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Lumines Remastered Review

Official Score

Overall - 70%

70%

For those who have never played a Lumines game before, Lumines Remastered is a must buy. However, though the HD upgrade adds to its audiovisual splendor, don’t be surprised if it feels a little too by the books.

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Dipping its toes into both the rhythm and puzzle genres, Enhance’s Lumines Remastered is a culmination of what the series has to offer. Does it still have the rhythm, or is this beat played out?

Lumines Remastered Review

The goal of Lumines Remastered is simple – players must make squares of four of the same color, clearing them after a moving bar passes by. It seems simple at first glance, but there is some strategy to it. By timing it just right, players can make much larger squares, clearing out more of the board in the process. Some pieces that might be stragglers can be used in a pinch, and finding the different patterns can be a real treat. Put simply, it is easy to learn and hard to master.

However, the game truly shines with its audiovisual presentation. Though the gameplay is the same, there are a number of skins that change the color of the blocks, the background, the melody, and even the sound of each combo. It is easy to get lost in the music, and the vibration settings the game has to offer immerse you that much more. Playing the title on a 4K television with headphones is an experience, and is easily a showcase for the system.

The meat and potatoes of the game can be found in the Challenge mode. This offers the gameplay players have come to expect, with the ultimate goal being to get to 100 levels. The skin changes every couple of levels keeping things fresh, but in the Basic mode, players will see the same skins in the same order. This normally wouldn’t be a problem, but unfortunately it is the main way to unlock the bulk of the skins. Sure, there is an Endless and Shuffle Mode to go alongside this, but these must be unlocked. When paired with the fact that completing this mode takes an hour and a half, it can be a test of endurance to get to the end. Failing after 45 minutes, only to do the exact same thing over again, is the literal definition of insanity.

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Those expecting something new compared to the original PSP releases will be somewhat disappointed, as there are no new skins. Rather, the game differentiates itself with its other modes. Skin Edit mode allows players to add 10 of their favorite skins to a playlist, while Time Attack puts a time limit on your actions. These are nice bonuses, but hardly steal the show.

A Puzzle Mode that tasks players with creating certain shapes (like cat faces, crosses, and alligators) is available, but it proves to be more frustrating than fun. Conversely, there is a Mission Mode that starts out painfully easy and ramps things up. A Versus Mode, which has players vying for real estate, is present, but the computer definitely brings a challenge. All of these modes are welcome additions, but the original Lumines shines the brightest.

For those who have never played a Lumines game before, Lumines Remastered is a must buy. However, though the HD upgrade adds to its audiovisual splendor, don’t be surprised if it feels a little too by the books.

This review of Lumines Remastered was done on the PlayStation 4. A digital code was provided by the publisher.
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Casey Scheld

Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.

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