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Nintendo Game Review - Luxor
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There is nothing as addictive as tile-matching video games. Luxor is one of the best in this respect. It was released in 2005 by MumboJumbo but wasn’t available for Nintendo 3DS until 2013.
Luxor has good graphics with the use of vibrant colors being one of the design’s main highlights. They not only help to distinguish between different balls but also create a beautiful contrast with the dull background. Another good thing about this aspect of the game is smooth and free of annoying visual flaws like glitches and movement delays. Finally, there is the inclusion of hieroglyphics which is in line with the game’s Egyptian theme.
Luxor is based on the long-running feud between Set and Isis. The former tries to plunge the world into darkness and desolation by pushing a series of balls through a tunnel system into the temple. Your task is to stop this from happening with the help of Isis. Despite having a background story which makes the game interesting, there is no development in this plot.
You will have full control over a winged scarab that can be moved left or right, and that shoots out yellow, blue, red, and green balls. The aim is to align three similarly colored balls, which will then blow up and disappear. If the balls reach the temple, you lose a life and have to start over. However, when you eliminate a certain number of balls, you win the round and unlock the next one. There are a total of 88 levels, each with 12 stages and its specific number of the balls you need to destroy to succeed and proceed.
The scarab can be moved left and right using the bumper buttons on your handheld Nintendo 3DS. Therefore, you can choose where you want your ball to go once it is shot out. It is therefore all about striking the perfect balance between precision and speed. You also get a chance to collect golden Ankh coins, which earn you an extra life when you get thirty of these coins. Other than that, you do not have much control over the rest of the game.
Replay Value: 5
Luxor has great replay value for many reasons. The first one is that it has many different levels and stages to keep you challenged and engaged. Then there is the infinite number of possible combinations in which the balls are released into the tunnel. As a result, every time you play Luxor you face a new challenge, which you have to handle differently even if it is at the same level.
Luxor stands out from other tile-matching games due to its multiple levels. They significantly increase replayability, which ensures that you get full value for your money with a game you can play over and over again without getting bored. The fact that it is a tile-matching game with a backstory is also something to celebrate. All in all, it is a game you will without a doubt enjoy and that you will probably be addicted to.
This game may have simple gameplay but is still challenging enough to keep things interesting.
Pros : Numerous levels.
Constantly changing layout and setting.
Cons : No development of a storyline.
Replay Value 5.0