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Line Rider is a 2006 web game. You can use various different types of lines to draw a sled track. Then you hit the play button and watch a sledder named Bosh travel through your track.

The 2008 sequel Line Rider 2: Unbound has additional features and a campaign mode with puzzles. It tells the story of Bosh wanting to get Bailey's love and get the ultimate sled by going up against Chaz.

Line Rider provides examples of:

  • Big Bad: Chaz is the main antagonist of Line Rider 2: Unbound who wants to cheat and prevent the protagonist Bosh from getting the ultimate sled and Bailey. He causes the main conflict because Bosh sets out to compete with him.
  • Blank White Void: The original game takes place in an empty white area. The only objects are Bosh and the lines you draw.
  • Chained to a Railway: In one of the cutscenes of Line Rider 2: Unbound, Chaz captures Bailey and ties her to a railroad where a train happens to be passing by. Bosh hears Bailey's screams and, taking notice of the situation, runs to the swings he was using and uses them to make some skis for him to use. Thanks to this, Bosh is able to change the sign to redirect the train to the railroad where Chaz happens to be standing on, causing him to be run over and allowing Bosh to untie Bailey from the railroad.
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  • Dark Is Evil: In Line Rider 2: Unbound, the antagonist Chaz wears a lot of black clothing.
  • Green and Mean: In Line Rider 2: Unbound, the antagonist Chaz wears green gloves and a green-and-black scarf.
  • Heroic Mime: In the first game, Bosh has no voice and never talks.
  • Keet: In the sequel, Bosh is upbeat, hyperactive, and joyful. He gets pretty excited when he's riding his sled: "Yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!"
  • Red/Green Contrast: In Line Rider 2: Unbound, Bosh wears a red-and-white scarf and Chaz wears a green-and-black scarf.
  • Repeating Ad: McDonald's used the third variation of this trope. Line Rider commercials often appeared along with other McDonald's commercials in the same ad block.
  • Sequel Escalation: The original game is just a toy where you draw lines and have Bosh slide through them. The sequel has a full campaign mode with a story and cutscenes.
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  • Series Goal: In Line Rider 2: Unbound, Bosh's goal is to win the ultimate sled and win the affection of Bailey.
  • Silence Is Golden: The original game has no sound at all.

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