Luxor 3 Review
By Michael Richter |
Luxor is a Zuma clone from casual game developer Mumbo Jumbo that is now (obviously) in its third iteration. While perhaps not very exciting, it is a perfectly playable and fun way to wile away a few hours. If you aren't familiar with Zuma, that's PopCap's match-three puzzle game where you fire balls from a central cannon to clear an oncoming, twisting line of orbs. That game is fun, and so is its clone. Luxor 3 provides a lengthy diversion and includes some flashy special effects. If you're a fan of puzzle games, particularly Zuma, you'll find a lot to like here.
The main difference between Luxor and Zuma is that here players fire balls from the bottom of the screen rather than the center. Players aim left and right with the mouse and fire away with left button while a line of balls snakes around the screen towards its goal (and the player's game over). Same colored balls are magnetic towards one another, so strategy comes into play as you try to rack up combos by creating multi-colored "sandwiches."
On offer are Adventure, Puzzle, and Free Play modes. Adventure presents an unnecessary story (Egypt is in trouble and the only way to save it is by matching colored balls!) but provides a nice progression over 150+ levels. Puzzle requires you to clear levels with a set amount of ammo. And you can use Free Play to revisit any level unlocked in Adventure. An achievement system is built into the game for accomplishments like competing Adventure Mode and earning a certain quota of coins.
More effort has been put into Luxor 3's presentation than many other puzzle games. As you make matches and shoot statues around the playing field, power-ups and coins will rain down for you to catch with your cannon. Coins can be spent to upgrade your power-ups and purchase new cannons. When you clear a level you'll receive bonus coins for the amount of track you kept free from invaders – incentive to clear balls early. All of this occurs with jazzy explosions and particle effects. There is a surprising amount of pizzazz here.