Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
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  1. 80
    Line Rider Freestyle takes the template of the popular online game and runs with it, improving on the original in every single way.
  2. 77
    Line Rider's core concept is great, and this sequel does pretty much what it sets out to do: monetize the free online toy with added gameplay, visuals, and music.
  3. 70
    Not only can you not just doodle to your heart's content, but when you get near the limit they post annoying signage all over the drawing field as a warning to be feared, and the help tips up top get replaced with messages that tell you to watch it, buster.
  4. If you have the patience to learn the subtleties of sled-track design, there is a lot of value in this little package.
  5. Line Rider 2 has something for everyone, but the game’s main story mode is quite demanding.
  6. Line Rider is immense simple/complex (simplex? Comple?) fun if you’re the right kind of person, if you’re the target audience. If you’re not, you’ll be baffled as to what all the fuss is about, while the rest of us will justifiably mock you for the knuckle-trails you leave behind you as you walk.
  7. It's unlikely to find the same massive audience that the free Flash game enjoys, but casual DS gamers looking for a puzzle fix now and then could play a lot worse.
  8. Nintendo Gamer
    The trouble with Line Rider 2 is that while it's not short of options, the core idea can wear tin quite quickly. [Dec 2008, p.81]
  9. Line Rider 2 is a unique experience for the DS that is only limited by a challenging interface. Yet once you get a decent track designed and watch your Rider sled away with reckless abandonment the excitement and fun kicks in.
  10. Nintendo Power
    Some players may still have the most fun with the basic freestyle mode, though, drawing a gigantic mess of loop-the-loops and seeing if the poor sledder survives them.(He usually doesn't.) [Nov 2008, p.102]
  11. 60
    Not only is Story Mode deep and engaging, but Puzzle Creation adds infinite possibilities. Thirty bucks is still too much to spend, but considering the value, you'll have fun if you do.
  12. AceGamez
    The core concept of Line Rider 2: Unbound is solid and, for the patient among you, can provide hours of absorbing fun; however, the trial and error nature of the gameplay and some dubious collision detection in certain situations are enough to spoil the enjoyment on a far too regular basis.
  13. Line Rider isn't a bad title, it's just that unless you are an ardernt fan then there is no real value here.
  14. It's not a bad game; there are some good ideas here, and once you get a handle on the creation mechanics, then it's a fairly satisfying game.
  15. 50
    As a creative tool Unbound is great, but as a game it feels a little sparse.
  16. Those who don't want to bother with creating their own artwork in this rather particular form, however, may wish to skip the title. Those who aren't sure either way should probably give the online original a try and decide from that.
  17. Edge Magazine
    One of the most robust online community setups to grace Nintendo’s handheld, enabling users to link the DS game to a web profile, where they can browse and queue tracks for later download. [Dec 2008, p.99]
  18. You're better off playing the online Line Rider, which gives you the same experience at no cost whatsoever.
  19. The attempt to make Line Rider into a DS game fails thanks to fiddly controls and the fact it's not as fun or convenient as the web version.
  20. So the popular Internet game has failed to make a smooth transition to Nintendo’s handheld, providing a frustrating experience with the only real highlight being its level creation mode.
  21. For a game where the sole mechanic is to draw lines, it’s ironic that not long after starting, you’ll feel like the ink is already starting to run dry.
  22. Line Rider 2: Unbound is a cute idea, but in my opinion it doesn't have the chops or the longevity to become a successful handheld title.
  23. Line Rider 2’s graphics are unimpressive to say the least; I've seen better-looking Flash games. Some of the musical tracks are catchy, but it's not enough to save the experience. Just bear in mind that the internet game is free, folks.

Awards & Rankings

#70 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#80 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Mar 11, 2013
    "Line Rider Unbound: 2" is an awesome concept. That's the best thing you will hear from me. The game has a broken story mode nobody can beat,"Line Rider Unbound: 2" is an awesome concept. That's the best thing you will hear from me. The game has a broken story mode nobody can beat, is based mainly around luck. This game would be awesome as a download, but you can only carry about nine games at a time in your DS case. Do you really want THIS to be one of them? Freestyle is fun, but gets old fast. Not much to do, and probably not worth five dollars. Physics lovers might like it, but nobody else will play past an hour. Too many bugs, not enough features and a very forgettable execution. I just still can't bring myself to quite hate it though. It could be because of how clever the concept was, but nevertheless- Just not worth over $5.00. Full Review »
  2. Nov 2, 2014
    I have this game. BUT this is a game that is a stupid ripoff. I think the PC version is Way better than this. The story mode is not catchy.I have this game. BUT this is a game that is a stupid ripoff. I think the PC version is Way better than this. The story mode is not catchy. the freestyle mode is fun but you can't do much, because it is hard to decorate, you have a curtain amount of lines in one area (which is the dumbest thing in games), your zoomed out VERY far, the goal tricks aren't very exiting, have a amount of tracks you can save (which means you need to delete some of your saved tracks), and the sound is kind of quiet and need to turn it up really high in order to here the sound effects. Even thought this is $5.00, it is STILL a rip off. NEVER give this to a line rider fan, because it might change there mind of liking line rider games anymore. Full Review »