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Tetris Party Deluxe Review
Posted on July 16, 2010 by

Tetris is one of those games that no matter who you talk with, usually the response is "Oh yeah, I love that game!" From the early GameBoy version to ones found on cell phones, everyone has played some form of Tetris. With Tetris Party Deluxe for the Nintendo DS, a whole new generation of gamers will be able to experience the addictiveness of the gameplay for themselves.

Most Tetris games do not really have much of a storyline to it other than line up the falling block into a line, clear them and get a high score. The series itself does have an interesting history to that few remember or even know. The original Tetris was created by Allexey Pajitonv of the Soviet Union in 1984. It wasn’t until 1989 when the world was introduced to this addictive game through Nintendo when they bundled the game with its portable system, the GameBoy. Since then it has been ported to every single platform out there; from arcades and home consoles to cell phones and portable consoles, with its newest version on the DS.

Tetris hasn’t really changed much over the past 21 entries; rotate blocks, stack them to form lines and go for the highest score. This simple yet addictive aspect of the game is what makes it fun. The new version adds six different single player modes that do change up the gameplay. Field Runner has the player stack up the tetrominos like a stairway guide a stick figure up to the goal without crushing him. Master Mode is just like the regular single player Tetris but the blocks are dropped at the highest speed making this a game of skill and accuracy. Stage Racer is taking a tetromino and racing it through a course in the fastest time possible. Shadow is more of a traditional puzzle game but using the tetrominos. Players complete the puzzle by matching the blocks against the shadow. Sprint has the player clear 40 lines in the fastest time possible. Bomblis adds in small bombs that can be used to clear lines. Vs COM are the multiplayer battle but instead of another human it’s with the COM.

Since the word party is in the game title, Tetris Party Deluxe background graphics have a friendly and fun feel to them. Instead of monochrome and bland colors, the tetrominos are brightly colored and visible to see. The music is also upbeat and cheerful, which fits into the party theme. Although the downside is that there isn’t an updated version of the Type B melody that we all come to know and love.

With a game like Tetris, the replay value is in the single player mode itself, due to its addictive gameplay and wanting to top the high score. With the six new modes of play, single card and multi-card wireless multiplayer, and the ability to connect and play other people around the world through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, replay value is almost endless.

Tetris is one of the few games that no matter how many iterations it has, or how old it is, everyone has played it and enjoyed its addictiveness. While it may not be reinventing the wheel, it does add new modes to add to the replay value and keep it fresh. Add in the ability to play not only against friends over the DS Wi-Fi, but also others around the world using the Nintendo Wi-Fi, Tetris Party Deluxe gives a new meaning to family game night.

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