Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. 100
    The game simply rocks and in my opinion this is the best puzzle game money can currently buy.
  2. 100
    Aside from an unresponsive touchscreen issue every now and then, Tetris DS is an amazing puzzle package, and is easily one of the best DS games to date - a perfect partner for the upcoming DS Lite.
  3. A must own title for the Nintendo DS. The combination of classic puzzling, new twists on the Tetris theme, seamless and lag-free online play, and classic Nintendo touches (including a nice collection of remixed NES tunes), makes Tetris DS a keeper.
  4. You may not love all of it, but you will love much of it, because it offers a whole lot more to love than "Tetris" did back in '89. [May 2006, p.90]
  5. Tetris games have come and gone over the years, but Tetris DS is one version that easily deserves to be in every Nintendo DS owner’s library. Aside from being another Tetris game, there’s no real downside that can be identified in this game. It’s an almost-flawless application of the Tetris idea, successfully combining what we’ve all enjoyed about the game over the years with some new ideas… and it comes highly recommended.
  6. Tetris is a classic game that has never been topped, and Tetris DS continues that proud tradition.
  7. 95
    Tetris DS has online play, loving tributes to classics of the past, and the best music of any Tetris game yet. It’s a treat for dedicated Nintendo and Tetris fans alike.
  8. The new modes combined with intense multiplayer options (single card, multi card, and WiFi) will literally have any fan foaming at the mouth.
  9. Tetris may not push new boundaries or explore the violent side of Wifi competition, but who needs a plasma gun for fragging when armed with a four-long Tetrimino?
  10. I can't think of a better way to kill a long plane ride, and I expect lapsed Tetris fans who've migrated to other puzzle games will be making their way back into the fold after playing this excellent reinvention of one of gaming's greatest titles. [Apr 2006, p.134]
  11. With all of the classic NES sights and sounds, Tetris DS looks and sounds better than practically any game of Tetris before it (but I still miss the Russian feel).
  12. With six different modes of play and plenty of multiplayer options the replay value of Tetris DS is through the roof.
  13. Just a very playable version of Tetris on your DS. The additional modes are fun for a little while, but I still found myself drawn back the standard mode that started it all.
  14. The classic single player and the revolutionary multiplayer makes this a great little package.
  15. Tetris DS does what Tetris has always done: delivers an addictive, simple, and challenging game that anyone can enjoy and Tetris DS also does it with a few new bells and whistles that give you even more than you need to enjoy it.
  16. It's the Tetris that defined the handheld generation over two decades ago, resurrected and remade better than ever. The definitive version and will most likely remain so for another twenty years.
  17. 90
    You haven't lived until you've played ten player Tetris complete with rotation-freezing lightning bolts and piece-shifting banana peels flying between the systems. And the addition of internet play, while nothing new to PC Netris gamers, is a fantastic option, even if it's just a little minimalist in options.
  18. Tetris DS is the reason puzzle game fans will once again dream of falling boxes and it’s the reason it will seem like your Nintendo DS has been glued to your hands.
  19. While they could easily have made a straightforward Tetris port for the system, Nintendo instead chose to really go all out for this one, especially in building the one-player portion of the game. [Apr 2006, p.96]
  20. 90
    I’m no expert, but I’m sure that Tetris improves children’s spatial skills or something. Getting a game together on wifi can be a pain, and most people will have a mode or two that they can’t stand, but overall, it’s nice to see how well Tetris has aged.
  21. It’s simple enough that anyone can pick it up and get a game going by himself within seconds, yet it’s sophisticated enough that all of your friends can join in on the fun.
  22. 90
    But at heart, it's simply Tetris, on the go, with online multiplayer and a highly polished presentation. And that makes it a must-have for anyone with a DS.
  23. Even if you only have a slightest casual interest in the greatest puzzle video game ever made, the stack of gameplay modes and the introduction of online play are completely reason enough to warrant purchase.
  24. If you're one of the many who rarely got to play multiplayer "Tetris," you'll love this. It's a thing of beauty. [May 2006, p.52]
  25. The themed levels are fun, the new game modes add a lot to an already complete franchise and the multiplayer mode is one of the best I've ever seen in a puzzle game.
  26. 90
    Tetris DS does a remarkable job of reminding us why Tetris was so great in the first place, and it gives us tons of extra reasons to love it as well.
  27. A few things may shock people as being non-tetris, but these days nothing can be non-tetris as Tetris lives in all of us.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 15, 2012
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  2. Jan 4, 2011
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  3. Jan 21, 2014
    This is the best version of Tetris I have ever played. It is the perfect marriage of a classic game we all know, Tetris, and a plethora of beloved NES characters. It is excellent in both single player and multiplayer mode. If you are a fan this is a must buy. Full Review »