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(Anonymous) (Unknown)   29th Mar 2012 04:56

"Tetris is your god. Bow down to it!"

If you have not played Tetris, there is something wrong with you. Anyone who has ever played a videogame should know what it is. Hell, even people who haven't have heard of this game. This is the ultimate puzzle game. This is where real gaming began. Not pong or breakout. THIS is the first generation of gaming. THIS is the game, which everyone and their mother has played. THIS is the game that was so addictive that the creator became addicted to it while still programming it!

For the graphics, what else can you say, but ''It works''? That's all you need to say and you've described the graphics. Because that's simply all it is. The game is as basic as it can be. Besides the backgrounds it is nothing but a bunch of colored blocks. So, looking at them, how else can you describe it? They're NICE looking blocks, but that's pretty much like saying the dot on Pong is a very nice dot. That simply won't cut it. But, for what it did have, and considering when it came out, it looks quite nice. The pieces are large and detailed (for blocks, I mean). The game field itself only actually takes up about a fourth of the screen. The rest in the background is mainly little crap. The other areas display the next shape coming up, the level you are on, number of lines, and your score. The colors for the game are very vibrant for an early NES game. Whenever you reach a new level the shapes change color. The palette, while not very large, has very bright colors such as green, red, and a bright purple.

The gameplay, simply put, is the most addictive thing you will ever play. It's quite simple. There are a bunch of blocks falling out from the sky. You must arrange them into straight lines so they can be hailed away, and they will not reach the top and you will not lose. It's short, simple, and fun. But if you think this is the type of game that you can just play and put away you are wrong. Oh how you are ever so wrong.

The pieces are made of four blocks arranged into a certain order. You press A and B to rotate the blocks into different directions so they can fit with each other and make straight lines. But that's not all. You may also use one piece to assemble several complete rows at a time. The more rows you complete at once, the more points you get. The best is of course the ''Tetris'' which is done when you complete four rows at once. Every ten rows you get, you go to the next level. At the next level, they will fall slightly faster.

Like all game in this fashion, playing more makes you a better player and allows you to get a higher score, or get more lines. However, there is something terribly addictive about this game, which no one can quite put their finger on. But, when you lose, there is just the strange urge to play. When you're done, you get the feeling that you know you could've done better had you not made one mistake here or put that other piece there. Once you start playing you cannot stop. Yes, often the game becomes frustrating, but while you might turn the game off in a tiff, 5 minutes later you will be running back to play it some more.

Perhaps the most fun part about the game is when it starts getting really fast. Playing the game gives you incredible reflexes. And, some of the most fun is just testing them out. When you start getting to areas like level 9, all of the adrenaline suddenly rushing to you makes the game so much more fun. You are forced to make quick decisions when desperately attempting to keep your shapes from building up, yet still trying to place them into straight lines.

Another great thing about the game is choosing what style to play it. I'm not referring to Game types. I mean how you play. Most of us at first will work to trying to simply get as many lines as possible. And that's still amazingly fun. I mean, there's nothing more satisfying than fitting that one piece into that exact spot and getting three lines or so. But, as you get better, some start trying to go for the high score type of playing. This is much more challenging, since you start moving the shapes in order to make SPACE for one convenient shape and rack up the points from three lines. Once you start playing like that, the straight line becomes your godsend.

The game's control works great. It's only two buttons, yet it still works perfectly! The control pad moves the pieces themselves, while A and B rotate. The controls are very smooth and responsive. Take a split second and you can easily move one piece all the way across the screen. And, despite seeming impossible, with the right amount of skill and great control like this, it allows you to make spectacular moves like the ones you'll pull off in this game.

The music to this game is amazing, even for an NES game. Granted the Gameboy has a better theme, but this still has great music. If you are a player who likes to start out on high levels, and always has the blood pumping at a huge rate, then type B, a very fast theme is just what you need. Not only a great theme on its own, but just a truly motivating theme for when you have 100+ lines and you barely have time to even think when you are placing your shapes.

However, if you are a player who likes to do hard things with a bit of classical or relaxing music in the background, then you will appreciate Type A. Upon hearing it you will notice that it is ''The Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy'' done in beeps. Oh well. What more could you expect from the NES? For the players, which just like random stuff or no music at all, Type C or none will suit, you better.

There is a never-ending amount of reasons to keep playing this game. For one thing, IT won't let you ever stop, anyway. As soon as you put it down, you want to play it again. I'm not joking. This game is a serious addiction. I'm sure you could literally measure month’s worth of time that I could have been doing something productive that I played this game. For one thing, it never ends, like Pac-Man. So, you are always trying to beat your old high score.

But, that's not to say that you aren't rewarded for your efforts. Getting 100,000 points gets you a little rocket which you get to see take off. 200,000 allow you to see a large rocket. And, the best score possible, allows you to see some guy playing the violin. Or, if it is in Type B, you get to see a bunch of Russians dancing!

But either way, you will never stop playing this game. A million years from now when everything is far too advanced to deal with toys like this, this game, like chess, will still be played. It is no longer even a game, but simply a meditation. There's simply nothing wrong with it. Even now the only thing of its kind to surpass it is its Gameboy counterpart, and that is only because it's portable, and Type A theme is better. But, if you can find this on ANY system, get it. Everyone, even non-gamers, should be able to have the experience.

Reviewer's Score: 10/10, Originally Posted: 02/11/03, Updated 02/11/03

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