EA and The Tetris Company have just revealed "Tetris Blitz" for iOS and Android devices, which puts a new spin on the classic puzzle game. The lightning-fast gameplay challenges players to race against the clock, while providing fresh new features and visuals. It's also EA's first freemium Tetris game.
"Tetris Blitz" will put players in a two-minute sprint to clear lines and rack up as many points as possible before time runs out. Clearing multiple lines back-to-back will trigger the elusive Frenzy Mode for a huge score multiplier. Players will also be able boost their score through the use of power-ups (in-app purchases?), and new power-ups will be introduced every week.
Blitz is also introducing new controls, with the addition of the new "Drag and Place" option, while also including the traditional "Swipe" option for players who prefer something more in-line with the classic Tetris controls.
"Tetris Blitz wraps all of the best elements of the iconic Tetris game inside a bite-sized, frenzied experience that is perfect for smartphones and tablets," said Nick Earl, Senior Vice President and General Manager for EA’s All Play label. "The crisp graphics, innovative new controls and social leaderboards are bound to make Tetris Blitz a captivating gaming experience for longtime Tetris fans and newcomers alike."
In addition to the new gameplay features, Tetris Blitz will also include Facebook Connect integration, allowing players to compete with friends in weekly competitions, share high scores and brag about their place on the leaderboards
"Tetris Blitz is a re-imagined extension of the original Tetris game for smartphone and tablet gamers," added Henk Rogers, Managing Director of The Tetris Company. "New additions like the two-minute countdown timer and Facebook Connect are welcome updates to the Tetris legacy and will provide a fast-paced and fun on-the-go experience for today’s Tetris gamers."
"Tetris Blitz" will be available in spring on the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store for Kindle devices.