Tetris Party Deluxe
Although it's more than 20 years old, you've never played Tetris like this.
Almost every gamer has played Tetris on the old school Game Boy, Xbox 360 or PC. It's literally the one game you cannot escape; you can even download it to your phone. The ultimate version, though, is Tetris Party for WiiWare. Instead of blowing dust off the original game and selling it for a ridiculous price, the developers re-imagined the classic puzzler and dreamed up a handful of fun mini-games that play off the familiar block stacking formula. Now Majesco brings it to DS in the anticipated Tetris Party Deluxe, complete with over 20 different modes and online play.
If you crave classic Tetris, rest assured that it's alive and well on the tiny DS cart. Just make sure you enjoy the many variations. Field Climber, for example, challenges you to help a rock climber ascend a mountain by clearing lines (the more blocks disappear, the further he travels). It's addictive on WiiWare, but the designers added a new wrinkle to the DS version by including endless play. Then you have Shadow. In the WiiWare game, you race to fill in background images with blocks, doing your best to avoid going outside the lines. While that basic premise remains the same, now you can create your own puzzles using an editor.
Next up is Stage Racer. In this mode, the goal is to guide a Tetrimino down a narrow passageway without touching the sides, except now there's an Abyss Mode that makes said passageway much longer. Finally, there's Duel Spaces. Two players compete to enclose as much open space as possible and fill the screen with their own respective color. Supposedly, this edition features new rules, but it remains to be seen what those are.
On top of that, Tetris Deluxe Party also comes with six new modes. Bombliss lets you destroy lines using explosives and set up chain reactions, while Sprint (and VS Sprint with up to four players) tests your speed to see how fast it takes to clear 40 lines. Master allows you to adjust the game's speed and difficulty, and Co-op VS Co-op is an all out two-versus-two war. The list concludes with All Clear Sprint, where you must eliminate 20 lines one after the other.
Finally, the game comes with 130 achievements to unlock, as well as competitive multiplayer with 13 different items to use against the opposition, such as Smoke (obscures someone's board) and Time Stop (freezes their falling blocks). You can even talk smack in the pre-game lobby by speaking into the system's microphone.
All of this should combine to form one of the DS' most entertaining and value packed games, even at $29.99. Just wait for our review to see if Tetris Party Deluxe is just as good as its console cousin.