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Musical monotony aside, Luxor possesses an addictive quality that's inherent in any good puzzler. Sure, it lacks significant depth – after all, you're just smashing marbles - but what it does, it does pretty darn well. It's a bit more expensive than its PC cousin, but still less than a full-priced PSP title. I may never solve the mystery of its ancient Egyptian setting, but I'll get on that soon enough... just as soon as I finish this next level.
Luxor despite being obviously influenced by Zuma is a fun and addictive game for your PSP. Luxor provides the only Zuma like experience on the handhelds right now, so if you want some ball blasting puzzle game fun, this is your answer. I would definitely recommend Luxor: The Wrath of Set because it's an easy and fun pick up and play styled game that can still provide a challenge.
Though most people would probably prefer Zuma over Luxor, the reality is that nobody can pick up a copy of Zuma for PSP. Luxor remains a quality take, if mostly derivative, on its little piece of the puzzle genre. While the lack of options make the game's $29.99 tag a little much, Luxor provides the kind of pick-up-and-play gaming that's not as common on PSP, especially compared to what's commonly available on DS. If that's the kind of experience you're looking for, something a little less intense than saving the world as Solid Snake or Sam Fisher, Luxor fits the bill nicely.
Luxor: The Wrath of Set has been brought over to the PSP without much care in presenting the game well for those who might want more than a brief distraction. After a couple of hours, the gameplay wears thin and desire to play more withers up and dies. It could've been more interesting and the basic elements are solid, but it's all about the complete execution of the idea and Luxor just doesn't have it.
The PSP is home to several great puzzle games, not the least of which being Lumines, Mercury Meltdown, and Exit, and Luxor definitely doesn't hold a candle to any of those as far as fun, style, or replayability is concerned. At 30 bucks it's also a bit pricey for the amount of content you're getting, especially in light of there being no multiplayer modes to keep the game fresh. But Luxor will probably offer you a few hours of fun, so if you've already worked your way through the PSP's other, much better puzzle games and genuinely have nothing better to spend $30 on, you could do worse than picking this one up.