Luxor 2 to hit Live Arcade this week

MumboJumbo's ball-busting casual game sequel set to join the Xbox 360's downloadable game roster this Wednesday.

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After five straight weeks of Xbox Live Arcade releases targeted at the core gaming market, Microsoft is offering something for more casual players. This Wednesday, MumboJumbo's Luxor 2 will be joining recent offerings like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game.

Much like the Xbox 360 launch Marketplace title Zuma Deluxe, Luxor 2 has the player striving to eliminate a string of multicolored balls snaking across a playfield. The player shoots additional balls into the playfield to match strings of three or more of the same-colored balls, which then disappear. Unlike Zuma, the player shoots the balls from a moving platform at the bottom of the screen, rather than a fixed turret in the middle of the playfield.

The Xbox 360 version of Luxor 2 features 88 levels, 13 new bonus rounds, multiple difficulty levels, and an exclusive new arcade-style gameplay mode called "Pharaoh's Challenge." Luxor 2 is rated E for Everyone, will be downloadable from the Xbox Live Marketplace starting Wednesday at 2 a.m. Pacific, and will sell for 800 Marketplace Points ($10).

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