mzl.kxbahnwa.175x175-75Heard about Tetris Blitz yet? In a nutshell, it's an arcade take on the title that has you dropping blocks and creating lines in a two-minute rush to get the sickest of sick scores. As you can imagine, it's flashier than regular Tetris. Provided you've got the coin to buy them, you can deploy power-ups that jumble, explode, or even remove blocks. And if you're making lines fast enough, you can activate a frenzy mode that, basically, turns most of the board into TNT. It's sorta like Bejeweled Blitz, except with Tetris. Simple enough.

Tetris Blitz hit the Canadian App Store today as part of seems to be a soft launch for the game. Eli and I took a look at it, mainly because we've been hearing a lot of junk about its free-to-play-ness.

As you'll see, it's loaded with ads, as well as those weird "take a survey" or "sign up for such and such" opportunities. You can also buy the game's currency for real money, and if you're feeling froggy, buy a couple of spins on the game's slot machine mechanic, which hands out random power-ups and coin allotments.

Surprisingly, Blitz isn't as aggressive as we though it would be. The game doesn't beat you over the head about what you can buy, at least. But, some of the power-ups do give players better pieces, which could certainly up their score pretty artificially.

One thing for sure, though: this game actually plays pretty good as far as Tetris games on iPhone and iPads, go. A neat prediction mechanic outlines where you can drop a piece, so all you have to do is tap instead of endlessly rotate your piece and follow it down. It's a neat touch. Also, there's the whole Tetris thing: this game, despite how old it is, continues to hold up as a great puzzle game.

Blitz should be out in the coming weeks. We'll keep our eyes on changes, as there will presumably be a few during this launch phase. Check out our video if you want to see it in action, by the way.

International App Store Link: Tetris Blitz, Free

  • SumoSplash

    EA goes Freemium?! Impossible!

  • jstein360

    Gotta say, I'm actually super impressed with the gameplay. I will definitely check this out, for the low low price of free.

  • Josh Dombro

    "Press Your Luck" was the game show you were thinking of. I'm not sure if I'm glad I know that or not...

  • jhamdotme

    Sigh. We're still using widescreen videos for portrait-style games?

    • bradnicholson

      Yep.

      • jhamdotme

        When you’re viewing on a widescreen desktop monitor, this doesn’t really make much of a difference. But do you understand that this makes for a terrible viewing experience in your mobile app?

        I keep mentioning this here, because this isn’t a hard problem to fix, and presumably, you’d want to fix this. But perhaps I’m wrong, and you couldn’t care less. Your condescending one-word answer seems to indicate the latter.

      • Luigi_Mario

        Jackass.

      • Urthop

        Step 1: Turn phone so it's in portrait mode.
        Step 2: Tap twice on screen to zoom.
        Step 3: ????
        Step 4: Profit!

      • jhamdotme

        Zooming in like this makes the video bigger, but it’s a low-resolution mess. If the videos weren’t letterboxed, we could get screen-filling high-resolution video. When zooming in, the video still isn’t properly framed. On an iPad, with a 3:4 ratio, the video is still windowboxed, with black bars on all four sides. On a 3.5″ mobile device, with a 2:3 ratio, you’ve got black bars on the top and on the bottom. And on the iPhone 5, in a 9:16 ratio, we get a letterboxed frame on the top and bottom, and the sides are unnaturally cropped.

        The point is, everybody has different sized screens. That’s why our software adds these borders automatically, as necessary. I understand that these borders are a result of how everything is being captured, but it’s silly to post these videos like this. I’m having flashbacks to non-anamorphic widescreen DVDs and pan-and-scan VHS movies. I thought we were done with all of that, but apparently not.

  • Lostpop21

    They made a freemium game for TETRIS?!

    R.I.P. Star Wars...

  • JJE McManus

    Still waiting for my check from EA to play their crap. They're so smart with their gouge the player schemes you would think they would realize that by paying me I'd like them better. (Until the $$ runs out of course)

  • B30

    Usual EA crap :(

  • Jazzpha

    I'm disappointed that I couldn't hear Eli's vaunted bags of EA bribe money clinking in the background.

    • dariusjr98

      Eli Hodapp, I feel bad for you son,

      'Cuz you got 99 complainers, but thankfully I ain't one.

      But seriously, he really doesn't need to put up with these bullshit accusations all the time.

      • Jazzpha

        I know it's impossible to convey in text, but I was being sarcastic. Eli's been making reference to his alleged EA moneybags since the RR3 fiasco. I'm fully in El Presidente por Vida's corner on this one!

      • dariusjr98

        Oh I understand. Sorry mate!

      • Jazzpha

        No worries! It's all good.

  • McCREE

    More EA trash and another franchise bastardized.

  • MrSpud

    The game has been out since April 20th in Canada, looks like nobody noticed until now

  • Illuminerdy

    Oh, I wish Brad had nailed that Shakespeare pun. "My kingdom for . . ." buddy.

  • fleshman

    Gaaaaay

    • Silverfist

      ...says the dude with the username "freshman".

      .

      • Silverfist

        Frickin' autocorrect!

  • grillaface

    I recommend Floris for your iOS Tetris fix (true I made it but...)

    It's only $1 and there are no IAP gotchas.

    /shamelessPlug

  • http://twitter.com/snowy2004 Stéphane Lachance

    It's come to the point where when I hear that an app is Free, I don't think "Cool! I can have fun for $0!" I think "Crap. Timers. It's going to be timers right?"

  • http://www.friv3.co/ friv 3

    I remember I played this game from when I was in grade 1, and until now I always play it when I have free time

  • Mad.Whack

    I got 100K in coins on a free spin and now every special items has doubled in coin costs.

    You're awesome EA...

  • http://www.facebook.com/nadav.barkama Nadav Bar Kama

    it may be free for you ... but, no Tetris blitz on my app store ... :(

  • mr ed209

    Fully expect TA to give this a massive score and just kind of breeze over the offensive IAPs EA crammed in, missing the point yet a-freaking-gain.

    But lets wait and see. Maybe they'll write a balanced review for once.

    • Adams Immersive

      TA often slams IAP. They compare each game's IAP to others quite thoroughly, I find. Stars and rating numbers alone don't matter much because you always have to know WHY they liked or disliked it--so reading the review is always a necessity, no matter what the source.

  • putermcgee

    this is out now.