I've played at least a dozen different varieties of Tetris. I think
it's fair to say that I might have enjoyed a quick game of Tetris
now and again.... You know, to pass the time. You might say:
- I have had Tetris dreams. Detailed, multi-level Tetris
- I forget to blink when I play, and when I realize that I've got to
blink, I really don't want to, because I know the icy grip of the air
will drop me like a punch to the gut....
- I actually have a detailed opinion about the Tengen vs Nintendo debate.
Hell, I know what that sentence means.
- The "Tetris music" runs through my head any time I think about the game.
- I've played Tetris on no less than 5 different types of system (NES, SNES,
PC, PS2, Game Boy).
- I've got Tetris on a key chain. I bought it claiming that it was for
the wife. I lied, just so I could have more Tetris around.
- When someone asks me "How big is your rocket?", I respond with a knowing
smile and a bruised thumb.
- A quick game lasts at least twenty minutes.
- I think it's funny to try to rotate the square.
- I've lapsed into a Tetris induced coma.
Just about the time that I think I'm free from the addiction, another variety
of Tetris comes along to rip months of my life away.
Tetris 2, oh, how I know thee. The
Super Nintendo had a rash of pseudo-classics come out for it within the span of
a year. The big rush for these titles was intensified by how much
"catching up" the SNES had to do to (the Genesis was some tough competition).
Tetris 2 for the Super Nintendo is an odd flavor of Tetris, and I promise
you, it is one that that will keep your eyes dry and your fingers numb.
Not only was this the version of Tetris that put two-player back into the
picture, it's also the version that put special blocks and puzzle modes into the
Graphically, Tetris has never been much of anything special. However,
this version has a nice "kids" theme that makes for a nice change, and it's
certainly very much like a Nintendo game.
The sound in this version of Tetris is nowhere near as addictive as the first
Nintendo Tetris. It presents a nice, airy feel - pretty light hearted
while keeping your concentration.
The magic begins once you start playing Tetris 2. It's hard to know how
addictive the game is until you play. There are two or three major modes
of play. Standard mode pits you against a world of falling blocks.
Arrange the blocks so that the blocks form lines, and hence, disappear.
Not too different from the original Tetris mind you, but some of the pieces
behave differently. The rules are a bit different, too - heck, the
definition of a "line" is different! There are several block varieties
that have a "split" in them. When one end of the block gets laid, the
other end of the block breaks free for you to place anywhere else. A quick
hand and a quick thought can gain you many levels in this game. Further,
the main object of Tetris 2 is a lot like Dr. Mario. To form "lines", you
match colors. Match three of the same color, either vertically or
horizontally, and the line disappears. One of the main modes of the game
has you aiming to get rid of specific flashing blocks to advance a level.
There is a Puzzle mode to Tetris 2, as well. It is nothing short of
wonderful, and frustrating, and addictive. The object of Puzzle mode is to
complete a level using three or four specific tiles. There are more than
70 levels in this mode - it's so EASY to burn time playing this way, that it's
shocking. It's a fantastic addition to how Tetris is played.
Of course, the majority of Tetris 2 players were and are interested in the
two-player mode. This mode is done excellently, and offers standard
options - like a handicap. Two-player mode is very well balanced because
of the ability to handicap, and offers an experienced player an opportunity to
play with a new player.
Tetris 2 is not only a worthy addition to the Tetris line, it's also a
fantastic addition to anyone's SNES library. This game tends to be a bit
more on the expensive side, but for you and a buddy, nothing beats a few hours
playing Tetris 2. It's a game for all ages, and it's a game that'll stand
the test of the ages. I give Tetris 2 a 9/10, and hopefully, you'll see
me in a week when I'm done playing.
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