Since its original incarnation all those years ago there have been such a wide variety of Tetris games released over the years its hard for a new game to come into the market and take the addictive puzzler to the next level. What more can be done with Tetris that hasn't been done before? Where next do you take the series that revolves around created lines with spaces? If there has ever been a Tetris game worth investing in over the past 5 years then Tetris Party Deluxe on the Wii is surely it.
As a huge fan of the puzzling title I have always ensured that I have it in some form on my Nintendo consoles for when that inevitable urge to do some Tetrising comes back. I actually was quite excited about this release buying it on its release date paying £19.99. It can be gotten for cheaper now and the amount of hours of fun you will have with this game makes it well worth every penny you pay.
For anyone living under a rock for the past 20 years Tetris is a game whereby you make lines of blocks to clear the screen. Various shapes fall from the top and you have to put them into lines to win. Simple premise, addictive game.
This party edition is the first and thus far only title on the Wii in the series. Graphically is nice and colourful, good backgrounds, good effects in the various modes and visually up to scratch. About as far as you can go with Tetris as the series has never been about graphics. The music is subtle and light, nothing too annoying and I certainly haven't noticed it in my many hours on the game meaning it cant be that bad!
The game is based on the multiplayer aspect of things although there is a strong single player element e.g setting high scores, challenge modes and time trials. Plenty of variations on the original theme to keep it feeling fresh whilst really only playing the same game. It's the ultimate "one more game" title and beating those scores will keep you playing hours.
The controls are easy to use making no use of the Wii's motion capabilities. Simply turn the remote on its side and use as a joy pad. Easy but I do find playing the wii mote this way hurts the fingers after a while. After all its not really the ideal "normal" pad is it? This I found works far better with the Wii Classic Controller or Gamecube pad
But its in the multiplayer that this title really comes to live and with support for up to four players it can be intense. The one issue we had at first was playing on anything under a 40 inch TV becomes hard because with 4 Tetris games on the go its hard to concentrate. Many a time on my 32 inch I missed moves not through lack of skill but because it was way to hard to see. This only really matters in four player mode but it is an issue on smaller tv's.
The gameplay though is fast and frantic with so many modes, battle modes, score chases, challenges, timed matches that you will be kept going for a lifetime. Short games, long marathons or standard Tetris, games where your lost blocks transfer over, special moves.....all contribute to make this a fun, fresh and lively experience. Endless hours of fun, easy to play, quick to load and so competitive.
Overall I feel this is one of the must have titles on the Wii in terms of puzzle games, all the new boys on the block try and fail but in this title Tetris shows why it is and always will be puzzle master!
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