Format: PSP

3 307210 194701
Age Restrictions: 3+
01 September 2005

Bust blocks, groove through puzzles, and jam wirelessly with friends. Stack 'em right and you'll unlock lush looks and buttery beats. Want to be lumines? Just let the music guide you. Advance through 24 action-packed levels, each with its own musical theme and sound effects...

Lumines has four gameplay modes, including single-player and multiplayer. There are also time attacks, duels, and puzzle challenges and you can unlock new customisable skins and avatars as you progress. Challenge yourself, or go head to head with an opponent via wireless multiplayer functionality. Listen as the jam intensifies depending on your skills. Stack 'em and crack 'em to unlock the best beats and score high points.

So how do you play Lumines? It's relatively simple. The screen is divided up into sections by a grid. Squares, consisting of four blocks, fall from the top of the screen. These squares are made up of one or two colours, or a mixture and it is your job to line up four (or more) mini squares of the same colour so that they will disappear. Once you have formed a section that can be cleared, the computer highlights it. This segment will be automatically cleared once the moving line, which constantly travels across the screen, hits it.

But there are so many variations, that you'll be playing this for ages. This is one of those games that everyone can enjoy. Young or old, male or female, simple or genius, this is a game that you'll still be playing for years to come.

It's certainly the best of the PSP's launch games and will hopefully do for the PSP what Tetris did for the Gameboy.

Nick Smithson

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