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Lumines Remastered turns the Nintendo Switch into a full-body vibration party

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When the rhythm-puzzle game Lumines launched alongside the PSP in 2004, it maxed out that portable system’s two coolest features: a big, bold screen and room for tons of high-fidelity techno songs on a UMD. Lumines‘ striking aesthetic was largely thanks to the PSP difference, it seemed to declare, and it heartily one-upped anything on the similarly new Nintendo DS.

The EDM-loaded series has since appeared on pretty much every system imaginable, but this week’s Lumines Remastered is the first since the PSP original to cash in on new, unique hardware in dramatic fashion. The series’ return on current-gen consoles and PCs may seem unremarkable to some players, but a certain kind of Nintendo Switch owner is poised to get the most out of it.

More specifically, we’re talking about a weird kind of Switch owner—with spare Joy-Cons lying around and an outfit with tight-fitting pockets. Behold: gaming’s trippiest “rave” experience yet.

Tetris on acid

Before we get to that awkward-sounding stuff, let’s recap what has made Lumines a fan favorite for nearly 15 years.

Lumines is a deceptively simple puzzle game, in part because it borrows Tetris concepts and shrinks them down dramatically. The above images show a game with falling blocks, which you’re expected to clear off the screen before they reach the top line. This game’s four-block pieces are all squares made up of two colors. Players clear blocks by making two-by-two squares of the same color. The basic act of clearing Lumines squares is easy, but that fact nudges players into experimenting and discovering the game’s secret sauce.