Tetris isn't downright awful, but I can't help but get the feeling that this
is more overrated garbage.
You are.... well, actually there IS no storyline! You just guide
a bunch of blocks down to the bottom of a well, the idea is you make a
straight line across the well, therefore making the line disappear and
scoring points. Form four lines at once, and you score a "Tetris".
In the last paragraph, I made the game sound boring, almost as
boring as it really is, but before I touch that, I'll have to get the
Small Spots out of the way. You get a few music selections to play
during the game. Well, Tune A is good, Tune
B is my favorite, and I never really liked Tune C. Same tune repeats,
but at least you get to select it.
Play control is perfect. (Singing) They go left, they go right, they
float, they drop, they make a line and form a Tetris... good, now YOU
sing it! Turn 'em left, turn 'em right, send 'em down and form a Tetris!
Send them left, send them right, fly them all around that well! Drop 'em,
watch yer foot, drop the block, send 'em down and form a Tetris! *puff*
OK, I'm done singing now! Sorry, but with a game where there's really
no controls to screw up, how else could I waste that paragraph and take
Ok, now, how FUN is the game, you ask? Well, here's how I describe
it: Umm... drop blocks, form line, yay, next block, form line, yay...
Ok, maybe it's not THAT boring, but it is if you turn the colume all the
way down! Without that Tune B, there's really no reason to play this
game, its just a boring drop-blocking fest, with no variety in the gameplay
whatsoever. You just sit there, dropping blocks, never expecting a super
big combo bonus (there are no combos) and never getting anything other
than blocks that you must place. There aren't any of the nifty puzzle
elemenets and plotting in other puzzle games. You just form a line! That's
it! THIS particular Tetris didn't even have a multiplayer mode!
Ok, there, now you see why Tetris is overrated (note: there's a
difference between "overrated" and "sucks" just for those Tetris Fans who
will give me crap for this). The game that was considered the "Best game
of all time" by those deefs at EGM, and 3rd best by Nintendo Power (also
deefs) and considered a "Classic" by millions is nothing more than a
boring block-drop fest which has nothing to back it up other than two
good tunes and perfect play control. This one is common, but DON'T hunt
it down unless you like collect games or something.
It IS the first game of its type, so it gets some sense of respect, but
it hasn't really aged very gracefully at all. If you need
a REAL Puzzle Game, try either Dr. Robotniks Bean Machine or Adventures of
Lolo... why is Tetris called a "puzzle" game anyways? "Block-Dropper"
would fit this type of puzzle game better.