“ Genre: Strategy „
Who would have believed that back in 1985 when Tetris was first thrust onto our computer screen that it would turn into such a universal success and make such an impact on the world of computing. It's such a simple idea but highly addictive as you try to make blocks falling from the sky fit together. There are different shaped blocks that fall at varying speeds. You can rotate these as they come down and pile them up and when you fill up a row that row disappears. The idea is not to let the wall of blocks get too high and reach the top.
Well this game is the Next Tetris. It looks pretty similar to the old Tetris if I'm honest. The most obvious differences are that the pieces squiggle and squirm as they fall which actually is a bit irritating but can be turned off. Also the pieces consist of different colours. For me this new game didn't really offer anything new or innovative ideas that were vastly different to the first game.
As for the game modes there is the Score marathon where you are given points for lines you have completed in full and if you use falling bricks of different colours to form these then they double in value. The pieces start to fall faster and faster until it gets a bit ridiculous. It is quite impressive to get to anything beyond say level 20.
Then there is the mode where you try to solve three different puzzles in under five minutes. If you beat the puzzles within the allotted time they you will advance to a higher level.
Tetris is a great game and has been for years but unfortunately the new Tetris game doesn't really offer anything more than the original game did but if you like Tetris then you'll probably want to try it but I wouldn't bother spending much on it.
As a fan of the simpler, puzzle-type games on the playstation I have to say this is one of my favourites. I've had this version for the last 2 years now and I still haven't tired of it! One of the best features, I feel, is the ability to play the game with your own choice of background music - so whether you fancy chillin' with the Walrus of Love Barry White, or want to pumping dance music, it's totally up to you. Both one and two-player options are available, and there are 2 basic types of Tetris to choose from - Classic Tetris (it does what it says on the box), and The Next Tetris, which is similar to the original but with a few twists. Tetris is most fun when playing with someone else. If one player wins more than 3 games in a row, they proceed up 1-3 levels. Here, the bricks fall faster and there is a higher base level to eliminate. This ensures that a player of 'less ability' will still be able to enjoy the game and stand a fair chance of beating their handicapped opponent. Definitely a must-have for your Playstation Games library!
Okay, "The Next Tetris" is not one of those high action, multi-level games that pushes your entire pc to the limit and then some. It is, on the surface, a very simple game - drop the sets of four blocks together and clear the rows (classic Tetris - included) or the new game here, clear rows which start off with a few brown blocks in place at ramdom intervals (which increase as you go along). The objective is to clear the silver blocks but as I said, it gets harder as rows of random brown blocks increase. Oh, that and the five minutes to do three lots of this mental assault course. The technology used for Tetris is very simple - you can download freeware versions that have less than 200K in file size. Here, however, there are extremely shakey graphics, thanks to Microsoft's Direct X software used for the programming and the lengthly and unnecessary intro movies depict little - if anything - of interest. Screen resolution is altered to 640x480, akin to "safe mode" on the pc which doesn't help. An extremely addictive game with minimum controls, ideal for likes of myself who have trouble with their finger joints (not many games for us!!!) You will play this game for hours on end trying to clear the little bastards!!! I know, I've been there. Four hours or so and after a call of nature, was back on it. A classic game. the normal retail price is £19.99, which is daylight robbery. I paid £3.99 for it.
I know, I know, I go to the effort and expense of finally getting a playstation and what do I play on it - Tetris! But, in my defence I must point out that this is not just any old Tetris, no, this is The New Tetris (TNT). Just in case there is anyone out there who has managed to miss Tetris I'll explain the game. Blocks of different shapes fall from the top of the screen and you have to move and rotate them to make them fit at the bottom. The idea is to fill the bottom of the screen with no gaps, when you have a full line it disappears. As the game progresses the blocks fall faster and it becomes increasingly difficult not to leave spaces. When the blocks touch the top of the screen the game is over. The version of TNT that I bought has both the old and new games on it so you can continue to play the old game, trying to better your score or get as many lines as possible. I still find this version of the game highly addictive (but then, I do get addicted to the strangest things; dooyoo and Emmerdale to name but a few!) The TNT version of Tetris has loads of new features and gameplay modes, the most exciting for me has to be the two player option. You and your opponenet not only play the computer as it hurls ever faster blocks down at you but you also play each other. As you get better it gets harder for them and vice versa. The screen swings around, shakes and once (when I managed to get rid of over 5 lines in one go) all the other player's blocks became one big black block. Other new features of the game include the cascade function which means that the game now needs a lot more skill (which causes me endless problems!) Instead of the blocks being one piece as they are in the original, many of them are made up of several smaller pieces. These then cascade when they reach the bottom of the screen and when you complete lines. It makes it a lot harder to judge where you're going to end up with gaps etc but
also a lot more fun. In TNT you start off with blocks at the bottom of the screen which you have to get rid of to complete the round. The higher your ranking (based on previous play) the more blocks there will be to start off with. This adds a great new twist to the two player game as people of very different abilities can now more more easily and enjoyably play against each other. The single player version of TNT is also a lot of fun. You can play to improve your ranking, get the best time or complete all the practice screens. Overall, this is a great game and makes a very refreshing change from state-of-the-art graphics and complicated gameplay. In my house it has kept young and old entertained for many hours, can't be bad for less than a tenner!
This is the classic tetris game with a few added extras! I for one used to find the original highly addictive when I was younger, and this game kind of proves to me that nothing has changed. I first played this game at someone elses house, and both my boyfriend and I were playing it for literally hours. The game remains the same, but when you play against each other you can make the other person screen wobble, turn araoung or even go black depending on how many rows you make. The shapes are some times made of different colours, this means that they will drop into gaps below them...very handy! Perhaps the most unique thing about this game, is that even though you compete against each other, you dont nessessarily play on the same level. If player one wins...best of three they will probably go up a level, player two will either go down or stay the same. I realise that reading this review the game probably sounds quite boring, but believe me it is very playable and very addictive. You dont have to listen to the annoying tetris music, you can listen to your own CD. This is a very simple game, but it is definately worth a look.
A puzzler game developed by Blue Planet Software and published by Hasbro Interactive.