We all know Tetris and I can’t imagine there’s one gamer who hasn’t been stacking blocks. But each platform has the right for its version of the hectic puzzler and as such we now get it on the 3DS.
Tetris 3DS looks for some small innovations and the fact that you can now play with three dimensions. After all, the basic concept doesn’t allow for much novelties and I even wonder why Nintendo didn’t use the depth sight to bring new life into an antique PC game like Block-Out. Tetris in 3D is little different from Tetris in 2D. But Tetris sells anyway.
We get four modes including the classic Marathon. Play until you drop dead, so to speak. Survival gives a smaller playing field and extra lines added from the bottom, and Computer Battle has you taking on your 3DS. Finally Fever is some kind of extra that seems to aim at shorter challenges for high scores that are all the hype these days.
And also here it works! In 60 seconds you need to make as many lines as possible on your limited playing field and as reward you can unlock items that help getting a higher score. Of course this comes with an online leaderboard to find additional opponents and challenge. This mode no doubt offers a prolonged lifespan, certainly for those gamers who’ve been playing Tetris for years already and are looking for additional variation and continuous challenge.
This is of course also present in the multiplayer possibilities and this for up to eight players. Not that you’ll be able to do this as I don’t see people over here getting together with eight for a game of Tetris. Too bad as there are quite a number of different possibilities. Enough even to consider a game with all the nephews and nieces this Christmas. Now, you can also go one-on-one through the internet if the family can’t cope with your crazy skills.
There are also some throw-away minigames as those where you need to make certain shapes with the blocks from Tetris. Fun for a few minutes, but not something that will blow you away. Also fun are those that use the handheld’s camera to set the playing field in your own “real” world. Nice for variation and always a little bit magical.
Magical isn’t the word for this game. Those who have a Tetris for the Nintendo DS won’t really be blown away by the new content and possibilities. You also don’t have to get this one for the 3D effect even if it’s fun to move your blocks to your kitchen table or bedroom wall. Nonetheless Tetris remains as addictive and perfect as it has always been, so if you don’t have it yet, and need to kill some hours on the plane, in the car or at work: why not!