A puzzle for you. Do you know who invented Tetris? No, it wasn't Keith Chegwin, although you're quite close. I'll tell you. It was the Devil. Yes, Tetris is Satan's computer game. It's a brainwashing device, designed to turn the people of Earth into drooling techno-zombies. And, God help me, I love it.
You see, Tetris is full of Satanic messages. And we can prove it. We videotaped a game of Tetris, and then played it backwards. And there it was, in Morse code. "Worship Satan" it said. "Hey Kids! Fancy going to a party round at Satan's house?". Stuff like that. Gulp.Ever since, Biff's taken to spinning round violently, cursing at priests in Latin and spewing pea soup everywhere. Some things never change, eh?
So, Microprose have joined up with the Dark One and brought "that game" to the Amiga once more. And this time it's Super, apparently. Let's fill up on holy water and take a closer look...
First of all, who doesn't know what Tetris is about? Just you, eh? You must be a bit of a sad case. Well, just for you, I'll explain it. Take a look at the screenshots, as this will help you visualise what I'm on about.
You've got a "pit", and different shaped blocks tumble from the top. By rotating them, you've got to make complete lines in the pit. Each complete line vanishes, thus leaving you more room. Each incomplete line remains where it is, and clogs up your pit. If the blocks reach the top, it's game over. And that's it.
Now, on Super Tetris things are a bit different. We've got some new features to talk about. Sol let's go through them one by one.
For a start the pit starts half full of blocks. You've got to clear this 'rubble' to progress to the next level. The trouble is, you've only got a limited number of blocks per level. For each line you complete, you get two bombs. These can be used to blast away your cock-ups, or to collect treasure. Which leads us on to...
The treasures. These nestle in among the rubble and can be collected by hitting them with bombs. The bonuses range from extra pieces, destroying a whole line or giving you one of those elusive and ever so handy long blocks.
You've got a two-player option where you can either play against or with your friend. You can also link up two Amigas and play that way. There's a timed game where you've got to finish each level in under a set time.
Perhaps the most bizarre addition is the Save Game option, that lets you load up your old games and carry on where you left off. Spooky.
So that's what's "Super" about this new version of Tetris. Is it worth it? Erm, to be honest the answer is no. Tetris has been around for yonks and you can pick up a perfectly adequate version of it from any good PD library. In fact, I do believe we've given you a version of it on the CoverDisk not so long ago. As have most computer magazines.
The problem isn't that Super Tetris is a bad game, it's not. It's just that it's vastly overpriced, and the new changes don't justify the price. I'd even put money on the fact that in about three months you'll be able to get a PD Tetris with the same features, probably called Super Twonktrix or something.
This is a tricky review. As you can see, it scores highly one all counts as it's technically a good game. I enjoyed it, but then I got it for free. With that in mind, the overall mark has been chopped down because of the extremely dubious value for money. Just thought I'd explained that. You've probably already got Tetris anyway. Don't bother.