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Lumines II - Sony PSP
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- Licensed soundtrack featuring songs and music videos by today's cutting edge musicians
- Wireless two-player local gameplay
- All new battle modes
- All new sensational 3D backgrounds
- All new and better graphics with streaming video in the background
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The concept is simple enough, yet hard to master: 2x2 blocks fall down, Tetris style, where you must rotate and move the blocks inorder to match like colors in 2x2 or larger to clear them out. This action is continuous, and if they pile up too high, or you can't clear the board fast enough,...gave over.
Not really because there are some unique twists to the game: every so often the colors change as does the foreground and background graphics making some visual changes the player needs to be prepared for throughout the game. Also the tempo of the music changes from time to time, thus speeding up and then slowing down the block drops equating in some frantic moments. And I'm not even sure how to describe the time-line sweep as it endlessly marches from left to right, only clearing blocks once the line has swept by.
On the positive side, the graphics are really fun, crisp, and colorful. The music is pretty awesome as well, especially if you are a fan of trance/dub/dance type music. It has various modes as well including single play, player vs. CPU, multi-player challenges, specific puzzle challenges and missions (specific puzzles that must be completed in a certain amount of time).
A few things that I would have like to have seen incorporated or changed:
The tutorial is visual only. You basically 'watch' how the game is played. I'm not a huge fan of these tutorials, especially because the pacing and timing of this one could be a bit better.Read more ›
First, the basics. In Lumines 2 blocks fall from the sky, just like in Tetris. In this case each block is always 2x2 dots. There are only ever 2 colors. So there are only a few combinations the colors can be in - all the same, in 2 rows, in an L, or kitty-corner. The challenge is to stack them so they form squares of color.
They don't instantly vanish when they do, either. There's a sweeping line that moves left to right and it's only when that line passes over the blocks that they vanish. So you can quickly create stacks of color that get you more points.
As you play, the color theme changes, the block look and feel changes, and the background music changes. Sometimes you have videos playing in the background. So part of the game's enjoyment (or annoyance) is how much you enjoy or dislike a given song. For me, that's part of where Lumines 2 suffers compared with Lumines 1. I just adored the music in the original - but here there are some songs I'm just not fond of. In addition, some of their color combinations are really hard to see.
Still, I find myself getting addicted to the game every time I pick it up. I finish one set and want to start up another.
There's a variety of gameplay options. You can do timed challenges where you're going for the most points. There are puzzles where you try to figure out how to solve a particular problem. There are CPU challenges. You can even edit skins.
But for me, I like simply playing for as long as I can, and going against myself in essence. I get sucked into the gameplay and hours can pass. It puts my mind into a zone.Read more ›
Lumines II is the sequel to the highly acclaimed Lumines I. It features double the content, double the songs (including ones from the first game), more modes, multiplayer and more. In fact it is good enough to be a great first entry for anyone who has not played Lumines before.
Lumines II is a puzzle game that is based on falling bricks. On each mode you lumines will fall to the ground and you have to orient them (basically rotating them) until they line up and make a square of 4 of the same color complex. You can keep adding and extending them in the time alloted and rack up points based on how big this is. There is a scanner bar that slides to the right every so often (based on the beat of the song). This will scan any blocks and if they are in that 4 color complex will be cleared away and added to your points. It is pretty fast paced but there is a helpful beginner difficulty that starts out pretty slow, so within twenty minutes or so players will know the basics.
As I said there are multiple modes, such as versus mode where you unlock skins (the term for each "level") and icons (icons for your avatar). There are multiplayer modes, synthesizer mode if you want to create your own beats and skins, the challenge mode (where you unlock the skins), a puzzle mode (clear all the lumines in an allotted amount of time), and a time attack mode (where you score as many points possible in time).
The game also keeps tons of statistics and records for your personal enjoyment and when milestones are reached skins are unlocked.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not typically a big puzzle gamer, but every once in a while something comes along that gets such praise I just want to check it out. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A to the K
The levels are more challenging and the music is an upgrade over the original iteration. It can obviously become repetitive and it is worth it.Published on July 16, 2013 by Eat Your Veggies
this one has some pretty hard levels to be able to see. you really have to be able to concentrate on the details of the shapes. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Keenan Hansen
If you never played the original Lumines I suggest you pick part two especially for the cheap price tag. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by RD5
So I've read several reviews only to be irritated by their cons. Call me biased because I love this game, but this game was brilliant. Read morePublished on October 27, 2009 by Jonathan Lor
This game is amazing. Doesn't get boring even if it appears repetitive. Currently I am 80% done with the game and I've had it for a few months. Very high replay value. Read morePublished on December 26, 2008 by L. Guillen
This game takes a bit of time getting used to, but it can be quite fun. I am a fan of Tetris, but since it's not available on PSP, Lumines was the closest thing to it. Read morePublished on May 14, 2008 by SM-NM Catboy
This game is pretty fun... and I find myself playing it during lunch breaks and trying to get better at it. The better I get the more fun it is. Read morePublished on May 1, 2008 by S. Cho