Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Of course, being Tetris, the gameplay is as addictive and enjoyable as ever, and there's no danger that you won't enjoy it if you get it, but this version just isn't nearly as well presented or feature-rich as it should have been.
  2. Tetris is Tetris. Nothing new, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. If updated graphics and a unique aquarium screensaver are enough to make you spend ten bucks, then by all means, go for it.
  3. Tetris Splash gets one point for being Tetris, one point for at least having an online mode and one point for being relatively cheap (assuming you don't bother with the DLC). But it loses points for ugly background graphics, the obligatory ghost block, the bad pacing, the expensive add-ons, the limited multiplayer options and having no sharks.
  4. 30
    Fans of the classic puzzle game should stay far, far away from this truly awful version of Tetris.
  5. Tetris Splash is an obvious attempt at wrapping nickel and dime distribution with a safe and nostalgic piece of gaming history. Don't be fooled, this game is not worth 800 Microsoft Points.
  6. Leave this one to that small population of the gaming public that likes to play their games while facing their fish tank.
  7. Save for its fish tank presentation, this is a wholly unremarkable version of Tetris.
  8. Tetris is Tetris, which means Splash is still supremely playable. But 800 points feels like an awfully high price. Especially when you can get a used copy of Tetris Evolution on the 360 for just a few bucks more.
  9. Make no mistake, Tetris Splash retains the magic that makes Tetris fun... we're just at a point now where most gamers probably have multiple copies of this game.
  10. 60
    Despite including an attractive screensaver, and maintaining the fun factor inherent in almost any iteration of Alexey Pajitnov's classic puzzler, Tetris Splash is dead in the water for those who already own any of the dozens of versions of Tetris available on almost every system.
  11. The bottom line, if you’re looking to get Tetris on a console, you should grab Tetris Splash. At 10 dollars you’re getting the same kick ass core gameplay Tetris has offered for over 20 years, you’re also getting all the great online features that Live offers. I think it’s worth it even if the premium content isn’t.
  12. Dropping collectible fish in a handful of environments feels hopelessly extraneous; luckily, you can disregard the aquatic nonsense and enjoy timeless gameplay in a reasonably attractive wrapper. [Dec 2007, p.65]
  13. It's the 'fin' end of the wedge for Tetris fans. [Christmas 2007, p.106]
  14. 70
    For 800 points, Tetris Splash is well recommended to those who enjoy the game of Tetris. Just don't expect all the trimmings.
  15. Tetris Splash doesn’t bring anything exciting or more enjoyable to the table of Tetris. Unless you’re feeling extremely nostalgic or wanting to add an additional 200 achievement points to your gamer score, I suggest you pass this one by.
  16. At the end of the day, Tetris Splash is just plain old Tetris with a new coat of paint. It’s a good break from the day’s usual grind, but nothing really spectacular.
  17. While the formula may never grow old, purchasing its incarnations is becoming rather trivial.
  18. It's not innovative or surprising in any way, but the graphics and gameplay are enjoyable and the multiplayer is a fun option.
  19. If it had something, anything new I feel like I could recommend, I'd fully endorse it, but I can't do that here.
  20. To make matters worse, you can spin blocks once they hit the bottom of the well or other blocks, meaning that the skill is lessend further. [Issue 27, p.118]
  21. Online play is the only redeemable feature of this 'update.' Get "Puzzle Quest" instead. That got three stars. [Christmas 2007, p.98]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. MikeS.
    Oct 5, 2007
    7
    A stripped-down version of Tetris with only two single-player modes and an overreliance upon paying for fish and other aquarium set-pieces is A stripped-down version of Tetris with only two single-player modes and an overreliance upon paying for fish and other aquarium set-pieces is somewhat redeemed by online multiplayer. BONUS: Features a screensaver of your aquarium thus far. That's not really much of a bonus, on second thought. Full Review »
  2. NormS.
    Oct 4, 2007
    9
    A great, very worthy tetris game, leagues above Tetris evolution for 360. Tetris splash is what tetris evolution should have been. Peices can A great, very worthy tetris game, leagues above Tetris evolution for 360. Tetris splash is what tetris evolution should have been. Peices can fall as fast as you can handle them, gameplay is quick, and online play is well planned and to the point. Matchmaking is simple and easy to get into, and scoring in this game is logical, providing reward for well-planned plays. Nevermind the hoopla about the extra content. Casual players will love the simplicity and the ability to add to the fish-tank-screen-saver dealio, and hardcore tetris fans will appreciate the tournament-level gameplay styling. One of my only regrets is that there isn't a built in tournament system. Sure, there is lots of downloadable content that may detract you, but the game is in no way incomplete with the base download. All of the extra downloadable content is related to aesthetic features, such as themes for your fishtank screensaver and the fish themselves. Its actually a cool side feature I appreciate. I have no problem calling Tetris splash the best tetris you can find on home consoles, but note that I do not consider the DS to be a 'home console'. Full Review »
  3. Jun 13, 2012
    10
    Tetris with added fish....whats not to like.Xbox live seems pretty busy 4 years after launch.Tetris splash is worth the point and is pureTetris with added fish....whats not to like.Xbox live seems pretty busy 4 years after launch.Tetris splash is worth the point and is pure gaming goodness. Full Review »