Luxor: The Wrath of Set
is a game that only bears Egyptian design, lest you think that you'll be exploring pyramids, jumping scorpions or excavating mummies. The Wrath of Set
is a casual game. The label is silly, but the intention is to create a game that anyone can pick up quickly and one that draws in people other than the core gaming audience. The entire movement behind casual gaming seems to have been incredibly successful. Games like The Wrath of Set
may draw comparison to Tetris
, but the comparison isn't really on target. The Wrath of Set
puts aside the geometry of Tetris
and plays more toward a combination of Bubble-Bobble
and billiards. Shooting balls at a line of encroaching balls will cause the line to explode if more than two balls are touching. Combos or chains are possible if the exploding balls cause other balls to touch in threesomes. These chains will sometimes release special objects or earn big points. The special items can be used to trigger more chains and explode large groups of balls. There is always an option to keep special attacks on reserve or hold a color for when you really, really need it.
The only control options are to speed up the movement of your shooter and switch between the active and reserve balls. Much like the very simple gameplay of Bubble-Bobble, you will find that there is very little distraction with controls as you play the game. A good game of this genre should almost put you in a trance and help while the hours away. The Wrath of Set succeeds on that count. There are two main modes that let you play through and open new levels or try to stay alive during wave after wave of new balls. The power-ups you collect by initiating chains really help to get through the game and provide an interesting strategic element.