Tetris

 

Learning(i)

Classic gets futuristic face-lift, smartphone-friendly play.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The touch screen lends itself perfectly to the famous falling puzzle pieces, and the new One-Touch mode offers an even easier and less frantic variation on traditional gameplay.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The main menu contains links to download more games from EA, sign up for the T-Club subscription service, and buy T-Coins to spend in-game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt-in to EA's Origin service to gain access to leaderboards and a friends list. This requires users to submit their email address. Users are also able to connect with friends on Facebook, Gmail, and their contact list through Origin; they can also invite friends through SMS and email. The profile on Origin also allows users to enter their real name, mobile number, image, and more. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this version of Tetris is a futuristic re-imaging of an old classic with new modes that are specially tailored to the iPhone's touch screen, and new social features including an online leaderboard. Kids can use real money to purchase an in-game currency called T-Coins to spend on new levels, music tracks, and power-ups, but the game can be enjoyed perfectly well without shelling out any cash.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • shapes
  • geometry
  • patterns

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This is not your father's Tetris. The menus and music have a slick, futuristic vibe, and players can now deploy blocks with simple taps instead of dragging and dropping. New generations of game-loving kids will be hooked.

Learning Approach

Tetris makes kids think about spatial relationships, and reasoning skills become critical at higher levels. Knowledge of geometry and shapes, as well as how to recognize patterns, helps kids win. 

Support

The game suggests where the blocks should go, which almost seems too easy at times. Thankfully, traditionalists can enjoy the challenge of pure marathon mode free of such hints.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • shapes
  • geometry
  • patterns

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Kids can learn about geometry and shapes, as well as how to recognize patterns. Tetris also makes kids think about spatial relationships as they rotate and move different falling blocks so that they interlock together on a square grid. This simple yet ingenious puzzle game has appeal for players of all ages and abilities. If kids choose one of the more challenging modes, they'll exercise thinking and reasoning skills with Tetris.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

What's it about?

Tetris puts a twist on the classic puzzle game with One Touch, a new control scheme optimized for mobile touch-screen devices. Instead of manually flipping, rotating, and dropping blocks, players simply select from a few different options (suggested by the game) of where the block should go, and tap it to instantly move the block into place. Arguably, this removes a lot of the advanced strategy that made Tetris so interesting. Purists can still enjoy Marathon mode, which gives players full control over the blocks without hints and suggestions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This is not your father's TETRIS. The menus and music have a slick futuristic vibe, and two new one-touch modes (One-Touch Marathon and Tetris Galaxy) allow players to select, rotate, and deploy blocks with simple taps instead of dragging and dropping. The game even suggests where the blocks should go, which almost seems too easy at times. Thankfully, traditionalists can enjoy the challenge of pure marathon mode free of such hints. 

Families can talk about...

  • Point out real-life situations where stacking and organizing skills come in useful, like packing a suitcase or putting away groceries.

  • Introduce kids to other geometry puzzles and games, like Slice It! and Saving Seeds.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99
Release date:December 1, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:15.60 MB
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck August 16, 2010
age 6+
 

Classic video game has surprisingly perfect touch controlls!

Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 1, 2012
age 6+
 
LEARNING

tetris

the challenge of pure marathon mode free of such hints.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written byOfficial Critic June 5, 2012
age 7+
 
LEARNING

So-so Game - with some security issues

A fun game but very hard to play on your device, and it is nothing like the one you can play online or the one played on Facebook.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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