Anticipation of the American International Toy Fair in New York City, running from February 13-16, has the internet buzzing. One of the upcoming announcements is the release of the new game Tetris Link, an electronics-free, multiplayer version of the popular vertical blocks-builder.
The game, created by the John Adams company, features a vertical board with slots at the top, and familiar-shaped plastic Tetris pieces.
Players insert the multicolored pieces, trying to get three pieces touching; dropping a piece and leaving a hole loses points. Opponents try to score while blocking the person on the other side of the board.
In short, it's not dissimilar to Connect 4.
As Technabob points out, it's not the first Tetris tabletop game -- that honor went to Radica Games's Tetris Tower 3D.
But unlike its predecessor, it doesn't rely on electronics to work. Its gameplay is simple enough to be fun and fast-paced, while still remaining strategic and interesting. All in all, it's an interesting interpretation of the vintage game we know and love so well.
The game's expected release in stores is Spring 2011, with a retail price of $19.99.
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