LUMINES™ - Touch Fusion Review
- In game store for skins/upgrades.
- Unlockable arcade modes.
- No alternate control options.
Although the sticky controls might mean the difference between a high score and a regular one, it's the gameplay that's ultimately the attraction for Lumines. This is still the hit game that was almost required part of anyone's PSP collection and now iPhone users can try it too.
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From its humble and somewhat exciting beginnings on the PSP, Lumines has now found a home on the iPhone. Interestingly, although major publisher Gameloft are producing ports of this rhythm-puzzle game to other mobile devices, the original developer Q Entertainment has taken charge of the iPhone port.
Gameplay is similar to a Tetris-style block-matching game with points being scored after a bar sweeps across the screen at a specific rhythm clearing away matching blocks. Combos are scored for multiple cleared matches and if subsequent matches are made before the next sweep the combo will continue to rise. The touch controls are not the best choice for a game that quickly requires more precise movement of the blocks, often feeling unresponsive and at times misinterpreting touches and drags causing blocks to be placed incorrectly.
Those familiar with the Lumines style will note that it's almost perfectly replicated for the iPhone. The sounds effects merge with the trance background music mix and the simple clean graphics are mixed with stylized special effects. For those after a new look to their game, it's possible to purchase skin packs via a built in store.
This is not the best version of Lumines available, but it still has the appeal that comes from its predecessors. As a match game it's exciting and frantic, though the controls can trip you up. This is definitely a professional conversion, though taking in to consideration the iPhone more would have made it perfect.
DescriptionLumines, the award-winning puzzle sensation known for its addictive fusion of music and block busting gameplay, has finally arrived on iPhone! Featuring all-new visuals and tunes custom designed for iPhone, now everyone can take Q Entertainment's puzzle game on the go.
Simple yet addictive gameplay. Just tap the screen to rotate the blocks, and flick your finger to drop 'em! Create squares of a single color to eliminate them when the Time Line passes.
- Intuitive touch control!
- Earn high scores using bonus multipliers for huge combos!
- New specially-themed Skin Packs will be released soon!
The full version of LUMINES - Touch Fusion includes the following modes:
- SINGLE LAP: Play through a single skin.
- ENDLESS: Play through a selected set of skins.
- TIME ATTACK: Aim for the highest score within the time limit.
- Win medals in all modes by achieving high scores!
- Collect three medal types: Gold, Silver and Bronze!
- Try to win a Gold medal in every skin in all modes!
- Tap anywhere on the screen to rotate the block 90 degrees.
- Move the block left/right by touching and sliding left/right.
- Flick downwards to drop the block.
- Create Squares of the same color. Squares are erased when the Time Line passes over them.
- The game is over if the blocks reach the top of the screen.
- A bonus is awarded if more than three Squares are erased within a pass of the Time Line.
- Earn continuous bonuses (Combos) to increase the Bonus Multiplier and aim for a High Score!
- Unlock new modes by scoring higher than a certain score!
What's New in Version 1.1-Improve control response