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Luxor Pharaohs Challenge

 

 

SCORE: 82

 

Luxor Pharaohs Challenge 

 

Last century when I was a kid I used to play marbles. Back in the old days we had a game where we would shoot marbles out of a ring. Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge on the Sony Playstation Portable reminds me of that game, without the fellowship. Marbles are being pushed by some little critter, and the player must shoot (editor: so to speak) marbles. Match three or more of the marbles to make them vanish in special effects glory. The marbles may then roll back, and if they match again a combination is started. Combos can produce all kinds of power-ups that make this game easier. Mumbo Jumbo included a lot of Egyptian mythology and a storyline about Egyptian gods. Blessings can be earned that also make Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge less of a challenge.

I have enjoyed quite a few games on the PSP for their graphical prowess. I was a little disappointed in Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge though. The graphics are pretty small, and the details are not as good as I thought they should be. This was ported most likely, without a lot of shine added in. The special effects are noteworthy though.

The Egyptian themed music fits Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge like a hand in a glove. The special effects sounds work with the images in a way that I enjoyed. There is no offensive language in Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge, but there is a lot of the Egyptian gods, and mythology included.

Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge includes a lot of replay value with eighty-eight levels included. This style of puzzle action is also quite enjoyable, especially getting massive combinations rolling. Only one player can play Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge at a time. I feel that this is the kind of a game that is worth your hard earned dollars, as long as the Egyptian mythology does not cause you to stumble.

The controls work just fine in Luxor Pharaoh’s Challenge on the PSP. The layout denotes an intelligent design. The learning curve is just right, and some of the later levels can be very difficult. I had a lot of fun playing this game. I wish the Egyptian mythology had not been so heavy personally.

It is really neat to see a developer like Mumbo Jumbo releasing their games on the PSP. I am really hoping for Jewels of Sinai on the Playstation Portable. (editor: not so subtle hint). Like I previously mentioned I felt the Egyptian gods material was a little too thick. Overall though this kind of video game action is safe for the family. I would like to see sequels to the puzzle action, and to see more Mumbo Jumbo titles.
- Frank

 

Graphics: 76%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 88%
Gameplay: 84%
Family Friendly Factor: 84%
System: Playstation Portable
Publisher: Mumbo Jumbo
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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