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By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Funky, fabulous falling-blocks puzzle game.

Game PSP, Windows 2007
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It's a simple enough concept, but one that offers an incredibly deep and satisfying gaming experience. This is thanks in large part to the game's superb balance. Unlike Tetris, the blocks in Lumines don't just keep falling faster and faster until it's impossible to continue. Each new level in Lumines has a different speed -- sometimes super slow, and sometimes quick.

Bold colors and a soundtrack of funky techno-infused music give Lumines a slick vibe. And the music is much more than just background noise: Gameplay is accompanied by musical embellishments, like a piano flourish or vocalization when you drop a square to form a color block. As you get on a roll clearing blocks and earning bonus multipliers, the soundtrack will change dynamically to become more energetic. While the game might seem a little intense at first, those who stick with Lumines will discover a truly classic puzzle game that is well-deserving of a ranking on anyone's "Best Of" list.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PSP, Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: WildTangent
  • Release date: December 3, 2007
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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