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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tetris is a puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. The latest app version of this popular puzzle game includes a single-player version and Tetris Royale, an option that allows you to see how your score stacks up against 100 other people's -- although players won't directly interact with those players. The app also features a free nightly Tetris Primetime match, which is narrated by a host and offers a chance to win cash prizes. Players will also periodically see ads when playing, unless they pay to remove them. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.
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What's it about?
TETRIS offers different versions of the classic shape-fitting puzzle game. Along with the traditional game, a Tetris Royale mode pits gamers against 100 other players in a quick round, and there are nightly primetime tournaments with cash prizes for players who stay in the competition. Kids can also play against friends in Tetris Together private matches. The basic structure in all versions is the same: you click on the screen to flip line, L-shaped, and other block formations to place them in a line as they fall from the top of the screen.
Is it any good?
This easy-to play, fun puzzle game will test your logic skills, but it could do with less ads. Even though the rounds can be fairly similar, Tetris can be an addictive app experience. Players will sometimes be asked to meet certain goals, such as reaching the highest possible score in two minutes, and as they progress, pieces fall faster, making their placement more challenging. The single-player game offers plenty of fun, but if kids want to see how they'd fare against other players, the Tetris Royale option can be a way to expand their game without parents having to worry they're going to be chatting with strangers. It costs a ticket to play, though, so kids may burn through the five they're given when they start using the app -- which would require buying more with real-world money.
The ads you see are a considerable drawback -- they appear fairly often, and some are long, which notably slows gameplay down. You can pay a fee to remove them for a month, but after that, you'll need to pay again to avoid seeing any. Parents may also not be too excited about the nightly primetime games, which offer a chance to win money. Even though they’re free to play, it adds a commercial element to the game that it really doesn't need. Kids are probably best off sticking to mainly playing the classic version of Tetris, which provides plenty of fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about using strategy and making a plan in Tetris. What real-life tasks might the same approach work for?
If you get stuck and can't figure out what the next step should be in a game, what's the best way to handle it? Can you apply these strategies in real life?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, deduction, logic, problem solving, spatial reasoning, strategy, thinking critically
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 3, 2020
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 442.00 MB
- Publisher: N3TWORK Inc
- Version: 2.9.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later or Android 5.1 and up.
- Last updated: November 10, 2020