Tetris: A masterpiece without parallel
Hello everyone, today I will be reviewing an ageless classic, Tetris. Tetris was a Russian game and then soon became a worldwide game due to its popularity that still persists so many years after its release. This game came out in 1989 and years later it has appeared on the NES, GBA, SNES, Neo Geo and several other consoles since then....Now then, let's review this game and all of its fame and glory....
The basic gameplay or objective of Tetris is very simple, once you have selected a difficulty level to start with (which range from level 0 to 9 with 0 being the lowest) you basically just build up several lines using the 7 shapes. The objective is to arrange the shapes so that you can clear as many rows as possible without the shapes stacking up to the very top of the screen, once that happens, its game over. The two basic controls in this game are X and Z (if you haven't changed them) which will rotate your shapes clockwise and counter clockwise respectively. Along with that are the arrow keys which allow you to move your shape across the screen, while the down arrow accelerates the speed at which your block falls. The sides of the screen will display the number of each type of shape you have placed so far, the number of lines you have cleared, and also the shape that will come up the next turn. Also, with each level, the shapes come down a little faster. You earn points once you complete a line of 10 blocks and it will disappear, you can do this with up to four lines at once and receive bonus points for doing so. You can keep doing this up its game over.
You can play either Endurance mode which is from level 0 to 9 with each level being slightly more difficult, or 25 lines which also allows you to choose a difficulty and the height of the blocks as well with it being harder the higher you set it.
The graphics of this game are rather simple and they aren't really the most important factor of the game believe it or not. You don't come to tetris to be awestruck by the graphics, but they are good enough to get the job done and make things interesting. Nonetheless, they are colorful and bright and they change color with every level which adds some variety while keeping things interesting. The colors are generally the same, but they are a different shade so that it doesn't get confusing when you are arranging the blocks. As far as graphics go, Tetris is simple and the game itself has a simple appearance, the blocks fall down in the screen and it is up to you to arrange them in a way that you can clear each line without leaving any gaps in between. All of the statistics from the number of lines cleared, the number of each type of block you have received, and even the next type of block that will appear are all presented to the side of the game. Overall the graphics of this game are relatively basic and simple, they aren't the main course of this game so to speak, but they do contribute to the game's overall pizzazz factor, thus I scored them an 8.
Music/ Sound: 9
This game allows you the option to pick between 3 different catchy tunes in the beginning before you play your game. All of which provide a light, exciting atmosphere to the gameplay, while spicing things up a bit. I should also add that they match the mood of tetris quite accurately and it gets you in the mood to play the game and enjoy all it has to offer. Like most classic games, the music becomes more frantic and rapid the more the screen fills up with blocks that you haven't cleared, the main thing is to keep a clear head and not let the music put you under too much pressure. There is also a little beeping sound that accompanies the flashing blocks once you have cleared a set of 4 rows Overall, the music is light and simple but it still makes the game more intoxicating to play while also adding to the overall gaming experience which is why I scored it a 9.
One of the more noticeable factors of this game is its overall addctiveness. Tetris excels in this category mainly because each and every time you come close to completing a row or setting a new high score adds to your need to play it again and again until you achieve your goal. It is no different from any arcade game in this aspect because with every time you come closer and closer to breaking your own personal best, you will find yourself playing it over and over again until you do, and even then you will still want more. I find this game rather relaxing and it provides a nice activity for that purpose, this is one of those games that you can play for hours on end without it getting old, Another factor to why it doesn't get dull is that with each of the levels in this game, the blocks fall slightly faster in each one which makes things a bit more challenging each and every time. Another element of this game that contributes to the general addiction is its simplicity, the overall concept of sliding and arranging blocks together, the way the blocks speed up with each level and the setup of the blocks to clear rows, even to the music itself, all make the game uncomplicated, but addicting and fun at the same time. Perhaps it is the simple fact that this game is purely fueled and ultimately controlled with nothing other than your mind that really add to its re-playability factor...It is really amazing how this simple formula can really make for such an addicting game which is why I scored it a 10 altogether.
This game has no story and it really doesn't need one to be interesting. Rather than an actual story, this game features a simple objective of clearing the blocks in each row to attain a high score and move up each level until you can no longer do so, therefore, this game does not have a storyline or plot to it and it is best kept this way because it would corrupt the simplicity of the game itself by making it too complicated. Overall, it is best left the way it is without a story.
This game does provide a decent amount of depth, most of which is mentally stimulating for your brain. This is just one of those games that you can go on playing for hours and hours without getting bored. Tetris starts off nice and simple, but then it hooks you in when it starts to get challenging, the objective is rather simple because all you have to do is arrange the blocks by rotating them to fit into each other in such a way that you clear a row, and you keep doing this for each and every level, only it is slightly more difficult each time which adds to the depth. Keep in mind though that this is a simple game and it does not feature a storyline or plot so it isn't the type of game that requires you to invest a lot of time in for you to beat it, like final fantasy or pokemon for instance and it is for that reason that I scored the depth of this game a 5 because it is a lot more simple than that. As far as depth goes, it offers a good amount of difficulty which can exact one's skill to place and arrange blocks in a timely manner. Altogether, this is more of a mental game since it stimulates your brain, making it unique since most video games don't do this in the way that Tetris does.
This game honestly isn't all that difficult, it is like any normal classic arcade game in the sense that it does get more challenging to complete your objective each time with each level you progress through. The game starts off at a rather slow and comfortable pace, allowing you plenty of time to arrange the blocks in any way you so desire, and with each level it gets slightly faster up until the point where you are on the edge of your seat waiting for the next block to appear to complete your row. Another noticeable factor is when you really start to stack a lot of blocks up and once they start to pile up to the top of the screen, the music gets faster and it becomes harder to arrange the new blocks because you don't have enough time or space left to do it properly. It will become more familiar with you once you start to play it and then get a hang of the general gist of things. If you are a beginner, the best thing to do would probably be to start on a low level of difficulty, like level 0 and then work your way up to higher ones, once you start to play it frequently, arranging the blocks precisely will become second nature. Overall it all comes down to how you approach the game and also how patient you are, if you are willing to spend some time developing a good strategy to clearing rows, then this game will be a piece of cake. As far as controls go, your primary ones are X and Z which rotate the block right and left and the arrow keys which will allow you to move your shape across the screen as well as put it into any space accordingly. Altogether, the mechanics of this game aren't all that complicated which is why I scored the difficulty of the game a 5 because it can present enough of a challenge to make things interesting, but it isn't difficult to the point that it encourages you to stop playing it.
Sound: 9* 25%
Addictiveness: 10* 35%
Depth: 5* 5%
Difficulty: 5* 5%
Although this is a rather simple game, it is quite addictive all of the elements of this game make for an enjoyable and challenging experience. The great thing about this game is that it really doesn't need a lot to be fun, the concept, the graphics and everything about it are all very simple and basic, nonetheless, this game has been around for nearly 30 years and is still widely popular, so they must've done something right in creating this game right? Overall this game gets an 8.3 which was thrown off mainly because of the story since it didn't have one, nonetheless, it is still a very good game and it is worth your time to play it.
I always have a great time playing this game and I can definitely recommend this game to those who are a fan of classic games or puzzle games, nonetheless, this is a game for any and all to enjoy.