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Luxor Review: Blinded By The Light

Luxor for iPhone was released very recently, and with so many marble shooters in the App Store, it’s hard to chose which one.  There are many competitors including Stoneloops and Atlantis Sky Patrol, but Luxor offers something that no other marble shooter can offer.  Plus+.  The Plus+ network has been a growing phenomenon along with its rival OpenFeint, and while OpenFeint is nice and all, I always seem to prefer Plus+ because of its beautiful user interface.  Luxor definitely benefits from implementing Plus+, and I found myself going for the achievements more than in any other game.

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Graphics: This is a no-brainer, and if Luxor came out with shoddy graphics, I would have been very disappointed.  Most of the premium marble shooters in the App Store have gorgeous graphics, so it only makes sense to design Luxor to the best of their ability.  The marbles look very nice when rolling through the pathways, and the overall backgrounds actually make me feel like I’m in Egypt.

Content: While Luxor’s competitors offer a little more levels, Luxor still has enough to satisfy your marble shooter hunger.  With 88 levels and around 20-30 achievements, the game will last you a good 7-10 hours.  I found that each level in Luxor was a little longer than Atlantis Sky Patrol, and Luxor definitely will last you $2.99 worth.

Plus+: Plus+ was the major selling point for me, and while Luxor is lacking some key Plus+ features, it still is well implemented.  If you’re like me, you love competing with others, and that’s what Plus+ is all about.  Without Plus+ in Luxor, Luxor would have been just a regular marble shooter, no different from the others.

Controls: Luxor’s competitors use only one control method: the touch and release option.  Luxor offers around 4 different control methods including tilt and touch, slide and touch, and the original hold and release control method.  That’s definitely a great range of controls, and I love how MumboJumbo has given so many options.  If you don’t like one control option, there’s bound to be atleast another control option that you enjoy using.

Dislikes

No Push Notifications: One of the most stand out features of the Plus+ network was push notifications.  I’m somewhat disappointed with how MumboJumbo implemented the Plus+ network, and it definitely needs more than just achievements and online highscores.  Plus+ does offer that replay value that I expected, but it’s still lacking by not using all the available features.

Luxor is another solid marble shooter, but we still have yet to experience a marble shooter that has captured our hearts forever.  Don’t get me wrong, Luxor is a great marble shooter, but it didn’t really provide anything new to the table.  Sure there’s the Plus+ network and all, but other than that, it’s the same old same old.  If you already have atleast one marble shooter, you will notice that it’s nothing different or new, but it’s definitely fun.  Fans of Stoneloops and Atlantis Sky Patrol will definitely love this new addition, but again, it doesn’t add any new twists or turns.

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Luxor was developed by MumboJumbo, and I played through version 1.0 on my 1st generation iPhone.  The price is on a special introductory sale for $2.99.

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  1. Nick on Thursday 20, 2009

    I’m having a hard time getting into Luxor. The game is so similar to StoneLoops that with a quick swap of the colour palette and background, it’s almost indistinguishable to the other. I’ll give it some more time, but right now, it feels too similar. I’m regretting buying this one.

  2. Daniel on Thursday 20, 2009

    I have to agree with you on that one, but Luxor is the original after all, so it should be Stoneloops was a copy of Luxor.

    I gave the game a Buy because it’s definitely a good marble shooter, just nothing different. Very similar to the “Stick Wars” and “Defend Your Castle”. Stick Wars was just a copy of the original, but it just happened to appear a little earlier than the original.

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