Tetris Blitz

Common Sense Media says

Classic game gets a timer for a fresh twist.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

This simplified version of the well-known arcade classic makes things exciting by adding a time crunch.

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

The game lets users purchase upgrades via coins earned (slowly) in-game. Users can buy additional in-game currency using real-world money in amounts ranging from $2 to $100.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The app comes with some privacy concerns. Although not mandatory, the game encourages players to sync with their Facebook accounts to compete with friends. Players can't compete with strangers. 

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

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • patterns
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The game's fast pace is likely to hook players, engaging their competitive streaks to earn higher scores. 

Learning Approach

Gone is the traditional mode, which lets players rotate blocks themselves (which requires more brainpower and foresight), but there's still some strategy involved.

Support

The game is welcoming, and, although it isn't too challenging for young players, parents should watch out for in-app purchases.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • patterns
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn about shapes and some geometry as well as how to recognize patterns. Tetris Blitz also makes kids think about spatial relationships as they arrange different falling blocks so they interlock in a square grid. This simple yet ingenious puzzle game has appeal for players of all ages and abilities. Tetris Blitz lets kids exercise some spatial thinking and reasoning skills, albeit to a limited degree.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 31, 2013
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:46.30 MB
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Version:1.2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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