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Lines'98 4.2

Lines '98 was written by a student of Perm State Technical University who used the handle Sorcerer. Menus are in Russian only, but you won't need them very much:

  • File Menu (leftmost): The only thing of relevance here would, theoretically, be import skin, but the collection of skins and the skin development kit (l98sdk) that Sorcerer offered are lost.
  • Game Menu (second from left):
    • Top entry starts a new game in the current mode.
    • The next three entries start a new game in a specific mode:
      • Lines: The traditional mode. Five in a row, column, or diagonal vanish.
      • Squares: Balls forming a rectangular shape of at least 22 vanish.
      • Blocks: You need seven, diagonals don't count, but the line may zigzag.

There is probably a way to turn off the preview, but I haven't found it.

Later he re-released it as Lines Millennium with bilingual menus and help file and a simplified skin format (skins were just renamed rar archives containing all the necessary files), but also bundled with adware, so this older version seemed more attractive after all.


  • Concept: Color Lines
  • Author: Sorcerer
  • Year: 1998
  • Country of Origin: Russia


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