Line in the Sand

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Line in the Sand
MP9 1v3 Line in The Sand.png
1-vs.-3 version
Appears in Mario Party 9
Type 1-vs.-Rivals minigame
Time limit 30 seconds
Music Island Activities

Line in the Sand is a 1-vs.-Rivals minigame featured in Mario Party 9. The name is a play on the phrase "line in the sand," meaning a point of stopping. This game's concept is similar to that of Etch 'n' Catch from Mario Party 3.


The rivals run into the sand pen, chased by the solo player. The solo player stops at the grassy area, and the camera focuses on the sand pen.


Another screenshot of Line in the Sand

The solo player attempts to eliminate all other players by drawing lines in the sand around them. If a complete shape is made, it darkens slightly, and any players inside its perimeter jump and are eliminated. If a player draws a line too long without connecting it, the beginning of the line is erased. If the solo player eliminates all three rivals within 30 seconds, the solo player is victorious. If at least one rival remains after 30 seconds is up, the rivals are victorious.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"The solo player must eliminate the other players by surrounding them with lines in the sand."
  • Controls (Solo)"Hold the Wii Remote vertically. Hold A Button while pointing to draw a line in the sand. Keep drawing to create a circle around the other players."
  • Controls (Team)"Hold the Wii Remote sideways. Press +Control Pad to move."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 線でかこんで
Sen de kakonde
Encircle them with a line
Spanish Arenas atrapadizas From arenas movedizas (quicksand) and atrapar (to trap).
French Bien entouré Pun with entouré (circled) and bien entouré, an expression to say "to have good relationships"
German Sandfangen Sand Trap
Chinese 畫圈鬼抓人
Huà quān guǐ zhuā rén
Circle-Drawing Tag