What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tetris Blitz is an amped-up, high-speed version of the classic arcade game. Though the basic gameplay is the same, it's done under the watch of a ticking clock -- with power-ups to help boost your score. After a few games, the urge to buy these will be high; the app doles out in-game currency excruciatingly slowly. Although it isn't mandatory, the game also encourages players to sync with their Facebook accounts so they can compete with friends.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
The game's fast pace is likely to hook players, engaging their competitive streaks to earn higher scores.
Gone is the traditional mode, which lets players rotate blocks themselves (which requires more brainpower and foresight), but there's still some strategy involved.
The game is welcoming, and, although it isn't too challenging for young players, parents should watch out for in-app purchases.
What's it about?
Instead of manually flipping, rotating, and dropping blocks, players simply select from a few game-suggested options for where a block should go, tapping an outline to instantly move it into place. This makes it faster to complete lines and earn points. The game is played in quick, two-minute segments, wherein players try to score as many points as possible. Power-ups, such as lasers that eliminate lines or cubes that give extra seconds, can be purchased using in-game currency.
Is it any good?
Tetris never stopped being a fun game, but it's a bit long in the tooth. However, with the addition of a ticking clock, EA has ramped up the pressure on players and brought back some thrill -- even for players who think they've seen everything the arcade classic can offer.
TETRIS BLITZ has just the right blend of power-ups, music, and graphics to keep players hooked. However, the game is stingy in handing out in-game currency. We could do without the in-app purchases since they're a bit too enticing and might lure kids into spending real money.
Families can talk about...
Point out real-life situations where spatial and organizational skills can be useful, such as packing a suitcase or putting away groceries.
Use physical blocks to model how kids can things fit together.