|System: Wii, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hudson Soft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Majesco||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 25, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In Field Climber it's imperative to have your blocks reach the top. A mountaineer ascends the blocks in an attempt to reach the top. If you make a horizontal line, the blocks in that line disappear and your mountaineer will descend as well. Shadow mode has you arranging the blocks to fill a predetermined pattern without a single block outside of the specially shaped silhouette. Stage Racer is a novelty mode, and it won't see a lot of continued use although it's fun for a period. You essentially guide a shape of blocks through a moving maze, not unlike a racing game navigating obstacles on the track.
Who doesn't like blowing things up? Bombliss mode is Tetris with explosions. Bombs are implanted in the tetriminos, set to explode when you clear a line with one of the blocks with a red dot in it. The explosion can cause a chain reaction if you have more bombs in proximity, resulting in an all-clear. The multiplayer component is where the party starts. A good variety of modes can be played online or locally where up to eight players can challenge one another with only one copy of the game. You can even chat online using the built in microphone. By far my favorite mode is the Co-op vs Co-op mode. This includes four players, two to a team. One player manipulates the falling tetriminos while the other figures out where it should be placed, and then communicates that spot by moving a ghost outline in the shape of the actual tetrimino in play.
My least favorite mode is the Master. You've got to be kidding me. Here the tetriminos don't fall, they just appear at the bottom of the screen where you have about one second to determine where they should go and actually put them into position. All I can say is that if you're good at this mode, you are either a genius or you've wasted a lot of your life playing Tetris. That could possibly be construed as madness.
Tetris Party Deluxe is one party you don't want to miss, even if you just stop in to say hello for a few hours.
CCC Senior Writer