April 28th is TableTop Day, a sacred day when people of all walks of life sit down and move tiny plastic pieces about or use cards and counters to vanquish each other. To celebrate this magnificent occasion, we’re taking a look at Tetris Dual.
Board games and videogames share a long history. For as long as I can remember there’s been digital versions of classic board games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Boggle. Likewise, toy manufacturers have sought to recreate the digital fun of videogames by producing physical, real-world counterparts. There’s been toy versions of Bejewelled and Angry Birds, not to mention board games built upon the themes of famous videogames like X-COM, The Witcher and Assassin’s Creed. Now, with this latest real world version of classic videogame Tetris, we see if Tetris Dual is a faithful recreation of the classic videogame.
We had quite a time puzzling out the rules at first and initially our games were played totally wrong. It didn’t make it any less fun but we were keen to get a handle on exactly how to play the game. The main area of issue was having to score manually. You do tend to take it for granted when playing the videogame version. Nevertheless we did have a great time. Each player is told which piece to place and has to figure out, against the clock, how to do it without losing points. This concept sunk into the adults fairly quickly and Marshall wrapped his head around it fairly quickly.
The younger children, whilst still enthralled by it, tended to have more fun dropping the pieces in the top than actually keeping score. It is perhaps a good point that the younger children still get just as much fun out of Tetris Duals without worrying about who’s winning. Morgan in particular has been requesting we get it out, which is amazing considering it has absolutely nothing to do with an iPad.
Tetris Dual is not the first physical version of Tetris that I’ve seen. You can also buy Tetris Link, Tetris Tower and even a Tetris Bop-It! This latest version though really seems to ramp up the competitive element and pits players against each other in a ‘score attack’ style game that can get really frought towards the end when spaces start to run out and gaps appear.
We’d definitely recommend Tetris Dual but be prepared for the first few games to be where you wrap your head around the scoring method and before long you’ll be taunting your opponent like a pro.
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