Tetris

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Classic gets futuristic face-lift, smartphone-friendly play.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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.

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.

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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

What 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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck August 16, 2010
Teen, 15 years old Written byOfficial Critic June 5, 2012

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'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?

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. 

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love arcade games

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