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Lifeslide

There was a time when folding the perfect paper airplane was extremely important. A few more folds here, crease this line just so there, and voilà — an aerodynamic dynamo that can soar higher and farther than any other classmate’s. That was the goal, at least; most planes only flew a few feet before hitting the wall or landing peacefully on the floor. How nice it would have been to be able to watch the planes glide through the sky with no need to worry about walls, wind, or even physics? Turns out you can live that childhood freedom fantasy after all with Lifeslide.

Currently in development by Bulgarian team Dreamteck, Lifeslide will launch on Steam on August 6, 2021. Its Steam page asks players to “embark on a journey through life as you master the art of paper plane flight,” and, with a free demo releasing on June 12, players will be able to get a taste of said journey weeks before release. Initially released with the launch of Apple Arcade on September 19th, 2019, with only 16 story mode levels, the Steam release sees an expanded 28 levels, weekly challenges, and more.

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Players will take control of one of six paper airplanes soaring through different phases of life, such as breathing, consciousness, and thriving (it makes sense in the levels, trust me). The gameplay is, to sound cliché, easy to learn but hard to master, as this simple flight sim asks players to fly close to the ground. This is because there are color-specific items to pick up, like currencies to upgrade your planes and boosts that give you the zoomies. One critical item to keep picking up are the yellow gems, which extend your time in the air. You see, there’s a yellow counter that keeps ticking downwards, and you can only stay airborne by making sure that counter never hits zero.

Of course, if you don’t like the stress of keeping that counter above nil, you can switch over to Zen mode and sail the skies in perpetuity — that is, without worry of said counter. You still have to not touch the ground, of course, but at least you can float stress-free. And after a long day of hard work, this is absolutely one of those games (and modes) that will allow you to kick back and relax; regardless of whether or not you’re into flight sims, Lifeslide is going to be one to look into.

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One thing that really helps with the relaxation? The aesthetics. Lifeslide features beautifully colored environments that soothe the senses immediately. Coupled with the lovely ambient music, Lifeslide is such a lovely time that you’ll hardly notice how often you run out of time or make a crash landing. Which, is nice, actually, because there’s never really a point where you ever rage quit. With plenty of upgrades on offer and boosts that help you inch ever closer to the next level, Lifeslide is a chill mastery game that takes a bit of patience to get right, but never wears out its welcome. This low poly, low flying, low stress flight sim is definitely worth waiting for, and with a free demo landing on Steam this week, there’s really no reason not to take a test flight.

Be sure to check out Lifeslide on Steam today!

Heather Johnson Yu
Born at a very young age; self-made thousandaire. Recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things. Covered in cat hair. Probably the best sleeper in the world. Still haven't completed the civil war quest in Skyrim but I'm kind of okay with that. Too rad to be sad.

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