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Lumines Live! is the Xbox Live Arcade version of the popular PSP launch title, Lumines: Puzzle Fusion. The basic idea of the game is to shift and align 2x2 squares of colored tiles into a wide bin. When you create a square or rectangle 2x2 or larger of the same color, the panels will highlight. Any highlighted panels are cleared by a constantly sweeping line that passes from left to right across the game area. Clearing multiple panels in one sweep will earn you bonuses, but it will be game over if you reach the top of the bin and try to place another square on top.

During gameplay, the music will play according to the moves you make; such as square rotation, dropping squares, clearing tiles, and more. This gives the illusion of a blend of music and gameplay. Lumines Live! includes several different modes of play - some from the original Lumines, some new. Familiar modes include:
  • Challenge Mode: Play an endless game, earning new skins as you progress.

  • Skin Edit Mode: Play a short or endless game, choosing from one (or more) of your favorite previously unlocked skins from Challenge Mode.

  • VS CPU Mode: Face off against the CPU in trying to claim the most play area.

  • Time Attack Mode: Try to clear the most tiles in a set period of time.

  • Puzzle Mode: Try to make specified shapes using the provided tiles.
New to Lumines Live! is Mission Mode. In this mode, you must clear all the tiles using the provided squares in a set period of time, much like the Puzzle Mode of Tetris Attack. Players can also compete against a friend either locally or on Xbox Live in VS Mode. Additional stages for Mission, VS CPU, and Puzzle Modes can be purchased from Xbox Live Marketplace, as well as extra skins for the game.


Lumines Live! Xbox 360 The CPU's avatar changes depending on whether it's losing...
Lumines Live! Xbox 360 VS. CPU Mode - The more blocks you clear, the more screen you own.
Lumines Live! Xbox 360 In Mission Mode, you must clear all the blocks by following the specified instructions.
Lumines Live! Xbox 360 Skin Edit Mode allows you to choose which skins you want to use while playing.

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TalkXbox Nov 07, 2006 86 out of 100 86
Digital Entertainment News (den) Oct 26, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Over Online Oct 27, 2006 85 out of 100 85
PGNx Media Oct 20, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Video Game Talk Oct 18, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Oct 18, 2006 7.8 out of 10 78
Defunct Games Nov 07, 2006 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Oct 18, 2006 6.6 out of 10 66
GotNext Nov 13, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 Mar 01, 2007 6 out of 10 60


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1001 Video Games

Lumines Live! appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The launch of Lumines Live! on the Xbox Live Marketplace caused some controversy. Although advertised as a full game at 1200 points, an additional advance pack, adding skins, puzzles, missions and CPU opponents, was announced right away for 600 points. All the game modes are present, but the missing content was not mentioned in the original description of the game. Microsoft soon changed the product page on to clarify this. It is debatable however if the base version is worth 1200 points, or if Microsoft/Q Entertainment is squeezing more micro-payments out of gamers by providing intentionally "incomplete" releases.


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Ben K (23927) added Lumines Live! (Xbox 360) on Oct 19, 2006