"Tetris 2, eh?" (got one eyebrow raised). Yes, even
though on the PCs there was Super Tetris, Wordtris, Welltris
and many other 'trises, Nintendo decided to release
a game called Tetris 2. I was interested when I saw
the commercial (remember everybody blowing up after
saying "Tetris 2"?). There was some dissapointment,
but it's a good effort by Nintendo.
The object has been changed from the original. The
blocks come in a combinataion of red, green, and
blue. Some new formations of the old four blocks crop up, so don't
expect to see the same familiar chapes.
Instead of forming lines, you now have to match
colors. Three of the same color causes the group to
disappear. The object is to rid the playing field of
Flash Blocks (blocks that are flashing near the bottom
of the field). If ou do that, all blocks of the same
color will vanish. Get all three Flash Blocks, and
it's off to the next level.
There are two modes of play. The normal one player
mode has you matching blocks and passing levels, all
while playing at three different speeds. If the
unfortunate happens and you fill up the field, the
game is over (of course). You can choose what level to
play at up to Level 30, then you have to play the
honest way to go any further (if you lose at any of
the higher levels, you have to pick 30 and work your
way back up).
An interesting feature missing from the original is
the Versus mode. You can choose to play against
another player or the computer. There are two fields
shown, and you must be the first to clear out your
field before the other players (if the other player's
field fills up first, you still win). The object is
to win three out of five matches.
The graphics are just plain weird. The red, green, and
yellow are an odd combination, and the backgrounds
aren't so good either. They have an Egyptian model to it, and it ends
up looking really bizarre. The music also has its faults.
It's nice, but not as great as the classical tunes of
the original. At least the controls respond well to
what your fingers are saying on the controller.
Tetris 2 is a decent game, just not a great one. Maybe
it's because of the average graphics and sound. Or
maybe it's because you can't help noticing how this
game is very similar to Dr. Mario (or Yoshi or others).
Still, it is good for a while, but like many other
sequels, it can't stand up to the original.