Tetris just can't get old... or can it? We review the latest version of the famous puzzler, this time on cell phones.
For years, we've seen variation after variation of the popular Alexei Pajitnov puzzle game Tetris, a piece-dropping game where the goal is to basically create solid lines in a limited puzzle field to eliminate them from play. If a line is not eliminated, it remains and pieces can stack on top of it. The higher the pieces stack, the easier it is to lose the game. You know the formula. It's seen use on the NES and current generation consoles, and now it's time for cell phone users to get in on the act.
Tetris Deluxe is Blue Lava's take on the classic puzzle game, and it keeps to the simple formula of the original game, a smart move considering that latest versions of the game haven't really done so. The result is a joyous, if simple, puzzle game that will keep you busy for hours on end. It features colorful graphics and simple, bright shapes to put into play, and the sound effects are kept easy to not put your phone into overdrive. This means no background music, but oh well.
As far as gameplay, it's very solid, coming into good use with the keypad and allowing you to be precise, either on your own or with the assistance of "ghost pieces" which help you see where your shape could end up. The difficulty ramps up pretty nicely, and the game features an abundance of modes, including the classic non-stop Marathon, the speedy Ultra competition, and the challenging 40 Lines mode. There's no real versus mode, I'm afraid, but the rest of the game in its single player guise is pretty damn cool.
The old credo "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes into play, and Blue Lava was wise to bring us Tetris in a good ol' form instead of some revamped bastardization that would have left us distracted. It may not be for everyone, especially if they've gone out of Tetris leagues with new puzzle games. But there's still plenty of pleasant distraction to stick on your cell phone with this, so at least give it a couple of playthroughs and have some fun again.
What's Hot: It ain't broke, and they didn't fix it. Great game after all these years.
What's Not: Looking for something new? Then move along.