Summary: Count on this: where there's a new Nintendo portable there's a new Tetris game. This time around, for the Nintendo 3DS, it's Tetris Axis . A strange name for a strange system. And it's a prety strange game, too. Yes, there's classic Tetris in here somewhere under all the 3D graphics, party modes, extra features and new connectivity. It's just that it's not as good as the last time you got a Tetris game for a new Nintendo portable.
Excerpt: Tetris is one of the oldest and most recognized video game franchises. Billions of people know what Tetris is. This game has been on more platforms than most gamers have ever played on. And yet this old dog can be taught a new trick. Tetris Axis is in total 3D. And without any glasses. You know Nintendo should pay me for using their selling point. Families can compete in the brand new marathon, or fever. Seven people can battle one another using one game cartridge.
Excerpt: More isn't always better, but in the case of Tetris Axis we'll take it. If you only play each of Tetris Axis's twenty modes one time you'll have played Tetris for several hours. Which is great, because it's more than likely you'll only want to play many of these modes once. These modes are separated into four main groups: there are the Featured Modes, the Party Modes, the AR Modes (or as we like to call them, "the gimmicks"), and various multiplayer modes.
Pros: Discovering all 20 modes, Better than ever multiplayer, For thirty bucks, it’s a steal
Cons: Lost a lot of Nintendo flavor, Only using the d-pad, Plenty of lame modes
Fun, pricey take on classic puzzler offers new ways to play.
Common Sense Media
19 January 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Tetris Axis is a new take on the classic block puzzle game. Players drop blocks into position on a grid according to the specific rules of more than a dozen different modes. It can be challenging for younger players, but there is no iffy content. Plus, it encourages players to think logically and solve problems.
Excerpt: If you have a Tetris-shaped whole in your 3DS library then this game will fit it perfectly. It’s a high-quality Tetris game with lots of modes, robust online play and eight player local wireless play with a single cart. It doesn’t have the great puzzle modes that Tetris DS had or the fun Nintendo mascot stylings, but it does have a varied selection of modes including local download play and, of course, 3D eye-candy.
Excerpt: Remember Tetris DS ? I remember picking that up the first day it was out and spending hours at a time going through everything that Nintendo had put together for it. The little Mario-esque touches were phenomenal and the gameplay itself wasn’t changed a bit, even though the modes themselves offered plenty of diversity. Well, good news and bad news.
Excerpt: Is this another Tetris game? How often can they take a classic title and bring it to a new platform while introducing some new game modes? With the 3DS I can imagine the graphics will take on a complete new look, but what can they do to make this puzzle game feel fresh for another generation of gamers? Will Tetris Axis be another re-make flop or will it stand apart and be a must have hand held title?
Excerpt: Nintendo 3DS™ takes TETRIS® to a whole new dimension!
Loved globally by people of all ages and all cultures, the Tetris® game continues to be one of the most widely recognized video games of all time. And now, Tetris fans can experience the game...
Pros: - Tetris is still fun, - Many modes available
Cons: - Modes are hit-and-miss, - One mode for online play, - Lack of Nintendo flair