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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Lifeline (2015) is a narrative adventure where you interact with an astronaut, Taylor via text messages. You help him return home after crashing his aircraft on a foreign planet.

The main interactions are through choosing responses to Taylor's questions, that sometimes require you to search the internet for the answer. When Taylor has a job to do he will do it in real time meaning you can only talk to him when he is done, which can be a number of hours without hearing from him. This makes it feel like he is a real person and creates a unique way of playing as you may not have that much to do one day compared to another.

Making a wrong decision can cause Taylor to die, when this happens you can rewind the story back and make a better decision. Once you've completed the story you unlock Fast Mode which means there are no breaks to wait for Taylor. When replaying the game the end outcome and story narrative will be different, with various different outcomes.

Lifeline is a part of a series with 7 prequels with some extending Taylor's story and some with new adventures :
  • Lifeline (2015)
  • Lifeline 2: Bloodline (2015)
  • Lifeline: Silent Night (2015)
  • Lifeline: Whiteout (2016)
  • Lifeline: Crisis Line (2016)
  • Lifeline: Flatline (2016)
  • Lifeline: Halfway To Infinity (2016)
  • Lifeline: Whiteout 2 (2017, partial release)
  • Lifeline: Beside You in Time (2022)

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Lifeline 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 9 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative game with Adventure elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete. Depends on how long Taylor takes to do jobs and how often you message him.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

The latest game, Lifeline: Beside You in Time is rated PEGI 3.

The latest game, Lifeline: Beside You in Time is rated 9+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence and Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


Lifeline usually costs £2.99 to £3.99.


App Store iOS £2.99 Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Mac Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

Steam Store PC -

Lifeline 2

App Store iOS £2.99

Lifeline: Beside You In Time

App Store iOS £3.99

Lifeline: Crisis Line

App Store iOS £2.99

Lifeline: Flatline

App Store iOS £2.99

Lifeline: Halfway To Infinity

App Store iOS £2.99

Lifeline: Silent Night

App Store iOS £2.99

Lifeline: Whiteout

App Store iOS £2.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
The game is cheaper on iOS and Android. On Android in includes adverts. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/04/2015, updated in 2016

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative and Adventure

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Text

Developer: 3 Minute Games (@3MinuteGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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