Tetris

Tetris

Official Nokia version of the popular puzzle game

I'm old enough to remember when the Tetris phenomenon first swept the World. Factories shut down, traffic came to a standstill and planes remained grounded as the whole planet sat, transfixed with their Gameboys in hand trying to rack up lines. View full description

PROS

  • Addictive gameplay
  • Varied game modes
  • Plenty of options

CONS

  • No in-game music
  • Unintuitive button configuration

Good
7

I'm old enough to remember when the Tetris phenomenon first swept the World. Factories shut down, traffic came to a standstill and planes remained grounded as the whole planet sat, transfixed with their Gameboys in hand trying to rack up lines.

All these years later, Tetris is still very popular and has been cloned hundreds of times, over a multitude of platforms. This version of the game, by EA, is the only official Tetris release for Nokia phones. It follows the same format of the original, in which you need to fit falling blocks on top of each other to form horizontal lines, which then disappear to leave more space on the board.

It's a classic format and needless to say, you'll be glued to your phone for hours playing it. However, I can't help thinking EA has wasted the Tetris license somewhat. The controls are awkwardly designed (for instance, the up button should be used for rotation rather than the center button), there's no in-game music whatsoever, and the stupid flickering text on all the game menus takes ages to render.

On the plus side, there are plenty of game options and different modes in EA's Tetris. Besides the standard Marathon mode, you can also choose to play Ultra, 40 Lines, Versus, Clash or Challenge modes. Unfortunately, just the Marathon mode is playable in this demo version.

You'll enjoy playing Tetris because the game format is essentially true to the original. It's a shame the developer has messed up the presentation a bit, though.

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