Review: Tetris Party Live

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After losing an entire evening – again – playing what I planned as an hour of Tetris Party Live online, I started thinking about my review and realized that there isn’t much to say.

Tetris Party Live is at its core just yet another Tetris game. And it is a good Tetris game, with solid controls and two excellent gameplay modes. It is a cut-down DSiWare version of the full Tetris Party Deluxe game (Matt’s review is here), and at 500 points it is a bargain.

Technically … well, it is Tetris! But the graphics were given some flair, with varied backgrounds that pop and provide some variety to the proceedings. That is a nice touch as you are constantly watching falling blocks on a static background. Also, there is a wide array of music that plays throughout – much more than I had expected from a quick-downloading DSiWare game.

Marathon Mode is traditional Tetris – you keep on stacking blocks, seeing how fast you can get past 150 lines. The D-pad controls are perfectly implemented and everything feels familiar from every other Tetris game. You can also enable ‘endless mode’ and just try to stay alive as long as possible.

Party Mode is multiplayer. You play via WiFi connection, and can connect via friend codes or into games around the world. Up to four players can compete in Battle Mode, working on the bottom screen and watching the progress of others on top. The other mode is Duel Space, in which the two players try to take up as much space as possible. Each mode is fun, and a time-limit on the lobby means that the wait time is never very long. It would have been nice to allow local multiplayer or download play, but at the price it is understandable that these features were left out.

DSiWare can be a mixed bag, as the games are typically cut-down versions of larger games that offer a wide variety of value. But in this case it is just perfect: Tetris Party Live is right-sized DSiWare offering all of the core gameplay of single player Tetris in two modes, as well as options for two and four player online matches! Great game, great price.

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Pros:
+ All the goodness of Tetris
+ Great graphics, simple controls
+ Nice price

Cons:
– No local multiplayer or download play

Game Info:
Platform: DS via DSiWare
Publisher: Tetris Online
Developer: Hudson Soft
Release Date: 11/22/2010
Genre: Puzzle
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Players: 1-4
Source: 500 DSiWare Points provided by publisher to purchase and review the game

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About the Author

I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!