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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 Game Boy Title Screen
Tetris Attack Game Boy Clearing the Block
Tetris Attack Game Boy Stage in Play
Tetris Attack Game Boy The Stage Clear Mode starts with Yoshi in the 1st stage, but other pals are waiting you later.

Promo Images

Tetris Attack Screenshot
Tetris Attack Screenshot
Tetris Attack Screenshot
Tetris Attack Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

More addicting than Tetris! Tom Jacob (7) unrated

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Total! (Germany) Dec, 1996 1.25 out of 6 95
N-Philes 2002 9 out of 10 90
Electric Playground Nov 12, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Portable Review Oct 29, 2005 36 out of 40 90
Mega Fun Feb, 1997 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80


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  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1997 (Issue 92) - SNES Game of the Year+ Hand-Held Game of the Year + Puzzle Game of the Year (SNES version) + Handheld Game of the Year runner-up (Readers' Choice) + Puzzle Game of the Year (SNES version) (Readers' Choice)
  • Game Informer Magazine
    • August 2001 (Issue 100) - voted #96 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll

    Kartanym (12706) added Tetris Attack (Game Boy) on Mar 22, 2002
    Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (21110) and Kartanym (12706)
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