[Review] Lumines: Electronic Symphony
So I got my Vita this week. It’s been along time coming and I’m impressed with the hardware, just as I was begrudgingly impressed with the PSP. Like the PSP, the Vita has a Lumines title at launch and like before, I am utterly hooked.
For the most part the core game hasn’t really changed, though the visuals have all been amped up and the skins each feel much more in tune with the music than the previous iterations. There are a couple of skins that annoy me personally, as the background will stutter about and make it seem like the columns are moving, but they’re not so bad once you know that its happening.
This isn’t to say this is just Lumines all over again, there are new new elements. Enter the “shuffle” block, though I’m sure it’s called something else. Where as in previous outings, the stack slowly built by the simple fact of there being blocks you just couldn’t seem to clear, the new version added a block that scrambles all the blocks in any mass of blocks it touches. Really it just turns a massive train wreck into a new train wreck to deal with, but it keeps the stack from getting stale and can even knock out whole sections if the blocks align right.
Then there are avatar powers. So far I’ve seen the ability to:
- make a chain block spawn on the next cube
- make a shuffle block spawn on the next cube
- make the next three cubes all single colors
- stop the time line
They each have their uses, though I prefer the triple solid cube one my self, it lets me get a pile of single color bonuses in the first few waves. The avatars each have a duel power as well, but I’ve not had a chance to play with them.
Really, if you liked the first Lumines, you’ll like this one. If you didn’t like the first one, then don’t expect to have a sudden change of heart. For those who are puzzle curious, Lumines is definitely worth checking out if you like fast paced color matching and electronic music.
Bottom line: Another iteration of a solid puzzler. New blocks help mid to late game stale-ness. soundtrack is awesome. A solid choice for a launch title if you’ve got no other interests. 4.25/5