Anyone that was a gamer from the early 80′s onward probably remembers when Tetris was released on the original Game Boy (the pea salad green screen version). Tetris was THE first portable selling game ever- thanks to Nintendo smartly packaging the game with the system. Yes, back then when you bought a system you got a free game and sometimes TWO controllers! Anyhow, Tetris has since moved out of the house that Mario built and for better or for worse, has been around gaming for something like 25 years. Now, EA is taking a crack at the game in a unique manner.
Tetris Blitz is similar to Bejeweled Blitz in that you are extremely limited on time (2 minutes but smart playing and power-ups can extend this slightly). Points are the key here, think of your favorite scrolling shooter and those time attack modes they offer in newer games and you will have an idea of what is going on here. How EA has made the classic game of Tetris better, and easier to play with points in mind, is pretty cool.
Rather than having players use an on-screen controller or physical controllers (may I suggest the JXD S7300?) each piece shows possible placements on the play field. Don’t like the suggest placements then click the cycle button and a whole new slew of placements are shown. Usual Tetris niceties are offered such as the preview of the next piece (you won’t have time to enjoy that luxury) and graphical alerts that you just completed a “Tetris” by clearing four lines at once. There is also a bit of strategy available in Blitz with the “hold” section or those moments that you have a straight block but no real good place to put it and want to save it for later.
Power-ups allow all kinds of updates to the game and even change it in many cases. Lasers, avalanches, points for empty space and more are all here for those frugal enough to earn the coins required to purchase items. Special power-ups are on offer each week and can be purchased with real money or by using them a minimum number of times each week.
EA has ruined a lot of games for a lot of people but Tetris Blitz shows that they are not incompetent when it comes to puzzle games. The changes are worthy additions and make Tetris better, not worse. Good job. Also, this is how In App Purchases (IAP) should be handled, they are completely optional and only used to purchase more power-ups than what a player may be able to accrue in one sitting. That brings me to the leader boards – bury your friends with your scores and brag about it. That is what Tetris Blitz is about- points, fun and bragging.
Tetris Blitz by EA
Rated: Everyone on Google Play and 4+ on iTunes.
Available now on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.
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