Tetris, the game that probably is the biggest reason, at least entertainment wise, for the Soviet Union to be kept running as long as it was able to (Alexey Pajitnov, creator of Tetris, was not the recipient of the royalties earned from the phenomenal sales- the Soviet government was). No matter though as a few sequels hit, tribute games were created by other companies (EA being one of the biggest with their “Blockout” title on the Sega Genesis and subsequent licensing of Tetris on mobile devices). On the Nintendo 64 there was a little known 3D circular take on the Tetris formula called Tetrisphere.
Globulous is basically Tetrisphere on Android and it is just as fun as it was on the Nintendo 64 years ago (or more recently if you can find it at a used game store or online). The idea of Tetrisphere is to get to the core of the planet that is made of Tetris blocks, matching three or more pieces removes them from the play field. The challenge comes to light rather quickly because there are multiple layers and pieces are haphazardly placed in the planet which can sometimes block progress. The path to the center is not always the most direct- you may find a hole has opened up on one side of the planet but you may have to rotate the sphere to a completely unrelated side to advance.
Not quite Tetris meets Bejeweled, though close in game play, Globulous is a brain teaser game that will give players something slightly different, while staying familiar, with each game. Levels are represented by challenges involving more intricate convolution of the pieces and different things needing to be freed from the planets core.
If you experienced motion sickness playing first person shooters, you will probably have to limit your playtime of Globulous as the game can really mess with your visual senses. I had to limit playing to about 15 to 20 minutes at a time with a good break in between sessions and I never experienced problems playing FPS titles like Doom or Quake.
Love Tetris and want something different then grab Globulous, it is quite cheap and easy to pick up and enjoy.
Globulous by Firestarter Games
Platform: Android (JXD S7300 used for review)
Rated: Everyone on Google Play and 4+ on iTunes
Extras: Soundtrack available on Bandcamp
Available now on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.