|Publisher: Mumbo Jumbo Genre: Puzzle & Trivia|
|Min OS X: 10.4|
MumboJumboís Luxor 3 is an excellent successor to the companyís previous games Luxor and Luxor 2. It builds on the Egyptian themes and sphere smashing of the previous version while adding a rich new environment of power ups and level modes. The result is a smashing good time that makes an extremely enjoyable and addictive game new again and ready for many hours of challenging fun.
Like previous versions of the game, the basic game is to shoot colored balls into a moving train of balls that is being pushed along by a beetle. The object is to shoot your ball into a group of at least two balls of the same color, causing them to explode. Meanwhile, the beetle continues to push the balls along a complex track that eventually leads to a tomb at the end of the line. All the balls must be destroyed before the front of the train reaches the tomb, or else they all descend into the tomb and you fail the level.
However, this basic form of Luxor is now called Classic mode and is now only one of six types of gameplay you can encounter in any given level. In addition to Classic, you will now also be able to play in Survival, Onslaught, Crossing the Nile, Puzzle, and Treasure Hunter modes. As in previous versions of the game, there are also Adventure and Free Play modes. The Adventure mode takes you through a series of 25 maps in an Egyptian-themed storyline that centers around the lives of ancient deities. The Free Play mode allows you to replay any of the 25 maps for practice and challenge. New to Luxor 3 is Puzzle mode, where you can replay any of the puzzles you already solved in Adventure mode.
Adventure mode takes you through 11 stages. During each stage, you have the opportunity to shoot four jars. The jars appear repeatedly in Classic mode, so if you missed them the first time, you will undoubtedly see them again. However, they can be extremely difficult to shoot, because they are often surrounded by a train of rolling balls. However, with a little practice, Iím sure youíll figure out creative ways to knock them out. If you manage to shoot all four jars, then you get a bonus level at the end of the stage.
During each stage in the adventure, you play through all of the basic modes, starting with Classic. After Classic mode, you may move into Onslaught. This mode is something like an arcade game, such as Galaxian or Centipede. Six metallic jars pop up, and a snake of spheres rolls toward you in the usual serpentine pattern. If you shoot directly at the metallic jars, they break, allowing you to shoot directly at the balls. Within a short time, however, the jars are in new locations.
Crossing the Nile mode is a bit like playing in traffic. You sit on one bank of the Nile, and your objective is a short train of balls moving back and forth on the other side. The water is crowded with other trains of balls going back and forth to make it difficult to shoot the objective.
Puzzle mode is just like it sounds: a puzzle. There is a set of balls arranged before you, and you have a limited number of balls to shoot in order to blow them all up.
In Treasure Hunter mode, you soar like a bird in the sky among the clouds shooting as many little chains of three balls as you can within a short time. These levels last about 30 seconds.