Subscribe / Unsubscribe Enewsletters | Login | Register

Pencil Banner

Blockbusters: Games for Tetris lovers

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | July 9, 2014
I'm a huge Tetris fan. There's just something about the pure adrenaline that rushes through your veins when you've lined up the perfect Tetris combo, and your next piece is a straight polyomino. You know what I'm talking about. Heck, my mobile ringtone is an electronica version of the Tetris theme song.

I'm a huge Tetris fan. There's just something about the pure adrenaline that rushes through your veins when you've lined up the perfect Tetris combo, and your next piece is a straight polyomino. You know what I'm talking about. Heck, my mobile ringtone is an electronica version of the Tetris theme song.

And I know I'm not the only one: After all, Tetris is only one of the most popular games ever. But even we diehard tetramino stackers need a change of pace every once in a while. Luckily, that doesn't mean we have to give up block-stacking goodness — instead, we can just pick up one of these Tetris-y mobile games that offer up the same simple, fast-paced, and thoroughly addictive gameplay as our old standby. 

Tetris

We can't have a Tetris games round up without Tetris, but if you're a diehard Tetris fan you may want to take a deep breath before you power up Electronic Arts' mobile Tetris game (free, Android; $1, iOS). The concept is, obviously, the same as the original, but the controls are a bit...wacky.

If there's one thing everyone loves about Tetris, it's the fast-paced, reflexive gameplay. But that's difficult to replicate on a touchscreen device with no physical buttons. To compensate for the lack of tactile controls, EA offers several new, somewhat bizarre controls for the old game, all of which take a little time to get used to. The "classic," or rather "mobile classic" controls — swipe controls — are still there, and they offer the closest thing to traditional Tetris that you're going to get. With swipe controls, you swipe your tetramino left and right to place it, tap to rotate it, and swipe down to speed it toward the bottom.

EA also offers "One-Touch" controls and "Drag-and-Place" controls. If you choose to play with One-Touch, your tetramino will no longer fall toward the bottom of the screen. Instead, it sits at the top and you see several outlines of where it could potentially end up. You can then tap one of the outlines to make the piece travel there, or you can tap the screen to see several more options. There is a timer, and if you fail to choose an outline in time the piece will simply fall as-is. If this sounds really weird, that's because it is, and it definitely takes some practice and an open mind. Drag-and-Place is a little more intuitive; with these controls, you simply tap on the piece and drag it into place.

If you're looking for classic, old school Tetris, EA's mobile Tetris will almost certainly leave you disappointed. But if you're looking for a twist on the original game, these new controls constitute just that.

 

1  2  3  Next Page 

Sign up for Computerworld eNewsletters.