Tetris Review for PSP

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By now even the most casual of gamers must be familiar with Tetris. This was the puzzler that launched the original Game Boy, and today it's arguably still the most iconic entry in its genre. Every handheld needs a version of Tetris, and with hindsight it's surprising that it's taken this long for the game to reach the PSP.

Never mind, because we have it now - and it's a damn good version, too. As part of the initial wave of Sony's new downloadable PSP Minis, it would have been easy to churn out a lazy by-the-numbers port of the old block-swivelling classic. Instead, EA has given us what pretty much amounts to a definitive version of the game. The original, maddeningly-addictive gameplay remains intact, but there's also a generous selection of alternative modes and variations, along with several features that you really wouldn't expect to find in a release like this.

The "pure" Tetris experience is as simple and absorbing as ever. Blocky shapes descend from the sky, the player rotates them and attempts to slot them together to make solid grids. When you fill out a complete line it disappears and wins you points, but if you can manage to finish multiple lines at once you'll also get a fat bonus. It's always been hugely gratifying to slide one long block down the side of a stack to clock four lines at once (an achievement known as a "Tetris"), but here the practice is extended further, rewarding you with extra points for chaining multiple Tetrises in a row.

In addition to the vanilla variant there are 11 other modes to try, each adding some form of game-changing mechanics: one forces unsupported cubes to obey the law of gravity, allowing for chain reactions; others makes your stack scroll to the right every couple of seconds, or require you to keep your stack below a horizontal laser. Some of these quirks work better than others, but as a general rule they're all interesting enough to warrant a go when you fancy a change from the core game.

Several of these modes have to be unlocked by meeting specific targets, and there's a whole set of challenges that further help to boost the replay value. The left side of the title screen is taken up with a large meter that gauges your progress through these tasks, so obsessive completists will have plenty to worry about. On top of this there's a wealth of scoreboards and stat trackers, plus a Pro Trainer mode - a set of videos that show world-class players acing the various modes in record time. When you see how fast these guys work, you'll understand just how skill-less you really are.

There really aren't many criticisms I can make of this bumper package. The house club remix of the Tetris anthem is a bit weak, but you'll probably hum it anyway. The only notable absence here is a multiplayer mode, but then Tetris always worked better as a lonely, consuming experience. At £3.99 this is one of the more expensive releases in the Minis range, but considering what you actually get, this still represents excellent value for money.

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Helldrunkard

Well if got bored on playing RPG i kinda find this game handy to erase boredom
Posted 20:49 on 09 October 2009
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renegade@ thpcplayer

It was a joke xD
Posted 19:15 on 09 October 2009
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thpcplayer@ renegade

how do you know it is the best game this gen it isnt even out yet lol you havent played it. It is one of my most anticipated and truly deserves the excellent meta rating of 97 but dont say anything bfore actually playing


tell you what dead space got 8 but made it into the top10 games of 2008 video(figure out why?)HINT:check videogamers game review guide

Also, this thing has to be noted that score is just a number the fact that which game is better is actually found out in the review of that game

this deserves a 9. UNcharted also perhaps even 10 but that depends on the reviewr
Posted 17:47 on 09 October 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ guyderman

ahaha, well i sorta knew it would be a joke. ;)
Posted 10:59 on 09 October 2009
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guyderman@ Mr_Ninjutsu

If you look at my comment closely - the fact that it's in 'speech marks' and followed by a LOL and a smiley face means that I was taking the piss!

I was just trying to leviate a bit of tension as the site seems to be a liitle tightly wound at the moment when it comes to review scores!

Obviously it failed - LOL!
Posted 10:47 on 09 October 2009
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renegade@ guyderman

I know rite! UC 2 is like best game this gen! Tetris ain't got sh*t on this
Posted 09:38 on 09 October 2009
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pblive

It's in my download list. I recommend the breakout game as well, damn hard but great.
Posted 08:15 on 09 October 2009
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

How many MB's does it take?

Edit: 27MB. Sounds good.
Posted 21:20 on 08 October 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ guyderman

Each game is reviewed on its own and unless this is a joke then you must need some serious help. How could one compare Tetris with UC2?!

1,991 posts same number for my birth year.
Posted 20:59 on 08 October 2009
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Coadee123

liked the revew but it cant beat the original thats addictive
Posted 20:57 on 08 October 2009
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guyderman

'Wot - it got the same score as Uncharted 2 - This sites full of Bull Sh*t man!' LOL! :)
Posted 17:12 on 08 October 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu

I would actually buy this now, not really been in on the whole Tetris craze yet.
Posted 17:03 on 08 October 2009

Game Stats

Tetris
9
Out of 10
Tetris - No boxshot available.
  • Loads of extras
  • It's Tetris
  • As addictive as ever
  • The remixed Tetris theme isn't too hot
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Release Date: 01/10/2009
Platforms: PSP , 3DS , iPhone
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Puzzle
No. Players: One
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 1,653 507
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