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Gameplay 7.5
Graphics 7.0
Sound 6.5
Value 7.0
Developer: EA
Distributor:
iTunes
Review Date:
Dec 2011
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

7.1


Tetris

EA have relaunched one of the world's most popular casual games with Tetris that contains three tweaked versions of this immensely popular title. Even though we've seen Tetris before in one incarnation of another on the iOs, EA have really fine tuned this game for this format, creating an addictive and thoroughly entertaining title with three gaming modes that include One-Touch, Marathon and Galaxy.

Fortunately the learning curve of this title is relatively low and most players will have no problem in mastering the "One-Touch" control of the newest version of Tetris. Although the game still plays the same as the original version of Tetris, on the iOS, as the piece is falling, it will show a ghost place where the piece could go.

All the player needs to do is touch where they want the piece and presto! There is also a hold button which allows you to hold the piece and move onto another and a cycle button which will rotate some more options where the piece can be put. It's that simple, although as you progress, it becomes more difficult, especially when your decisions are rushed.

The other mode is Marathon which changes the control option of Tetris on the iOs. Unlike One-Touch, you need to use your finger to move the piece into place. By tapping on the piece, it will rotate the piece and by swiping your finger down, it positions it. The hold feature is still used and the game is quite fast paced and annoyingly frustrating at times, especially with all the finger sliding. My favourite mode was Galaxy which requires the player to visit different alien planets in order to solve a variety of Tetris like puzzles but best of all, you get some really cool power-ups.

The hold feature and cycle icons are also included but the new icon called "powers" allows you to destroy blocks and other fun things. Unfortunately in Galaxy, you need to collect T-coins which are used to purchase additional powers and levels which does take a considerable amount of time to do. You can buy T-Coins via real currency that gives the player 99.99 T-coins for just $0.99 cents but you've already purchased the game and this is like double dipping. Another cost is the T-Club which is like a Tetris subscription that gives the player more coins and lines. I did enjoy Tetris but the money making aspect is a little disturbing.

Graphics & Video

Graphically, the title looks lush on an iPhone 4S with sharp images and colours that jump out at you. There are also some cool special effects in the game, especially when you use the powers in the Galaxy mode. The menus are also laid out well, without any complications or menus that go too deep. The sounds effect works well and the music is quite subtle. All in all, it's Tetris but it looks good.

Final Level

The latest incarnation of Tetris is a mixed bag but for some reason, I just wanted to play and play. It's quite addictive and the new One-Touch and Galaxy modes are very good. It's a shame that EA have put currency in the forefront of this game because there are just too many costs associated with this title. Perhaps EA are banking on the addictive nature of the game but for me, iOS games should be a once-off purchase.

 






 
 



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