Price: $4.99

Publisher: EA Mobile

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Tetris is the very epitome of classic mobile gaming.  It’s no surprise then that the iPhone version came along quickly after the App Store opened.  What is surprising is how well this gem of a block builder has stood up to the test of time and how a new mode captures the same magic on the iPhone as the original Tetris did on the GameBoy.  When I recently read that Tetris has sold 100 million copies across all mobile phones (most of which are not Apple devices) since 2005 I knew right away that we needed to do a review in honor of that achievement. I’m very glad we did.

The basic premise of Tetris is to guide a series of differently shaped blocks that are falling from the sky into a combined single horizontal line row.  Once you connect all of the blocks in a single line, they disappear and you earn points.  In order to better accomplish this, you have the ability to turn the differently shaped blocks in several different directions.  The object of the game is to keep this up as long as possible.  As the game goes on, the blocks begin falling quicker, making it more difficult for you to turn them in time before they hit the floor.  I’m sure most of you knew the basics but I wanted to cover my bases.

The iPhone game continues with this old formula and it continues to work in spades.  A new mode was created for the iPhone/iPod Touch version.  This mode is called Magic.  The gist of it is that instead of just dropping the blocks into place, you have a variety of other options to destroy the blocks that made it to the floor.  For example, you can use a meteor or a hammer to destroy the fallen blocks.  Or as they are falling, you can use a crayon to redraw (very nice use of the touch screen) or pinch the block into a different shape.  This gives people a whole new way to play the game and it retains its charm.

The controls are extremely simple and the added touch screen options during the magic mode make the iPhone/iPod version of Tetris a treat to play.  The graphics are top notch, all of the colors are vibrant and easy to look at.  The music has been updated to include several new upbeat songs to play along to.  Better yet, you can use your own library of music.  If you’re ready for some heavy duty nostalgia, grab the original song, “Korobeiniki”, and set it to replay in the background.

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My wife started playing the other day.  She was a huge Tetris playing junkie back in the day, specifically on her GameBoy.  She said that the iPhone version was too easy; the blocks give you too long to rotate them before they fall into place and that the magic mode was simply ridiculous.  I couldn’t disagree more.  I love the pace of the game and I think the iPhone/iPod version hits the nail on the head.  But then again, I never really played too much Tetris back in the day.  I was more of a Tecmo Super Bowl guy.  So be warned Tetris purists, your mileage may vary, but for the rest of us iPhone/iPod Touch users, Tetris is a complete win.

Overall Value for it’s $4.99 price point

Overall Value: Rating: ★★★★½
Graphics: Rating: ★★★★½
Sound: Rating: ★★★½☆
Controls: Rating: ★★★★½

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8 Comments

  1. Tetris

    August 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

     Looking good tetris game with few mixes to spice it up. Overall tetris is very addictive game and fun to play.

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  2. Michael Schoonbrood

    June 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    If you like Tetris, you should try out STaCKaH:
    http://stackah.gameplayheaven.com

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  3. nosywombat

    April 27, 2010 at 5:30 am

    This is a good implementation of the game. I found the game play area a bit small though. The special features are fun, but kind of detract from the spirit of the original a bit.

    Anyway, there’s a new iPhone game just out – honey Pot. It’s like Tetris, but with Hexagons instead of squares. If you’re good at Tetris, this game will totally do your head in – it’s a real brain bender. Check it out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBabg2P-uzg

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    February 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

    $5? I think I paid closer to $7 for this when it came out. Regardless, i wish I had not bought it at all. The controls just cripple the later levels and even the earlier levels can be difficult because of them. Good looking game and a bit of fun, but really unfortunate controls keep it from becoming special.

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  5. Amir Michail

    January 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    If you like Tetris, check out DropZap for the iPhone and iPod touch. Web demo here: http://dropzap.appspot.com

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  7. Cody

    January 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I think the replay value is there. I played for about 2 or 3 hours for the review. It’s a game you can pick up and play at anytime. One option is to wait until the inevitable ea sale that seems to happen monthly. Should be about 2.99 or so durin the sale.

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  8. Bruce

    January 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    $5 seems kinda steep for Tetris.

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