bottles of Water 954
      Buzz Lightyear FASTPASSes 39
      Casey’s Corner Hot Dogs 1,723
      Dole Whips 2,379
      Dumbo FASTPASSes 466
      Green Peter Pan Hats 1,708
      Jungle Cruise FASTPASSes 1,020
      Main Street Bakery Cupcakes 1,209
      Peco’s Bill’s Veggie Burgers 2,566
      Peter Pan FASTPASSes 582
      Space Mountain FASTPASSes 39
      Splash Mountain FASTPASSes 795
      Tomorrowland Pretzels 6,549
      Tortuga Tavern’s Taco Salads 3,005
      Winnie the Pooh FASTPASSes 185

  • Love the game. It’s all about the taco salads, baby! I’ve never come across a first aid station though. Where does one find that?

    • I haven’t ever seen a first aid station either, or “the prince of nottingham”. It’s been offered that I hire a friend once, but I only had 2 days left anyway.

  • Brilliant Len! Gotta try this out… but thanks for another great idea!

  • Cool idea! Is the source available somewhere?

  • by Andrew Drummond on July 20, 2012, at 9:10 am EST

    Is there a difference between the lands in terms of either:

    The probability of an item being for sale

    OR

    The price of an item?

    Also, I have noticed that the only two items that seem to go to astronomical prices (5k+) are the Green Hats and the Pretzels? Is that accurate or have I just not played enough games yet?

  • I can repay the Sheriff of Nottingham (at the Bank at Fantasyland), but I cannot borrow more from him. Am I doing something wrong?

  • Really loving this game, will there be a designed interface added? I think it could look really awesome. And if you need any help with that, I’m up for it, :-)

  • Is the link down? I can’t seem to get to it.

  • I think it is still down. I can’t open it.

  • More items should be on sale now.

  • Just made my spreadsheet. Game face = ON.

  • by DarthTigger on July 23, 2012, at 10:15 pm EST

    I am a paid member, but my login information does not seem to work for the Lines Game app. How exactly do I get the game?

    • by Andrew Drummond on July 23, 2012, at 10:38 pm EST

      There should be a register button where you create a login separate from your touring plans account.

  • WDW has some interesting micro-climates. On the same day I got the following alerts:
    – Temporary cold snap means no one wants frozen treats. Dole Whip prices fall.
    – Surprise heat wave makes crowds thirsty!

    Of course, I had a pack full of Dole Whips…

  • I tried to borrow money at the bank in Fantasyland, but I couldn’t. Are there any requirements to borrow money, and is there a maximum that can be borrowed?

  • by Trissa Mina on July 31, 2012, at 3:25 am EST

    Ugh, I can’t access the game on my phone. I always get an error message.

  • YESSSS I finally made the leader board! I had to play an embarrassing number of times, but I have made it into last place! Nice work, Len… super addicting!

  • Access is still up and down for me from the frequent something went wrong’ with smatterings of you are not authorized to make that change’. Always happens at the worst times too. I had that manager on the ropes!!

  • Is the game gone?

  • “Drug Wars” for Disney, eh? ;-) Terribly addicting…

  • Bug report: As far as I can tell, if I’m about to ultimately lose a fight with a Manager (possibly other CM), I get an error message, “The change you wanted was rejected. Maybe you tried to change something you didn’t have access to.”

  • I can’t register for the game. I would love to try it out. Thanks for the help!