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Magical Tetris Challenge

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Magical Tetris Challenge Publisher: Capcom
Category: Puzzle
Platform: N64, Game Boy
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: January 1999

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4
(Review of N64 version)

Capcom did a great job with Magical Tetris Challenge, featuring Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald. This is basically Tetris with a few minor improvements and some nice G- rated appeal. The stories are silly, but they somewhat cleverly tie into actual gameplay as the places within your pea-sized journey become the backdrops for one- or two- player Tetris battles.

The game does not feature analog control, but you won't care. We like the idea of pressing Up to make the blocks drop instantaneously, compared to the also-available technique of pressing Down to quicken their descent. Good players will use both techniques. The latter method is best when you need to rotate a block to squeeze into a nook or cranny at the bottom.

The best addition, however, are the shadows which show where the block will fall! Capcom should get a nice pat on the back for that one. It's extremely helpful. It makes the game even more fun because you can concentrate on finding the best spot for each individual tetrad.

The Up/Down Tetris mode is unique. For every line player one clears, player two gets a line added to the bottom of his or her screen.

Endless Tetris is also available for those not interested in the stories. In this mode you can also decide whether or not to allow wacko blocks to appear in the game. Endless Tetris is also fun because two players can play Tetris on the same screen at the same time without affecting the other's game. Capcom sure looks out for gamers! Bravo!

Just to be annoying, we should point out that the instruction booklet has a silly mistake on page 8. Where it says "Mode Select" it should say "Magical Tetris." The real question is, Who did the proof-reading? Donald or Goofy?

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