What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tetris Battle is a competitive multiplayer version of the classic falling-block puzzle game that's played on the Facebook social network. Players can challenge their Facebook friends to real-time battles, and if no friends are online, they will be randomly matched with strangers of similar skill levels. You will see the name and photo of your opponent; however there is no chat between strangers. The built-in chat is only available between Facebook friends. Tetris Battles will appeal to players younger than 13, however Facebook requires people to be 13 to sign up for a Facebook account.
What's it about?
In TETRIS BATTLE, players use the keyboard to drop falling blocks into a grid in order to create solid lines and clear them from the board. This gameplay is used across several modes that pit two, four, or six opponents against each other in 2-minute lightning rounds. The conditions for victory are slightly different in each mode, but the overall goal is to place first or second, which increases a player's star ranking and awards experience points and coins. In one mode, for example, players clear lines to send blocks and barriers over to their opponent's side, causing a \"KO\" if the blocks reach the top, while in Sprint mode, the goal is to be the first to clear 40 lines.
Is it any good?
Although the original Tetris was conceived as a single-player game, Tetris Battle is proof that the concept makes for a great competitive multiplayer experience as well. What's more, the game doesn't try to entice the player into sinking hours into the game or spending a lot of real-world cash to advance; it's perfectly enjoyable in short bursts, and the power-ups bought with premium currency enhance the game without giving the players who buy them an unfair advantage. For a fast-paced social challenge, players can't go wrong with Tetris Battle.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the game's ranking system, which matches players of similar skill levels. In what ways does this make the game more fun and fair? Could the ranking system be improved at all?
Families can also discuss what premium currency is used for in this game. Have you ever spent real money in a Facebook game? What would entice you to do so?
How do you keep safe while interacting online and on Facebook? What sort of things should you look out for?