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This review is from: Lumines (PSP) (Video Game)
Lumines is a game which tricks you with its apparent simplicity but which goes on to show surprising depth of gameplay.
On first playing Lumines I thought it must have have been a bit of a joke, that the reviews I read raving about it were all wrong - how could a game that simply let you stack 2x2 cubes in only two colours have any real depth?
I found out pretty quick how wrong I was. The game is great fun. It takes a little getting used to whilst your grey matter gets used to figuring out which types of blocks are best in certain situations but once you start getting it the game opens up and you'll find youself building up the network of blocks only clear half of the screen with a few well placed cubes and earning the big bonuses!
The basic premise of the game is to creat 2x2 cubes of the same colour from blocks that fall from the top of thes creen - sounds simple but can be fiendishly difficult if you let your concentration slip! Every once in a while special blocks appear and when they are built into a 2x2 cube of the same colour any cubes linked to this cube of the same colour will all be deleted on the next pass of the deletion bar - it's great fun to build up the blocks and clear half the screen in one hit to get the big bonuses with this feature!
Blocks are cleared from the screen by a bar whose speed is goverened by the tempo of the music and the timing with which you place your blocks in relation to the beat of music can prove crucial to staying in the game.
The music also reacts to what you do - clear a load of blocks and get a cool breakbeat thrown over the top of the music! Each level has its own tune and unique beats. Another really cool feature is the way the game morphs between levels. You'll be playing and suddenly find your blocks smoothly change colour and the background simply change before your eyes without the game missing a beat. This plays havoc with your brain when you're used to playing with certain colours for the last five minutes!
As you progress through the main game in challenge mode you unlock the specific backgrounds/tunes which you can then play on their own in other game modes and they won't change so you don't need to worry about the colour of the blocks changing and scrambling your brain!
I should give a brief mention to mulitplayer. If you play head to head you each get half the screen at the start and as you clear blocks from your side you take over more of the screen. Needless to say if you're winning you have more space to place your blocks and you leave your opponent scrabbling to place their blocks in a tiny space which is always great fun! Sucks when you're getting trounced though!
Anyways, pick this game up - it's great game for PSP and I'm sure is available for next to nothing now.