A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Promotes socializing while playing (among friends) and cooperative play.
Positive Role Models
The game encourages you to think strategically. And its many game modes and controller configurations inspire experimentation and the desire to try new things.
Ease of Play
Tetris has always been -- and still is -- the type of puzzle game that starts off very easy and gets consistently (but gradually) more and more difficult as you progress. In the Wii version there are so many different controller configurations you're bound to find the one that suits you.
Violence & Scariness
In one mode, "bomb" blocks will explode and destroy several lines of blocks. Aside from the small "blast" effect, there's nothing realistically bomb-like about them.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tetris Party Deluxe, the newest incarnation of the seminal "falling block" puzzle game, offers online multiplayer options. Kids can play either with "friends" they've got registered on their console or with random players on the global network. Live chatting is only available for those who have the Wii Speak peripheral when they are playing with registered friends.
Is It Any Good?
Tetris Party Deluxe offers some fabulously fun new variations on the classic Tetris game. The original version is still there. And none of the new game modes are too fancy or next-generation-ish. But it all goes to show that minimalist puzzle games can still offers hours of exciting, suspenseful fun. And they can even work remarkably well as multiplayer party games -- something which may not have been readily apparent before this. The whole idea of cooperative Tetris -- in which two players work together, dropping blocks onto the same gameboard -- is a brilliant one that forces you to change your tactics while playing. And some of the other new game modes -- including one that turns the Tetris concept on its head, requiring you to stack blocks high, rather than eliminate them -- feel very inspired.
Online interaction: Kids can play online either with friends or strangers, however chatting is only an option when playing with people you've already designated as a "friend" on your Wii. (The DS doesn't support chat.)
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