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Luxor Evolved

 

 

SCORE: 84

 

Luxor Evolved 

 

I was not surprised to see Luxor on the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. I was not surprised that Mumbo Jumbo could convert it to the small screen. What surprised me is the presentation in Luxor Evolved. I thought I had gone back in time and was playing something out of the first games to ever hit the video game industry. Please understand I am not insulting Luxor Evolved.

I know the immediate knee jerk reaction millions will have when they hear the name Luxor Evolved. They will want to know what this game has to do with the religious belief of evolution. Thankfully I found nothing of that belief system while playing Luxor Evolved. My opinion is this game should have been called Luxor Beginning, or Luxor Origins. That is how I see Luxor Evolved.

The game play in Luxor Evolved stays true to its roots. Hey that would be a great name - Luxor Roots. Sorry I reverted to the last paragraph for a moment. We launch colored orbs towards matching color orbs as they progress across the path on the screen. Bonus levels has us shooting an all colors orb which is really cool. I had some issues figuring out the controls in Luxor Evolved at first. But once I adapted to it, I was doing great.

Visually Luxor Evolved is almost neon. The background is black, and the bright colors offset it. So the path the orbs go on is like seeing two rails, and the orbs are bright. The shooter, ending, and beginning also stand out. Luxor Evolved has a super retro feel to it in terms of the graphics. Someone told me that Luxor Evolved is a shooter, but to me it is a matching three that moves.

The music in Luxor Evolved thumps along. It has a techno flavor to it. I got into this music even though I normally like Country. The music goes along with the style of this game. I was ready to launch those orbs and stop the train from moving forward. I enjoyed the levels in Luxor Evolved. I liked how there are different goals in this hand held video game.

The main lesson in Luxor Evolved is matching colors. There is also some timing involved since things are moving. Having a finger on top of the launching device never caused me problems. Seeing where I would land was also very helpful. In case you are wondering I played the easiest setting. I had fun with Luxor Evolved. This is an unique way to take the franchise.
- Yolanda

 

Graphics: 87%
Sound: 90%
Replay/Extras: 84%
Gameplay: 79%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
Publisher: Mumbo Jumbo
Rating: ‘4+’ - 4+

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