Excerpt: Lumines was a pretty good puzzle game with a few minor issues. The main action in the Lumines series is two colors of a four positional box. The four small boxes inside the larger box can be different colors. The player must get a two by two section of all the same color to make them go away. The playing field is large, and fits the PSP perfectly. These blocks can be rotated around to add some intriguing play mechanics.
Conclusion: The answer is easy. The big (or if you’re being cynical, the only) difference is that real world music has crawled out of Q Entertainment’s record collection and into Lumines II, so you now have the likes of bigboned Missy Elliot, surfer idiots Hoobastank and wrinkly New Order keeping you company as you create chains of four blocks.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is It’s a wonder when your highly advanced, uber-sexy, sleek and ultimately next gen handheld console’s best game ever, (not counting GTA) is a puzzle game. Lumines won the hearts of millions around the globe with some of the most engaging puzzle game play we’ve had, I dare say, since the emergence of TETRIS.
Excerpt: , one of the few launch titles that best demonstrates the fact that the PSP can deliver in a single game the kind of experience that justifies the PSP's admittedly expensive sticker price. The sequel quite literally just gives you more of that experience, but even with the addition of almost twice as many levels and a handful of new modes, it's really just the same game that so many people lost dozens of hours to.
Excerpt: How would you improve on one of the best games on the PSP and one of the best puzzle games made in the last decade? Would you enhance the gameplay, add new stuff, give players tons of new options? Give them internet play or a larger board? Switch up the rules? These are the directions that Q?
Conclusion: The best puzzle game on PSP by far, but owners of the original might be disappointed that it doesn't take more ambitious steps to stretch its formula further and see what happens. Still it is very, very good despite this.
Pros: New soundtrack still has lots of great quirky tunes, but new licensed tracks make it more accessible to the masses, presentation has been improved, new tutorial mode will help beginners "get" the game
Cons: Having music videos playing in the background doesn't work well, gameplay, while still great, hasn't changed at all