Tetris® Blitz iPad Review
- Time limit increases the pace
- Tap controls work extremely well
- Short rounds ideal for mobile play
- Power-ups risk unbalancing the experience
- Leaderboards effectively rendered meaningless
- Cash flow is a little stingy
A flawed, but entertaining reinvention of the classic Tetris experience. The freemium foundations undercut the leaderboards, but the block-dropping action is as enjoyable as ever.
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Tetris will never die. The granddaddy of all block puzzlers is the quintissential example of a timeless game, one which transcends arbitrary divides such as age brackets and console generations.
The latest iteration of the tetromino twirling title is Tetris Blitz. Designed for touchscreens, its puts a high-speed spin on the classic formula in the hope of injecting even more urgency into each round.
Rather than guiding blocks and clearing lines until your stack hits the top of the screen, you are given a strict two-minute time limit. It's up to you to achieve the highest score possible within this small window of opportunity.
As with its previous iOS Tetris titles, EA has replaced the traditional rotate-and-dunk controls with a point-and-tap system. When a block appears, you see ghost outlines showing where the shape might fit. If you don't like the options on display, you can tap the cycle button to change the block's orientation, and reveal alternative destinations.
Once you've decided where you want the block, simply tap the outline, and your tetromino will slot into place. There's also the choice to drag your blocks into place if you wish.
Though control options and time limits may have changed, we're pleased to report that Tetris Blitz is as engaging and exhilhating as it's always been. The addition of a countdown increases the sense of urgency characteristic of a Tetris bout, and the tap-to-place controls are more than up to the task.
Whether you take to this particular version of Tetris or not will depend largely on how you react to the game's freemium architecture. Completing rounds earns you coin, which you can spend on power-ups such as laser blasts, magnets, and quakes. They're not cheap, however, and grant only a few uses before you have to cough up again. Of course, you're also encouraged to purchase coins with real money. The boosts give you a distinct advantage during play, and run the risk of dropping the game into pay-to-win territory.
However, if you're happy to treat the leaderboards with the requisite pinch of salt, Teris Blitz is a fun and frantic addition to the franchise. It's bright, brash, and ideal for score-chasers looking for short bursts of point accruing action. Provided you can tolerate the slightly wearying freemium baggage, this is one block party to which you should probably RSVP.
DescriptionThe Tetris® game you know and love, is now lightning fast, bite-sized fun for today’s players. It’s Tetris how you want it, where you want it. Play free and feel the frenzy.
Race against the clock in a two-minute blitz to clear lines and rack up as many points as possible before time runs out! Step up your game and take part in head-to-head Battles or compete against other players in limited-time Tournaments. With all-new features, stunning visuals, and innovative controls, this twist on the world-famous puzzle game is a must-have.
“…a perfect mobile game” – Examiner.com
“…the engaging mayhem that is Tetris Blitz wouldn’t let me tear my eyes off those blocks.” – Polygon
BLITZ AND BATTLE YOUR WAY
Aim for a personal high score and then celebrate and brag as you fly past your friends on the Facebook leaderboards. Match your skills against other players in head-to-head BLITZ Battles or race to victory in limited-time Tournaments and see if you can take home the win.
POWER TO NEW HIGH SCORES
Supercharge your game and trigger point-boosting reactions with exciting Power-ups and Finishers like Frostbite, Crusher, Mino Rain, and more. Each Power-Up and Finisher has a unique action in the game that provides new ways to play, compete, and earn your highest score yet!
FEEL THE FRENZY
Experience explosive effects and earn double points when you trigger the elusive Frenzy mode. Clear lines back-to-back to stay in Frenzy and get blown away by stunning cascades that keep the points rolling in.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR GAME
All new controls like the innovative “Drag-and-Place” option let you tap and drag pieces with precision. You can also choose the lightning fast “One-Touch” controls or “Swipe” placement if you prefer the original controls.
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