Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. 100
    Lumines II comes out of the gate strong and never lets up in creating a perfect puzzle game, and it comes with our highest recommendation.
  2. Rather than try to improve on the gameplay, the designers simply give us more of the same – a lot more – while adding in a few additional game modes and enhancing the original stuff.
  3. Games like this are what your PSP was made for. Hypnotic puzzle action that you'll play for ages. Just great. [Christmas 2006, p.94]
  4. I can only think of two kinds of gamers who should steer clear of Lumines II: those who categorically dislike puzzlers, and those who tried the first Lumines and weren’t impressed. Otherwise, everyone should see how the best block-dropper since Tetris is building on its foundation and moving forward.
  5. 90
    A deeper challenge mode, tons of new skins and loads of puzzles and missions are just the tip of the iceberg. Throw in the sequencer and Skin Edit mode, plus the ability to trade playlists with friends, and you have an almost perfect puzzler.
  6. On the road, or at home in bed, Lumines II is the top of the PSP's puzzler pops. If you're looking for a game to keep you busy on a long plane ride, this is it.
  7. With more content and a few extras here and there, Lumines II is unquestionably a more complete experience. The tiered difficulty alone warrants an upgrade.
  8. Scintillatingly brilliant puzzling. Again.
  9. As one of the few distinct differences from the original, Lumines 2 features full, non-animated music videos as backgrounds on certain levels. The videos are pretty cool on their own, and yet actually add another degree of difficulty by being yet another visual distraction- something that should please veteran players of the first game.
  10. Probably the top puzzle game available for the PSP.
  11. The sequel is even better, although it doesn't really add much. But it's a classic that needs to be played. [Christmas 2006, p.100]
  12. The original Lumines did everything right and Lumines II follows suit with an upgrade to the visuals with music videos interlaced with the game. Lumines II might not have the same impact as before, but Q Entertainment is still on the pulse.
  13. While the game isn’t quite as novel considering that this technically the third game in the series, it’s still one of the best puzzle games available.
  14. PSP gamers gets a royal treatment as the sequel to the highly acclaimed puzzler is improves in every aspect by this hugely enjoyable sequel.
  15. Original, ultra-playable and extremely cool - there's simply no alternative if you're seeking a top-notch PSP puzzler. [Christmas 2006, p.98]
  16. Lumines II may not reinvent the wheel, but it takes that vaguely attractive wheel, gives it a facelift, and turns it into a beauty queen. The new visual style and the addition of streaming video make Lumines II an even more immersive game than its predecessor.
  17. A great game and a great value that's marred – but by no means ruined – by some poor development choices such as licensed music and certain skin designs. It is the biggest Lumines game to date, and the gameplay from the original is still in place, plus the game doesn't end at 999999 points.
  18. Lumines II improves on its predecessor by offering up the same great core gameplay and a ton of new modes and features that are sure to keep you busy.
  19. Overall the game is a blast, but the difference between the sequel and the original is purely cosmetic.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. GarrickS.
    Dec 13, 2007
    10
    They took a great game and made it even better.
  2. Assimov
    May 18, 2007
    6
    Entertaining puzzle game, but not the best. Addictive but like any other puzzle. Great Disappointment: Game Sharing transfer a One Player Entertaining puzzle game, but not the best. Addictive but like any other puzzle. Great Disappointment: Game Sharing transfer a One Player Demo to the ot¡her PSP That's not game sharing for me. Records don't have the name of a user if system is comparted, so competitivity is reduced. Music and videos in the game are no great (for my taste). Full Review »