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Tetris Attack

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All is not well on Yoshi's Island! The devious king Bowser has cast a spell on the island's inhabitants, turning them into his mindless slaves. Only Yoshi has escaped its effects, and so he must set off to free his friends, and to defeat Bowser and break the spell.

Tetris Attack is a fact-paced action puzzler featuring the colorful cast of characters from Yoshi's Island. A stack of blocks continually rises from the bottom of the screen, and the player controls a cursor which can swap any two blocks horizontally. Make a row or column of three or more and they'll clear, potentially creating combos from new blocks falling to take their place. Combos will send large garbage blocks to your opponent, which must be eliminated by clearing a piece that is touching it, turning it into normal blocks.

The game offers a story mode against the computer, as well as a 2-player versus mode, an endless mode, a timed mode where a certain number of blocks must be cleared, and a puzzle mode where a set arrangement of blocks must be cleared in a specific number of moves. The game is based on the Japan-only title Panel de Pon.


Tetris Attack SNES x? is the ultimate chain in the game: it appears when the player does more than a x13 chain.
Tetris Attack Game Boy Clearing the Block
Tetris Attack SNES Game Over! The stack exceeded the limit.
Tetris Attack Game Boy Game Over

Alternate Titles

  • "Yoshi no Panepon" -- Japanese title
  • "ヨッシーのパネポン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

OUCH!....My brain hurts.... SNES DudeOfMonson (106)
More addicting than Tetris! Game Boy Tom Jacob (7)
Another successful variant on Tetris SNES Pixelspeech (955)

The Press Says

Total! (Germany) Game Boy Dec, 1996 1.25 out of 6 95
The Video Game Critic SNES Dec 21, 1999 A- 91
Electric Playground Game Boy Nov 12, 1996 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide SNES 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Portable Review Game Boy Oct 29, 2005 36 out of 40 90
Game Informer Magazine SNES Sep, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Land SNES 2003 86 out of 100 86
Total! (Germany) SNES Oct, 1996 1.75 out of 6 85
Game Zero SNES Sep, 1996 41.5 out of 50 83
GamePro (US) Game Boy Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80


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Tetris Attack was voted #96 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll published by Game Informer Magazine (Issue 100, August 2001).

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