Tetris Plus

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Category: Games
Sub-Category: Puzzle
Platform: Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Nintendo Game Boy, Arcade
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Wikipedia: Tetris Plus
First release: 1996

Tetris Plus – a puzzle video game developed by Natsume and published by Jaleco for arcades in 1996, and ported to the Sega Saturn, PlayStation, and Game Boy.

Tetris Plus takes one of the most popular games in history, Tetris, and offers three modes of play as well as an editing mode that allows players to create original puzzles or edit sample stages. The original game by Alexey Pajitnov is presented fully intact in Classic Tetris, while Puzzle mode offers 100 progressively harder stages in five levels set against the labyrinth of Knossos, the Egyptian pyramids, Angkor Wat, the Mayan ruins, and a final mysterious city. The third mode is a two-player competitive version of Puzzle mode that sends cleared lines to the opponent’s chamber. Two-player non-competitive play is also available in the Puzzle modes.

While the cutesy graphics of Tetris Plus are certainly clear enough to play Tetris, they don’t do anything to use the power of the 32-bit Saturn. The happy music that plays along with the game will more than likely grate on your nerves after about fifteen minutes, which is about how long you’ll be playing the title.

Tetris Plus is a game that adds extras to a classic that didn’t require such an update. Worse, it doesn’t even manage to get the original gameplay right. Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ll want to avoid this game and look for your puzzle fix elsewhere.
Tetris Plus 2 is an arcade game released by Jaleco in 1997, as a sequel to Tetris Plus.

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