Perhaps the most sought after of the PSP launch titles, Lumines doesn't disappoint' as long as you've got an hour or two to spare. It's a strange and addictive puzzle game that involves creating blocks, much in the same way that Tetris required you to create lines. It's the invigorating mix of musical interaction and furious gameplay that keeps Lumineson the top. Don't wait until the end of my review, go try this game. It's likely to be the one game that you should buy for the PSP, if you by no others.
There are two major gameplay elements at work in every game of Lumines. First, bricks fall from the sky, one at a time. Each is a 2x2 brick, made up of just two colors, in any of just a few configurations. Your goal, and the primary element of gameplay, is to stack these bricks together to form at least a 2x2 brick of one solid color. Add more bricks to expand the effect, bringing the second gameplay aspect into play, the timeline. The timeline scrolls across the screen, and when it hits your completed brick, it destroys it, gives you points, and allows the rest of the bricks to collapse into the vacuum left behind. That's it. Pretty simple, yet the game has something on the order of at least 90 levels, and every one is more addictive than the last. As you progress through the levels, you'll occasionally change skins, which means you get a graphical upgrade to a new block texture and color, and a new song to play to. Oh, did I mention this is all set to music? Because not only is it set to music, beautifully, but your movements with the bricks add small sound effects that build into the music itself. I don't think it's possible to sound bad while playing this game; they've done such a good job at this feature. Last, you can play 2 player, but it's not nearly as long and thus not quite as fun, in my opinion, and a cute little puzzle mode where you try to make specific shapes with your bricks.
Graphically, there isn't much to Lumines, but in this regard, it actually helps this title to be relatively simple. So you can focus on the gameplay and audio. Aurally, your ears are in for a treat, as it's simply enjoyable to play through these songs, dropping bricks along the way. Definitely a great buy, definitely a game worth owning.