Tetsuya Mizuguchi's genius little PSP music-puzzler, Lumines Live!, is finally available for download today. SPOnG urges you to head over to Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) and indulge your puzzle-muscles as soon as you can.
Unfortunately the game will not be free but will set you back 1,200 Microsoft points (GBP 10.20 / EUR 13.96). That bunce includes 12 ‘skins’ (levels, if you’ve not played the PSP version) and a whole host of gameplay modes, including: six single-player modes (challenge, skin edit, mission, puzzle, versus CPU, and time attack) as well as two-player head-to-head multiplayer via Xbox Live.
Microsoft’s press release which just dropped into our inbox also informs us that, “the game even has an exclusive feature that records high score gameplay in the Time Attack Mode, which can be downloaded and played back by any other player”.
There is also an additional option to bump up the game with an "Advance Pack" containing an extra 22 new skins and more music tracks. The pack costs an additional 600 Microsoft points (GBP 5.10 / EUR 6.98).
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and let the world know how you feel about Microsoft deploying these types of additional micro-transactions.
Microsoft is also planning more of this, "exclusive downloadable content to enhance and extend the gameplay experience" in the future. SPOnG will bring you further details on this content as we get it.
Whatever your take on the advantages and downsides of microtransactions, the fact that this solid title from one of SPOnG’s favourite games developers is finally on XBLA is cause for rejoicing.
Also, for fans of the PSP game, don't forget that Lumines II (pictured right) is out next month from Q Entertainment/BVG, to give you an updated fix and help battle the drudgery of your daily commute into work!
And that’s not all for the XBLA service, which has been down since Tuesday for some tinkering and fixing. Retro, as any fools knows, never goes out of fashion, so check these XBLA-available retro-gems: Contra, Gyruss, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Mutant Storm Empire and Small Arms, which are all set to follow in the coming weeks.