Review by The Pink Kirby

"Made up of more polygons than you can shake a stick at."

In mid-’95 a unique puzzle game by the name of Tetris Attack was released. It had Yoshis on the main screen, and Nintendo characters as characters. Sound odd? It was. But odd isn’t necessarily bad…

Graphics/Audio
9/10
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The game utilizes the SNES’s great capabilities for nice 2D graphics, and usually smooth gameplay. But when a lot of blocks come into play there is slight slowdown and clipping. Still the backgrounds are nice, and everything is colorful and bright.

All the music in the game is upbeat and catchy, adding much happy flavor to the game. The sound-effects, and short voice-overs, such as the high-pitched “Nintendo” as the game is booting up , make you laugh, and give the game an overall light-hearted, cheery mood. Being ''happy,'' the music might tend to get annoying quickley, like other games, but TA out does them.

Gameplay
10/10
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It’s a puzzle game. The gameplay is fast-paced and entertaining, and has a very low learning curve, that should take you at the maximum 15 minutes. Even my baby cousin got the basics down in a couple minutes. It’s simple. There are 4 main Blocks; a Blue/Triangle one, a Green/Circle one, a Red/Heart one, and a Yellow Star one. You have to line up at least three of the same color/shape horizontally or vertically. They then disappear. More you line up, the better your score. Other blocks come into play, but not as much. There are also many fun modes like puzzle, time trial, and a killer multiplayer. In many ways, this is better than Tetris.

Innovation
10/10
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Tetris was one of the first puzzle games created. This game, though indirectly based on Tetris, is a totally different game, but it is also one of the most ingenious puzzlers to come out since the classic original. Unlike many other companies, Nintendo took the overdone genre and redefined it, creating a whole new way to look at puzzle games. They took Tetris, added a bit of Nintendo, threw in the long-awaited multiplayer, and and, voila, made one of the most interesting games ever.

Bottom Line

Though Tetris Attack has nearly nothing to do with the original Tetris, other than it being a puzzle game, and the object of clearing pieces/blocks, it still prevails in attaining very addictive gameplay, in addition to oodles of modes, and straight-out fun multiplayer. If you own an SNES, you should own this game, wheter or not you are a puzzle fan. I myself am not, but I still love this game.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 07/25/01, Updated 07/25/01


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