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|Table of Contents |/
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1) Version info
2) About Lumines
   2a. How to play
   2b. Controls
   2c. Button configuration
3) Gameplay modes
4) 1P mode
   4a. Challenge mode
   4b. Single Skin mode
   4c. Time attack mode
   4d. Possible skins/characters to earn
5) 2P Vs mode
6) Vs CPU mode
   6a. Strategy
   6b. Possible skins/characters to earn
7) Puzzle mode
   7a. Cross
   7b. Small square
   7c. Small checker
   7d. Dog
   7e. A
   7f. Giraffe
   7g. Alligator
   7h. Create 4x4
   7i. Smile
   7j. Horse
   7k. Arrow up
   7l. Arrow left
   7m. Arrow right
   7n. Arrow down
   7o. Infinity
   7p. Clear all
   7q. Big square
   7r. Big G
   7s. UFO
   7t. Human
   7u. Snake
   7v. Big checker
   7w. Big cross
   7x. Delete over 20 blocks
   7y. Zero to Three
   7z. Large 0
   7aa. Puzzle Mode x2
8) Possible Skins
   8a. How to earn them
   8b. About the Skins
   8c. Special Skins
9) Possible Characters
   9a. How to earn them
10) Character edit
   10a. Edit character
   10b. Create character
   10c. Change character
   10d. Delete character

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|1) Version Info   |/
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4/18/05 (v0.5) - Started the Walkthrough. Finished first three sections and the
                 last one

4/19/05 (v1.0) - Finished up all of the sections except for one (will finish
                 puzzle mode help tomorrow). Submitted it into Gamefaqs.com!

4/20/05 (v1.5) - Started and finished the puzzle mode section.

5/20/05 (v2.0) - Got a little busy so didn't update for a month. So I added how
                 to beat the clear all section and started on the about skins
                 section up to "Shake Ya Body".
5/21/05 (v2.5) - Finished the About the Skins section with every single skin
 		 possible in the game
5/24/05 (v2.7) - Added another way to beat the Clear All puzzle.

7/26/05 (v3.0) - Added Clear All x2 and the Specs of the skin Water, Flower,
		 and Lights. This is literally the full guide unless you want
		 me to include all the x2 puzzles just e-mail me and I shall.
		 Thank you to the people who have helped me in building this
		 faq and I'll probably be doing more in the future.

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|2) About Lumines  |/
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|2a. How to play|
-----------------

The object of Lumines is simple. You just have to get squares with two colors
(2x2 or greater). An example is here:

XXXX|XXXX                                  OOOO|OOOO
XXXX|XXXX                                  OOOO|OOOO
XXXX|XXXX                                  OOOO|OOOO
XXXX|XXXX                OR                OOOO|OOOO
----+----                                  ----+----
XXXX|XXXX                                  OOOO|OOOO
XXXX|XXXX                                  OOOO|OOOO
XXXX|XXXX                                  OOOO|OOOO
XXXX|XXXX                                  OOOO|OOOO

(Note: there are many other pieces but these are the main blocks. The other
pieces are shown below)

  XX|XX       XX|OO       OO|OO       OO|OO       OO|OO       OO|XX
  XX|XX       XX|OO       OO|OO       OO|OO       OO|OO       OO|XX
  --+--       --+--       --+--       --+--       --+--       --+--
  XX|XX       XX|XX       XX|XX       OO|XX       OO|OO       XX|OO
  XX|XX       XX|XX       XX|XX       OO|XX       OO|OO       XX|OO

There are also special blocks in the game. They look like little green
diamonds inside a piece. If you see one of these get the same color pieces
connected to it and make a square. This deletes all the pieces.

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|2b. Controls|
--------------

The controls in this game are simple. If you've played Tetris before (and I'm
SURE you have), then the controls should seem familiar. The area of play is
bigger than Tetris, but the games are literally the same. Now back to the
controls. The controls in the standard mode (the mode you start the game with,
I'm guessing most will play with this) are X and Circle rotate the piece
clockwise (towards the right), Square and Triangle rotate the piece
counter-clockwise (towards the left), and the Directional-Pad (D-Pad) controls
the piece. (Note: pushing down on the D-pad gains you more points, but up
doesn't do anything)

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|2c. Button Configuration|
--------------------------

Depending on how you want to play Lumines, your button configuration can change.
Here are the options you can choose from:

Type A: Triangle and Square turn block counter-clockwise, X and Circle turn
block clockwise

Type B: Square and X turn block counter-clockwise, Circle and Triangle turn
block clockwise

Type C: L turns block counter-clockwise, R turns block clockwise

(Note: You can't use the Analog stick in this game. Also the D-Pad is always to
move pieces)

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|3) Gameplay Modes|/
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1P mode: Play by yourself for points, fun, or time constraints

2P mode: Play wirelessly (within 50 or so feet) against a friend (game played
like Vs. CPU)

Vs. CPU mode: Play against the computer for speed and combos

Puzzle mode: Create shapes asked for you within the time limit

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|4) 1P Mode       |/
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If you don't have a buddy with the game or another PSP lying around in your
house then this is probably what you'll be playing. There are 3 different
modes of play from just free-play to speed play to strategy play. Each is
for different things and you can even earn things from each game! The first
game you'll probably play is challenge mode and I shall describe it now...

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|4a. Challenge Mode|
--------------------

From the opening page (not the one you get when you first turn the game on the
next one) go to 1P mode. From there it says Challenge Mode. Its simple..just try
getting blocks of the same color at least 2 by 2. You get more points for moving
pieces down faster or get more than a 2x2 block. For each time the skin changes
you earn that skin (possible skins posted later in this section). If you have no
room and you try bringing a block down and it's stuck above the board, you lose!

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|4b. Single Skin Mode|
----------------------

This is the game you play when you need to relax. You don't have to stress,
about points, just pick a skin (you've already earned) and just play as long
as you want or you lose.

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|4c. Time Attack Mode|
----------------------

This game you have an option to play for 60 seconds (1 minute), 180 seconds (3
minutes), 300 seconds (5 minutes), or 600 seconds (10 minutes) and you try
getting as many blocks as you can in the amount of time given. If you average
50 blocks per minute, you'll win the character given out.

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|4d. Possible Skins/Characters to earn|
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Here is the table of skins you can earn (Note: In the US version, supposedly
the skins in later levels are randomized so it may be different for you. The
last couple are the same.)

In order of level earned:

Challenge Mode Skins           |Level Earned*
-------------------------------+---------------
Shinin'                        | Already earned
Urbanization                   | Level 4
Round About                    | Level 8
Slipping                       | Level 12
Shake ya Body                  | Level 16
Square Dance                   | Level 20
Talk 2 You                     | Level 24
Just...                        | Level 28
I hear the music in my Soul    | Level 32
Dark side beside the river     | Level 36
Aback                          | Level 40
Working in the Hole            | Level 44
Sister Walk                    | Level 48
Da-Di-Do                       | Level 52
Strangers                      | Level 56
Holiday in Sumer               | Level 60
Take a Dog Out a Walk          | Level 65
Big Elpaso                     | Level 70
My Generation                  | Level 75
Meguro                         | Level 80
Spirits                        | Level 85
Get up and go                  | Level 90
Fly into the Sky               | Level 95
Lights                         | Level 100
Water, Flower & Lights         | Score of 999,999

* Level I earned the skin at

Characters to earn in Time Attack Mode

Character Number      |Blocks Deleted to Earn
----------------------+------------------------
Character 23          | 50 deletes in 60 seconds
Character 24          | 150 deletes in 180 seconds
Character 25          | 250 deletes in 300 seconds
Character 38          | 500 deletes in 600 seconds

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|5) 2P Vs Mode      |/
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This is the mode you play when you have someone to go against. You can
play someone head to head within around 50 feet. The point of this game is
to beat your opponent with combos and speed. You can't earn anything so its
just for fun :)

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|6) Vs CPU Mode     |/
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This game requires speed, combos, and skill. The amount of difference in
characters faced may make you go crazy, but worry not, you will prevail
eventually. If you beat one character you earn a character and skin. However,
if you lose later on, you don't get to start from your last win and you have
to start the process all over again.

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|6a. Strategy|
--------------

In this game you want to make as much combos as you can in the fastest time,
but not too fast, you want to make sure its a smart move. For every character
you beat, you earn their skin and their character.

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|6b. Possible Skins/Characters to Earn|
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There are 10 skins to earn as well as 10 characters to earn. First here is the
list of the skins you can earn.

Vs CPU Mode Skins             |Level Earned
------------------------------+---------------
Japanese Form                 | Beat level 1
Auto Mobile Industry          | Beat level 2
Please Return my CD           | Beat level 3
The Bird Singing in the Night | Beat level 4
Mekong                        | Beat level 5
Whoop-De-Do                   | Beat level 6
The Spy Loves Me              | Beat level 7
Brash                         | Beat level 8
Chinese Restaurant            | Beat level 9
Moon Beam                     | Beat level 10

And here is the list of characters you can earn

Vs CPU Mode Characters    |Level Earned
--------------------------+--------------
Character 39              | Beat level 1
Character 40              | Beat level 2
Character 41              | Beat level 3
Character 42              | Beat level 4
Character 43              | Beat level 5
Character 44              | Beat level 6
Character 45              | Beat level 7
Character 46              | Beat level 8
Character 47              | Beat level 9
Character 48              | Beat level 10

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|7) Puzzle Mode     |/
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In this mode, you are given a puzzle to work out with the pieces. You have
a certain amount of time to do so. Be sure you dont have 2 blocks adjacent
unless you actually want them to for the shape. (no 2 of the same color
if it messes with shape!)

For example: the first puzzle you're supposed to make a small cross so if
you got a piece like this one

X O                                                   O O
O O     then you may want to rotate it like this      O X

	after that.. wait for two pieces that look like this

X O
X X     and place them on the piece in the same form as the left as well as

        like this

X X
O X     Your puzzle should look like this


    X X
    O X
X O O O
X X O X

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|7a. Small Cross|
-----------------

This puzzle you must make a cross that is 3 lines up and 3 lines across.

O X O
X X X          You get 60 seconds to complete and it is simple. My
O X O          best time is 10 seconds so 60 seconds should be easy!


Rating: Very Easy

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|7b. Small Square|
------------------

This puzzle you make a tiny square that is 3 by 3 with the different color
to that you're using in the middle like so

X X X
X O X          Once again you get 60 seconds and it is simple just like the
X X X          cross. My best time is 8 seconds so it should take one try :)

Rating: Very Easy

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|7c. Small Checker|
-------------------

This puzzle you make a cross more or less that looks like this:

X O X
O X O         You get 80 seconds this time! My best time is 12 seconds so
X O X         I'm guessing you'll get the same.

Rating: Very Easy

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|7d. Dog|
---------

This puzzle you make a shape that looks like a dog. Here is the actual
shape

  O X
X O X X      You get 80 seconds once more. My best time is 15 seconds and the
X X X O      shape isn't too difficult so I know you can do it.
X O X O

Rating: Easy

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|7e. A|
-------

This puzzle you make what looks like the letter "A". The shape is shown below

o x o
x o x        You get 80 seconds to beat this shape. My best time is 10 seconds
x x x        (with good block help) so if you get the same it should be quick
x o x

Rating: Very Easy

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|7f. Giraffe|
-------------

This is on of the harder ones (believe it or not) but it's still simple. The
shape that you need to make is below

O O X X
O O X O
O O X O      Looks simple enough but the next area can be a pain to do. You get
X X X O      You get 100 seconds to do this puzzle and it took me (my best) 7
X O X O      seconds. Just be patient and you should get it

Rating: Medium

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|7g. Alligator|
---------------

This puzzle you make an alligator! You have to make a creature that somewhat
looks like an alligator

O O O O O X O   You get 100 seconds to finish this puzzle. If you get 2 blocks
X X X X X X X   the have only 1 opposite piece face them both like so
O O X O X O O                        X X
                                     X O
                My best finish is 13 seconds so it should be simple

Rating: Easy

Now it's time for the harder puzzles....

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|7h. Create 4x4|
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It's time for one of THE hardest puzzles in the game. create 4 x 4. This puzzle
is SO difficult I'll tell you the strategy to win. First you need two pieces
that look the same that are either:

X X                 OR          O O
X O                             O X

After you get these pieces (and choose which color you're doing) face it so the
one "oddball" color is facing up in either direction (make it to where the two
pieces have the full colors along the outside. Then get a piece cut in half with
the two colors and put it in-between the pieces. Here is what it should look
like
so far:


X O O O O X
X X X X X X        other pieces

After this get more split pieces and put them along the outside. Once again wait
for pieces that have the color you want face it inside so your puzzle should
look
like this so far

X X     X X
X O     O X
X O     O X     As you see you have 6 places left. Wait for the full piece to
X O     O X     come. When that piece comes scroll it to where you can put it
X O O O O X     into placefast. You need to be fast in this so then it can fill
X X X X X X     it. Make sure you wait until the timeline has FULLY passed the
                puzzle until you put the full piece in. Then rotate the pieces
                fast so you can fill the top of the square with only a certain
                section. Here is what it should like like with 3 seconds to
                spare from the timeline

  X     X
  O     X
X X X X X X
X O O O O X    CONGRATS! You have 120 seconds to do this and this puzzle
actually
X O O O O X    takes me a lot of time. it took me 50 seconds so you have to be
X O O O O X    accurate in completing it!
X O O O O X
X X X X X X

Rating: Hard

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|7i. Smile|
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This puzzle you must make a smile that would look like =). Here is what the
shape
really is

X O X
X O X          You have 120 seconds to complete this puzzle. Although the
concept
O O O          of the puzzle is simple, the time it takes to make is more than
30
X O X          seconds. It took me 50 seconds to beat it. This should be easy to
O X O          complete probably even on your first try.

Rating: Medium

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|7j. Horse|
-----------

This puzzle you make a horse that almost looks like the giraffe you made
earlier.
The only significance I've seen is the horse is bigger (for some reason..)

O O O X O
O O O X X      Seems simple but it can be a pain. You get 120 seconds to finish
O O O X O      and thats MORE than enough time. All the puzzles from here on out
X X X X O      will probably take 50 seconds to complete.
O X O X O
O X O X O

Rating: Medium

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|7k. Arrow Up|
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This puzzle you make an arrow that faces up towards the sky! This puzzle (I
smell
a spoiler!) as well as the other arrows coming up are a rather big pain. But
once
you know the general strategy, you should probably overcome.

O O X O O
O X X X O      You get 150 seconds to do this puzzle and although it is tough,
it
X O X O X      is still easy. It took me 35 seconds to complete it so I'm
guessing
O O X O O      if you're this far it will be the same.
O O X O O

Rating: Medium

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|7l. Arrow Left|
----------------

This puzzle you make the same arrow only tilt it so it's facing towards the
left.

O O X O O
O X O O O     Again 150 seconds to complete. This one I found easier than the
arrow
X X X X X     up but its still rather difficult. I've gotten this puzzle done
in 30
O X O O O     seconds so it's possible to finish fast if pieces are coming your
way.
O O X O O

Rating: Medium

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|7m. Arrow Right|
-----------------

This puzzle you flip the arrow a little more 180 degrees so if faces to the
right.
Don't worry.. only one more arrow after this (only 1x anyways)

O O X O O
O O O X O      This arrow you have to do the opposite of what you just did in
order
X X X X X      to make the arrow face the different way. You get 150 seconds to
do
O O O X O      it and i've finished in 30 seconds. Good luck!
O O X O O

Rating: Medium

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|7n. Arrow Down|
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This puzzle you rotate the arrow ONE MORE TIME so it faces the ground. It looks
likeall the rest of the arrows except it moved a little bit. Don't worry, this
is
your last 1x arrow for puzzle mode.

O O X O O
O O X O O      This is actually one of the harder arrows for the fact you have
to
X O X O X      complete the tip of the arrow correctly before you can do
anything
O X X X O      else. You get 150 seconds and once more (like the other arrows)
my
O O X O O      best is 30 seconds to complete. Let out that sigh of relief, you
beat all the arrows. Feel proud! But the hardest is yet to
come...

Rating: Medium

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|7o. Infinity|
--------------

This puzzle you make what looks like a figure 8 but is known as the infinity
symbol. It's a rather complicated shape and you are more than halfway done. Thus
the puzzles after this will be rather hard.

X X X O O     As you notice, I have put an "X" in the place of an "O" in order
to
X O X O O     show the pieces you'll need. if you put a full "O" piece it would
X X X X X     ruin the shape and put you in a hole. You get 150 seconds to
O O X O X     completethis puzzle and I've beaten it in 30 seconds.
X O X X X

Rating: Medium

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|7p. Clear All|
---------------

Alright thanks to spacehaven, I have a strategy at beating Clear All. I figured
one out by myself also that works every time so there are 2 different ways you
can do the puzzle. (Note: I use X as the orange block and O as the white block)
You get 150 seconds to do this puzzle and both of these configurations make you
finish in under 40 seconds!

Configuration #1:

First off you'll get a piece like this

X X
X O           Just drop it anywhere

Your next piece is this

O O
O X           You'll want to drop it to the right of the piece you had just
dropped
              so it looks like this:

O O X X
O X X O

Next, the piece is this

O O           The two X's you see on the top just drop the block there but be
aware
X X           of where the timeline is so you don't mess up. Your puzzle SHOULD
look
              like this

O O O O
O X X O

The next piece after this is this

X O
O O           You'll drop this one on the two O's on the top row (the ones to
the far
              right) to make the the puzzle look like this

O O X O
O X X O

The next piece is

O X
O O           This piece you'll want to drop on the other two O's you didn't use
              last time. Your puzzle will look like this now.

O X X O
O X X O       Now make sure you dont do anything because you're almost done. The
next piece is a full O piece so once the X pieces go away drop it
in
              the middle of that making the puzzle COMPLETE!

Configuration #2:

First piece

X X
O X 	      Just drop this piece

Second piece

O O                                                           O X
O X 	      Rotate it two times so it looks like this       O O   and drop it to
 	      the left of the first piece to make it look like this


O X X X
O O O X

Third piece

O X
O X

Drop this piece to the far right so the X section falls over the edge like this

      O
      O
O X X X X     The X's will be erased by the timeline making the puzzle look like
O O O X X     this

O X X O
O O O O

Fourth piece

X O
O O          You then make a 4x4 square with the inside being filled with one
color.
  	     Drop the piece after rotating the piece two times to make the puzzle
 	     look like this

O O
O X
O X X O
O O O O

Fifth piece

O O
X O	     You finish up the full block in the middle after just dropping it to
make
	     the puzzle look like this

O O O O
O X X O
O X X O
O O O O	     The middle will cancel out making the puzzle look like this


O     O
O     O
O O O O
O O O O

Sixth piece

O O
O O	    Just drop it inbetween the puzzle piece above and make a 4x4 square to
	    finish the puzzle.



Rating: Hard

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|7q. Big Square|
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This puzzle you make a square that had the same color you have outside on the
inside in the exact middle. The shape is below...

X X X X X
X O O O X      Make the outside kind of like how you did the 4x4 earlier. One
X O X O X      difference is that its only a 5 x 5 square not fully filled. You
X O O O X      get 150 seconds and this puzzle I can usually finish in 40
seconds.
X X X X X      Good luck with it. It should be simple enough.

Rating: Medium

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|7r. Big G|
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You make a capital "g" in this puzzle. This is probably one of the easier
puzzles
you'll see in the later stages of puzzle mode. Don't worry.. there are only 8
more
x1 puzzles after this!

X X X X X
X O O O O      As you can see, it's literally just a spiral so it is simple. You
X O X X X      get 150 seconds to complete this puzzle. This puzzle is simple
X O O O X      and has taken me 40-50 seconds every time to finish it.
X X X X X

Rating: Medium

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|7s. UFO|
---------

You're going to start to see aliens with this puzzle. You make a UFO ship to
move
onto the next round.

O O O X O O O
O X X X X X O  The key to beating this puzzle is being patient for pieces and
not
X O X O X O X  rushing through it. You get 200 seconds (more than 2 minutes) to
O X O X O X O  finish this puzzle so you shouldn't have problems completing it.
               Althought its easy, waiting for the pieces takes a long time so
               it's taken me about a minute to finish the puzzle.

Rating: Medium/Hard

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|7t. Human|
-----------

Time to make stick figures! This puzzle you make what looks like a deformed
human
but is more like a doll to me.

O O X O O
X X X X X      As you can see long legs and arms, small torso, small head.
That's
O O X O O      what makes it difficult. You need to be patient and wait for
pieces
O X O X O      again because this isn't a fly-by-night puzzle. You get 200
seconds.
O X O X O      I found this puzzle easy to finish in that time and I completed
it
               in 20 seconds with pieces going my way.

Rating: Medium

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|7u. Snake|
-----------

This time you make a snake. The difficulty is there but the puzzle is still
simple.

O O O O O X X
O X X X O X O   Simple enough? It is. You get 200 seconds to finish it and this
O X O X O X O   one was even easier than the human because you don't have to
wait
X X O X X X O   as much for pieces. It took me 20 seconds previously

Rating: Medium

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|7v. Big Checker|
-----------------

Remember that small checker back in the good old days of easy puzzle. Add a
little
bit more to that and you have your next puzzle!

O O X O O
O X O X O       Very simple actually. You don't really have to wait that much
for
X O X O X       pieces (although I recomend you do) and you can finish quickly.
O X O X O       You receive 200 seconds and this puzzle takes me a minute to
O O X O O       finish because i wait for the pieces

Rating: Medium

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|7w. Big Cross|
---------------

You remember the very first puzzle you did? The one with the cross? You're doing
thatagain but you rotate it on its side and make it bigger

X O O O X
O X O X O      It's simple because you get 200 seconds again! The puzzle
patience
O O X O O      is once again recommended but not needed. However it takes me a
O X O X O      little more than 2 minutes because waiting for the pieces was
X O O O X      difficult. The puzzle can be hard to do if you mess up.

Rating: Medium/Hard

Get ready for the last 3 1x puzzles. They are really hard and you'll more likely
than not have issues with them. Good luck.

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|7x. Delete Over 20 Blocks|
---------------------------

There is no picture for this puzzle because all you do is wait for a special
piece
(the one with the thing inside of the block) and line up pieces to get 20 or
more.
The puzzle is really hard if you aren't quick on the lining up of pieces. You
get
200 seconds to finish this puzzle and that should be MORE than enough time. It
took
me 80 seconds to complete and that was because i was lining pieces up and
waiting
for the one piece to finish quickly

Rating: Hard

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|7y. Zero to Three|
-------------------

This puzzle I've had the most issues with. It took me about 10 tries before I
finally
got it. You have to make the numbers 0,1,2,3 in the time limit. This sounds
hard but
once you start making the later pieces while doing 0 or 1, it becomes simple.


X X X      X X       X X X      X X X  All four of these puzzles you must
complete
X O X      O X       O O X      O O X  in 300 seconds! (that's 5 minutes but
it's
X O X      O X       X X X      X X X  still difficult!) This puzzle is the
hardest
X O X      O X       X O O      O O X  one in puzzle mode, so if you beat it,
feel
X X X      O X       X X X      X X X  proud because there is an easier puzzle
next.

Rating: Very Hard

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|7z. Large O|
-------------

This is your last 1x puzzle be proud you've gotten this far. Your last task is
to do
that of the 4x4 square only have the outside with the same color.

X X X X X
X O O O X     You have the same strategy as "Create 4x4" but its not that big.
You
X O O O X     get 200 seconds to complete this puzzle because it's simpler than
the
X O O O X     zero to three puzzle you just did. This puzzle took me 70 seconds
to
X X X X X     complete. Remember the strategy from the 4x4 puzzle because you'll
need to keep one side empty so the full square of the middle can
fit
              inside to fill the top correctly. Good luck!

Rating: Hard

CONGRATS! You have beaten Normal Puzzle Mode!

SKIN EARNED
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*                 45 Degrees                  *
*         Block shape: Diamone pieces         *
*               Color 1: White                *
*               Color 2: Orange               *
***********************************************

---------------------
|7aa. Puzzle Mode x2|
---------------------

I'm not going to go through every single puzzle but if you need me to help you
out,
feel free to email me. There is one simple strategy you can follow and beat x2
Mode
easily. When you have 1 piece left to complete a puzzle, wait until the timeline
gets close to the end then drop the piece FAST. The timeline reads the last
piece(s)
and you keep the rest of the puzzle in tact. This works for most x2 puzzles.

-------------------
|7ab. Clear All x2|
-------------------

This solution is a thanks to dihydroxide

First piece

X X
0 X

Rotate it once so it looks like this

O X
X X

and drop it in the middle

Second piece

O O
O X

Rotate it twice so it looks like this

X O
O O

and drop it left of the first piece to make
         it look like this

X O O X
O O X X

Third piece

O X
O X

 Rotate it three times so it looks like this

X X
O O

and drop it on top of the first two pieces
         to make it look like this

  X X
  O O
X O O X
O O X X

wait for the clear and it will now look
         like this

X X X X
O O X X

it will clear again so it will look like this

X X
O O

Fourth piece

X O
O O

Rotate it twice so it looks like this

O O
O X

drop it on the left so the O section falls
         over the left edge and will look like this

  O
  X
O X X
O O O

Fifth piece

O O
X O

Drop it as is on the right so the O section
         falls over the right edge and will look
         like this

  O O
  X X
O X X O
O O O O

Wait till the all clear

Sixth piece

O O
O O      All clear x2


This is one of the hardest ones in puzzle mode x2. If you need
help with another x2 puzzle feel free to e-mail me and I'll
write up a How-to and put it in here

Once you beat puzzle mode times two you receive another skin!

SKIN EARNED
**********************************************
*               Prime Factor                 *
*           Block Shape: Normal              *
*              Color 1: White                *
*              Color 2: Orange               *
**********************************************

 _____________________
/____________________/|
|8) Possible Skins  |/
--------------------

There are around 40 total skins in this game you can earn. Here is the list
of 38 of them and the other two are "special skins" which I'll talk about
later.

----------------------
|8a. How to Earn them|
----------------------

Skins Possible in Earning      |How to Earn
-------------------------------+---------------
Shinin'                        | Already earned
Urbanization                   | Level 4 in Challenge Mode
Round About                    | Level 8 in Challenge Mode
Slipping                       | Level 12 in Challenge Mode
Shake ya Body                  | Level 16 in Challenge Mode
Square Dance                   | Level 20 in Challenge Mode
Talk 2 You                     | Level 24 in Challenge Mode
Just...                        | Level 28 in Challenge Mode
I hear the music in my Soul    | Level 32 in Challenge Mode
Dark side beside the river     | Level 36 in Challenge Mode
Aback                          | Level 40 in Challenge Mode
Working in the Hole            | Level 44 in Challenge Mode
Sister Walk                    | Level 48 in Challenge Mode
Da-Di-Do                       | Level 52 in Challenge Mode
Strangers                      | Level 56 in Challenge Mode
Holiday in Sumer               | Level 60 in Challenge Mode
Take a Dog Out a Walk          | Level 65 in Challenge Mode
Big Elpaso                     | Level 70 in Challenge Mode
My Generation                  | Level 75 in Challenge Mode
Meguro                         | Level 80 in Challenge Mode
Spirits                        | Level 85 in Challenge Mode
Get up and go                  | Level 90 in Challenge Mode
Fly into the Sky               | Level 95 in Challenge Mode
Lights                         | Level 100 in Challenge Mode
Water, Flower & Lights         | Score of 999,999 in Challenge Mode
Japanese Form                  | Beat level 1 in Vs CPU Mode
Auto Mobile Industry           | Beat level 2 in Vs CPU Mode
Please Return my CD            | Beat level 3 in Vs CPU Mode
The Bird Singing in the Night  | Beat level 4 in Vs CPU Mode
Mekong                         | Beat level 5 in Vs CPU Mode
Whoop-De-Do                    | Beat level 6 in Vs CPU Mode
The Spy Loves Me               | Beat level 7 in Vs CPU Mode
Brash                          | Beat level 8 in Vs CPU Mode
Chinese Restaurant             | Beat level 9 in Vs CPU Mode
Moon Beam                      | Beat level 10 in Vs CPU Mode
Tin Toy                        | Beat vs. CPU Mode
45 Degrees                     | Beat normal Puzzle Mode
Prime Factor                   | Beat Puzzle Mode x2

---------------------
|8b. About the Skins|
---------------------

/--------------\
|    Shinin    |
\--------------/

How to Earn: Default Skin
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Very Slow
Block Drop Speed: Very Slow
Rating: Very Easy
Note(s): It's the very first level. It should be simple.

/-------------------\
|    Urbanization   |
\-------------------/

How to Earn: Level 4-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Green and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Slow
Block Drop Speed: Very Slow
Rating: Easy
Note(s): The second level. Don't let the christmas colors fool you. You
         shouldn't have a problem with this level.

/-------------------\
|    Round About    |
\-------------------/

How to Earn: Level 8-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Bright Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Slow-Medium
Rating: Easy
Note(s): The background noise may be annoying but this level should still
         be very simple.

/----------------\
|    Slipping    |
\----------------/

How to Earn: Level 12-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Red and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Easy
Note(s): If you're REALLY new to the game, this may be your first challenge
         thrown your way.

/--------------------\
|    Shake Ya Body   |
\--------------------/

How to Earn: Level 16-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): This is one of THE most annoying skins in the game. Don't get
         distracted by the mouth that will appear in the background.
         This one will be tough for everyone the first time.

/--------------------\
|    Square Dance    |
\--------------------/

How to Earn: Level 20-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Bright Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): The background noise may be annoying to you but beyond that, it's an
easy
level to complete. Just take it like every other level so far :)

/------------------\
|    Talk 2 You    |
\------------------/

How to Earn: Level 24-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Blue and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Easy
Note(s): Everything is at the same pace but this level is easier than the last
two
in my opinion. It's a nice relaxing beat so just follow that and it
will be
   	 a piece of cake

/---------------\
|    Just...    |
\---------------/

How to Earn: Level 28-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Red and White
Block Type: Circles
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): This is your first curveball thrown at you. This is the first skin
where the
pieces arent the typical squares. its not as difficult as some levels
yet to
 	 come, but it's still different.

/-----------------------------------\
|    I Hear the Music in my Soul    |
\-----------------------------------/

How to Earn: Level 32-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Slow
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium-Hard
Note(s): Combos are high here. I've gotten as high as x21 combo. However, don't
over-combo
	 the level because you might mess up and get too high and lose (I've done that
 	 before, I would know).

/----------------------------------\
|    Dark Side Beside the River    |
\----------------------------------/

How to Earn: Level 36-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Teal and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): This skin is nice and relaxing compared to the last one. Feel proud
since you're
	 past 9 skins and this is your tenth.

/-------------\
|    ABACK    |
\-------------/

How to Earn: Level 40-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Brown and White
Block Type: Circles
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): Annoying music. One of the levels to turn off your sound :). It's
different piece
	 shapes again but it's easy as were the last ones.

/---------------------------\
|    Working in the Hole    |
\---------------------------/

How to Earn: Level 44-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Red and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Fast
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): There are little to zero high combos in this level. Just play and
don't try getting
	 fancy

/-------------------\
|    Sister Walk    |
\-------------------/

How to Earn: Level 48-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): Not really much to say. Just a normal puzzle. Take it like every other
one.

/----------------\
|    Da-Di-Do    |
\----------------/

How to Earn: Level 52-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Bright Red and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): Same thing as Sister Walk, just play. The coming up levels don't have
any strategy
	 to them.

/-----------------\
|    Strangers    |
\-----------------/

How to Earn: Level 56-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Bright Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Fast
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): Don't try earning combos here. The highest normal combo is x4 so don't
try going any
	 higher than that.

/-------------------------\
|    Holiday in Summer    |
\-------------------------/

How to Earn: Level 60-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Slow
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Easy
Note(s): This level is literally the same as "I Hear Music in my Soul" because
its the same
timeline speed and the block drop speed is the same also. Play it like that
skin

/-----------------------------\
|    Take a Dog Out a Walk    |
\-----------------------------/

How to Earn: Level 65-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Slow
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): This one isn't like the others. It's just as annoying however.

/------------------\
|    Big Elpaso    |
\------------------/

How to Earn: Level 70-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Slow
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): Aren't you getting tired of slow timelines? I am at least. Play this
like the previous
	 two.

/---------------------\
|    My Generation    |
\---------------------/

How to Earn: Level 75-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Red and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Fast
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): Wow. Now we're to fast timelines :). The combos are not happening in
high doses here,
	 so just play like you normally would.

/--------------\
|    Meguro    |
\--------------/

How to Earn: Level 80-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Brown outside, White middle and White outside, Brown middle
Block Type: Semi-Normal (besides the circles in the squares of the pieces)
Timeline Speed: Slow-Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Hard
Note(s): This level isnt THAT hard but figuring out which special block belongs
to what is hard.
Look for the color on the OUTSIDE and thats the color you want to put it next
to. Other
than that, just play as you have been because you're almost done with skins
in challenge
	 mode.

/---------------\
|    Spirits    |
\---------------/

How to Earn: Level 85-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): Wow another skin to turn the music off. Not much to say about this
again. Just go nuts!

/---------------------\
|    Get up and Go    |
\---------------------/

How to Earn: Level 90-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Green and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): LISTEN UP (that's what they say in the skin)! Remember that 2nd skin,
Urbanization? Yeah,
	 play this level like that pretty much :).

/------------------------\
|    Fly Into the Sky    |
\------------------------/

How to Earn: Level 95-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Blue and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium
Note(s): Very pretty skin. This is the most relaxing but brace yourself for the
next skin.. LIGHTS!
	 You're almost there to where you are a really good Lumines player!

/--------------\
|    Lights    |
\--------------/

How to Earn: Level 100-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Very Slow
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium-Hard
Note(s): The century mark! This is the 2nd to last skin you can earn in
Challenge Mode (the other
	 is Water, Flower, Lights which you earn at a score of 999,999). Congrats!

/-----------------------------\
|    Water, Flower, Lights    |
\-----------------------------/

Thanks to Julian Stefan Shirland for the help

How to Earn: Score 999,999-Challenge Mode
Block Colors: Green and White
Block Type: Circles
Timeline Speed: Slow
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Note(s): This is a very pretty and relaxing skin.  Also, it is one of the skins
that is just for
fun and can only be used in single skin mode.

Note: The following ratings are based on the character you face

/---------------------\
|    Japanese Form    |
\---------------------/

How to Earn: Beat Level 1-Vs. CPU
Block Colors: Red and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Very Slow
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Easy

/----------------------------\
|    Auto Mobile Industry    |
\----------------------------/

How to Earn: Beat Level 2-Vs. CPU
Block Colors: Blue and Orange
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium

/---------------------------\
|    Please Return my CD    |
\---------------------------/

How to Earn: Beat Level 3-Vs. CPU
Block Colors: Black and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium-Hard

/-------------------------------------\
|    The Bird Singing in the Night    |
\-------------------------------------/

How to Earn: Beat Level 4-Vs. CPU
Block Colors: Yellow and Light Blue
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium-Fast
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium

/--------------\
|    Mekong    |
\--------------/

How to Earn: Beat Level 5-Vs. CPU
Block Colors: Blue and Green
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Medium-Hard

/-------------------\
|    Whoop-De-Do    |
\-------------------/

How to Earn: Beat Level 6-Vs. CPU
Block Colors: Yellow and Grey
Block Type: Swirly Things
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Hard

/------------------------\
|    The Spy Loves Me    |
\------------------------/

How to Earn: Beat Level 7-Vs. CPU
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Fast
Block Drop Speed: Medium-Fast
Rating: Very Hard

/-------------\
|    Brash    |
\-------------/

How to Earn: Beat Level 8-Vs. CPU
Block Colors: Black and Red
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Medium
Block Drop Speed: Medium
Rating: Hard

/--------------------------\
|    Chinese Restaurant    |
\--------------------------/

How to Earn: Beat Level 9-Vs. CPU
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Very Fast
Block Drop Speed: Fast
Rating: Hard

/-----------------\
|    Moon Beam    |
\-----------------/

How to Earn: Beat Level 10-Vs. CPU
Block Colors: Brown and White
Block Type: Circles
Timeline Speed: Slow
Block Drop Speed: Slow-Medium
Rating: Hard

Note: The following skins are just for fun and can only be used in single skin
mode

/------------------\
|    45 Degrees    |
\------------------/

How to Earn: Beat Puzzle Mode x1
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Diamond
Timeline Speed: Very Fast
Block Drop Speed: Medium

/--------------------\
|    Prime Factor    |
\--------------------/

How to Earn: Beat Puzzle Mode x2
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Very Slow
Block Drop Speed: Slow-Medium

/---------------\
|    Tin Toy    |
\---------------/

How to Earn: Beat Vs. CPU Mode
Block Colors: Orange and White
Block Type: Button circles
Timeline Speed: Slow
Block Drop Speed: Medium

/--------------\
|    Rodent    |
\--------------/

How to Earn: Play game for 10 hours
Block Colors: Red and White
Block Type: Normal
Timeline Speed: Very Slow
Block Drop Speed: Slow

/---------------------\
|    Morning Beats    |
\---------------------/

How to Earn: Play game for 20 hours
Block Colors: Turquoise and White
Block Type: Circles
Timeline Speed: Slow
Block Drop Speed: Slow

-------------------
|8c. Special Skins|
-------------------

There are two skins you earn not by playing a certain game, but just by
playing!

Time Skins        |Time Played to Earn
------------------+---------------------
Rodent            | 10 hours
Morning Beats     | 20 hours

 _________________________
/________________________/|
|9) Possible Characters |/
------------------------

There are 14 characters you can earn in this game to add on to the list of 34
characters already given to you (including horoscope symbols!)

----------------------
|9a. How to Earn them|
----------------------

Characters Possible           |How to Earn
------------------------------+-------------
Character 1                   | Given
Character 2                   | Given
Character 3                   | Given
Character 4                   | Given
Character 5                   | Given
Character 6                   | Given
Character 7                   | Given
Character 8                   | Given
Character 9                   | Given
Character 10                  | Given
Character 11                  | Given
Character 12                  | Given
Character 13                  | Given
Character 14                  | Given
Character 15                  | Given
Character 16                  | Given
Character 17                  | Given
Character 18                  | Given
Character 19                  | Given
Character 20                  | Given
Character 21                  | Given
Character 22                  | Given
Character 23                  | 50 Deletes in 60 second Time Attack
Character 24                  | 150 Deletes in 180 second Time Attack
Character 25                  | 250 Deletes in 300 second Time Attack
Character 26                  | Given
Character 27                  | Given
Character 28                  | Given
Character 29                  | Given
Character 30                  | Given
Character 31                  | Given
Character 32                  | Given
Character 33                  | Given
Character 34                  | Given
Character 35                  | Given
Character 36                  | Given
Character 37                  | Given
Character 38                  | 500 Deletes in 600 second Time Attack
Character 39                  | Beat level 1 in Vs CPU Mode
Character 40                  | Beat level 2 in Vs CPU Mode
Character 41                  | Beat level 3 in Vs CPU Mode
Character 42                  | Beat level 4 in Vs CPU Mode
Character 43                  | Beat level 5 in Vs CPU Mode
Character 44                  | Beat level 6 in Vs CPU Mode
Character 45                  | Beat level 7 in Vs CPU Mode
Character 46                  | Beat level 8 in Vs CPU Mode
Character 47                  | Beat level 9 in Vs CPU Mode
Character 48                  | Beat level 10 in Vs CPU Mode


 _____________________
/____________________/|
|10) Character Edit |/
--------------------

In this game you have characters where many other people can play on the same
memory stick. This makes it simpler so each person can do stuff themselves :)

---------------------
|10a. Character Edit|
---------------------

From the main page, go to Options and go down to the very bottom where it says
"Character Edit". Here you can change your name by scrolling to the desired
letters and then to change your character.

-----------------------
|10b. Create Character|
-----------------------

Once again go to main page and Options and Create character and then choose your
name and your "character"

-----------------------
|10c. Change Character|
-----------------------

This is going to seem repetative but GUESS WHAT GO TO OPTIONS! Here you can
change the characters (different files) and play different saved games

-----------------------
|10d. Delete Character|
-----------------------

Same thing.. to options! Deleting character means you get more space on your
memory card or sabotage another person who was taking space in yours :)






If there is anything wrong on this guide, feel free to e-mail me and I will
fix it as soon as I can!

This guide was created for personal use. Any redistribution of this document is
illegal unless there has been express consent with me, the owner. If you would
like to post this guide on your website, just email me at
xsp0rtsfanx@hotmail.com


Copyright 2005 Todd Bodene