While I’m not a huge Tetris devotee, I have enjoyed playing the game from time to time. The game of maneuvering falling bricks can be quite addictive to tell the truth. When I heard about Tetris Party Deluxe, I was intrigued. I had not played a Tetris game on the Wii before. How could Tetris be made into an interactive physical game? I soon found out it hasn’t, at least not really. Tetris Party Deluxe for the Wii can be played sitting back on the couch the whole time. There is a game that uses the Wii balance board, but other than that, the game is no different than any other gaming system would be. That being said, the game is fun to play.
Tetris Party Deluxe features 6 game modes and has multi-player for both in person and online players. Game modes include standard Tetris games, race against the clock type games, games where the player uses the bricks to create different pictures, and climbing games where a little man has to climb the bricks to the top. I found the climbing games to be the most challenging. Trying to place the bricks in exactly the right position so the little man could climb, proved to be rather difficult. Using the balance board was kind of fun, though not as challenging as it could have been. To use the board the player stands with both feet equally apart and shifts his/her weight to move the bricks from side to side. To turn the bricks the player squats, so he/she can get a little exercise. The game is probably most fun when using the multi-player modes. Players can cover their opponents boards with smoke, stop time, and in speed battle send lines of bricks over to the opposition.
Visually the game is not all that stunning. The graphics are basic and kind of look as though the game came out 10 years ago. You can use your own Mii, but that pretty much just means the Mii’s face will show at the top of the Tetris board. However, if you are just looking for classic Tetris it is fine. The biggest problem visually is that some things are difficult to see. Most of the game is very dark, and sometimes the outline of where the bricks will land was very hard to make out. The playability of the game is quite easy. Tetris Party Deluxe uses the Wii controller, Wii Balance Board, Wii Wheel, and Wii Speak. The controller is turned sideways and the arrows and number buttons are used to control the bricks. Once you remember what everything does, the game is very intuitive.
Overall the game is fun, but does not utilize the Wii platform all that well. Using the balance board was a good idea, but other than moving back and forth there is not much to do. I also thought the balance board mode was a little too easy. It took about 40 levels until it became more of a challenge to keep up with.
Tetris Party Deluxe is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB for Content Descriptors. This game can also be found on: Nintendo DS.