And you all tried to tell me 1200 MP was going to buy the full game. It turns out that previous reports were correct; you will buy the game itself for 1200 MP and additional content packs, which contain Mission, Puzzle, and VS CPU levels and also which are not yet available for more Microsoft Points.
The story of Lumines’ price is quite possibly one of the funniest Xbox news stories since Peter Moore’s “living a lucid dream” speech. First, we were going to buy the 1200 MP pack and then pay for the online multiplayer. Then we weren’t.
Then the news came that in addition to the 1200-point game, Puzzle, Mission, and VS CPU mode packs would cost us as well. The former two cost 400 MP, while the latter costs 300, bringing the price to 1900 Microsoft Points. For some reason the lack of the other packs on the Marketplace led us to believe that we were getting the full game for the 1200 price point, but it was not to be so: quite a few of our readers and Joystiq have played the game and found a disturbing lack of content in the other modes. In addition, although this isn’t as bad in my opinion, a superfluous skin and music pack cost 600 points. This is 2500 points, which in American money is $31.50, slightly more than the PSP sequel or the PS2 enhanced port.
Well, if it’s any consolation, they’re not charging for the free trial.