Luxor Bundle Pack
Wow... this is a fun 2-in-1 game!
I have to say, Luxor Bundle Pack has been entertaining to me ever since I first got it. It looks appealing, but the graphics look sort of dated, and the levels are somewhat more-than-very-hard on the original Luxor. The sounds are dated, but still good. It plays out well. However, the spheres shoot a little too fast with the Speed Shot power-up on.
Overall, I love this game!
January 18, 2012
Oldies But Goodies
Pros: smooth gameplay, innovative concept, varied difficulty options (Amun Rising only)
Cons: dated graphics, soundtrack
Go back to the beginning of the Luxor legacy and find out what's made this series one of the most popular marble popping franchises ever. Although the graphics on these two initial releases are now dated looking, that doesn't mean the developers didn't put any effort into the games. If you haven't ever played a marble popper before, the premise is simple: Keep marbles from reaching the pyramid at the end of the track by shooting additional marbles in such a way that a matching group of 3 or more like colors is removed. There is a set number of marble chains you must clear to advance to the next level, and you will receive powerups sporadically as you work on clearing the chains. You will also want to catch the bonus coins dropping down every so often, since getting enough coins rewards you with an extra life. Uncomplicated, but surprisingly addictive.
As mentioned earlier, the graphics are pretty retro since these games have been out for a while, but it's refreshing to look upon them since the screen isn't very cluttered and makes focusing on the game action easy. The programmers obviously had a warped sense of humor when designing the backgrounds, since you'll see animals with the stereotypical ancient Egyptian painting eyes (and body drawing), people sliding down steep pyramids for fun, "large fish tales" depictions, people turning pyramid ramps into gaming halls, the "Queen of Denial" (pun intended) and even a holiday themed scene, just to name a few. The sound effects are either intentionally or unintentionally funny too, an assortment of angelic cheers and wolf howls mixed into the blips and pops of the marbles. I don't remember how the actual game music in Amun Rising went, probably because I tried to listen to the original Luxor's music a few times and had to turn it off completely. The music has nothing to do with the game theme at all and almost seems like a rushed afterthought.
The difficulty level in Luxor is about average when compared to other current MPs available. Amun Rising features three different difficulty levels with Normal being at about the same level of difficulty as Luxor, and Expert being perhaps 25% more challenging. There isn't the profusion of marble colors seen in some of the later Luxor installments, so if you're curious about the marble popping genre, the Bundle Pack is a cost-friendly and good way to find out.
November 24, 2011
my fourth big fish review
these are the best marble popper games out there. hands down. the luxor sequel games are okay, but these 2 are the very best. i have owned all the luxor series for over 6 years and i still play these 2. the music is even tolerable. the graphics are great and the powerups are great. it's not easy at all to win. i remember when i first played luxor, i was stuck on a level for a month. i had almost given up hope of ever beating it. and it still challenges me. great game. if you like marble popper games, i think you would really enjoy these 2.
November 5, 2012
I can't get past the level 10=6 and then I have to go back to beginning.
This is my first buy this type of game and not good.
I buy HO and love all of them
March 31, 2012