Luxor: Quest for the Afterlife
Fun Game for Being a Shooter
I always open my Luxor reviews with the following: I have played shooter games before, I am quite good at them, I just don't like them. However, the Luxor series is the best shooter game I've come across thus far.
And there is one which I LOVE about any M3 game. Nefertiti's husband's (Akhuneaten) burying place has been invaded. Artifacts have been stole and broken into pieces. Because they were found broken, it cannot be the work of mere mortals. Nefertiti needs her eternal Akh. Only then may she resurrect her beloved husband (Akten). Until the jars and put back to together and the artifacts found, she will not be able to return to her eternal soul. She will be forever bound to Earth. You job is to find the artifacts, travel city to city and have endless battles on her behalf. As a reward, she will bestow upon you great powers. So, of you go.
Pretty good as far as Ancient Egypt goes. The desert is fairly monochromatic, the icons for the Cities slightly above the color of the desert. The balls bright enough that you can see all the colors.
Music was fine - didn't need to tune it out. Sound effects were constantly going on.
As in any shooter game and Luxor series game, premise of the game is to shoot your colored ball (at the bottom of the screen) into a string of multi-colored balls and try to match a string of 3 or more of the same color. The more colored balls you destroy, the better the riches that rain down upon you. I don't much pay attention to the jewels, etc. but I DO always make sure I catch the runes - because that is where all the power is. For instance, reverse, slow, stop, remove colors, lightning shot, and more and more and more.
Tons upon tons upon tons of them. Every 3 levels you play, you will have a bonus level to play. It may be as simple as put the broken artifacts' pieces back together to as long as a flowing river of colored balls is all that separates you from the level on shore that you need to dispose of. Sounds easy? Not so much. Because that 5 level deep of multi-colored balls keep coming and coming and coming and coming. And it NEVER stops but your need is to concentrate on the string of balls on the opposite shore and dispose of those. And they don't disappear until the last colored ball is gone. THAT string of balls just goes back and forth and back and forth, while you are trying to get a good, clean shot through multiple layers of strings. You may be lucky and do it in a few shots or you may be not so lucky and have this level take upwards of 15 minutes or more. There were other bonus levels, some I enjoyed, some not so much, And, then, there's the "BOSS" level. I totally did not understand what was going on but kept shooting and shooting and shooting and eventually Nefertiti told me I had won. Had no clue how.
Not getting a clearer explanation of how to certain levels. Some I could figure out - at least one I could not.
The map confused me. As the game play progressed you could enter any city behind you (that you had passed all the levels of) and, I thought, the next City. But. apparently, different roads would unlock so you could go in either of at least 2 directions - hmmm, would have been nice to know and --- why? What is the benefit or detriment to going one way vs. the other.
Nefertiti's instructions - and you got a lot of them. Spoken, with no reading to follow along. Could be why I didn't understand some of the gameplay.
I truly loved playing this game and it's only because of the above CONS that I could not in good conscience give it 5 stars. I especially loved that the storyline just didn't die out when the game started - with every level that you passed (or was it at the 3 level mark?) the storyline continued, recited to you by Nefertiti herself.
This Glam-ma says this is almost the best Luxor game of the series that there is. I am playing through them all - I think I have found MY 5 star BEST game but this isn't it. I still have a few Luxor games to go through yet - and may find one that knocks my current fav off the top of the pyramid (HAH - Egypt - pyramid - I slay me - lol).
In any case, Glam-ma says please do try this game. It's fun and has a great story going on. All you have to lose is an hour. But, you may gain a new genre of game you never thought you'd like or a better shooter game than one you already own.
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May 20, 2014
As the title says, it was quite a rush in that game all the time. I've played all the other Luxor games and this game - have to say, was the worst one. It was a rush mess compared to other games, there wasn't a second your eye could've had a fast rest before the other line comes in, big minus was also that the balls always didn't go where aimed even there was the "stop" action on. Also the game's sounds were horribly noisy. I had to turn off the volume, because I got a bit afraid about the noises.
April 29, 2012