Portable Perks: Tetris Blitz
I encountered Tetris as a nuisance of my then precious gaming time when I was a kid. My mom would hog the Famicom and would just keep playing Tetris over and over again. I would patiently wait and secretly hope the blocks would fill up the screen immediately, although it never came as fast as I wanted because she was so good. I would whine and moan about how “Tetris is so boooooooooooooring”, but she would just go on, trying to fit those blocks as best as she could, occasionally getting excited whenever the straight line block appeared. I never understood the appeal.
Fast forward 25 years later, and here I am a Tetris nut myself, having sunk so many hours into Tetris for the Nintendo DS. I was excited to see that Tetris Blitz was available for my phone. I excitedly downloaded it and was greeted by somewhat a game show style of Tetris. I was a bit hesitant at first, but then after playing my first few rounds, I was convinced: this is still Tetris, but with some slight modern additions.
If you know the basic mechanics of Tetris, then you’ll feel right at home. At In its core, you need to create a horizontal line to clear the blocks and try to get a highscore, but now with an added time limit of only 2 minutes per game. You can further add more numbers to your score with some added power ups that you can buy with in-game currency or real money. The power ups are varied and very helpful. Some could simply stop the clock to give you more time to rack up some points. Some could create an “earthquake” and shake down loose blocks into some cracks to clear lines which leads to, you guessed it, more points! Another neat feature of the game is a new weekly power up for you to try for free. You can then buy it after the round. Think of it as a “try-before-you-buy”. Frankly, this keeps the game fresh for me and I would tend to go back and play a few rounds when the game notifies me that there’s a new powerup for me to try.
The social aspect of the game is very simple as well. If you connected your account with Facebook, the leaderboard is automatically populated with your friends who play the game. And of course the ultimate goal is to be #1 before the leaderboard refreshes in 5 days. When you get knocked off your mantel, the game will blatantly tell you via notification that <insert friend name here> has beaten your high score and will invite you for a game to try to beat him back. It’s very clever and addictive as it provides a passive way of competing with your friends.
Tetris Blitz is available free for both Android and iOS and with unobtrusive in-app purchases. If you're friends with me in Facebook then prepare to be disappointed, because I’m always on the bottom of the board ;__;
Enjoy the "funny" trailer that explains what Tetris Blitz is all about!