LuminesThis morning 1up.com revealed some big news for iPhone owning fans of Lumines:

The iPhone is about to pick up another popular franchise. Q Entertainment producer (and former EGM Editor-in-Chief) James Mielke has revealed that Lumines will soon be available on the device as part of a major push beginning in mid-to-late September.

Not much is known about the new title, but it seems that it will be picking up some new content. Mielke confirmed that the iPhone version of the game will include brand new skins and music, and that its release should roughly coincide with Q's planned marketing push.

Originally released to North America in 2005 for the PlayStation Portable, Lumines is a block dropping game with a twist. 2x2 blocks fall from the top of the screen which can then be rotated and dropped on the existing stack of blocks. A line moves across the screen in time with the music clearing any matches with each pass.

Lumines-roundabout-screenshot

As you play through the game, different "skins" are unlocked that change the tile set of the blocks, the background image, and the music. With each skin, the line moving across the screen also changes with the music ramping up the difficulty in the process. While it's unclear how much will make it to the iPhone version, the original Lumines featured four game modes, three single player variants and a multiplayer mode that could be played against another player or an AI opponent.

Here is a gameplay video of someone way better than I am playing the Xbox Live version of the game:

We will post more as information becomes available.

  • spiffyone

    So PSP gets iPhone/touch games, and now iPhone/touch gets PSP games.

    Oh boy...how long until the Sony fanboys get their panties up in a bunch over this ;)

    • Ape lover

      another boring tetris clone

      • Dekon

        luminus tetris
        If you ever played luminus you should know this.

      • Ataru

        Sorry to be blunt, but you are a fool. Lumines is nothing like Tetris.

  • spiffyone

    So PSP gets iPhone/touch games, and now iPhone/touch gets PSP games.

    Oh boy...how long until the Sony fanboys get their panties up in a bunch over this ;)

    • Ape lover

      another boring tetris clone

      • Dekon

        luminus tetris
        If you ever played luminus you should know this.

      • Ataru

        Sorry to be blunt, but you are a fool. Lumines is nothing like Tetris.

  • Lord Gek

    Just remember folk, until that drops we still have Blocks 2:
    http://appshopper.com/games/blocks2

    Not quite the polish, skins nor any licensed music but a solid port of the gameplay with some clever powerups (something the original didn't bother with).

  • Lord Gek

    Just remember folk, until that drops we still have Blocks 2:
    http://appshopper.com/games/blocks2

    Not quite the polish, skins nor any licensed music but a solid port of the gameplay with some clever powerups (something the original didn't bother with).

  • Mark

    Lumines was fun, and I'll probably pick it up, but I'll pay $30 for a solid port of Meteos...

  • Mark

    Lumines was fun, and I'll probably pick it up, but I'll pay $30 for a solid port of Meteos...

  • http://www.zero101.com Chris

    I loved Lumines on the PSP... it is one of the few really outstanding games on the platform.

    I don't really know how well it would work on the iPhone though. Lumines is a game that requires incredibly fast and precise movements and I just don't know if that is possible on the touchscreen. I have seen plenty of games with a virtual dpad, and some work better than others but none of them have come close to matching the precision of a true digital directional pad.

    Color me skeptical.

    • spiffyone

      um...tap to drop?

      I'm actually less skeptical about Lumines working well on this platform than I am Fieldrunners or Minigore working well on PSP. I mean...there are Lumines style games on iPhone/touch already, and they control well sans dpad, physical or virtual. But having had experience playing Super Stardust Portable on PSP, I know multidirectional shooters are not the strong suit of that system due to lack of second analog nub.

  • http://www.zero101.com Chris

    I loved Lumines on the PSP... it is one of the few really outstanding games on the platform.

    I don't really know how well it would work on the iPhone though. Lumines is a game that requires incredibly fast and precise movements and I just don't know if that is possible on the touchscreen. I have seen plenty of games with a virtual dpad, and some work better than others but none of them have come close to matching the precision of a true digital directional pad.

    Color me skeptical.

    • spiffyone

      um...tap to drop?

      I'm actually less skeptical about Lumines working well on this platform than I am Fieldrunners or Minigore working well on PSP. I mean...there are Lumines style games on iPhone/touch already, and they control well sans dpad, physical or virtual. But having had experience playing Super Stardust Portable on PSP, I know multidirectional shooters are not the strong suit of that system due to lack of second analog nub.

  • Zarile3

    when this game comes out, you can kiss my life goodbye.

  • Zarile3

    when this game comes out, you can kiss my life goodbye.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kudzaikun Kudzaikun

    YES YES YES, finally i have been waiting for this announcement, i bought it for the psp, bought it for pc, and i am gona buy it for the iphone

  • http://www.twitter.com/kudzaikun Kudzaikun

    YES YES YES, finally i have been waiting for this announcement, i bought it for the psp, bought it for pc, and i am gona buy it for the iphone

  • sekazi

    The only problem I have with Lumines is that there is a infinite loop if of doing the same thing over and over. It only ends when you somehow screw up. Once you figure it out the game is ridiculously boring. I have both Lumines 1 and 2 for PSP. I would only pick this up if it is really cheap.

  • sekazi

    The only problem I have with Lumines is that there is a infinite loop if of doing the same thing over and over. It only ends when you somehow screw up. Once you figure it out the game is ridiculously boring. I have both Lumines 1 and 2 for PSP. I would only pick this up if it is really cheap.

  • Steve

    AMAZING game on the PSP.

    Instant buy for me. The skins and music that seamlessly change every 3 or so minutes really make it a wonderful playing experience.

  • Steve

    AMAZING game on the PSP.

    Instant buy for me. The skins and music that seamlessly change every 3 or so minutes really make it a wonderful playing experience.

  • Scott

    I killed more hours then I care to remember when I first got my PSP. I remember taking off on a flight from LA and then landing in New York as if no time had passed from staring at that screen...

  • Scott

    I killed more hours then I care to remember when I first got my PSP. I remember taking off on a flight from LA and then landing in New York as if no time had passed from staring at that screen...

  • Thorero

    Truly excellent news, this really has made my day.

    I remember grabbing Lumines when it first came out, and then instantly getting Lumines 2 upon its release. I can say without a shadow of a doubt, those 2 games are THE best games of their class on the PSP.

    Now to know it's coming to the iDevices, what else can I say? Instant Purchase.

    Well, I'm off to dig out my PSP....

  • Thorero

    Truly excellent news, this really has made my day.

    I remember grabbing Lumines when it first came out, and then instantly getting Lumines 2 upon its release. I can say without a shadow of a doubt, those 2 games are THE best games of their class on the PSP.

    Now to know it's coming to the iDevices, what else can I say? Instant Purchase.

    Well, I'm off to dig out my PSP....

  • Bilal

    One of the best games on the PSP... definitely cant wait for this

  • Bilal

    One of the best games on the PSP... definitely cant wait for this

  • Shinto

    Great news!! I hope is more similar to Lumines 2 with videos and all

  • Shinto

    Great news!! I hope is more similar to Lumines 2 with videos and all

  • Skamando

    OH YEAH!!!!!!
    I LOVE LUMINES!!!
    I'm actually pretty good too.
    I thought I was really good, but that video is insane!
    I hope Q? Games brings some more games over too, like Meteos.

  • Skamando

    OH YEAH!!!!!!
    I LOVE LUMINES!!!
    I'm actually pretty good too.
    I thought I was really good, but that video is insane!
    I hope Q? Games brings some more games over too, like Meteos.

  • WeirdingWay

    The only thing I disliked about Lumines was unlocking the last skins required that you be playing for a very long period of time in one sitting. This will not work well for a handheld (it sucked for PSP but was OK for XBLA).

    Hopefully they include Heavenly Star from Genki Rockets and maybe even surprise us with Star Line.

  • WeirdingWay

    The only thing I disliked about Lumines was unlocking the last skins required that you be playing for a very long period of time in one sitting. This will not work well for a handheld (it sucked for PSP but was OK for XBLA).

    Hopefully they include Heavenly Star from Genki Rockets and maybe even surprise us with Star Line.

  • kevlar

    Will be interesting to see how they price this, they screwed it right up on the 360 and didn't sell half as many as the game deserved.

  • kevlar

    Will be interesting to see how they price this, they screwed it right up on the 360 and didn't sell half as many as the game deserved.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    First game I ever purchased for my PSP. Pretty fun.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    First game I ever purchased for my PSP. Pretty fun.

  • Rezzer

    lumines...2 things@Qentertainment:i want REZ 2 and a mobile version of REZ! REZ is one of my favourite games ever..i bought an xbox 360 just for REZ HD cause my playstation`s wrecked. who cares about lumines,bring REZ

  • Rezzer

    lumines...2 things@Qentertainment:i want REZ 2 and a mobile version of REZ! REZ is one of my favourite games ever..i bought an xbox 360 just for REZ HD cause my playstation`s wrecked. who cares about lumines,bring REZ

  • shiraz

    Nur wegen diesem Spiel habe ich mir eine PSp gekauft...must have!!!
    Only for this game ,i buy a psp!

  • shiraz

    Nur wegen diesem Spiel habe ich mir eine PSp gekauft...must have!!!
    Only for this game ,i buy a psp!