Excerpt: Let me start by saying I am (or at least used to be) a Tetris addict. I wrecked a brand-new Game Boy (the hulky gray one), solely because of the button bashing involved with the game. I can still vividly remember the nights I played Tetris for hours on end, just trying to beat that one high score.
Excerpt: Back in early 2005 the PSP launched with a quality software line-up comprised of nearly 30 titles which included heavy hitters such as Twisted Metal: Head On and Ridge Racer. Among these titles was a quirky puzzler named Lumines which, true to its name, proved to be a shining gem of a game.
Excerpt: When the original GameBoy launched way back when, it came packed with the legendary game Tetris, the classic “falling block” puzzle game whose successful formula many others have tried to emulate.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is an intense, far-out puzzle game that can easily suck up several hours of a player's time in a single session. There are versions for the PlayStation Portable (PSP), PlayStation 2, Xbox Live Arcade, and PC.
Excerpt: Tetris is sometimes credited as being one of the key factors in the success of the original GameBoy. With this in mind, it's fitting that the PSP, the next generation of handheld gaming, would ship with a game that can be considered the next generation of puzzle games.
Excerpt: What would happen if you took Tetris, flipped it sideways and injected it with some cocaine? Lumines would happen. What else would you expect from the man who brought you Rez? If you're a Rez fan, then you expect only the most mesmerizing and enchanting gameplay imaginable.
Excerpt: Lumines is one of the best puzzle games to have been made in my opinion. It follows a somewhat Tetris like gameplay pattern of falling bricks being stacked together. Falling down from the top of the screen are 4X4 size squares, made up of smaller squares.
Excerpt: Lumines on the Playstation Portable (PSP) is a first generation puzzle game that was released a little over a year ago. This is a hard game to describe. Square blocks that are two by two come from the top to the bottom. The blocks can have any combination of colors, and can be rotated.
Excerpt: The Game Boy had Tetris. The Game Gear, Columns. The Nintendo DS boasted Polarium at its launch. No self-respecting new handheld system leaves the house without an amazing new puzzle game for all to hail in wonder as the greatest thing ever.