Mizuguchi’s REZ Tetris crossbreed revealed

Former Sega UGA boss lifts lid on mystery puzzler

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Lumines presented yesterday
Lumines presented yesterday
Former Sega UGA studio chief Tetsuya Mizuguchi yesterday lifted the lid on his long-fabled PSP exclusive project, revealing one of the more interesting titles destined for the Sony portable.

The game carries the name Lumines and is the first spawn of Q-Entertainment, Mizuguchi’s development studio set up in the aftermath of his defection from Sega and is his oft-rumoured spiritual successor to the acclaimed REZ.

To be published by Bandai in Japan, Lumines is described in the blurb from yesterday’s SCEJ presentation as being “An original title with a completely new style,” which doesn’t really shed light of proceedings.

However, from what we can make out, the player interacts with a set of blocks in order to manipulate a graphic equaliser, therefore impacting on the game’s soundtrack in some way. As you will know, REZ was a shooter/music game hybrid and it would appear that Lumines seeks to breed the puzzle genre with Mizuguchi-san’s electronica fetish, in very much the same way.

Expect updates from the Tokyo Game Show, where a full presentation is planned for Lumines, later this week.

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ohms 22 Sep 2004 12:51
1/3

I'm sure this game will be great, but it's amusing seeing, what looks like, a simple looking 2D puzzle game, on this machine that's being sold as an all-powerful 3D handheld beast. :)

NiktheGreek 22 Sep 2004 15:37
2/3
It's new, and it's intriguing. I can't wait for this, though it'd better not be so good I have to burn my wallet for a PSP... No money!
almondVanHelsing 22 Sep 2004 19:16
3/3
ohms wrote:

>I'm sure this game will be great, but it's
>amusing seeing, what looks like, a simple looking
>2D puzzle game, on this machine that's being sold
>as an all-powerful 3D handheld beast. :)

I thought the same with Fantavision on the PS2, especially after Sony's "no 2D games" stance on the original PlayStation.

Maybe the game has nice visual effects that show the processing power of the PSP to the best light.
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