Luxor

Reviewed by Tap on Jun 01, 2011
Rating
e
3/5
(Good.)
Game Overview
Release Date:
May 25, 2005
Platform Reviewed:
Personal Computer
Platforms Available:
Windows
Mac
Playstation Portable
Genre(s):
Casual
Requirements: 
DirectX 7 support is required for the PC version. I suspect it would work on Linux through Wine.

Luxor is a fun, simple gem shooter. With that in mind, is it worth its price? At the time of writing this review, Luxor is a bit dated and costs $7 on Amazon. New, it was a $20 game, so the price has not dropped an absurd amount since its inception.

In Luxor, you play through each level with the objective to clear the chains of gems before they slide all the way through a tube, like any other gem shooter. The unique aspect of Luxor is its perspective. Instead of turning a fixed gem-shooting device, you can move the shooting device left and right on the bottom of the screen. This different perspective makes shooting a little easier, and I think the challenge is gone for anyone who has already accustomed themselves to other gem shooters.

The music goes with the theme, Egypt-like stuff. I like the sound effects, and the visuals are fairly flashy. I enjoyed the Breakout-like perspective and the slightly unique way you collect bonus points, but overall, I still think the game is a little dull and not exciting at all.

Overall, Luxor is just another gem shooter, but it is dated now, and it runs very well on older hardware. The price is low, so I would say it is worth purchasing as long as you do not have any other gem shooters. Otherwise, I recommend getting something newer. If you are looking to relieve stress, playing Luxor could be a nice, calm method.

PC When we refer to PC, we mean personal computers, so be sure you read what operating systems support this game. Currently, we review games for Mac, Windows, Linux, and DOS.

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