Tetris is one of those games that no matter who you talk to, mention it and you’ll get the response: "Oh yeah, I love that game." From the first GameBoy version to the ones found on cell phones, everyone has played some form of Tetris. With Tetris Party Deluxe for the Wii, a whole new generation of gamers will be able to experience the addictiveness of its game play for themselves.
Most Tetris games do not have much of a storyline to them, you line up the falling tetrominos into a line to clear them and get a high score. The series itself does have an interesting history to it that few, if any, remember or know. Tetris is a puzzle game created by Alexey Pajitnov of the Soviet Union in 1984. It wasn’t until 1989 that the rest of 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 being on the Wii.
The gameplay hasn’t really changed much over the past 27 years for Tetris; rotate tetrominos and stack them to form lines and go for the highest score. This simple yet very addictive aspect of the game is what makes it fun. In this new version however, there are six different single player modes that change up the gameplay. Field Runner has the player stack up the tetrominos like a stairway to 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. In Stage Racer you take a tetromino and race it through a course. Shadow is more of a traditional puzzle game 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. Bombliss adds in small bombs that can be used to clear lines. Vs COM is a multiplayer battle with the computer.
Since the word party is in the game title, Tetris Party Deluxe background graphics have a friendly and fun feel to them. Instead of the usual monochrome and bland colors, the tetrominos are brightly colored and highly visible. The music is also upbeat and cheerful, which fits into the party theme. The downside is that there is no updated version of the Type B melody we have 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. To add to the addictiveness and replay value of Tetris is the on and off line multiplayer. The multiplayer adds in 9 modes of play. Six of them are versus versions of the single player modes, while there are 3 new modes exclusive for multiplayer. Dual spaces have players compete for areas inside the playing field, Co-op Tetris has players helping each other clearing rows, and Co-op vs. Co-op has teams of two battling each other. If going up against your friends in the comfort of your living room isn’t enough, you can take your Tetris skills online and play against others around the world. Party Deluxe includes local and global rankings so you can see how you stack up against other players around the world.
Tetris is one of those 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 re-inventing the wheel, Tetris Party Deluxe adds new modes which add to its replay value and keep the game fresh. Add in the ability to play not only against friends over the internet, but also with others around the world using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and Tetris Party Deluxe gives a new meaning to family game night.