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Fans of the PSP Lumines games should definitely pick up this title. Even if you haven't had the opportunity to play them, but like puzzle games -- then Lumines Plus is a good place to start.
SFT (Apr, 2007)
Hierbei handelt es sich um die Umsetzung des großartigen PSP-Puzzle- und Actionspieles Lumines für die PS2. Dabei ordnen Sie zweifarbige Blöcke so an, dass sich jeweils Vierecke einer Farbe daraus ergeben. Diese lösen sich auf, sobald sich im Rythmus zur Musik ein Balken darüberschiebt. Trotz des simplen Spielprinzips fesselt Sie das Puzzle stundenlang. Insbesondere der Zweispielermodus macht immer wieder Spaß. Leider fehlen alle neuen Spielvarianten von Lumines 2, das für die PSP schon erhältlich ist.
1UP (Mar 15, 2007)
Still, it's about time a packaged, mostly complete, somewhat enhanced version of the original classic puzzler was made available and, despite the slight gripes, there's still countless hours of puzzle fun to be had in this economic, attractive package. There's no doubt that this Lumines is mostly a plus; we just wish it were truly deluxe.
The Lumines series is a great puzzle game series, but Lumines Plus should not be in your collection unless you don't have and do not plan to purchase a PSP. The game is now available for $20.00 at most retailers, so PS2-only owners should pick it up and find out why the PSP is still going strong.
Entertainmentopia (Mar 21, 2007)
Lumines Plus has some weaknesses, but none of them can stand up to the sheer addictiveness of the core gameplay that has transcended three different platforms with no signs of slowing down. While a true sequel with some new gameplay modes and new skins would have been a welcome entry into the series, for newcomers, or those with an itching to see colored blocks drop on a big screen, Lumines Plus fits the bill nicely.
At the very least you should give the game a rental and check out the Lumines experience for yourself. It’s definitely not your typical button-down puzzle game.
HonestGamers (Mar 21, 2007)
Lumines Plus doesn't do anything new, but you can play it on your television set and it's still one of the best puzzle games around. Any questions?
GameSpy (Mar 15, 2007)
The core gameplay is still the same as what we experienced two years ago, so it can only win the hearts (and tax the mental health) of those who haven't yet tried it. That said, the game remains as excellent as ever, and at $19.99 the price is definitely right. While it's not for seasoned vets, Lumines Plus should be a great buy for folks who are wondering what the excitement's all about.
TotalPlayStation (Apr 14, 2007)
A mostly blah port, Lumines Plus survives almost exclusively on the merits of it's rock solid gameplay. The visuals and audio could have been better, as could the track list, but what's here is certainly worth the $20 asking price.
80 (Jun 13, 2007)
I'll let my hours played do the talking here. Lumines Plus absolutely consumed me for days with play sessions lasting for several hours. And it's surprisingly entertaining to watch someone else play. In fact, 2-player coop might be the best way to tackle Lumines. That way one player can apply an ice pack to her eyeballs while the other pushes forward into new levels. A great puzzle game for the PS2, check it out!
GamingExcellence (Apr 17, 2007)
Lumines was a really gripping puzzle game on the PSP, and it hasn't changed on its trip to the PS2. That's largely the problem. With a sequel already released on the portable console with a bevy of new features, it's a shame that Lumines Plus couldn't have lived up to its name and actually included something new beyond an additional skin or two. In the end, it's a really good experience for those that have yet to be introduced to the title, but for the rest, there are better versions out there.
Gaming Target (Jun 11, 2007)
On the other hand, anyone that hasn’t played Lumines on the PSP should add one point to the game’s score, because it is a truly unique puzzle game that everyone should try at least once. It won’t dethrone Tetris from the pinnacle of puzzle games, but every royal family needs a hyperactive little brother and Lumines Plus fills that roll nicely.
GameZone (Apr 23, 2007)
Lumines Plus is a solid puzzle game for PS2 owners and certainly worth a look if the PS2 is the only viable system that you own. Unfortunately, those with PSPs will likely want to check out Lumines II instead.
Lumines Plus offers the exact same brand of addictive rhythmic block-dropping as its brethren, but almost every aspect feels diminished. It is practically an exact a port of the original with a few notable exceptions: There are a few Lumines II skins thrown in, the graphics are far less vibrant, and now there is at least five seconds of total silence between skins as the sounds load. Of all of four Lumines games on the market, this one is the least impressive. Be that as it may, if you don’t have a PSP or Xbox 360, it’s your only option if you want to see what all the Lumines fuss is about.
PSX Extreme (Mar 20, 2007)
We can't really put our finger on any one thing, but it's probably the general feeling that the game just doesn't deliver the same level of entertainment. Perhaps it was the fresh originality of the first game on the PSP that makes this one feel uninspired, or perhaps it's the comparison we're forced to draw to other PS2 games, rather than other PSP games. And we simply can't get past one undeniable fact: given the opportunities afforded them on the PS2, there was any number of things they could've done with Lumines Plus to make it feel more like a "plus" and less like a "=," in regards to the PSP versions. On the other hand, we must reiterate that, at its core, this game remains a truly fine puzzler. If you've never before had the chance to play it, and you love a good, simple, and wildly addictive challenge, than this game is for you. And besides, it's always mad fun with a friend.
PS2 owners without a PSP or 360 should get this in a heartbeat, but know that you’re getting some really worn-out hand-me-downs. PS2 owners with a PSP or 360 should stick to the games on those platforms.
70 (Feb 14, 2007)
Que ce soit sur PSP ou PS2, Lumines est, et reste, un vrai trip pour qui aime les puzzle-games. Les règles sont simples et il suffit de quelques minutes pour les assimiler avant de ne plus pouvoir décrocher. Cela dit, on se demande encore pourquoi Lumines Plus ne propose pas les innovations apportées par le second volet sur portable.
GamesRadar (2007)
Missing here are the robust additions found on Lumines 2, such as videos and wireless play, and Plus also suffers visually when held up to the HD-ified Xbox 360 outing. You’re left with a standard 4x3 aspect ratio (the original PSP version was 16x9 widescreen) that slightly hinders the overall presentation, even if the gameplay still emerges unscathed.
70 (UK) (Mar 03, 2007)
If you've already sampled the mesmeric magnificence of either of the PSP versions, or of the Xbox Live version, or of the mobile phone version, you won't be surprised, or challenged, by anything included here. It doesn't offer anything new apart from the option of playing Lumines on your PlayStation 2. So how much do you want or need another set of skins to play with?
IGN (Feb 27, 2007)
Lumines delivers the goods on PS2 but don't be fooled by the "Plus" moniker, this is the least featured version of the game yet.
GameSpot (Apr 02, 2007)
If you enjoy puzzle games and you've never played a Lumines game before, Lumines Plus is a solid value at $20. However, if you are familiar with the series, the paltry amount of new content isn't enough to make the game feel even remotely fresh.
If you absolutely must have Shinin' playing on your telly then this could be worth picking up, if not the Xbox Live Arcade edition is a much more solid and prettier looking version of the visceral puzzler.
GamePro (US) (Mar 12, 2007)
And in case you were wondering, the game is called Lumines Plus because it combines elements of the two PSP Lumines titles. The good thing is, the game is priced as a value title, and for puzzle fanatics, or for fans of the PSP titles, this is a great package. But honestly, playing Lumines made me long for the intricate simplicity of Tetris, and it's just a reminder that perfection, once achieved, can be hard to top.