The week of PR shenanigans is still going strong, the latest of which involving a late-day surprise release of EA's new iteration of Tetris [99¢] which we mentioned seeing at EA's recent winter preview event. Here's what The Bearded One had to say about it:

Basically everybody on the planet knows the falling blocks puzzle game Tetris, and we’ve had an iOS version of the game almost since the very beginning of the App Store. While that is a fun and totally decent version of the game, the touch screen controls left a bit to be desired. That’s where the new One-Touch mode comes in. Here, when blocks appear at the top of the screen you’re given an assortment of spots to automatically place the block at the bottom of the screen, represented by outlines of the block’s shape.

This seemed like a weird idea to me at first, but after actually playing this mode I was a believer. It’s such a simple change but it dramatically changes how you would typically play Tetris, almost transforming it into a different game and bypassing any imprecise control issues from the touch screen. There’s regular Marathon mode as well as a progressive level-based Rush mode in addition to One-Touch, so this version of Tetris should appeal to purists as well as those looking for a fresh take on the classic gameplay.

Unfortunately, it seems that this new version of Tetris has replaced the old version of Tetris on the App Store. So, this will be a new purchase for everyone instead of an update, and you might as well back up the old Tetris .ipa somewhere in case you ever want to re-sync it to your device.

  • Anonymous

    old design was ugly anyway.

    • Jonathan Morris

      Not just ugly, but clunky and outdated with TERRIBLE touch controls. Who wouldn't prefer the new version? It has the classic mode with improved touch controls plus the game-changing one touch mode. It's literally a whole new game. I haven't touched Tetris in years (you can only rotate blocks for so long) and this new version got my $1. To me, that's saying something.

      • Anonymous

        people who bought it already

  • Niraj

    I stopped buying EA games because of the whole "replacing" of te old version....  They did the same thing with Madden 11.  My computer crashed and I broke my ipod touch.  Now I cannot download the older one.... I am very pissed.  UP YOURS EA!

  • Anonymous

    if i buy this and i had the old tetris, will i have and be able to sync both versions?

    • Anonymous

      I don't see why not. It looks like EA simply made a whole new app that happens to have the name "Tetris", which exists in the same store as the recently discontinued title "Tetris". This isn't the first time for EA to delete a title, mostly to spite the whole Cloud thing.

      Mustn't forget how awful and unreliable App Stores and Clouds and the Steams are. Things would be much better, and your car windows wouldn't have broken overnight, if you just used Origin instead!

  • Cameron Fenton

    How is this not against some app store policy? Instead of updating their existing Tetris game, they put out a revised version with the same name and charge for it. I'm fine with them charging for a new game, but call it something new. Super Tetris, New Tetris, whatever, just don't call it Tetris when I own Tetris, but can't get this as an update.

  • Apple Trap

    Simple but very interesting game...............

  • Jeremy Fuller

    Yeah.... what's up with all the IAP? Seems like that would be a much bigger story than revising the controls. I very much hesitate to buy this, seeing that.