The Game Boy version of Tetris has always been my favorite of them all, so naturally I was very excited to get my hands on Tetris DX. As many of you probably already know by now (yes, this review's a little late--please blame Nintendo, not us), DX is an excellent upgrade to the original Tetris. First of all, and most importantly, the game now has a save feature, so you can save and attempt to beat your high scores. This is a must in a competitive game like Tetris. Next up, the control has been refined to near-perfection. Tetris DX easily has the best control of any Tetris game out there on any platform. All it's missing IMO is a quick drop button, similar to the one found in Magical Tetris Challenge. Each of the single-player modes are just as fun as they've always been (trying to top your best times in 40 Lines Mode is feverishly addictive), and as you'd expect, the Link-Up Mode is fantastic. So are there any downsides to Tetris DX? Well, kinda. Tetris pros will notice the singleplayer game is easier than it was in the original. The distribution of blocks is less erratic now, meaning you're less likely to get stuck without a particular piece at any given time when you might need it. This isn't bad, but it means high scores may be higher than they used to be. Also, the new music is lame. Otherwise, this is a great update.
I've always thought that, when it comes to pure gameplay and replay value, nothing beats Tetris. And the original Game Boy version has always been my favorite (I mean c'mon--you can play the most addicting game ever on the crapper). So of course I'm mucho pleased with this sharp color update. The new play modes are cool, sure, but I really like being able to save high scores. Some day I'll beat Ricciardi's record.
A few colors, a sharper look, new modes and the ability to save high scores make Tetris DX a worthwhile purchase. That is, if you're still a Tetris fanatic who could still play the game for hours today. But if you own the original black-and-white version, and you really don't play the game too much, you may want to save your money. After all, Tetris is Tetris. This version doesn't play any different from the others (but that IS a good thing...).
This is a great update to Tetris, with a good selection of gameplay modes. At some points, the tiny Game Boy Color screen makes things difficult, but that's no fault of the game's. The ability to save your progress and pick up right where you leave off is simply incredible--like this game needs any more when it comes to replayability! If you have a Game Boy Color and dig Tetris, you'd be silly not to purchase this game.
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It was 1989 when the original Game Boy made its debut, and right there alongside it (actually, bundled with it), was the system's very first game, Tetris. Now, nearly 10 years later, Game Boy Color is finally upon us, and not coincidentally, the first available game for the system is none other than the latest update to Alexey Pajitnov's classic--Tetris DX.
Fortunately, Nintendo didn't just update Tetris on a graphical level. They also went and added four new modes of play and some useful features to enhance the gameplay.
First of all, and most importantly, Tetris DX allows you to save your game data. Not only does the game save all high scores across each mode of play, but it also allows for up to four players to enter their names and save their personal stats to the cartridge. This is great for competitive Tetris junkies like most of us on the staff. Oh, and best of all--if you want to stop play and continue later, just press Pause during play and turn off the power. When you return to play later, the game will ask you if you'd like to continue your previous game. Sweet!
OK, now on to the four game modes. First there's Marathon, which is pretty much the ?-Type game from the original Tetris. You pick a starting level and play for as long as you can to rack up the most lines and/or points. Next up is Ultra, which gives you three minutes to score as many points as possible. Simple, but fun. Then there's 40 Lines Mode, which is similar to the old ?-Type game. Basically, you adjust your starting level (1-9) and height (1-5), and then try to clear 40 lines as fast as possible. Finally, there's the Vs. Com Mode, which is probably the most fun of all the modes. It's set up just like the two-player mode, except you can choose to take on any of three CPU opponents (Easy, Normal or Hard), OR CPU versions of any of the real people whose names are entered at the Entry Screen (since each player is given a Power rating based on his/her overall performance, the CPU will play according to how well that user's rating is--a very cool feature). Of course, two-player play via the Link Cable is loads of fun, too, but remember--you need two Game Boy Colors, two copies of Tetris DX, and of course, a Link Cable, before you can play.
Ultimately you may be wondering if Tetris DX is really worth it if you already have Tetris. The answer depends on what you're looking for. If you're the competitive type, it's great because of the various modes and the fact that it saves all records. Then of course, there's the color factor. If neither of these factors matter to you, you may as well stick with good old Tetris. It still is, after all, pick for number-one video game of all time.