There are many new games released every year, but the ones that still prove popular are the old classics. Once you have an iPhone, you start spending your time thinking about a new application you’re after to enhance your iPhone experience. Or, you know… simply give you something to do when you’re bored on the train.
The other week, I downloaded Tetris to give me some true (wait for it) ‘old school’ gaming fun. And, I have to say, it’s a pretty darn hoot if you ask me. The nice thing about the iPhone is the interactivity and the user-interface. A finger is all you need to make most of the functionality on the iPhone and playing Tetris on it is actually better than playing it on the Gameboy. Touching anywhere in the screen makes the tiles move, with simple drag and drop options – as well as tapping on the screen for a rotation. There is a tutorial that pops up before each game to show you how to do this should you need one (which you can also skip).
You can play any of the 15 levels without having to do any of the previous ones and the bouncy colourful imagery on the screen sure does put you in a similar bouncy mood. You also have the option of listening to the music on your phone’s iPod rather than the in-game jingles. There is also a magic mode that allows you to go through the set puzzles the computer has stored, which allows you to collect items that help you to get rid of lines faster. Most definitely a brilliant touch to this old classic game.
There is probably only one thing that can get rather annoying when playing this game. You can either drag hard or soft to make the tile fall fast or slow, respectively. However, sometimes the gadget can’t tell the difference between the two and you end up dropping your tile in the stupidest of places. This has happened a little more often than not and has made me mutter a few profanities on the London Underground, only to get those around me shoot me a few dirty glares. Oops. Must engage mouth-filter more.
All-in-all a very fun iPhone application that is well worth the money.
Tetris gets four and a half out of five from me.