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Firing Line

Firing Line is a downloadable Blizzard Map of the Month for StarCraft, released November 30, 2000. It is a Tetris clone played as a Use Map Settings single-player map. It does not require StarCraft: Brood War.


The player controls a terran ghost, the "Controller", who looks like Sarah Kerrigan. The ghost shoots at one of six marine targets to control the orientation and movement of the current piece. The two rightmost marines turn the piece clockwise or counter-clockwise. The four on the left move the piece left or right one column, down one row, or down all the way. The ghost kills a marine in one shot; the marines instantly respawn in the same place when killed.

The ghost is invincible and has effectively infinite energy, and starts cloaked. While cloaked the ghost will only fire on the player's command. The ghost fires indiscriminately when uncloaked, preventing the player from controlling the game.


The score and speed increase as the game continues. Eventually the game is too fast to be played and is lost.



"Private, there's been a terrible accident. The MH-232 Teleportation system has malfunctioned, and the automated computer system is shot. Without the computer, you're going to have to do everything manually.

Blocks of various specimens are about to be delivered to us in cold-sleep. It's your job to move the blocks to the bottom of the loading dock.

Now here's the real problem, Private.

The units can't be teleported away unless there's a solid line from one end of the bay to the other. Any holes disrupt the teleportation matrix. You have to rotate and move the blocks as they appear to make solid horizontal lines.

Normally the computer would pack the units in perfectly, but now it's up to you. I've delayed the unit delivery so they will come slowly at first, but they will come in faster as you progress.

Good luck, and if it helps to calm you down, just try to think of this as a game you used to play on your portable game system, not a life or death emergency."

End of Briefing.

Mission Objectives[]

  • Create solid horizontal lines of units to remove the lines and score points.
  • You may rotate or move the units that appear by shooting marines with your ghost.
  • You lose the game if you can no longer place new units.


2000-11-30. Firing Line. StarCraft Compendium Map Archives.