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Luxor Pharaohs Challenge

 

 

SCORE: 84

 

Luxor Pharaohs Challenge 

 

Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge has been ported to a lot of different machines. The Nintendo Wii version has a few more explosive power ups than the hand held versions (Nintendo DS, and Playstation Portable). Essentially it is the same game from Mumbo Jumbo with one humongous difference - controls. The Wii Remote adds a brand new dimension to this game in a way that fits gamers in a lot of families. The Egyptian theme, and story is told in the Wii version concerning the afterlife beliefs of ancient Egypt.

Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge is a mixed bag of graphics to me. There are some very nice special effects visuals found while playing this game. The details look better on this version than any of the hand helds as well. The one problem is the graphics feel a little small to me. I understand it is a port, but I was hoping for some more enhancements. The visuals all completely fit the theme of this video game.

The sounds work very well in this Mumbo Jumbo puzzle game. I really like the music that greets the player. It makes me feel like I am entering a place of royalty, and it is right where I belong. The special effects sounds are okay. I was not annoyed by them as some other reviewers were. There is a fair amount of Egyptian mythology included.

The puzzle action is such that there can be a lot of replay value. I wish there was some WiFi included to compare my scores to other Wii gamers, but maybe in Luxor 2. There are enough levels that you should get your money’s worth as long as you already do not own a version of Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge. If you already have a version then you are getting the same game with some control differences. Only one person can play at a time though.

The Wii Remote has to be the best way to play Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge in my opinion. There was one problem with this though. For some reason every so often when I got the Wii Remote pointing towards the edge of the screen it would mess up. The on screen controls would lock up while the marbles kept rolling around. A second of panic would overwhelm me, but passed quickly.

The video game action in Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge is safe for the entire family. I would love to see more games like this on the Wii, especially with a different background story, and the controller issue addressed.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 83%
Sound: 86%
Replay/Extras: 88%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 84%
System: Wii
Publisher: Mumbo Jumbo
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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