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Genre: Quiz :: Players: 1 :: Released: 28/10/07

Lumines Review

Publisher: Gameloft :: Developer: Gameloft

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Loads of options and game modes

Cons

Bland compared to the PSP version

Sound
Vibration
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
See Compatible Handsets

83

Graphics

81

Sound

82

Controls

85

Playability

80

Lastability

87

Review Details
Handset Sony-Ericsson K800i
Time Played 3 hours
Game Progress Completed on hard

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 28/10/07

A PSP game on a mobile? Surely not.


Can the darling bud of the PSP blag its way onto the mobile? Yes and no. Lumines Mobile is a great game in its own right and is a worthy competitor to Tetris. Lumines is another block matching game but this time the game is played in a landscape form.

To pass each level you must create a set target of 2x2 blocks of the same colour. Unlike most other games of this ilk, the blocks do not instantly disappear. There is a vertical line that scrolls from one side of the screen to the other; when the line reaches the end of the screen, all blocks that it has passed through are then eliminated. In essence, providing you are quick enough, this allows you to build ongoing chains linked to the original 2x2 block.

The PSP version is naturally suited to landscape play and the mobile version still manages to look pretty smart even though you are playing a landscape game on a portrait screen. The graphics, skins and sounds of the PSP version are what have made the game famous and while this smaller version tries hard to emulate the vividness with plenty of skins and different soundtracks, there is only so much that can be achieved on the humble device.

While it may not achieve parity on an audio-visual level, the mobile version is great fun to play and a welcome to change to the mass of block matching games that have swarmed on to the scene in recent times. There are a few special blocks that can be used to clear out extra blocks and there are several different game modes including tough boss battles. Arcade mode forms the centre of the game and through this, you can unlock extra difficulty settings. Each level has gold, silver and bronze trophies to aim for and this helps keep the replay value high. Outside of Arcade mode, Lumines Mobile is packed with many other modes which strongly feature the changing skins and themes.

The controls of the game are based around the d-pad/joystick and even though the square forming concept may be slightly alien at first, it is fairly easy to pick up. Although, little help is provided in developing advanced tactics and this is something you will need to discover for yourself.

If this was a straight-to-mobile game we would be in awe of the concept and execution. However, comparisons will always be made to the PSP version and the mobile version does come across as rather bland. As our ratings indicate, we think Lumines Mobile is a great mobile game, just don't expect all the razzmatazz of the PSP version.