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Tetrisphere (Nintendo 64)

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Description

Tetrisphere adds a new dimension to the classic Tetris gameplay.

As usual, you drop pieces into the playing field to eliminate the blocks and clear the field. This time, however, the playing field is a sphere, and you must turn the sphere around to find a place to drop the pieces, and eventually get to the core to win. As you clear the field, certain moves may reveal magic items to help get to the core (rockets, dynamite, etc.).

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Tetrisphere Nintendo 64 The glowing white parts of the sphere are the core, which you're aiming to reach
Tetrisphere Nintendo 64 Place a piece on top of a matching piece to clear it
Tetrisphere Nintendo 64 When there's enough space at the core, your friend can be caught!
Tetrisphere Nintendo 64 Mission successfully accomplished!

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The Press Says

Mega Score Mar, 1998 95 out of 100 95
GameSpot Aug 19, 1997 9.5 out of 10 95
Total! (Germany) Jan, 1998 1.25 out of 6 95
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
HonestGamers Jan 01, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Feb, 1998 76 out of 100 76
X64 Apr, 1998 69 out of 100 69
Game Play 64 Dec, 1997 62 out of 100 62
Entertainment Weekly Sep 12, 1997 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic Feb 25, 2003 D 25

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Development history

In early stages, the game was called Phear, and in development for the ill-fated Atari Jaguar. Originally slated for a release in early 1995, Nintendo bought the rights to the game, purportedly after seeing a demo running in Atari's booth at the 1995 Consumer Electronics Show, and it was reworked for the Nintendo 64 into its final form, released in August 1997.
Kartanym (10778) added Tetrisphere (Nintendo 64) on Apr 09, 2001