There are several tetris games available for Windows 8, with 31 results when doing a search for “tetris” but less than half being a true tetris game. I was drawn to its visual style. The name might indicate it strays from the typical gameplay, but it really doesn’t. Lets see how the game play stacks up.
Yes it is space tetris due to its background being a view of space. It would be nice if it changed views as you leveled up or something, but it doesn’t. A nice touch though as on this initial screen the blocks you see are falling through space. Nice transitions as well when choosing one of the 4 buttons. The about section of course tells you about the author (which usually would be put in the charms bar). Records shows well records of course, but I’m not sure how I get in there or if I am. There is no ability to enter in your name anywhere. It just shows mostly variations on the developers name.
Gameplay is what is most important here though.
Here is where I really felt it worked and deserved a review. It has a nice design here and a feature I have not seen before. It has a box. You can use the box to store you most recent active piece. The current piece will swap places if there is already one stored. It can really help when you get that piece at the wrong time that will mess you up. You can turn off the shadow thankfully as playing with it, throws me off for some reason. The controls are pretty good, although I found side to side with the arrow keys it moved too quickly and at times I had a difficult time getting the piece placed correctly.
Speaking about controls, it shows you a very nice tutorial (which you can also turn off) before you begin the game. It has a concise way of representing touch controls, which I cannot test. Seeing how much space they take up, probably could have made it bigger or explained the “box” concept since some, like me, may not have seen it before.
Since it is a game it doesn’t really use the charms. It has a settings (and the aforementioned “about) within the app itself instead of the charm. It doesn’t bother me in this case, though typically I prefer an app to use the charms as that is what they are there for. Settings provides an option to turn on/off the tutorial and the “Ghost” block, plus you can choose English(default) or Portuguese languages. It may have been a glitch but I saw Portuguese on a menu after trying Portuguese and going back to English again.
It supports the one-third snapped view! That is wonderful, and the keyboard worked fine as long as you didn’t mess with whatever was showing in the main view. I don’t think I’d use it snapped, but some might find a reason for it, handy pause button helps.
It provides just a small tile with nothing live about it, not needed either.
While the controls are a bit too loose and it would be a nice to provide a graphical indication for level change or even when you get rid of lines somehow, it is worthwhile download if you need your tetris fix.
Category: Games > Puzzle
Download size: 1.18 MB