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Luxor 2 is an action-oriented casual puzzle game developed by MumboJumbo. First released in 2006, it is the sequel to the original Luxor, which was released in 2005. The title can be played online at several different sites, and can be purchased for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Xbox Live Arcade.
The game challenges the user to eliminate colored magical spheres by causing three or more spheres of the same color to collide. Players do this primarily by shooting additional spheres from a winged scarab which they guide back and forth along the bottom of the screen. When spheres are eliminated, nearby spheres which now form a segment of three or more or the same color will also explode in a chain reaction.
During gameplay, the on-screen spheres continuously advance forward, pushed themselves by additional small scarabs. If any sphere reaches the player's pyramid, he or she loses a life and is forced to restart the level. If the player succeeds in eliminating a certain number of spheres without this occurring, new spheres cease to arrive and the level can be completed by removing those which remain.
There are a total of 88 levels of increasing difficulty, plus 13 bonus levels which the player can play through. In "Story mode", the player earns titles/rankings as he or she progresses through the various levels. Multiple difficulty levels are available as well, with play at higher levels yielding higher scores.
The title includes between thirteen and fifteen different power-ups which can be collected during play. These are earned by successfully setting off three or more explosions in a row. When this occurs, a random power-up falls down towards the player's winged scarab, but is only actually collected if the player correctly positions the scarab to catch it. Once a power-up is collected, it either has an immediate effect, or modifies the next sphere which the player will launch, depending on type.
Unique or new power-ups include:
- Color Cloud - Causes a cloud effect which changes the color of all spheres it envelopes to the matching color.
- Lighting Storm - Causes a series of lighting blasts to strike and randomly eliminate spheres.
- Pharaoh's Dagger - Changes the player's "next sphere" into a dagger which can be used to destroy any spheres it hits for a period of time.
Additional power-ups are modeled after those from existing games, such as one which slows down the movement of the spheres, and one which temporary causes the spheres to move backwards.
Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge
Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge is a remake of Luxor 2 for the Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 2. released on November 20, 2007 for PS2, December 18, 2007 for both PSP and DS, and January 15, 2008 for Wii. Unlike the original Luxor 2, the remake introduces blessings to help the player on his or her journey to the Temple of Set. The graphics are different on every platform.