Luxor 2

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Luxor 2
Luxor2cover.jpg
Developer(s) MumboJumbo
Publisher(s) MumboJumbo
Designer(s) Scott Hansen
Series Luxor
Platform(s)
Release date(s) 2006 PC
  • NA October 10, 2007
XBLA

iOS
June 30, 2011

Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Compact Disc, digital distribution, cloud computing

Luxor 2 is an action-oriented casual puzzle game developed by MumboJumbo. First released in 2006, it is the sequel to the original Luxor, which was released in 2005. The title can be played online at several different sites, and can be purchased for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Xbox Live Arcade.

The game's console debut was on June 11, 2008, with its release via Xbox Live Arcade. It can be purchased directly from the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Luxor 2 is also available in a Windows Vista-only version from MSN Games which includes improved graphics over the previous computer versions.

Gameplay[edit]

The game challenges the user to eliminate colored magical spheres by causing three or more spheres of the same color to collide. Players do this primarily by shooting additional spheres from a winged scarab which they guide back and forth along the bottom of the screen. When spheres are eliminated, adjacent spheres which now form a segment of three or more or the same color will also explode in a chain reaction.

During gameplay, the on-screen spheres continuously move forward, pushed by additional small scarabs. If any sphere reaches the player's pyramid, he or she loses a life and is forced to restart the stage. If the player succeeds in eliminating a certain number of spheres without this occurring, new spheres cease to arrive and the level can be completed by removing those which remain.

There are a total of 88 rounds of increasing difficulty, plus 13 bonus rounds which the player can play through. In "Story mode", the player earns titles/rankings as he or she progresses through the various levels. Multiple difficulty settings are available as well, with play at higher settings yielding higher scores.

Levels and stages[edit]

The arrangement of the levels of Luxor 2 are similar to the arrangement of rounds in Zuma. There are four levels in the first stage, five in the second, and six in the third. The order of levels repeats after every third stage, however, one stage is added in this repetition. For example, levels 1-1 to 1-4 are repeated as levels 4-1 to 4-4, but level 4-5 is added. Levels 4-1 to 4-5 are repeated as levels 7-1 to 7-5, but level 7-6 is added. This is also true for the other levels, except that for the 13th stage, four additional levels are used before entering level 13-5, the last level.

Scoring[edit]

In general, 100 points are awarded for each sphere destroyed. The simple destruction of 3 spheres thus earns 300 points, 4 spheres 400, etc. However, if you arrange things such that you destroy 3 spheres which bring together 3 more spheres, the second set of spheres has a 2X multiplier. With cleverness, you can arrange things such that you have several chain reactions in a row with linearly increasing multipliers at every stage of the chain reaction.

At the end of every round (and at times during the round) jewels, rings, and coins are freed. Every stage has coins, and coins have a value of 250 points at all stages of game play (One collects coins less for their value than because every 30 coins earns an extra life.) In contrast to the behavior of coins, jewel and ring values increase in a simple pattern as play progresses.[2] Every stage has two types of jewel and one type of ring. Below are the listed the jewels and rings in the first five stages of play:

Jewels and Rings vs. Stage[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

(comprising rounds 1-1 to 1-4)

  • Orange octahedral jewel (500)
  • Rose quartz jewel (750)
  • Gold ring (1000)

Stage 2[edit]

(comprising rounds 2-1 to 2-5)

  • Rose quartz jewel (750)
  • Gold ring (1000)
  • Dark purple guitar-pick shaped jewel (1250)

Stage 3[edit]

(comprising rounds 3-1 to 3-6)

  • Gold ring (1000)
  • Dark purple guitar-pick shaped jewel (1250)
  • Green octahedral jewel (1500)

Stage 4[edit]

  • Dark purple guitar-pick shaped jewel (1250)
  • Green octahedral jewel (1500)
  • Gold and colored-enamel ring (1750)

Stage 5[edit]

  • Green octahedral jewel (1500)
  • Gold and colored-enamel ring (1750)
  • Amber icosohedral jewel (2000)

Inspecting the above list reveals a pattern, which has been verified to be consistent throughout all 14 stages of game-play. At each stage N, the value of the "mean" jewel is 500+250*N. Each stage also has a jewel or ring with a value 250 points less than the mean and another valued 250 points greater than the mean. As one advances to the next stage, the least valuable jewel/ring drops out and a new one is added in the most valuable spot. A new ring appears every three stage. Thus at the 14th and highest stage, one would expect the mean jewel to have the value 500+250*14=4000 points.

Power-ups[edit]

The title includes between thirteen and fifteen different power-ups which can be collected during play. These are earned by successfully setting off three or more explosions in a row. When this occurs, a random power-up falls down towards the player's winged scarab, but is only actually collected if the player correctly positions the scarab to catch it. Once a power-up is collected, it either has an immediate effect, or modifies the next sphere which the player will launch, depending on type. Unique or new power-ups include:

  • Color Cloud - Causes a cloud effect which changes the color of all spheres it envelopes to the matching color.
  • Lighting Storm - Causes a series of 10 lighting blasts to strike and randomly eliminate spheres.
  • Net- collects falling objects all across the playfield.
  • Pharaoh's Dagger - Changes the player's "next sphere" into a dagger which can be used to destroy any spheres it hits for a period of time.

Additional power-ups are modeled after those from existing games, such as one which slows down the movement of the spheres, and one which causes the spheres to move backward for a short while.

Cheats[edit]

In the Options menu, press the Page Up and Page Down at the same to activate the cheat mode. A new button, "Cheats", will appear. It will be valid only to this specific profile. Cheat mode makes all stages and levels of game play accessible.[3]

There are said to be other hot-keys that, once in cheat mode, convey specific powers. In direct testing, none of the hot-keys seemed to work, so they are not included here.

Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge[edit]

Luxor 2
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Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge is a remake of Luxor 2 for the Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 2. released on November 20, 2007 for PS2, December 18, 2007 for both PSP and DS, and January 15, 2008 for Wii. Unlike the original Luxor 2, the remake introduces blessings to help the player on his or her journey to the Temple of Set. The graphics are different on every platform.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN: Luxor 2
  2. ^ Jewel values were determined through game play and many screen captures to assure that values were read properly.
  3. ^ Cheat information was verified empirically through game play and testing.