||How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be
||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)
||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines
||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes
|Sound / Music
||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition
|Overall MobyScore (10 votes)
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The Review Busters
Seriously, how could I possibly even try to review TETЯIS, it's within the top 5 games ever made and appears in some form or another on pretty much any device with a screen and user input. I had made the joke to Eric back when we were just starting the site that I would review this game and say it was overrated, but it's so simple and so fun that it's basically impossible to do that.
All Game Guide
Although widely considered superior to Nintendo's Tetris because of its more attractive graphics and variety of cooperative and competitive modes, Tengen's version is perhaps more famous as one of the company's numerous legal entanglements with Nintendo. Because of the convoluted process surrounding the licensing of the game from the Soviet government, both companies claimed the right to release Tetris for the NES, but a court decision in favor of Nintendo meant Tengen had to stop selling their version and pull it from the shelves. Its subsequent rarity, perceived or otherwise, made it one of the NES' more valuable and sought-after titles.
The Video Game Critic
Finally, there are some subtle "rotation positioning" quirks that casual players will definitely not notice but experts probably will. The two-player head-to-head mode is what makes this edition so attractive. Each player can choose his own skill level or handicap, and you can play for score or lines. The coop and computer variations are not an exciting as you might expect. Both players are forced to share the same play area, which is confusing and aggravating when blocks bump into each other. The rarity of this cartridge is subject to debate, but it certainly is pricey. Tengen's Tetris offers more razzle-dazzle than Nintendo, but I'm not convinced it's a better all-round game.