Parents' Guide to

Lumines Remastered

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Classic puzzle game buzzes with new immersive play feature.

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This updated version of a puzzle classic adds HD visuals and a new immersive scheme, making an excellent game even better. Lumines Remastered feels just like the original PSP game with a fresh HD (or 4K) coat of paint. The head-to-head battles between two players or against the computer have carried over from the first game, while the Puzzle and Mission modes from Lumines II give a more objective-based spin on play. But it's the expansion of the Basic Challenge mode in Remastered, in which you can unlock new skins, and Shuffle mode, in which you randomly go through unlocked stages, that will probably keep the majority of your attention.

Players will also find that Lumines Remastered keeps the reactive puzzle gameplay that partnered so well with the engaging electronic score to put players in a meditative zone as they match blocks. But this time, you can also set up Trance Vibration in any extra controllers you have lying around. Depending on your system, you can pair up to eight separate controllers to respond to the bass of each level's soundtrack. Placing these controllers in your pockets, at the small of your back, or even under your feet brings the pulsing beat of each stage and song to life, immersing you in a sensory experience that's unlike any other game. While eight controllers may seem like overkill, even using two or three controllers is enough to draw you in, making the rumble of other games seem tame in comparison. It's a small but powerful addition that helps round out the Lumines Remastered experience, improving upon one of the best puzzle games that's ever been made.

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