Tetris Blitz was our You vs. Me game for the week of August 19th.
Tetris Blitz is a game by Electronic Arts (or EA). In Tetris Blitz, you have 2 minutes to fit and stack together as many different shaped bricks (or Tetrinos) as possible. Every time you complete a full line horizontal line of blocks, the line clears. Clear the most lines to get the most points. Originally released in the 1980s, EA has reimagined this iconic arcade game by adding in boosters and a time-limit.
There’s a reason why the game of Tetris has over 100 million smartphone downloads, the game is addictive. As simple as it is complex, Tetris hooks you from the start. There’s something innately soothing about perfectly fitting blocks together. And while, Tetris Blitz is a little more complex and they’ve added more steps to the game, but if you’ve ever played Tetris–it won’t be any problem. Your goal, at the end of the day, is to clear as many lines as possible as quickly as possible.
Tetris is an iconic arcade game. EA had a lofty goal of trying to put a new spin on the game. Instead of reinventing gameplay itself, they reinvented the parameters. Thanks to the boosters and the time limit, Tetris Blitz is at once familiar and new.
There are four default boosters in the game: a time shift (increases time), lasers (clears lines), quake (breaks up Tetrino shapes) and magnet (left-justifies your Tetrino stack). If you clear enough rows quickly enough, you’ll trigger Frenzy Mode which doubles your points.
A lot of people will complain about how much Tetris hounds you to buy coins, but in truth, if you play strategically and spend your coins wisely, you’ll never need to go for those tempting in-app purchases.
Tetris is easy to play but difficult to master. You’ll feel confident about your score of 45,000 in one round until you find out your friend is averaging over 300,000!
Despite how much the gameplay of Tetris Blitz itself is fun, the process of starting a new game is tedious. After every game, you have to return to the main screen and there are ad pop-ups, there are pop-ups asking you to rate the game or if you want to purchase a limited time booster. It’ll take you a minimum of five taps from the end of one gameplay to start a new one and the loading screens are agonizingly slow. This is why I had to give the game 3.5/5 stars.