One of the greatest launch titles of all time, now available via the 3DS eShop.
Nintendo's Game Boy debuted alongside a phenomenal version of Tetris, Alexey Pajitnov's iconic puzzle game. It was so addictive that consumers who never played games before (moms, grandparents) were instantly hooked and purchased systems. Suffice to say, it was THE game to own.
Unfortunately, that was 22 years ago. Since then, Tetris has seen numerous evolutions, more recently on the iPhone, along with Nintendo's own Tetris: Axis, which features a variety of modes that put a unique spin on the classic block falling formula.
With this in mind, that old and dusty Game Boy version cannot compete with its much younger counterparts. Besides, all you do is play Tetris. Aside from adjusting the level and music (A, B or C), there's not much else to do.
That doesn't mean you should ignore it.
Released today via the 3DS eShop, Tetris ($3.99) plays just as good as we remember, but on a much sharper screen.
To that end, the goal remains the same. Tetriminos fall from the top of the screen, and you must carefully manipulate these blocks to form lines at the bottom. Do so, and said lines disappear. Let those Tetriminos reach the top of the play area, and the game concludes.
That's it. Nintendo did nothing to spruce up the 1989 launch title and we have no qualms, since it rekindles fond memories of holding the newly released Game Boy in our laps, struggling to make lines while humming the iconic theme music.
If anything, consider it a low cost version of Tetris that lets you enjoy the block falling madness on the go while saving a little green. So long as you're OK with that, it's worth the cash.
What's Hot: Near perfect port of the Game Boy classic, catchy music, addictive play.
What's Not: No two-player mode, doesn't compare to modern Tetris games.