When’s the last time YOU had a Tetris Attack?
Receiving this game as a kid had me puzzled… you get it… PUZZLED… In all seriousness, puzzle games were not what I was into at the time. Only being into action-type platformers, this gift threw me for a loop. But Tetris Attack being a video game, I had to try it. Now from the front box art, you would have never guessed that this was a Yoshi’s Island themed game. Which when I popped it in my SNES, added more value to it. The game did stand out from other puzzle games, with a story, simultaneous two-player action, and multiple modes. Tetris Attack is by far, my most favorite puzzle game. You know why? Because I loved kicking the crap out of my friends in two-player mode.
So in Tetris Attack, the basis of the game is to connect three or more of the same block, in order to clear it from your puzzle board. You can connect these blocks vertically and horizontally to clear them. But the puzzle board is against you *gasp* *oh no!*, it adds a new row of blocks every so often, trying to make you lose by pushing the blocks to the top of the board. And as you progress through the puzzle, the board adds the rows more quickly. So keep connecting those blocks!
VS. — In Tetris Attack, versus is your primary mode, which contains a story. The story in versus, is that Kamek has put a curse on Yoshi’s friends, and Yoshi (You) has to beat them in order to remove the curse. Pretty simple. Now I know in Castlevania, I said that stories usually bore me. But in normal tetris-type games, there isn’t a story. That is why as a kid, I just referred to them as the ‘boring puzzle games’. So by having a simple story, it made the game more appealing.
So as I mentioned above, you have to beat Yoshi’s friends to make it to the end of the game. ‘But how do I beat Yoshi’s friends up?? It’s a Tetris game, you can’t attack!’ Oh… you can… In order to beat each friend, or level, you have to make their blocks reach the top of the board. To make things tricky for them, matching up blocks fast (combo), or connecting four or more blocks will release a garbage block on their puzzle board. But beware, they can also do this to you. To remove the garbage blocks, simply connect three or more blocks (make sure one of the blocks is touching the garbage block) to get rid of it. By adding multiple garbage blocks, you will quickly defeat your opponent.
Endless — The name of this mode pretty much says it all… it’s endless. There is no goal except for trying to rack up those points before you lose. And as I said before, the board adds rows more quickly over time.
Stage Clear — In Stage Clear, the setup is similar to Endless except for now there is a goal. You will continue clearing blocks until you see a ‘Clear Line’ from the bottom of the board. Get your blocks underneath this line and you progress to the next level.
Time Trial — Same setup as Endless, but now you only have so much time to get the highest possible score you can.
Puzzle — When I was wasn’t beating my friends up in two player, I was playing Puzzle. This was by far my most favorite single player mode of Tetris Attack. In Puzzle the game sets you up with a few blocks and all you have to do is clear them from the board. Easy enough… WRONG! You only have a certain number of moves to clear every block. The game sets these blocks up so strategically, that in later levels you will be playing a game of trial and error. The main reason I liked it so much was because it’s so satisfying finally figuring out that one puzzle that had you guessing for 20 minutes, or showing your friends the solution to the puzzle they were stuck on.
Graphics — The graphics for Tetris Attack are pretty mediocre in my opinion. Being related to Yoshi’s Island, they did a good job of being colorful and sticking to the theme. But this is a puzzle game so graphics didn’t make much of a difference for me.
Music — Now the music for this game is actually done very well. Most of the tracks make the gameplay seem much faster, putting you on the edge of your seat trying not to lose. Here is a track from the Blaze Stage, one of my favorites.
Overall, Tetris Attack is just a puzzle game, but by adding multiple modes, difficulties, *spoilers* and endings, there is a lot of replay value to this title. But by far the most fun is through the two player mode. So get together with a friend, or enemy, and duke it out on Tetris Attack!!
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