Is it possible, after so many years and so many different types, to make a puzzle game that actually has something fresh included? Lately, gamers have been lucky. Another one to add to the list is Tetris Plus.
In Tetris Plus for the Sega Saturn, gamers are confronted with options never seen before in the Tetris world, things like a Puzzle Mode and an Edit Mode. Of course, there's the Classic Mode and Vs. Mode-but would a Tetris game be complete without them?
The main part of the game seems to be the Puzzle Mode. In this mode gamers control the professor, a curious guy with an assistant who is on an expedition for treasure. The professor obviously has the book smarts but not the street smarts since he quickly gets into trouble. As he walks into a chamber, he gets trapped and blocks begin to fall. Tetris begins.
The story line works well with the game considering it could've been taken too far and could've become too farfetched. In the Puzzle Mode, gamers have the choice of exploring Mayan temples, Egyptian pyramids, the labyrinths of Knossos, Angkor Wat and a mysterious lost city. The hidden city gives players an additional 20 levels of Tetris action. With all of these cities to play through, the total number of levels is 100. Of course, this sounds impressive-and it is-but remember that each level is harder than the next as gamers make their way through them.
The graphics in the game are similar to Baku Baku without the 3-D looks. Being as it's a puzzle game, mind-boggling eye-candy isn't necessary. The cinemas and voices sound like something out of an anime show. The modes of play add variety to the game. Be sure to check the sidebar on the modes of play for more specific info on this.
Overall, Tetris Plus is everything the original was [being as fun) with the new Puzzle and Edit Modes added. It's nice to see something fresh happen with a game that's been done time and time again.
MANUFACTURER - Jaledo
DIFFICULTY - MODERATE
THEME - Puzzle
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
I've always been a sucker for Tetris--actually any puzzle game! Tetris Plus is a good one to get because it just doesn't give you another Tetris. The game really is Tetris with a plus. The story for the Puzzle Mode is a little silly but I guess Tetris is a little silly to begin with. The control is strange since you have to tap the D-pad and then hold it down to move the blocks around. It's kind of like they have acceleration or something. Hopefully, you'll understand when you play it. Besides this, you can make your own puzzles in the Edit Mode! Overall, the game is a lot of fun with decent graphics and some cool modes of play.
Like Michael Jackson, Tetris knows how to make a comeback, but a lot of us are tired of it by now. Tetris is a classic, absolutely no doubt. It defined one of my favorite genres-the puzzle game. I still remember having dreams about falling blocks from too many hours of the game. This version is the best way to get this game. It has a two-player Competitive Mode which is not like the original's; this time, you can add blocks to your opponent's side. You can build and customize your own levels too! This would almost be perfect, if I hadn't played the hell out of the original. Still, it's a good package for even a part-time Tetris fan.
I used to be a big-time Tetris fanatic (i have a hot-pink Tetris game watch to prove it), so I was all geared up to play Tetris Plus. And the game doesn't disappoint. It lets you play just plain old, classic Tetris (which is 80 percent of the reason to buy this game) as well a goofy variant with individual puzzles. Two players can play independent Tetris games at any time or battle each other in the Versus Mode. You can even edit the playfield to create especially tricky Tetris scenarios. Sure, the graphics are nothing special, and this game could easily have been done on the Genesis, but then Tetris' success was never built on fancy graphics.
The most amazing thing about all the Tetris titles that have been released are the minds behind them. Each one has new and different features to keep players interested in what is nothing more than the same old block game with lots of extras. Tetris Plus is again one of those titles. But now, there is a professor/scientist to save as well as the ability to build your own puzzles. Tetris Plus is a rewarding title with multiple levels of fun with the same classic challenge. If you can't stand to be without the latest Tetris release to pile up on your shelf next to the dozens of others, pick this one out.
2016-09-26 Tetris Plus game added.