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Lines is an unlicensed Russian port of an IBM match-five game called Color Lines for the Dendy.

Title screen[]

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 "One of the most popular games for the IBM computer is out now!". The title music appears to be a very poor rendition of Ode to Joy. In the background, randomly generated balls of different colors zoom in and out of the screen.


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 or horizontal line of five balls of the same color, they vanish and the player is awarded ten points. After each turn, three new balls will spawn.

If the board becomes too full, the game ends and a Game Over message will appear on a black background that simply reads "Конец", which is Russian for Game Over.