Tetris was released also on the Nintendo Game Boy in August 1989, when I was 3 years old. The Game Boy version is a portable version of the NES game made by Alexey Pajitnov. I highly remember this game in the old days where most of my family members, especially my father would play this game. Now this game is gonna be reviewed with power.
Gameplay. Tetriminos are game pieces shaped like tetromines, geometric shapes composed of four square blocks each. That random sequence of tetrominos fall down the playing field. Each of these pieces have seven different shapes such as an I, J, O, L, S, T, and Z. The players objectives is for them to manipulate the tetrominos by rotating them to about 90 degrees, with the aim of creating a horizontal line of ten blocks without gaps. When such a line is created, it disappears, and any block above the deleted line will fall. When a certain number of lines are cleared, the game enters a new level. As the game progresses, each level causes the Tetriminos to fall faster, and the game ends when the stack of Tetriminos reaches the top of the playing field and no new Tetriminos are able to enter. Some games also end after a finite number of levels or lines.
Design. In many Tetris games there are backgrounds in which shows the Saint Basil's Cathedral, and it's really cool. Although you can't see that in the Game Boy during gameplay, and only in the opening title. Each of these tetromines come in different colors, and it kept on going like this over the years that a new Tetris game was created.
Music. The Type-A music of the Game Boy version became very well known worldwide. This theme song had so many arrangements, especially in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which was rearranged by Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts). In the NES version, the Type-A music is "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" by the one and only Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Hirokazu Ando was in charge of the music on the Game Boy version. There were also theme songs in Tetris from George Bizet's Carmen, and many more.
Memories. When I was about 4 years old, I highly remember playing this game. My father would often join in to play with me. Before online gaming in handhelds, we would connect the Game Boy to another one. My father and siblings would make tournaments to see who would achieve the highest score. My father and sister were always getting the rocket. But my older brother and father were pretty much the champions in this game more than I was. I remember in the Game Boy version that Mario and Luigi made a cameo for competitions against friends and family.
Legacy. Once Tetris was released, it became an instant hit and various consoles would have their own versions of the game. Tetris was first released for PC, and then Nintendo, Game Boy, SNES, and more. I still remember the Super Game Boy version of the game and how cool it looked. Tetris had also arrived on the Game Boy Color and was played on various websites with the rise of the Internet as well. The Nintendo 64 had a much more complex version of Tetris known as Tetrisphere. Other Tetris games would come to PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, and even Ipods and cellphones joined the excitement too, and you can also play online with your friends on either MySpace or Facebook. Tetrismania still lives folks.
Rantings. Well, actually since it's like a game that makes your mind agile, and increases your brain activity I pretty much have nothing to rant about this game. Because, when you get a higher score, you achieve a much better ending such as having a rocket, and even your favorite video game characters playing music.
Good Aspects. This game has high replay value, and you'll enjoy it till you drop. This game is downloadable on the Virtual Console. It is a classical game, and it will live on as the years pass by. You gotta thank Mr. Pajitnov for creating such an excellent mind solving game.
Overall. Tetris gets a 9 out of 10.
God Bless and Play Hard Gamers!