Excerpt: One of these days the ESRB is going to be calling the WMG back, and apologizing for their slacking off in their rating of so many video games. Until that blessed day arrives, the WMG and the rest of us reviewers at Family Friendly Gaming will weed out the wheat from the chaff. Lumines Live has some problems with it, and these problems were completely ignored by the ESRB.
Conclusion: While the gameplay itself is incredibly deep, the customization options are a bit disappointing. The game is only shipping with six maps (the PC game will be supported by user-created maps and mods), each of which is tied to a very specific gametype. The maps are perfectly suited for their particular gametype, but the fact that you don’t have any other choices definitely hurts the proceedings.
Excerpt: There were many controversial video game moments in 2006, but the award for the "Event that Caused the Most Unexpected Internet Video Game Community Outburst" goes to the price of Lumines Live! for Xbox Live Arcade. Not only did the game release at 1200 Microsoft Points, but an add-on pack was released for 600 MS points, and there was talk of even more add-ons coming down the line.
Summary: Lumines on the Xbox 360 is just as much fun as it was on the PSP, but due to its high price tag and awkward control scheme it just doesn't feel like much of a bargain. If you don't mind paying $15 for an incomplete version of this puzzle game then you will end up having hours of fun trying to beat your high score. Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Summary: One of the brightest games available at the launch of the PSP was Lumines. It's a smart, stylish puzzle game that redecorates itself as you play, delivering a somewhat rhythmic twist on the typical block-dropping action you'd expect from this sort of game. Now, that same portable puzzle gameplay is available on the Xbox 360 as Lumines Live!, via the Xbox Live Arcade.
Pros: Fun, addictive gameplay, Slick sense of style
Cons: The game costs 1200 points, and you still have to pay extra to get a decent amount of content, You can play through all 12 included skins in less than an hour
Summary: You’ve been driving around the same track, lap by lap, for the umpteenth time. Your hands are a little sweaty and your car is a little banged up, but because you're in 1st position, you’re taking each corner slowly to avoid losing first place. But the fear factor is always there; if you spin out, or take a corner wide, then you will have to restart the race and do it all again in order to win. All that work getting into 1st place gone, in an instant.
Pros: Racing just got fun again, Flashback feature is a great addition, Endless game modes to play
Cons: No split screen, Barely any car customisation, No replay saves or photo mode
Excerpt: This pack presents some of the best value of any game available to date. It presents you with plenty of variation and innovation. All the titles are absolute quality and highly polished. You won't be finished with the Orange Box for a very long time. A real must buy.
Pros: Excellent value, many hours of gameplay, innovative gameplay for the most part, excellent storylines
Conclusion: And if you want to be a spoilsport and look at this in a 'mature' light, it makes even more sense this way. If Lumines Live! was released in shops for $50, people would say it was a bargain. Spending perhaps a shade over 2000 marketplace points over its lifetime for gaming this good - heck, that should almost be made law. Get it now, folks.
Pros: Stupidly fun: ANYONE can grasp this game, It's a piddly small download off Xbox Live Arcade
Conclusion: Successful game creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi has brought an exciting yet controversial edition to the Xbox Live marketplace in the shape of Lumines Live! Highly anticipated by many who have already indulged in and enjoyed Lumines on the PSP this puzzle game couldn't have come soon enough.