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Description

A puzzle game in which the goal is to place as many 2-color falling blocks (a la Tetris) on the playing field in like-colored blocks in order to wipe it clean. During play, a timeline crosses the field from left to right, clearing and counting up your matches. The more matches you make before the timeline wipes them clean, the bigger the combo multiplier towards your score.

As you progress through the game, Lumines will reward you with new "skins" which completely change the graphics, sound effects and music during play.

In "puzzle" mode, you stack the blocks in order to create the various shapes that you are shown.

Lumines also lets you play against the CPU or wirelessly against another player on the PSP.

The 2007 PS2 port is completely identical to the PSP version, except for some new skins.

Screenshots

Lumines: Puzzle Fusion PSP Skin select screen in «Single Skin Mode»
Lumines: Puzzle Fusion PSP Blue planet at «Shinin'» skin
Lumines: Puzzle Fusion Windows Title screen
Lumines: Puzzle Fusion PSP 2st level of Vs CPU Mode

Alternate Titles

  • "闪亮魔方" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Lumines Plus" -- PS2 title
  • "ルミネス" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Jive Magazine PSP Apr 08, 2005 5 out of 5 100
1UP PSP Mar 14, 2005 A 100
Portable Review PSP Oct 22, 2005 40 out of 40 100
EmpireOnline.com PSP 2005 5 out of 5 100
Playstation Illustrated PlayStation 2 2007 95 out of 100 95
GameZone PSP May 02, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88
Netjak PSP Apr 05, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83
Edge PSP Jan 20, 2005 8 out of 10 80
AceGamez PSP 2005 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 03, 2007 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PSP version of Lumines appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

PSP firmware

When the PSP upgraded to version 3.5 of the firmware, it blocked the ability for people to downgrade the firmware at a future date in order to run homebrew game. However on June 23, 2007 an exploit/hack was found when running the game Lumines: Puzzle Fusion that would allow people owning this game to be able to run programs and change the firmware. By Monday June 25, 2007... the game was showing a 750% increase in sales. By the end of the month, the game's sales had risen by 5000% from what it once was. This exploit has since been fixed in PSP Firmware version 3.51

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #4 PSP Game of the Year

Related Web Sites

  • Lumines (Official Japanese website)
  • Luminous (A Gameboy Advance clone of Lumines.)
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