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Tetris Deluxe (GB)
Member Name: quirky
Tetris Deluxe (GB)
Date: 23/10/01, updated on 23/10/01 (277 review reads)
Advantages: You'll still be playing this when they colonise Mars, it has an irritating soundtrack to annoy people on the train with!
Disadvantages: No save for hiscores, black and white graphics are a bit '89
Written by a Russian, published by a Japanese company, bought by me, aged 13, in the UK in 1989. Tetris. One of the greatest games... ever is truly multinational and fantastically addictive.
This is a review of the original Tetris, that was given away with the Gameboy upon its release. The new DX added a few thigns, such as hi score save, butis pretty similar for all intents and purposes.
Even now I boot Tetris up to have a quick blast, some 12 years later. In fact, I just "splashed out" for another copy from eBay it's so great. Now Mrs Quirky and me will be able to enjoy the greatness that is 2 player Tetris. Mmmm. Linky. Tetris is one of the only games that girls seem to like. Must have good taste! :o)
So, what's it all about?
Well, for all the hermits out there, Tetris is an old skool puzzle game. It comes in two 1-player flavours on the Gameboy - "A Type" and "B Type". They are both pretty much the same apart from A Type goes on forever (potentially) and B Type has a set goal.
You start off in A Type with an empty "bucket" and from the top of the screen blocks fall. The blocks are made from smaller squares of four, arranged in all possible combinations. This gives rise to 7 blocky buddies:
Skinny 4 in a row block (everyone's fave)
Fat all together block
L shaped block
L shaped block's mirror image
A squished S shape
Squished S's mirror image
These blocks fit together, or not as the case may be, and when a horizontal row is formed, it disappears. Any gaps in a row cause it to stay on the screen - the entire world can see that you have messed up?
The idea is to keep the falling blocks from causing a pile up and reaching the top of the screen. When this happens it is Game Over (man) you get to put in your hi score, and then start all over again. Determined not to make the same mistake twice?
Type, you have the target of clearing 25 lines. This is made tougher by the screen already starting off with half filled rows that you must complete. When you reach 25 lines a load of little on screen characters do a funny Russian-style jig. Very odd. On the old 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, this was a load of Penguins running around Red Square instead. They don't make 'em like this anymore!
There are various difficulty levels, determined by how fast the blocks fall. The faster, the more difficult, as it gives you less time to react. The plus of this is that at higher difficulty settings you get a bigger point bonus for double, triple and TETRIS rows (a Tetris is when you clear 4 rows together, only possible with our good friend Mr Tall and Skinny Block)
Multiplayer is also great. I haven't played it for a while, but it has Luigi and Mario in there pulling weird faces and bleeping encouragement. When you clear more than 2 rows together, some indestructible blocks are sent to your opponent's screen. The winner is the player who manages to avoid the screen filling up.
This is a spectacular example of gameplay over graphics. Although I have loads of the latest Gameboy Advance games, I often return for a quick blast of the old block buster!