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Review—Tetris Worlds for the Nintendo Gamecube

Review—Tetris Worlds for the Nintendo Gamecube

by T.J. GoforthJuly 2, 2006

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Since I haven’t done many of my own threads recently, I would like to comment on one of my favorite Cube titles (and yes, I’ve had the game for four years), Tetirs Worlds.


Being a Tetris nut in the past (hey, I even liked Tetrisphere), I was very enthused to pick this one up.

Tetris: Worlds, a 2-player puzzler from T-HQ, blows out all of its predecessors out of the water, featuring six game modes, which I have explained in detail below:

  • Tetris: This is your standard Tetris play.  You play 15 levels, and keep playing that 15th level to the Tetris overfill the screen.
  • Cascade Tetris: This mode is for beginners, in a way that it is MUCH easier to destroy lines.  Holes underneath a Tetris piece fall into place after a line is cleared, causing a cascade and destroying one or more lines below them.
  • Square Tetris: Getting a square (multiple square pieces combined) gets you more lines depleted quickly, but you can still play this game like Cascade Tetris.
  • Hot Line Tetris: Colored lines appear on-screen.  You must destroy a line within that colored line to deplete the number of lines faster
  • Sticky Tetris: Broken Tetrisis line the bottom of the screen, increasing harder and harder per level.  Clear the bottom of the row to get to the next level.
  • Fusion Tetris: This is the most frantic of the six.  You need to connect the light one piece Tetrisis together so that they’re the same number or more than the number to the left.  Levels are similar to Sticky, and get increasingly more difficult each level.

Here’s a screenshot.  As you can see, the top right hand corner indicates the next Tetris piece, and the ones below them rotate to show you the next five in rotation.  The Hold Box in the upper-right hand corner is where you can save one, and ONLY one Tetris piece.  Simply press the R button to do so.  You can only do this once during a single piece.  Your level (from 1 to 15 and continuing at 15) and current rank (1st is the best) is displayed to the right.  The lines you must clear in that level and how much time you have to rank up are displayed to the right.  If you destroy the number of lines in that level before time runs out, then there is a graphical change in the background, plus you rank up.  If you don’t clear all of the lines in the specified time limit, then you will go into “OVERTIME”.  You’ll still get to play, but after you clear all of the lines in that level, you won’t rank up or get a graphical background change.  You’ll just go to the next level.

Now, the premise of Tetris, if you haven’t played it, is simple: just clear the lines horizontally with fitting pieces.  There must be NO gap in the horizontal row to clear them.  The pieces are the same as past altercations, but the graphics look much neater, and play a role on your progression (more later).  People found the best strategy by Holding a Line piece in the Hold Box, then connecting pieces up to four lines while leaving an open vertical line to insert the Line.  Once that is achieved, then this is known as a Tetris.  Tetris lines dwindle the line count significantly faster than depleting a single line.

Once you pass level 15, the game continues at level 15.  Boy, I tell ya, the Tetris are so fast that it is so difficult to place pieces where you want them.

The six worlds you can play on are Deneb (Forest), Mira (Desert), Aludra (Water), Antares (Fire), Talitha (Sky), and Unukalhai (Ice).

2-player consists of a two smaller, separate screens, and you can play the same modes as the 1-player mode in 2-player.  Quite fun.


  • Plug up the holes you have made every chance you get.  Instead of pressing the Y button to zip a Tetris into place, take the time to position a piece within a hole underneath another piece
  • 4 line Tetrisis are the way to go.  If you get multiple Tetrisis, then your lines will deplete much faster, earning you a rank up.
  • USE THE X BUTTON!  If you are at a very high level, then this is a useful technique.  If you continually press the X button while the Tetris piece is attached to another Tetris, it will continue to roll.  You can even move it around a bit and even manuever the piece to the place where you wanted to put it!
  • The Y button is useful if you need to zip the Tetrisis down quickly to complete lines and get your rank up within the time limit.
  • Save the Hold Box for a Line piece.  You will need it to silver a 4-line Tetris in need!
  • When your Tetrisis are accumulating wildly to the top, your best bet is just to play it save with simple one or two-line row depletions.  Then when you dwindle it a little, then you can place your Line piece appropriately for a four-line Tetris combo!

My Review:

  • Graphics: 7/10-The graphics may not “WOW” you, but they are simple, clear, and easy to see.  There is rarely a time when the backdrop interferes with the color of a Tetris piece.  The most intesting touch was in the Water level.  When you rank up to like 4 or 5, the graphical backdrop delves you underwater.  It is such a cool, animated effect that I love!
  • Sound: 9/10-The retro techno funk is so nostalgic, making you just want to listen to the beats ALL DAY LONG!  Even more impressive is that you can listen to all of the songs at your leisure in the Options Menu.  Furthermore, the egolectic female voice says “Single” when you get one-line and “Tetris” when you get four, among several other things.  Just bonechilling!
  • Controls: 8/10-The controls are super-responsive when it comes to turning your pieces and sliding them into place.  The only problems I have iswhen the pieces on a higher difficulty move so fast that you can’t move it over to a spot in time.  Plus, it would be nice if you could flip between a piece from your Hold Box more than once within one piece.
  • Challenge: 9/10-The learning curve from one level to the next is ultra-impressive, and the different game modes cater to different audiences (ex. Cascade Tetris is for beginners, standard Tetris is for intermediate players, and Fusion Tetris is for expert players).  The continuous X Button press can be considered cheating, however, and can make a beginner player beat standard Tetris mode.  One minor flaw.
  • Fun Factor: 9/10-You will be entertained for hours on end, I BEG YOU!  The Tetris pieces are random and give you lots of freedom in the open space.  Two players, however, is a little awkward.  The screen, thus, the Tetrisis are smaller, and it can be difficult to tell what piece you have in correspondence with the background, compared to the 1-player’s clearer background.
  • Overall: 9/10-This is probably heralded, in my opinion, as my top 5 favorite puzzle games of all time (only Zoocube for Cube, Wetrix for N64, and Polarium for DS would top it).  This is easily the best Tetris game to date that I have ever played.  This is the second best puzzler for Gamecube (aside from ZooCube, which is the most unique, addictive puzzler I’ve ever seen!), so I urge you to buy it (probably only 10 bucks or so) and play it and play it again.  I promise you, you’ll see your time go by in a heartbeat!

Hot-line Tetris above


About The Author
T.J. Goforth
I'm 25 and own my own home. I have one step child and a wife. I work as a Team leader at a restuarant about 50 hrs. a week. Otherwise, I surf the web or play video games.

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