826394_2Line drawing is on the short list of control methods that always seem to work really well for the iPhone. The latest in this parade of line drawing games is Lion Pride [App Store], a strange mixture of gameplay mechanics found in Draw Race, The Battle of Pirate Bay, and even a little Coastguard.

The premise of the game is simple, you control a pack of lions and need to gather food for the rest of your pride. Thankfully, in this corner of the African savanna there seems to be a constant stream of warthogs, gazelles, and other beasts to munch on. Similar to Draw Race, you control the speed of the lions by how fast you draw lines from them on screen. Sneaking up on animals is important to keep them from running off, so you start by moving your lions slowly, then quickly go in for the kill. If something starts to get away, tapping twice on them will briefly stun them.

As you get further in to the game, you get more lions to control and tougher prey which needs to be attacked by multiple lions in order to be brought down. Lions need to be positioned to work as a team to all strike at once, and if any wandering hyenas come on screen they need to be scared off to prevent them from disrupting your food supply.

This gameplay video by Blue Fang Games better illustrates the controls and game concept:

I'm pleasantly surprised with how much I'm enjoying Lion Pride, line drawing games are much like tower defense games in that they're all fairly similar to each other but the good ones come with gameplay elements that make them stand out from the pack. Lion Pride has colorful graphics, a musical track that fits the game perfectly, and different enough gameplay that it's still worth having even if you already own all the other big-name line drawers out there.

App Store Link: Lion Pride, 99¢

TouchArcade Rating

  • Dark NRG

    Damn, he's quick!!!

  • Dark NRG

    Damn, he's quick!!!

  • richman

    flight control with lions and hogs....

  • richman

    flight control with lions and hogs....

  • crsrc

    hasn't this game been out for a LONG time or is it just a rip-off of another game? I remember playing a game that looked just like this nearly a year ago.

  • crsrc

    hasn't this game been out for a LONG time or is it just a rip-off of another game? I remember playing a game that looked just like this nearly a year ago.

  • Adams Immersive

    I've only played two line-drawers (Flight Control and Coast Guard) but they seem very different to the point of being unrelated. I see line-drawing as a control scheme, like tilt-steering or D-pad, not a game genre. (Though same genres lend themselves to it.)

  • Adams Immersive

    I've only played two line-drawers (Flight Control and Coast Guard) but they seem very different to the point of being unrelated. I see line-drawing as a control scheme, like tilt-steering or D-pad, not a game genre. (Though same genres lend themselves to it.)

  • Lord Gek

    So folk who own the game, are there fun tricks for extra points or ways to score "combos" as it were?

  • Lord Gek

    So folk who own the game, are there fun tricks for extra points or ways to score "combos" as it were?

  • wegmans

    instant buy, i'm not even looking at reviews.

  • wegmans

    instant buy, i'm not even looking at reviews.

  • Jim

    Wow, how many more rip-off variants must we endure :(

    • MidianGTX

      @Jim: No idea, but this isn't one of them.

      • MidianGTX

        ok so I didn't need the "@Jim" part.

      • dpl8

        haha, this isn't twitter!

        I might actually buy this, since there are no other games I want at the mo

    • TKO

      Care to say what this is ripping-off Jim? ..And this is gaming - most game-variants had been well defined and ripped off a decade ago. Get over it.

  • Jim

    Wow, how many more rip-off variants must we endure :(

    • MidianGTX

      @Jim: No idea, but this isn't one of them.

      • MidianGTX

        ok so I didn't need the "@Jim" part.

      • dpl8

        haha, this isn't twitter!

        I might actually buy this, since there are no other games I want at the mo

    • TKO

      Care to say what this is ripping-off Jim? ..And this is gaming - most game-variants had been well defined and ripped off a decade ago. Get over it.

  • http://www.northernbytes.ca Philly

    This game looks interesting and unique, if a bit disturbing. Reminds me of documentaries showing a pride of lions eventually taking out a stray elephant. I'm glad they didn't go for a more realistic approach. I don't understand the comparisons to Flight Control in the review, though.

  • http://www.northernbytes.ca Philly

    This game looks interesting and unique, if a bit disturbing. Reminds me of documentaries showing a pride of lions eventually taking out a stray elephant. I'm glad they didn't go for a more realistic approach. I don't understand the comparisons to Flight Control in the review, though.