Despite being one of the most cloned games in the history of computer gaming, Tetris still has every bit as much appeal as it did when it first hit the scene in June of 1985. Today, I’m taking a close look at the release of Tetris for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Electronic Arts has embraced the new platform by porting over titles like SimCity, Monopoly, Spore, Scrabble, and more. Tetris was brought over with an amazing response and deservingly so.
The graphics are stunning and very aesthetically pleasing. It is hard to imagine even the menu looking as good as it does when you take a look back at the Game Boy version of Tetris released in 1989. It is the same game, down to the general layout of the UI, but the fresh graphics are a great update.
Controls come complete with a learning curve that takes a session or two to get used to but once you get the hang of the nuances of their touch integration there really isn’t any other way this could be done. They figured out the easiest way to manage controls that utilizes the touch interface in the smoothest way possible. Just give the screen a quick tap to rotate the piece, and swipe your finger down to drop it. In order to combat flawed perception, a transparent copy of the piece appears on the stack to indicate where and how it will land if you drop the piece from its current position.
Overall, it’s the Tetris we know and love. This is no imitation of the original, but an updated version of it made by the biggest name in electronic gaming today and released for the newest portable gaming platform. If you are going to spend money on any game for the iPod or iPhone, then this should be at the top of any geek’s list.
Rating: 95 out of 100