Mumbo Jumbo’s Luxor: The Wrath of Set, a PSP port of the popular casual online game, has a simple premise: players shoot colored balls into a line of similar spheres, lining up groups of three or more of the same color to make them disappear. The gameplay is very similar to Zuma and Magnetica, and there’s no real twist here other than that players shoot from the bottom instead of the middle. The challenge of the game comes from setting off chains, racking up points and finishing levels as quickly as possible.
This version of the game features over 120 levels, though many are eerily similar. The gameplay itself is solid and fun enough, and the graphics, while simple, are polished and work well.
But it’s just the same thing over and over. Luxor lacks the extra modes that salvage similar games, like Magnetica. The main game is relatively addictive, but this really feels like part of a compilation, rather than a standalone game. Casual gamers may not need many hours of gameplay, but there’s not enough here to warrant a purchase for any serious gamer.
Zuma, Luxor and clones are available online, and the vastly superior Magnetica is out for the DS. However, for the puzzle fans with no DS that must have something to play, The Wrath of Set isn’t horrible. Just keep the box – you’ll be trading it back in soon.