While the more recent Grand Theft Auto videogames all focus on expansive 3D worlds, GTA: Chinatown Wars steps back in time to the series’ 2D roots. Surprisingly enough--and in spite of its forgettable narrative--it’s more refreshing and brilliant than we ever would’ve imagined.
You know a game like Yahtzee has become part of the zeitgeist when the
immortal vampire queen in HBO’s True Blood is featured playing the game
with her minions (“We play to 6 million”). It’s true, and we must deal
with it: Traditional parlor games like Scrabble, Monopoly, and even
cribbage are hot.
Combining elements from Zuma and Breakout, Luxor has you firing your
own colored balls at advancing chains of other colored balls. You’re
trying to remove balls from the chain by matching three or more of the
same color. The chains move along tracks that twist and turn and double
over each other, so you can’t always get a clear shot. And if you don’t
clear them fast enough, they reach the end of the track--and you lose.