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An official version of Luxor has finally arrived into the App Store tonight and is the first non-Ngmoco game to use their Plus+ social network.

Luxor is a popular match-3 ball shooter similar to Zuma but with the ball launcher mounted along the bottom of the screen rather than the center. Luxor was first released in 2005 and claims to be the "#1 Marble Shooter Game of All Time". The game has spawned a number of sequels and the prominent iPhone clone Stone Loops that we (and many of our readers) quite enjoyed.

The iPhone version of Luxor is a high quality production with beautiful graphics and a number of control options. The game offers 3 different control mechanisms:

  • Slide to move, tap to fire, swipe down to swap balls.
  • Slide to move, release finger to fire, shake device to swap balls.
  • Tilt to move, tap to fire, tap with two fingers to swap balls.

Luxor offers only one game mode which takes you across 88 levels of an Egyptian-themed map. The game comes with the usual collection of powerups such as fireballs, lightning bolts, and more. This developer video shows the game off:

[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

Luxor's implementation of Ngmoco's Plus+ network, however, is a bit disappointing. While it offers online achievements and global leaderboards, it doesn't take advantage of the challenge system which makes Plus+ so interesting.

With the arrival of Luxor also comes a lively forum debate about which iPhone marble matching game reigns supreme. The contenders appear to be Luxor [$2.99], Stone Loops [$0.99 / Lite] and newcomer Atlantis Sky Patrol [$2.99].

Naturally, early-adopting Luxor fans feel it delivers the best marble experience. While I'll concede Luxor's graphics are nicer than Stone Loops, I'd be hard pressed to say that most casual gamers would be able to tell a big difference in the gameplay between the two titles. Luxor, however, does deliver a solid but straightforward port of the popular franchise which will please long time fans.

App Store Link: Luxor, $2.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • Ender

    I really liked the Mac version, but if this is anything like its desktop counterpart be prepared to have some massive wrist / finger strain by the end... the last 1/5 of the game is very, very difficult.

  • Ender

    I really liked the Mac version, but if this is anything like its desktop counterpart be prepared to have some massive wrist / finger strain by the end... the last 1/5 of the game is very, very difficult.

  • crsrc

    I finally completed the entire game of stoneloops a few days ago and I really enjoyed that game. Is this different enough to make it worth it or will I just feel like I'm playing through stoneloops again?

  • crsrc

    I finally completed the entire game of stoneloops a few days ago and I really enjoyed that game. Is this different enough to make it worth it or will I just feel like I'm playing through stoneloops again?

  • Faros

    I loved stoneloops too.So this luxor one is a great opportunity to continue having great fun with such game style.And remember its the original thing with a bit more nice graphics (watch video).I'll have them both on my ipod touch for ever even if after i finish them.Replay value is the fun they give playing with them.

  • Faros

    I loved stoneloops too.So this luxor one is a great opportunity to continue having great fun with such game style.And remember its the original thing with a bit more nice graphics (watch video).I'll have them both on my ipod touch for ever even if after i finish them.Replay value is the fun they give playing with them.

  • http://mobiltelefon.ru/ Frant

    Atlantis Sly Patrol is also very nice and it's on sale - $0,99

  • http://mobiltelefon.ru/ Frant

    Atlantis Sly Patrol is also very nice and it's on sale - $0,99

  • Kita

    I think I have at least 4 different versions of these games and I'm tempted to buy this game. The gameplay is THAT addicting to me! I somewhat feel bad for the originators (puzzloop) though, They wanted to sue popcap for blatancy ripping off their game which actually turned it into a phenomenon. The creators can't win though, they live in japan and said the american court system won't see it as infringement.

  • Kita

    I think I have at least 4 different versions of these games and I'm tempted to buy this game. The gameplay is THAT addicting to me! I somewhat feel bad for the originators (puzzloop) though, They wanted to sue popcap for blatancy ripping off their game which actually turned it into a phenomenon. The creators can't win though, they live in japan and said the american court system won't see it as infringement.

  • Adams Immersive

    Puzzloop is on iPhone, though, and has a lite version if you want to consider adding it to your collection :)

  • Adams Immersive

    Puzzloop is on iPhone, though, and has a lite version if you want to consider adding it to your collection :)

  • samthelion

    seeing this made me want to play stoneloops again. didn't realize I was only one level away from finishing classic mode! Now I started grab 'n' shoot mode.

  • samthelion

    seeing this made me want to play stoneloops again. didn't realize I was only one level away from finishing classic mode! Now I started grab 'n' shoot mode.

  • http://www.pascalorama.com Pascal

    Being a big fan of stoneloops, i bought Luxor yesterday. Luxor looks great. but i don't like the playability. Stone loop is way better in my opinion. Let me explain. In stoneloop, for firing the marble you just need to release your finger from the touchscreen. In luxor you need to release the finger AND tap which is kind of annoying and prevent you to be really accurate. Hope they will change this in a future update.

    • arn

      @Pascal - you can change it in the options to act like you want it to. there are 3 different control options in Luxor.

  • http://www.pascalorama.com Pascal

    Being a big fan of stoneloops, i bought Luxor yesterday. Luxor looks great. but i don't like the playability. Stone loop is way better in my opinion. Let me explain. In stoneloop, for firing the marble you just need to release your finger from the touchscreen. In luxor you need to release the finger AND tap which is kind of annoying and prevent you to be really accurate. Hope they will change this in a future update.

    • arn

      @Pascal - you can change it in the options to act like you want it to. there are 3 different control options in Luxor.