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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.7
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Overall User Score (56 votes) 4.1

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NES Archives (May 20, 2008)
Everyone should have one of the two versions of Tetris in their collection. This one is the best version of the game although most people prefer the Tengen version since it has a two-player option.
The Video Game Critic (Jan 03, 2013)
Comparisons between this and the Tengen version are unavoidable. The Tengen game was yanked from the shelves in 1989 after a Nintendo lawsuit, and many gamers believe it is superior. This Nintendo version probably has the edge in terms of single-player action. The blocks are bigger, the controls are more precise, and the music is better. This Nintendo version lacks a two-player mode, and for the life of me I have no [expletive] idea why they didn't include one. My friend Brent is a Tetris master (no joke), and he strongly favors this Nintendo edition (although he admits nostalgia may be a factor). Personally I think it's pretty much a draw.
While the lack of a two-player mode is disappointing, the single-player mode is so technically sound in both design and function that puzzle game fans and casual gamers alike will delight to the grandfather of the genre.
NES Times (Aug 15, 2010)
So even after 20 years and a host of successors, Tetris still proves to be one of the top puzzle carts on the gray box. Its timeless simple-yet-engaging gameplay is just as fun and addicting as it has ever been and the difficulty options let anyone jump right in. Some may prefer Tengen's offering with its two player modes but Nintendo's Tetris is still a well-done version of the Russian juggernaut.
Whether you're playing it on Nintendo's Game Boy, the Sony PlayStation, an IBM computer, your NES, or most any other platform, Tetris is simply a great game that is easy to learn, but infinitely challenging. Don't play it a work, though. Your boss may fire you, so he or she can take a turn (or two, or three, or....).
I probably didn't need to go into such detail, but the point is that this game is simple enough for anybody to learn, and fun enough for anybody to get into. If you have never played this game, I strongly recommend that you go out and find a version of it for whatever gaming device you possess. Of what versions I have played, this version is second-best only to the Tengen NES version.
Power Play (Aug, 1990)
Tetris ist halt Tetris: Das Spielprinzip ist so fantastisch fesselnd, daß man bei der Umsetzung nicht viel falsch machen konnte. Erfreulich sind die vielen Schwierigkeitsgrade und die beiden Spiel-Modi, doch warum wurde der Game Boy- und spielhallenbewährte Modus nicht eingebaut, bei dem zwei Spieler gleichzeitig ran dürfen? Trotz dieses Schönheitsfehlers ist Tetris ein Nintendo-Modul, das man zum Fressen gern haben muß.
Video Games (Mar, 1991)
Auch Besitzer eines Nintendo-Entertainment-Systems sind nicht vor dem „Tetris“-Virus gefeit: Wer einmal damit anfängt, hört nicht so leicht wieder auf.
1UP! (Dec 25, 2019)
Au bout du compte, le joueur moyen, pour qui ces niveaux brutaux semblent de toute façon bien éloignés, est moins affecté par la différence avec la NES américaine qu'avec le Game Boy. Les deux versions se ressemblent et chacune est bien adaptée à son support, pourtant la portable est clairement la meilleure. Au problème de la vitesse, s'ajoute l'accélération énervante de la musique et une distribution moins avantageuse des pièces, ainsi que d'autres facteurs pas aussi déterminants comme le mode 2 joueurs, absent sur NES, et des lacunes esthétiques.
neXGam (2002)
Oft geklont und trotzdem unerreicht. Ein echter Suchtmacher und Must-have auf dem NES. Am besten legt ihr es euch gleich in Form des 3-Games Moduls zusammen mit Mario und World Cup zu, dass es schon für wenige Euros auf Flohmärkten und in Online-Auktionshäusern gibt.
Random Access (Jun 26, 2008)
Nintendo's Tetris for the NES is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it is faithful to the original concept laid down by Alexey Pajitnov and can certainly bring an addictive and unusually alluring experience to the table. On the other hand, it is inferior to the aforementioned Tengen version due to its lack of two-player competitive play. However, I will ultimately recommend this version because it is the true "legal" one, and also because it is a heck of a lot easier to locate than the Tengen edition (which was yanked off store shelves). But even with its presentational flaws, Tetris is still amazingly fun even to this day, almost twenty years after its NES release and remains one of video game history's most influential milestones.
Player One (Oct, 1990)
On peut noter, par contre, un certain manque dans Tetris version Nintendo: les couleurs. En effet, surtoutes les autres versions, les briques sont de couleurs differentes. Alors que là, on doit les repérer à leur forme. Les puristes de jeux, genre cassetête, me diront que cela augmente la difficulté, et dans le fond, ils n'ont pas tort.
Die Grafik ist gut, nicht übermäßig, aber für das Spiel absolut ausreichend. Nach einer Weile der „Abstinenz“ hat es wirklich Spaß gemacht, TETRIS mal wieder zu spielen. Die Spielidee hat auch durch die Zeit nicht gelitten, und die zusätzlich eingebauten Optionen geben dem Spieler die Möglichkeit, das Spiel an seine eigenen Fertigkeiten an zupassen. Gelungen!