The title screen.
Lines is an unlicensed Russian port of an IBM match-five game called Color Lines for the Dendy.
Title screen[edit | edit source]
The title screen features a jester juggling 3 red, blue, and yellow balls, as well at the word "Lines" on the top of the screen. At the right side of the jester is Russian text that reads, "ОДНА ИЗ САМЫХ ПОПУЛЯРНЫХ ИГР ДЛЯ IBM PC ТЕПЕРЬ ЕСТЬ И У ВАС!". The title music appears to be a very poor rendition of Ode to Joy. In the background, random balls of random colors zoom in and out at random places of the screen.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The player appears to be represented by the anthropomorphic ball with a sword on the lower right side of the screen, while the CPU is represented by an anthropomorphic red ball holding a scepter and wearing a crown on the upper left side.
When the game begins, you are given a 9x9 grid that contains three randomly placed balls with different colors. Each turn, you move a single ball at a time by selecting a ball and then choosing a blank space. If you make a vertical/horizontal line of five balls of the same color, they vanish and the player is awarded with ten points. After each turn, three balls of different colors appear randomly on the board.
If the board becomes too full, a large "Конец" (Game Over) word appears over the board with a black background.