There’s only so much that a developer can do with Tetris before they expand into a different genre or create something that doesn’t even feel like the original game, which is why it’s so impressive what Hudson has done with this title.
Tetris Party isn't a perfect game, but it is yet another must-have WiiWare title. For 1200 points and 244 blocks of Wii space, players can sink their teeth into a download that feels more like a packaged game, and less like WiiWare, with over a half dozen new modes to play, leaderboards for all of it, online battle, and a whole slew of options.
Many won’t like having to put the hours in to nail down a good strategy and have a chance of putting themselves on the leader-board and as such Tetris Party is only likely to be played by those who know what’s involved.
It's hard to do Tetris wrong, and Tetris Party does a lot of things right. As the name implies, this edition of the classic puzzler is geared toward multiplayer, both local and online. Easy to pick up and play, even for the Tetris novice in your household. A handful of play options add decent solo replay value as well. One of the strongest WiiWare titles to date.
First, a warning to anyone who is interested in picking up a Tetris game: if you have a Wii and an internet connection, get this game instead of the Deluxe version. I haven't played Deluxe, but based on what I have gathered from multiple sources, the Deluxe version simply contains a few extras and is being sold for more than twice the price. Now, on to the review. Tetris Party is the most complete version of Tetris that I am aware of. Several different game modes are available aside from the standard marathon, all of which I find fun except for Stage Racer. The Shadow mode adds a whole lot of replay value due to its relatively high number of stages, and I know people who do not enjoy Tetris (shocker!) and were still massively entertained by Shadow. Co-op is a very logical multiplayer variant, but once more difficult levels are reached, chaos ensues. Not that chaos is a bad thing - hectic situations in Co-op have been some of my favorite moments playing Tetris party. The standard versus mode is intact, and users have the option to play with items on or leave them turned off. Note that "garbage," the junk lines you send opponents with bigger line clears, cannot be turned off. Many Tetris beginners may find this to be a disappointment at first, but the reason this option was omitted should become clear rather quickly. Playing without garbage would lead to matches that last far too long, especially for anyone who has already been eliminated. Also, for people stuck with friends who are far more skilled at Tetris, a practice mode is available so that they can keep playing while their friends duke it out. Aside from the boring Stage Racer mode, the only con I can come up with is that the music is mostly bland. You are given the option to turn it off, however, so you can simply play music you prefer from a laptop or something like that. All in all, I think there is by far enough content and entertainment value in Tetris Party to make it well worth the $12 entry fee.
This a fairly good Tetris game, but definitely not the best in the series. The game Tetris itself is one of the best block puzzles ever. This game has the swap option, quick drop and the ability to rotate the piece for a while before dropping it. Although the main Tetris game is great the other modes are terrible such as the stupid stage racer. The multiplayer could have been ruined by items but, thank goodness, you can turn them off. The online mode works well but I as always crushed by other people. Also, the game gives you customizable chat options, but there only only about seven things you can choose to say. Tetris Party is a great Wii Ware game, but one of the worse in the Tetris series.
Summary[WiiWare] Tetris Party is a deceptively simple, addictive puzzle game that is sure to keep you and all of your friends and family entertained for hours on end. The WiiWare game features 10 never-before-seen single-player and multiplayer variations of Tetris, including Field Climber, Stage Racer, Shadow and Wii Balance Board-enabled mode...