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Game Review   2006-11-14


Luxor: Amun RisingLuxor Amun Rising: on the Edge of Game and Movie


At first sight, Luxor: Amun Rising presents a colorful ball-popping arcade and in terms of game play it resembles the rest of ball-shooting arcades. So, while playing what you see is an  ancient labyrinth with a great number of multicolored spheres moving along it.


The point of the game is to clear the playfield and not to let any of the spheres slip to the end of the playfield which would equal to a foul.


Shoot all the balls in a chain and prevent them from entering the pyramid


Luxor: Amun Rising screenshot

However, the game has a heroiñ appeal underneath this ball-shooting fun. A player is called to save the Ancient Egypt by defeating enemy at numerous locations. Thus, as you move through the game, you travel along the map of Ancient Egypt shooting balls in different places.


The second version of Luxor: Amun Rising doesn't differ much from its prequel when it comes to the general idea. However, Mumbo Jumbo, the developer of Luxor game series, have added new 88 levels featuring improved graphics, which was very warmly accepted by the gamer audience, who has already tried the first version of Luxor. On the whole...


As you start the game with the sound on, look through the map and proceed to ball shooting - you feel as if you were watching a movie.


Luxor: Amun Rising - MapA colorful interface, solid combination of game video and sound, unpredictable ball motion - it all are Luxor: Amun Rising's pros.


Game rules are very simple. A player has to shoot at the balls running along the labyrinth with the balls of the same color released from his scarab. As three balls of the same color appear together, they are removed from the playing field. The point is to shoot all the balls in a chain and prevent them from entering the pyramid. Use a left mouse click to shoot, and right-click to swap between the missile balls.


It all sounds quite simple and is pretty easy to do on the first levels of the game. However, if you read through player reviews on the I-net on Luxor: Amun Rising, you will find that the main drawback of the game is that some of the levels are made too complicated and one has to play them for several times before they're able to continue to the next level. Some players who tried Luxor: Amun Rising and got stuck at a level say they quickly lose their interest in this game. However, if you are determined to stand up to the end, no in-game challenges would scare you.


Sometimes you get a feeling: it's not a PC screen you are shooting the balls on, but a wall of some Ancient Egyptian temple.

Luxor: Amun Rising: Level screenshot


Game graphics in Luxor: Amun Rising deserves a fair praise. Multicolor balls, the way they move at unpredictably varying speed attract a player. Moreover, background paintings on every level are state-of-art pictures made in the manner of the paintings on the walls of ancient pyramids. They look so genuine and seem to be carved out of stone. Sometimes you get a feeling, it's not a PC screen you are shooting the balls on, but a wall of some Ancient Egyptian temple.


One more exciting feature of the game graphics is its amazing video-effects such as explosions, flashes, shots etc. All of these are new features of Luxor: Amun Rising along with the new power-ups, which brighten the game play and motivate a player by extra score.


Luxor: Amun Rising is a truly interesting sequel of Luxor. Though no major changes have been made about the game, a developer has managed to create a multilevel challenge that is of a great interest to all arcade game fans.    








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Veri  2012-03-18 22:55:54
The Arcade version is for those who might not have euongh cash but still just want to have fun with an Xbox.It has limited items, such as only a 256mb memory card, a Standard AV cables, and no Headset.They even added 5 Arcade games from Xbox Live, hence the name, for you to enjoy the taste of the Console before you actually go out and start getting the actual games.It's basically like the old Core version, but slightly more better while having the same price.The Premium version is for those who really want the Xbox fully. It has a 20GB detachable Hard Drive, a Headset, Composite SD/HDMI cables, Xbox Live Gold (1 month free), and 2 games Forza 2 Motorsport Marvel Alliance.It's basically the normal and complete set of the Xbox packages. Plus 2 complimentary full games.Another version would be the Elite version, now this one is more advance as it comes with everything the Premium has, plus a HDMI cable and a 120GB hard drive. Plus, it comes in Black (stylish, eh?). Don't know much about the Halo 3 thing .. I'm playing it and so far it's not causing anything to my Xbox (I got the Arcade version, btw)

Snowy  2012-10-11 02:34:06
Heck of a job there, it absuoletly helps me out.

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