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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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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.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Math: geometry, patterns, shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, strategy
- 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