Tetris is one of my favourite games of all times as its just the kind of repetivie skill game that I like and I could play for hours and still not get bored of. I first remember playing it back in the 80's on a Gameboy that my brother and I shared and we loved it and I have been a big fan of the game ever since.
Tetris is a skill game but what I love about it is that satisfying feeling when the bricks all come together and you havemoved them and fitted them together perfectly and they disappear with a flash and a bang to show you that you have been successful. Its very satisfying and very fun. If you're not familiar with the Tetris game then allow me to explain it to you. Tetris is a puzzle game and startsnwith different shapes falling from the top of the screen. These shapes are made up of several square bricks and the shapes include things like squares, L shapes, straight sticks, etc. You are able to move these shapes by pressing at the side of the shape on your iphone. The shapes will rotate or move from side to side, allowing you to make a full line at the bottom. If you get a full line these bricks disappear and so have have more space to build your lines again. You also get points for making the bricks disappear and the aim of the game is to get as many points as possible. If you get really flash and good at the game and are an impatient person like me you can move the brick down to the bottom of the screen quickly by sliding your finger down the screen but this really only works for me on the lower levels as its too quick the harder it becomes.
The game is free to download on your iphone from the app store and only took a few minutes to upload. You put in a user name at the beginning and then play from there. I find the control on the iphone quite easy once I got used to it and can now manage to do it with just one hand.
Obviously the first level is quite easy at the bricks come down quite slowly but as you get going and progress the levels get increasingly difficult which provides a good but frustrating challenge. I think this game is good because it keeps my mind quite sharp and also is just a lot of fun and one I recommend.
Well I am sure you have all heard of tetris as it has been around for many years. The game is widely available on most computer consoles and on mobile phones, so most of you will already know about the game.
On the start up screen on this you first have to pick your language, then you have the main menu, with five options on it.
When you click on this it will take you to the level you was last at, so it does start from level 1 and you can not go no further than this level until you have completed it first.
This is where it will show you your high scores and also how many lines you have cleared.
which you can change the sounds in, turn the volume down, you can turn the tutorial off so it does not explain the game to you, there is also a ghost to turn off which will show you if you are doing better than your last score or worse.
Help and about
Then lastly you have your exit button which should need no explanation.
How to play
The game is quite simple, the game first runs you through a tutorial explaining how to move the pieces, but you can skip that part if you want to. The aim of the game is to get all the pieces into a row, once you have a full row that row will disappear and make more room, but they do not make it that easy. The pieces come in different shapes so you have to think of the best place for that piece to go.
You can rotate each piece to turn it round, to get it into a better place, to rotate it you just press at the side of the piece, you can press it as many times as you want to get it at the right angle, until it hits the row of blocks then it is stuck. You can also move the pieces faster too by sliding your finger down the screen so you do not have to wait until it hits the bottom before you get another piece.
On the right hand of the screen it also tells you what piece will be next so you can think ahead, and think where you would like to go next. When you are playing the game the game does not stop after each level its just continuous, you can see what level you are on by looking at the bottom of your screen. Each level does get harder mainly by the blocks just moving faster, the game ends when your blocks reach the top of the screen and you can not get any more blocks through.
My overall opinion
I do enjoy playing this but the game is very repetative and can soon get pretty boring especially as each level is exactly the same and you get no breaks inbetween levels. This was a free game and it is good for free but I do not think this is something that I would pay for as I can get bored of it pretty easily. Although kids love this my kids can play on it for ages, so maybe I am just too old to enjoy a game like this.
When Tetris was first released as an App it was sold at a whopping $9.99 price mark, however due to competition and the cheap prices of most apps now days, it has dropped to 69p.
While Tetris is not the most creative thing that EA have ever brought out, they are well know for trying to make a quick wad of cash where ever they can. EA's Tetris lives up to this low standard. EA have not only released Tetris here, but filled it with a truckload of content, so much so that the game does occasionally lag out or crash.
The visuals within Tetris are very bright, much more vibrant than most Tertis games. Sometimes these colours create more of a distraction than a lasting appeal. The game offers a variety of different modes for players to play, yet they are redundant. The majority of people will just want to play the classic Tetris, that they know and love. Those that want to check out these other game modes will be highly disappointed, as they are thrown together with little thought or care.
While the touch screen controls are not as good as having actual buttons, it would be a good game if it were not for the large multitude of errors.
Due to EA being a mainstream company, one would expect a hallmark of quality here, and yet you can see far stronger games, made by independent games designers. All of the extra features are hindered by the games appalling execution, combine this with the long loading times and it makes the game almost unforgivable.
There are far greater puzzle games out there some of which are even free. Whether Tetris is a personal favourite or not, I would give this version a miss.
This review also features on my Blog: http://appkingdom.blogspot.com/
Everyone loves a game of tetris but how does it translate to the world of iphone?
I know it can't be helped but I'm afraid the touch screen controls just aren't as good as the buttons on the game boy. I find that I can't move the pieces as fast and sometimes they drop down too quickly when I wanted to let them fall slowly. I find that my high scores aren't as good as they used to be and I blame these new fangled iphones and their fancy touch screens!
Basically it's one tap to rotate the tetronimo (is that what they are called or did I just make that up?) and then you can either swipe fast to let it slam down to the bottom or slide slowly and hold to guide it down gently. Left and right are just a swipe either way but it's quite good that you don't need to touch the tetronimo directly - you can touch anywhere on the screen and it will correspond accordingly. These controls aren't really bad in themsleves - it's just because I know it used to be better on the gameboy.
The game looks bright and colourful in the menus and on the game itself there is a background of stars (as if you have time to gaze at the pretty background when there are lines to be made!) Again I might sound like an old fogey who's hung up on the good ole days of the original tetris but this new look makes it feel different and I liked it a bit simpler.
As well as the original tetris game you can choose to play the 'magic' style game where you can get special items along the way to help you. For example the minimiser will shrink the piece down to one little square so you can fit it anywhere. While I respect the fact that they have tried to do something a bit different I can't help but feel these items are like cheating so I can't see me playing this much.
Maybe I'm just being a bit stupid but I can't get it to play the original background music and that is surely one of the most memorable things about the original. If I am not being stupid and they have indeed replaced the old music with this excruciating stuff that actually offends my ears then shame on them. Shame on them.
I can stilll hear the original sound track now dee dee deedeedee deedeedee deedeedee. It was great wasn't it - and it totally added another dimesion to the game because when it speeded up it gets you all stressed out and you start getting yourself in a kerfuffle. But in a good way!
Ease of use
There are some aspects of this app that I find really annoying even though they are really small things. For example everytime you tap play you have to choose if you want a tutorial or not. Why can't they just put the tutorial option in the main menu and let you start playing straight away - after all you're only going to use the tutorial once or twice. Another thing is that you have to turn the sound effects off everytime you start it instead of it remembering that you turned them off the last time and keeping them off unless you turn it back on (the sound effects by the way are also areally annoying). I told you they were only small annoyances but as they are so small you'd think they'd be easy for the programmers to avoid.
I'd still give this 3 stars as it is a great game and good for killing time on the train. Old fans such as myself may find there are a few annoyances but maybe the new generation will love it. I am happy to be nostalgic about the past and those happy memories of getting sore fingers on my gameboy.