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"Tetris Plus" (Game Boy)
A game that still keeps the original Tetris gameplay with some challenging additions. In a way, you might wish that Jo's professor wasn't much in the way.
Tetris Week! I'm sure you enjoyed our little showcase in reviewing a huge list of Tetris games, namely the games I own personally. Running through the games, I run into this....and I don't feel optimistic.
The modes are as follows: Classic, Puzzle, VS and Edit with an Option menu. The modes Classic, VS and Edit are self-explanatory, along with the Options menu so I won't go too much into those. What really twisted my brain was the Puzzle mode, and like I mentioned on the Tetris 2 review, this is the one mode I couldn't bare.
You get to choose four difficulty modes: Easy, Normal, Hard and Very Hard. After choosing, you see a World Map where you get to choose what city to play at: Egypt, Angkor Wat, Maya and Knossos. The goal is to roam the cities acquiring lost treasures, almost reminding me of the classic film Raiders of the Lost Ark.
When playing this mode and choosing your city, the game plays as normal but you must use the eliminating of the lines of blocks to make way for the Professor to reach the GOAL line, which is at the very bottom as best and fast as you can. The trick is to stack the blocks in such a way where the Professor can avoid the spikes at the top, periodically dropping every now and then crushing the blocks in its way. Failure to do so may propel the Professor to climb your stack which may cause him to get hit/killed by the spikes and the game is over. Even if you couldn't beat the stage(s) in an allotted amount of time, as doing so earns you bonus points, at least you can move on to the next stage; In other words, don't worry too much about the clock.
What irritates me about this game is how easily distracted you get, as you get too focused on the random stacks of blocks and trying to clear the lines whilst making way for the Professor. Sometimes, depending on how your stack looks, the Professor never cooperates and spontaneously climbs up a stack and stupidly gets mauled by the spikes ending your game sooner than usual. That part by itself got me to shut the game off because I couldn't handle someone as incompetent as that, and when I do get a solid chance in clearing way, there are times when it's too late because the Professor already climbed up a stack and gets hit by the spikes the moment I was about to clear some lines. I honestly could not deal with such a nuisance of a character, as it was too much responsibility.
Once again, just because I played a terrible game doesn't mean I rated this game low because it was bad. Other video gamers rated this game high and even enjoyed it. Some have even beaten the whole game which I find astonishing. Puzzle mode has 100 stages! I just got up to Stage 10 and at that point, I've had enough of the Professor; He was annoying me climbing on stacks which I had no clue as to why he'd do so knowing that that'd get him killed. Horrible.
There may be one week where I'll put in the effort to try and beat this game. Regardless, after 100 stages of dealing with a crap-shoot of a professor, I never will want to play this game ever again.
Jo, please get a new professor.
- Block-clearing challenges, helping Jo's professor
- Plays just like Tetris with some twists.
- Great graphical animations and good music.
- You're either good at it or bad at it.
- The professor can be a distraction when clearing lines (that's the idea right?)
|Game Title||Tetris Plus|
|Description||From Russia With Fun®--With An Exciting Plus!
THE all-time favorite puzzle game is back, with a new bonus puzzle adventure. You'll find Tetris in its classic form with its relentless rain of blocks. It's sure to provide hours of puzzle pleasure. The Puzzle mode lets you play in a whole new way. Help the Professor and his assistant, Jo, as they travel to the lost cities of the world in search of treasure. Don't forget, you can always challenge a friend in the VS mode too!
• Three different game: Classic Tetris, VS, plus the all new Puzzle mode!
• Play the VS mode against a friend using the Game Link® Cable.
• Puzzle mode has 100 stages.
• Edit and save your own ten-stage puzzle game with the stage editor.
• Battery-backed memory saves your progress.
|ISBN / Bar Code number||0 45496 73065 9|
|Video Format||1.33:1 (4:3) Full screen|
|Audio Format||Mono (Stereo via Super Game Boy)|
|Rated||K-A - Kids to Adults|
|Released||December 1996 (JP), August 1997 (US), 1996 (EU)|
|Video Specification||Monochrome (Color via Super Game Boy)|
|Developed by||Nintendo / Elorg / Jaleco Entertainment / Natsume|
|Company||Nintendo / Elorg / Jaleco Entertainment / Natsume|
|Product / Item / Catalog Number||970714 / DMG P ATRE|
|Distributed Exclusively by||Seika Corporation, U.S.A. Nintendo, Game Boy and the official seals are trademarks of Nintendo of America Inc.|
|Copyright||*Tetris ©1987 ELORG. Original concept & design by Alexey Pajitnov. Tetris licensed to The Tetris Company and Tetris Plus sublicensed to Jaleco Ltd. Tetris® & Tetris Plus™ sublicensed to Jaleco Ltd. by The Tetris Company. All rights reserved.
Tetris Plus ©1996 The Tetris Company. Licensed to Nintendo.
™ and ® are trademarks of Nintendo of America Inc.
©1996 Jaleco. ©1997 Nintendo of America Inc.
|Other Formats||Arcade, Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation|
TETRIS© 1987 ELORG.
ORIGINAL CONCEPT &
TETRIS LICENSED TO
THE TETRIS COMPANY
AND TETRIS PLUS
TETRIS PLUS© 1996
THE TETRIS COMPANY.
THE TETRIS COMPANY.
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