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When I was around 8 years old I received a good old GameBoy for Christmas and can remember having to prise it out of my dad's hands as he would often steal it from me! Fast forward twenty years later and how the tables have turned! My daughter had some pocket money to spend and as she only had one or two games for her DS, she decided she wanted to buy another and liked the look of this game. I'm not going to lie to you, I think she was attracted by the bright colours on the front cover and a certain adult forcibly persuading her! So we have now gone from my dad stealing Tetris from me, to me stealing it from my daughter!
This game is just as addictive and I had thought it may have lost its appeal over the years but I was hooked after the first game. As the concept of Tetris was always fairly simple, it didn't really have the option of not being as good. In fact in my opinion, with the extra modes of play that are available on the new Tetris, I think it has actually improved with age. Like a fine whiskey... sort of!
This game allows you to play with friends and can have ten players playing at once. The ten player mode is for playing in wireless mode to nearby opponents. You can also play through Wi-Fi and play up to 4 players anywhere in the world. This is a good option if you want to play 'real' people rather than the console, but can be frustrating if players drop out of the game half way through or before it has started as you have to wait for a new player to join before the game will begin. The wireless mode is quite good as it allows you to see the other players games in the top screen. There is also a ranking system which is good for a competitive edge if you play in multiplayer mode as you can see the scores of your friends.
The modes available have vastly increased since the 'olden days' (my daughters words) version, and include:
Standard Game Play Mode: This is the one we use most often and is basically the traditional Tetris game. You can play as a single player, against the console or as a multiplayer.
Mission mode: This allows you to beat your own or an opponent's score. You also have certain missions to achieve, hence the title. You raise against a love heart clock and as you complete your mission the love heart becomes more prominent and gives you a new mission. The player can play this mode as a time trial (see how quickly you can complete all the missions in) or a marathon version (the games get harder as time runs out).
Push mode: This allows 2 players (or a single player playing against the console) to play together, and sees players share the same pile of blocks and they must compete to push each other towards a line. It is effectively a game of tug of war (but with bricks!). This is my least favourite game and doesn't seem to really work all that well.
Touch mode: This is to be used in conjunction with the stylus. This starts off quite slow so can get you into the swing of the game slowly rather than chucking you straight in at the deep end. Touch will have you sliding the blocks to create rows and is a different take on the game as bricks do not fall from the top. When a set amount of blocks have been cleared, balloons are released from a cage.
Catch mode: This game works from a central block which can be rotated and moved, and you effectively have to catch blocks which will stick to the central one. The aim is to catch and create a block 4x4 or larger which will increase your energy bar and as the energy bar increases so does the speed. The game ends when the energy runs out or the central block fills the screen.
Puzzle mode: Fairly similar to the traditional game, this mode will see you play with a limited number of blocks and you must complete a full puzzle by rotating blocks.
The graphics of the game have vastly improved since the original game, but what computer game hasn't improved (graphics wise) on its original in the last 20+ years! The bricks/blocks are all pretty much as the traditional ones were, however they have changed colours and appear brighter and more vibrant. Although I love this game, I'm not sure if its nostalgia that has perhaps hooked me as my daughter is only slightly younger than I was when I first began to play on this on the GameBoy, yet she seems to have no interest in this game whatsoever! The fact that it is rated as a PEGI 3 seems only related to the fact that it is fairly easy to complete on the easy levels (although my 4 year old wouldn't have a clue what to do with this game, never mind a 3 year old), and doesn't seem to appeal to younger children, in my experience. The game is easy to navigate through the menu and the various modes, and it is the different game play modes that will allow players (and certainly myself) to carry on enjoying this game for quite a while, as you master the different modes of play.
The thing that I like about this most recent Tetris game is that it almost has a retro feel to it with different Nintendo cameos throughout, including Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda and Metroid. This game never seems to tire and although it has had a revamp over the years it is still as entertaining as ever. A good revamp of the classic puzzle game from the late 80s.
We picked this up for around £20.
Random Fact: "Tetris is known to have some wonderful effects on the human mind, in fact, in January 2009, a study at Oxford university reported that volunteers who played Tetris soon after viewing traumatic material were less likely to have flashbacks to the traumatic material." http://www.cracked.com/funny-2096-tetris/#ixzz1nEsxt4S4
Many years ago when my children had Gameboys I discovered the delights of the game of Tetris. It was a game I enjoyed and found a copy that I used to play on my old PC. Eventually all of these bits of tech were replaced and I never game across Tetris again. A year or so ago I remembered the game again and decided to see if I could track down a copy for my Nintendo DS. I was horrified when I found it on Amazon as it was selling at over £30 and although I found the game fun I certainly wasn't paying that sort of cash. Eventually I managed to secure a second-hand copy off eBay at a far more suitable price.
Upon opening the game screen on the DS I realised that there was registration slot so you don't play under your name you simply choose Single Player mode. There is the option to use Multiplayer mode but since I don't have any friends with a DS and my children certainly don't want to play Tetris with their mother I have never used this option either. I did have a look at the instructions though and it appears that you can download the game onto other Ninendo DS consoles to play in Multiplayer; each player does not need their own game card.
As with most games there is an Options selection which does not offer anything very interesting. You can change the Hard Drop facility which makes a piece fall immediately or the Ghost piece option which allows you to see exactly where the piece will land. You can also change the music but since I always play my DS with the volume off as one piece of jingly music is as irritating at the next to me.
There is also a Records Screen, this gives the high scores for each mode but since you can't attribute your name to a score it becomes a bit meaningless if sharing the game with others. Since my whole family will pick this up at varying times it would be nicer if we could see who has achieved the best scores as we can all get highly competitive!
Most people have come across Tetris in one shape or form at some time but for anyone who hasn't the concept is very simple. You have a screen with falling blocks of varying shapes (called Teriminos), the aim is to rotate and move the blocks to form solid lines at the bottom of the screen, each solid line disappears and points are accredited. The more you progress in the game the faster the blocks fall. This simple concept can become hugely addictive.
The Tetris DS contains the basic game and then a couple of other variations. The touch screen on the DS is not used in the game play; it is only used to make selections in the menus. I was surprised by this and expected to be able to move blocks down and around using the stylus.
When starting the Standard game the ordinary setting is Marathon and you have the option of choosing a start level. Normally you advance one level for every 10 lines that you successfully build, however if you are an advanced player it is nice to set the opening level a bit higher to provide more of a challenge as the blocks are released quicker so there is less time to think and plan. The blocks are coloured depending on their shape and you can see the next half a dozen shapes that will be released as they are queued at the side. If you don't want the next block you can exchange it for the one in a hold box on the left-hand-side via a quick tap of the R or L keys at the top of the DS. The blocks are moved left and right using the +control pad and can be moved down quickly but softly using the down key or immediately using the up key (Hard Drop). The pieces are rotated clockwise with the A key and anticlockwise with the B key. Personally I can never remember which key turns it which way so I just use the A key and tap a couple of times if I need it to rotate more. These controls are really easy to master and are quite intuitive to the game. The game stops when you have failed to make horizontal rows and the blocks have reached the top of the screen. I believe you are supposed to make 200 lines to win but I have never managed anywhere near that many. It is possible to pause, end or save the game easily by pressing the Start key.
There are a couple of other options in Standard mode, these are Line Clear where you need to clear 25 lines but you can make it challenging by choosing how many lines you want on the screen to start with and then the difficulty level as well and also Vs CPU where you select the ability of your opponent and play against them. I have tried Line Clear a few times but I prefer just the Marathon setting, I don't like the Vs CPU as I think of Tetris as being like a game of Patience, it is something that I like to plan and play with and don't see the point about playing against another player either real of cyber!
For some strange reason whilst playing the Standard games there is an action sequence happening on the top screen with a Mario type character jumping around, the action progresses as you clear lines. I have no idea what the point of this is as you can't watch it or you will miss what is happening on the bottom screen which is where the game is being played.
Push Mode is a game played Vs CPU. You have to form lines to push the central block towards your opponent. Although I have tried this a few times I am a complete failure, I just don't seem to be able to get the hang of it and can't really work out what I should be doing. It seems quite a fast game so I am sure it would appeal to some but I just can't get to grips with it.
Touch Mode is a game that I enjoy as it gives the chance to use the stylus on the touch screen to play. You are presented with a tower of blocks and you have to make solid lines in the same way as the Standard game but you do this by sliding the blocks about and by tapping on them to rotate them to fall into gaps. Once again you can choose up to 5 different difficulty levels. You get extra points if you cause lots of blocks to fall and create lines on their way down. The other selection under Touch mode is a selection of Puzzle challenges which you have to solve, these can be really easy like "clear 3 lines at one" and you have to decide how to make that happen using the pieces on the screen to more challenging ones such as clearing certain blocks whilst making others remain. I enjoy these challenge modes although I haven't been able to work out how to solve them all as there are 50 to choose from.
There is another Puzzle Mode which involves some touch screen involvement where you are given a selection of blocks and you have decide which order and rotation you want them to drop in to give the required number of lines. I find this game ok to play but prefer the puzzle game in the Touch Mode as it is more challenging.
Mission Mode is quite similar to Marathon in Standard mode but you have to complete the lines in a particular way for instance you may need to clear 3 lines at once, if you clear a single line by accident you lose a heart, when you have lost all of your hearts you have failed your mission. I play this occasionally but I don't really like the challenges in it and I find it starts to irritate me, I like to play games in my own way and don't like being instructed how many lines I need to get rid of at a time.
Catch Mode is a complete mystery to me even though I do sometimes play it. You start with a floating shape and then you have to catch falling blocks on it and try to make a solid shape, once your shape is the required size it detonates and you gain points. This detonation also destroys your enemies but since I really can't work out who my enemies are or how to score more points I invariably give up on this quite quickly.
I have played this game a lot since I have had it. Due to the varying difficulty levels it is always a challenge and you always end up playing it again to try and get "just one more line". The graphics are simple, clear and colourful which makes playing the game easy. Since this isn't a game that has an obvious end point it has great longevity. It also doesn't really date and since the controls are so simple it is a game that you can put away for ages and then get out again and start playing immediately, you don't have to refresh yourself on the controls or try to remember how far you have got.
The Hard-drop feature is great even when I have only been playing for a few minutes as it means that my left thumb doesn't get sore from holding down the + pad.
The game is rated as suitable for everyone and although young children would have trouble controlling the game I do think it is suitable for the whole family.
I do think the lack of a proper High Scores chart is a shame as I do want to be able to keep an eye on how well I am doing and whether I am still better at this game than my other half.
I can see that the addition of the various modes may appeal to some people and I occasionally play them myself but I am really mainly a fan of the basic game and since that is so well presented in this Tetris DS version I would have to recommend it. However I do not think it is a game worth over £30 so I would certainly suggest trying to get hold of a second-hand copy for a more reasonable price.
This game can be hard to find but it is worth taking the time and looking for it. What can I say it is Tetris. This game was first created by the russian games designer Alexy Pajitov. In the game blocks all from the top off the screen you have to arrange them so you make a line at the bottem off the screen. When you have a full line it disappears. It sounds simple but he best games are all simple. The Ds game is an updated version off the classic gameboy game, so not only to you get the classic game in colour but you also get six new challenge modes. To top this off you have the option of playing with up to ten other players, this can be using the DS Wifi or going online. This game really is a must own for all DS consoles.
Tetris is, to me, one of those games that is just unforgettable. The music alone is enough to conjur up memories of playing the black and white version on a gameboy original when I was much younger than today. So realizing there was to be a version for the DS console was something that filled me with expectations. Tetris DS, I think lives up to these. It seems that even when games are struggling to best each other with incredible graphics, new innovation and buckets of content, the simplest ideas remain the best. Its over 20 years since the initial release of tetris, and the DS version, though containing several new modes, is essentially more of the same fantastically addictive game that I played when I was 8. For those of you who don't know it, firstly, you are missing out. Secondly however, I'll outline the concept. Blocks of various shapes and orientations fall from the top of the screen, and can be rotated before they land at the bottom. Players must rotate these blocks to form lines, which dissapear and give the players points. You lose when the blocks hit the ceiling. There are several single player modes, that can be played using the d-pad or the touchscreen (though in my experience the d pad is favorable). Though these new modes are fun for a while, I believe the real staying value lies in the original style game.
This mode is made ever more favorable by its multiplayer aspect; it is in this that the DS title beats the original by far. The multiplayer can be enjoyed using just one cartridge in local play, or you can go online and face the rest of the world using nintendo wifi connection.
At the end of the day, tetris DS remains tetris at heart, which will please old players, and the new additions add some fun and novelty for those searching something new. 4/5 Stars.
This Tetris DS game is so much better than all other format ones, this includes the great selection of modes that you can play in, Online play, game sharing and so you can do DS download play with your friends. But on the other hand there really isn't any good options to play with Online, you cant really customize the game your self which is a real shame, as I would of though that the new Tetris would have all of these features, but it didn't. The is still awesome though, although there are some bad bits nothing in general can go wrong in game play mode nor quick play.
In this version of the Tetris game, its really sort of based on Mario, as while you are playing the normal Tetris game play on the touch screen using the keypad, Mario goes from left to write at the top, if you get a connection of blocks he will go even further. Soon Mario will be coming to the finish line. If he does not reach it in time it will be game over, so you really need to keep the blocks as low as possible!
Although of the normal keypad to move around you blocks into the right places, there is also the touch screen mode, which involves you to use your stylus to move around the blocks and switch the direction you are going in. The graphics don't really look the same, but that does not really matter. The fact is is that it really is so hard, even on beginner mode its to hard, and so needs load of brain power control.
Overall is a great classic game which all people love. Its a game that you will be playing all the time, it uses your brain which is a change from other video games! 5 stars!
Tetris is one of those classic games that everyone remembers. This puzzle game made by Nintendo has the potential to be timeless. The DS version was released in 2006 and if I recall correctly, this game was first out on the classic version of the Nintendo Game Boy.
Thinking back on the Game Boy, it was such a big and chunky thing! It really does show much technology has changed since then. Who would think that you can now have portable gaming consoles with touch screen, interactive microphones and so much more! Back then with the Nintendo Game Boy, there were not alot of modes you could play and the maximum play was 2 player and that was only if you had the 2 player cable. Remember the days!
This modern, new and improved version of Tetris really does show show technology has improved. With this Tetris, you can play up to TEN players offline and four online. TEN players! You could definately have some kind of Nintendo DS competitions with this.
There are a number of game play modes in the DS Tetris, which are as follows:
The DS standard mode is the modern version of the origional Tetris, which can be played as one player, multiplayer or one player versus a computer controlled opponent. One player Marathon mode ends at level 20 (after 200 lines), and you can even unlock endless mode after finishing the marathon mode. If you reach beyond level 20 in the endless mode, you just get to play on. The highest visible score in the endless mode is 99,999,999, the highest visible level is 999, and the highest visible number of lines completed is also 999! Of course, the higher the level you get the fast er the game goes, thus making it harder. Pretty tough though to actually get to level 99 I would imagaine! In the DS version of Tetris you are allowed to hold a 'Tetrimino' by pressing L or R. This means that you put the tetromino currently on the screen into a small box for future use, the best ones to hold are the long tetris sticks especially when playing with an apponent.
In this new mode, called mission mode you can play competitively as mulitplayer or on your own to beat your own score. In this mode you have certain missions in which you must acheive. This can include using a square to clear two lines, clearing 4 lines at once etc. A timer in the form of red hearts slowly disappears and when you complete the objective, the heart shows up clearly again and you get set a new objective. Also, completing an objective erases the bottom four lines of blocks from the playing field. If you fail to complete the objective in time, blocks will be added to the bottom of your building block.
Push mode is for two players, or one person versus a CPU opponent. You both start with a 1x1 block floating in their field, and must place blocks on that to form a base. Whenever two or more lines are cleared simultaneously, the player's side of the pile moves down. The goal is to push the pile down so it overlaps your opponent's danger line. I am not too fond of this game mode as it makes me a little dizzy.
In Touch mode, you use your stylus to "touch" and "slide" your blocks to create rows. When enough blocks have cleared, a cage of balloons is released. This is nothing like the classic Tetris game as no blocks fall from the top.
In this mode, you control one central block, which can be moved in all directions and rotated. You have to catch falling blocks, which stick to the central block. Once you have a segment of 4x4 or greater, it will flash for ten seconds, then explode. Depending on the energy you have, it is shown at the bottom of the screen as a bar, and some energy is restored when a 4x4 or greater area of blocks is set off. If energy runs out or the blocks are stacked so far that the central block fills the entire screen the game is over.
This is is again playing mode to the traditional Tetris game. In this mode there are a limited number of blocks, depending on the level you are on to choose from. You must fit in the blocks rotating them in order to complete a full block thus making a puzzle fit. As the levels go on the puzzles get harder.
This game is wifi compatiable and is good if you want to find out how good you actually are. Once you have played a few times against some online gamers, your score will go up or down depending on your results. You start off at 5000 as a average. In wifi you can play standard mode with and without items. The annoying thing about playing online is that if a player drops out of the game before you start or even during the game, you must wait to find new opponents.
Overall this is a very playable game, but like all games, they can always be improved. This game gets a four and a three quarters from me. This game has been adapted well to fit into the modern world that is today but maybe could have tried a little harder, although I absolutely love this game. I never get bored! Absolutely value for money, especially with the new gaming modes and different variety each ones brings.
Tetris DS is the up to date version of the classic game that Helped lauch the Game Boy. In some ways it is very similar. But in others it is very different.
Tetris DS has six different game modes to choose from. Making it great value & giving lots of different feels to the game. They are;
The original game mode of falling blocks slowly filling the screen from the bottom & only being removed when a line is completed. Both of the original varieties of this are here. Marathon (which is the most famous) where you keep going until your screen fills up. Or Lines, where you have to try & get the best score you can get from a set amount lines completed. Both of these provide hours of fun trying to beat your high score & are the manic Tetris games that most people will remember & be buying this game for.
This is a versus game for 2 people or 1 player against the computer. It is a variation on the standard game where you both share the same screen. Your opponents blocks come from the bottom & yours come from the top. When you form 2 lines or more the entire stack is pushed down towards your opponent. Equally, they do the same to you. The first player to run out of room & hit the top of the screen looses. Again, this is pretty manic fare but still good fun. Especially with two Human players.
In this mode you start with one square. Tetrominos (the name for the pieces) fall from the top of the screen. You catch them with your block. The aim of the game to be create large squares, which then knock out lots of bocks. The way you lose the game is when your energy bar runs out. This is depleted any time you let a tetromino fall off the screen. This sounds manic. It isn't. The game builds very slowly & is quite relaxing at first. Only once you get to level 10 does it start to get tricky.
This is a mode where you are presented with a set of blocks on a screen. You will be given 3 or more tetrominos & you will have to use them to completely clear the screen. You have as much time & as many attempts as you want. Cue much staring at the screen & head scratching. A relaxing game mode.
This is similare to puzzle. This time you have loads of blocks on a screen & then use your stylus to move them from side to side to make them form lines & dissapear. Again, not time limit is in place & you can take as long as you like. Another chilled out game.
You are given a list of missions to complete & try to do them as quickly as possible & before your blocks get to the top of the page. A mission could be "use a Square to complete 2 lines". You also only see one mission at a time so you can't plan for the next one. Very tricky. Manic gameplay. Good fun too.
On top of all these modes there are many multiplayer options. You can play standard mode with TEN people all connected at once & even with just one copy of the game. Amazing. Push can be played head to head as can Mission. Also, you can go online & take on the world in 4 player Standard Mode & two player Push Mode.
The only downside to this game is it's price tag. I think that £24.99 (which is the average online store price) is still good value for money, but a lot of people will be put off what the see as an old game for a high price. I would say that I picked up my copy from HMV recently for £3.98 as it wasn't in it's original case. It was brand new with the manual but in a HMV box. This deal still might be happening & it is a bargain.
I would highly recommend the game. It is one of the best DS games that I own & offers so much to both the single player & the family of DS owners. Go & buy it now!
I will keep this review to the multiplayer mode. For this alone it is worth you buying this game! Play in the same room as a friend adn you only need one copy of the game thanks to download play. But have two copies and you can play against each other anywhere around the world! I ahvent player two player tetris since i used to play my friend when i was about 7 with my big fat chunky old grey gameboy playing over a link up cable sitting a metre away from each other! So it was great to see the same basic concept was there (clear lines, more you clear, the more lines are "sent" to your opponent and fills their screen). however this version has introduced something great.... items. You can now send each other items as well that are unlocked by clearing question mark boxes. These items are similar ones to what are found in all other mario games like mario kart, which include bananas (to mix the players bricks around), ghost (so they cant see what bricks coming) and mushrooms (so their bricks come down really fast), stars (so you get all 1x4 blocks) and shells (that wil clear lines off the bottom of your screen for you). This really mixes the game up and can affect the game a lotif you use your items at the right time! The one major thing that is annoying is that if your playing against one other person over wifi then you cant play with item on, instead this mode is only available if you are paying 3 other people.
There are other multiplayer modeslike one where you share the screen and you have to build on each others blocks and push the other players blocks up their screen but the original multiplayer option is still the best one!
The single player mode of this game is also quite fun with other things on offer like missions etc. but it really is the multiplayer where this game comes alive. Two words to you.... Buy it!
I first played Tetris on the original Gameboy back in the late 80's, my mum bought it for me when i was a nipper but ended up spending more time on it than me. It's without a doubt one of the most popular games of all time, and is just as addictive to play as it was back then.
When I saw that they were bringing an up to date version out on the Nintendo DS I had to have it.
Released in the spring of 2006, in just over a year it sold over 2million copies.
- Gameplay -
Tetris DS has several new ways of playing the game, and each type has a different Nintendo theme to it, including Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Metroid, Yoshi's Cookie and Balloon fight. The various game types are listed below ;
Standard Mode : Which is the original way of playing Tetris. It can be played on Single player as a Marathon type mode, to see how many lines you can get. Or can be 2 player with another person, or 1 player verus the computer. Marathon mode for single player, ends at level 20 which equals to 200 lines. However ones you've completed this you unlock the Endless mode which you can play to however many lines your skill will take you to, which in my case still isn't very far.
Also a little added goodie with Tetris DS is the ability to save one of the tetris shapes for later use, so if one of them doesn't fit anywhere, you simply press the L or R button and it saves your piece in a little box on your screen.
The game makes use of the dual screen that the DS has to offer. The top screen has a theme for each game as described earlier, and when playing multiplayer or against the computer it has a mini screen of their game, so you can see how they're doing, I never get chance to look at it though as I'm too busy concentrating on whats going on in my own screen. :)
Mission mode ;
This can be played against other people, or single player to beat your own score. The top screen has your obectives, and the bottom screen is your game. Various objectives pop up for example ; clear 5 lines using only square tetris pieces etc, or clear 3 lines using only an L shaped piece.
The background theme for this mode is The Legend of Zelda.
It's the only mode on the game where you cannot lose, as there are so many various missions to complete, within a certain time limit.
Push Mode ;
Is only for competitive play against another person, or against the computer. Both players start with a few blocks on their screen, and the objective is to push blocks up to the other players screen by completing 2 or more lines at one time, when this is done those lines are pushed up to the other players game, and vice versa. The goal is to push the lines past the other players danger line which forces them to lose. The theme for this game is Donkey Kong.
Touch Mode ;
Is a single player game only. Players must use the Nintendo DS Stylus, to push blocks in various ways to create lines. There is a balloon in a cage at the top of the Tetris tower and once all the lines have been cleared, the caged balloon falls down to the bottom and the level is completed. There is no tower, and no shapes fall from above, all the shapes are there to start with. There are 5 difficulty levels to choose from.
Puzzle Mode ;
Is also a single player only game. The top screen of the DS shows a tetris grid with various spaces missing, and on the bottom screen are your pieces which you must try and fit into the gaps in the puzzle on the top screen so that the lines are cleared, sounds confusing but its pretty simple. There are 200 different puzzles to clear, some are more difficult than others but its great fun all the same.
Another great thing about Tetris DS is the ability to be able to play against other people. Single card play is available to use, which means only one of you needs to have the game in 1 DS. The other person can connect to your game using the Nintendo DS WI-FI download play, and they will download the game and settings off you, and you can play together from 1 game card.
Also if you connect up to the Nintendo Wi-Fi there's the opportunity to show off your skills against people all around the world. You can play any of the games listed above, apart from the single player ones ; puzzle and touch.
- What I think of it -
Overall its a fantastic game, even better than the original. It's so addicting you can literally spend hours on it at a time, the new game types available to play make the games longevity good, and the ability to play online for free using the Nintendo Wi-Fi against people around the world makes this game even better.
The only downside to the game, is the music it can get a bit repetative after a while, but your not buying the game to listen to a fantastic soundtrack, your buying it to play Tetris!
The game gets a 9/10 from me!
You can buy Tetris DS from most Gamestation or Game stores, have a nosey in the pre-owned section I got mine from Gamestation for £15.
Or get yourself on ebay and you can pay from £8-£15 :)
Thanks for reading.
Ever since I started playing computer games there was always one game that I always seemed to have an affinity to. I am talking of course about Tetris, which was originally released in 1989 on the Game boy. Nowadays it has been given a makeover and rereleased in 2006 on the Nintendo DS. As Jenny has a similar history with the game, I decided it would make a good Christmas present for her to go along with her new DS.
So what is Tetris I hear you ask? Well in short it's a puzzle based game that requires the player to manoeuvre a selection of different shaped blocks into a complete line. Once arranged in this format the line disappears and this is how the player scores points. The more lines you clear the faster the game becomes as you advance up through the various levels, with each one being harder than the one before. The original game mode has 13 different levels, but this time round Nintendo and game developers have come up with a variety of different game styles to compliment the original version.
In fact in addition to the original game mode there are 5 new varieties of the game, each adding something unique. The original version has three different styles of play which include the standard game, an against the computer mode where you both try to achieve a certain objective before the other. The final variation on the standard game is a simple line clear where the aim of the game is to start with a certain height and level and clear as many of the lines as possible. All three games can vary from the very simple to very difficult depending on how well you do and which level you start on.
The next mode is in fact one of my favourite additions to the original Tetris game. They have called it catch and the basic principle of the game is that you control a central block. As additional blocks fall from the top of the screen to the bottom you attempt to catch them and attach them to your original block. The aim is to create a 4 x 4 solid block that charges your health and helps you to score points. As you progress through the game it gets quicker and harder to create the squares and you also have to make sure your energy doesn't run out or it's game over.
For the third variation they have added a Mission mode. The idea is to try and achieve certain goals before the time runs out. This game is quite self explanatory and can be played as a time trial or a marathon version. The marathon is a simple against the clock mode that gets harder with each mission. The time trial involves a different set of missions and the aim is to carry out a series of missions and see how quickly you can complete them all.
Next up there is the puzzle mode, which compromises of 200 different puzzles, which you have to complete. In order to do so you are given a selection of blocks from 3 to 5and you have to work out in which orientation and direction the blocks must be placed to clear the screen. This can take a lot of thought and like the Catch game is a nice addition to the Tetris library.
The fifth variety is the Touch version which compromises of a large tower and 5 levels. There are various different shapes all placed on top of each other and you have to move these around in order to release the balloons from the box on top. To do this you simply move the shapes using your stylus and clearing rows in the normal way by completing them. The other game option within this game is the touch puzzle, which works slightly differently. You still use the stylus to move the blocks but this time it's only a row or two at a time. There are various different goals you must achieve whilst playing and there are 50 different puzzles.
I've still not really got to grips with the Push game which completes the set. You play against the computer in up to 5 different difficulties. The aim of the game is to complete lines and push the computer back towards its own line. You start on the top screen and he appears to drop blocks on you trying to push you back as well. So far I haven't got to grips with it and it seems the poorest of the 6 different game methods within Tetris DS.
The game still holds all of its old charm though. Each different shape is still represented with a different colour and the game creators haven't gone over the top in trying to make the game look to modern. It still retains a lot of its old charm that made the game so popular. It has been fused a little with a Mario theme to keep it in line with the Nintendo platform but that is clearly just a gimmick. The graphics while perhaps a little sharper still give you the classic game play feel and I think that is an important feature to have retained.
Each game has a varying difficulty making it a good game for all ages and one that keeps you entertained. Between Jenny and I, we keep trying to beat each other's high scores on each game, meaning the game has an even longer game play time than it might have if only one of us were playing.
The controls too are relatively easy. For the main menu screens it is simply a case of navigating using the DS Stylus. Once in the games you use a combination of the arrow keys to line up the blocks and the a and b buttons to rotate the shapes to get a better fit. Again the simple controls make the game more accessible to much younger players and in fact it is suggested on the box that this game is suitable for ages 3 and up.
I thought that the 5 new game modes were also a nice addition and perhaps give the game a bit of longevity as you try to master all the different formats. It's one of the aspects I like about games on the DS is the amount they put onto each game cartridge. You certainly seem to get value for money with the DS games, which is something I really didn't feel I got from games on the Sony PSP. It also offers something different for those people like me who grew up playing Tetris; it doesn't just leave you with the same old game but some varieties of the classic version.
Overall I was very impressed with this title on the Nintendo DS. It mixes a lot of new features with the classic version, which makes it appeal to new and old players of the Tetris games. I also think that like the original version on the Game boy this is the sort of game that really suits the Nintendo DS. It's an addictive game that doesn't require a huge screen and can keep you entertained for hours on long journeys. If like me you are a fan of the original Tetris, or you simple enjoy puzzle games then I would honestly say this is still one of the best available, even 20 years after its original release.
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If you say tetris, everyone immediately knows what you are talking about. They will either make some attempt at recreating the theme tune "dodododododododododo... " you know the one I'm talking about. Or they will talk about how they had it on the gameboy when they were ten and they always struggling to build up the left half of the screen while patiently awaiting the arrival of the long block that would get them a "tetris".
The tetris game on the DS offers a lot more than the original, and for a start it's great to see some colour in those blocks. They are displayed all over the case of the game, and because it's so bright and colourful it really catches your eye. You might think that because you've already played tetris before, that this is a silly waste of £25. That is where you would be wrong.
Tetris DS has a total of six different modes that can just be the classic game from your youth, to battling against the computer, or even against your friends in wi-fi mode, which really opens up the opportunities in this game. You will be at a significant advantage if you have played tetris before, but it's not exactly a bad thing if you've never played. It's easy to pick up and before long you'll be hooked and whistling the theme tunes around the house. My only criticism is that there isn't much use of the touch screen feature of the DS, which seems a shame. Having said that, I prefer just using the regular buttons to control things, and the DS is so much more compact than the old skool gameboys, so there is no excuse not to play this morning, noon and night, no matter where you are.
Tetris is a legendary game that has been about for as long as I can remember, this game for the DS has brought tetris back to my game play list and I one welcome it to my collection.
The price of this game varies depending on where you buy it, it can cost anything from £10 of the internet to £30 in the shops.
Ok so tetris isnt the hardest game in the world, basically there is falling blocks and to make sure they disappear you have to create lines across the screen before the screen fills up and there is no room for any more blocks, as the game progresses the blocks fall faster. You are rated in this game by how many lines you have made disappear before the screen eventually fills up.
There are 6 different gaming modes on the Tetris DS which include:
Standard Mode- this is basically the traditional mode and how you would expect to play tetris.
Mission Mode- You play this like standard mode except the aim of the game is to your own scores.
Push Mode- you play this one against the computer or a second player, once you have cleared more than one like at the same time, blocks push up on the other players screen to make the game harder for them.
Touch Mode-this is where you use your DS pen to touch and place the blocks to play.
Catch Mode- in this mode you catch blocks with another block that you control on the screen the more you catch the higher your score.
Puzzel Mode-in this mode there is a set layout on the top screen that you then must match on the bottom screen by chosing the shape of and how u place each block.
I think that this is a great game for the DS and I am glad that Tetris is still about and can be made exciting after being around for so long. I recommend this to anyone who likes the original game.
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It's really amazing to see that Tetris is still great nearly 20 years after its creation.
On top of the traditional Tetris game play, Nintendo also created a series of modes unique to the Nintendo DS experience. Catch Mode is the most drastic of the designs, with players clustering falling Tetris pieces and rotating the cluster to arrange them in grids of four by four or greater honestly this mode is a take it or leave it option, and while it's fun, it just doesn't have the addictive qualities of the classic.
This Nintendo DS version of Tetris is a fantastic continuation of the classic Tetris games.
Still unbelievably addictive. Tetris is a true classic. You can't go back to the absolute basics, but what's been updated here still works for the design. Tetris never fails to impress.
I would probably give this game about a 9 out of 10.
Tetris is one of the very few games on the original Game Boy, that if it wasn't released on any other format afterwards, I would still occasionally dust off my retro handheld to play it today.
As far as I can tell, there are very few gamers who haven't at some point experienced some form of Tetris addiction. There's just something incredibly satisfying and rewarding about slotting in that crucial straight block to blast four seemingly unmovable rows out of existence in an instant.
As great as Tetris is, the idea of a new version barely excites me. What can be changed, I wonder, to improve this classic game?
Tetris DS has two main types of difference. These are gameplay differences, and new modes. The two main gameplay differences are the ability to keep a block in storage, and the ability to see six blocks in advance.
To some, these changes to the core Tetris gameplay will be unwelcome. Well, if you don't like the gameplay being changed, there's always classic Tetris. I really like these changes, and find that they add an extra level of strategy to the game. They tone down the levels of chance that often annoyed me about Tetris on the Game Boy. When you can see six pieces in advance, Tetris becomes almost like a game of chess, where you have to think moves in advance. Got a piece you can't fit in right now? Put it into storage - you can be sure that it'll be handy later, you might even be able to forsee where!
Another gameplay change is the ability to continue to manipulate blocks once they're at the bottom of the screen. This is nice and forgiving, and although it makes the start of the game seem a little too easy, you will be glad of it at level 40, when you're dealing with a huge jagged stack of blocks and need a little bit of extra time to work out what to do.
The new modes are a mixed bag - they're not really game changing, but they're definitely worth a go. As well as the standard Endless mode, there's Touch, Puzzle, Mission and Catch. Touch is the Tetris take on the DS touchscreen, where you are faced with a huge tower of blocks that you must rearrange into rows using the stylus to get rid of it - it's almost like clearing up the mess you made when you lost that last game in Endless mode, from the bottom up.
My personal favourite is Catch. With its Metroid theme, you are given a solid block of Tetris pieces that must be rotated to 'catch' falling pieces and create four-by-four clusters, the equivalent of rows in standard Tertris. This adds another dimension to the gameplay, and although it doesn't beat the addictiveness of Endless mode, it's a great little puzzle game in its own right.
Multiplayer is also surprisingly great. In Push mode, two players must create rows as quickly and as effectively as possible in order to Push the other players Tetris blocks into the Game Over zone. Although Tetris is usually seen as a single player game, this proves that it's as good a multiplayer game as any other.
Overall, I think Tetris DS is ace. The gameplay changes add an extra level of strategy, there are some great alternative modes to keep you occupied, and the multiplayer is great fun!
The classic arcade game is back and now on Nintendo ds. I have always been a tetris fan as i find that it's a challenging game and highly addictive. This was the first game that i brought when i got my ds and it did not disappoint.
The aim of the game is to try and position the falling shapes to build straight lines. Once you get a straight line, it disappears and you get points. The more lines you build the quicker the falling blocks come. However if your unable to build straight lines and the falling blocks keep coming then eventually you will be at the top of the game board and the game will end. This for me is what makes it highly addictive as you want to keep beating your previous score.
As well as the standard tetris game, Nintendo have filled this game with 5 other modes which are:
Push - in this mode you play the CPU and you have to clear lines to push the CPU down. You control the top screen whereas the opponent controls the touch screen. You have to try and control the falling shapes so you build straight lines and push your opponent down to win. I didn't like this game at all as i found it very boring and fustrating. If your quite competitive, then i think you would enjoy it.
Puzzle - You have a selection of 200 puzzles to play with this mode. Once you've selected a puzzle you want to solve, you will be given only a few shapes (which will be displayed on the touch screen) to complete it with. I found this really good and i got so determined to complete them. You can be playing it for hours though as i kept saying ill just do one more and before you know it id been on there for hours.
Mission - You get given random missions which you have to complete before you run out of hearts. Once you've completed it you move on to another mission and so on. The mission is displayed on the top screen on a scroll. With this mode you have the option to do a marathon of missions or do a time trial. The first few missions i found quite easy but they become harder with the more you complete.
Touch - this is where the shaped blocks are already stacked up on the game board and you have to try and slide them into a straight line using your stylus. The game is on both screens but you are only able to move the shape blocks on the lower screen. It is a lot more difficult but again very addictive. I liked this mode as it's designed for you to use your stylus and i found it very addictive.
Catch - you have to move and rotate a core which is at the bottom of the screen and try and fuse it together using the falling shapes to create a 4x4 set of blocks. You have to try not to run out of energy or let your blocks stack over otherwise you lose the game. I liked this game but it was quite tricky. Wasn't my favourite out of the different modes.
With this game you can also play with multiplayer. The three different modes are standard, mission and push. You can either invite other players to play with you using wireless or you can download and play.
Overall i think this game is very good but i would of liked it even it it just had the standard mode as that's tetris at it's best, the other modes are just a bonus. The only mode i didn't like at all was push as i found it very tedious .