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We Review: Tetris Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS)

Right, hands up those of you who’ve never heard of Tetris.Nobody? Good! Because there’s a new Tetris game on the loose on the 3DS called Tetris Ultimate, and we’re going to drop tetrominoes like the bombing of [insert random place] until this review is done.

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Sundance Film Festival 11 – Video Games In The Spotlight

It’s that time of the year again. What time you ask? The time of year when aspiring film makers get together at one of North America’s great indie scene movie festivals, the annual Sundance Film Festival to be more precise. Hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah, it’s every hopeful movie-maker’s dream to succeed at this event. Many of today’s biggest Hollywood film makers had their humble beginnings at this prestigious festival, amongst which are Steven Soderbergh and Quinton Tarantino. Some of the movies which gained fame at this festival are The Blair Witch Project, Little Miss Sunshine, Reservoir Dogs, SAW, and Napoleon Dynamite.

From 20 to 31 January 2011 we saw some truly inspiring work come from this popular movie outing, but for the purpose of this article we will look at a topic which is close to our hearts – video games. Yes, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival boasted with quite a few video game-themed projects and even a panel where members of the press (and public) could interact with the writers of such games as Alan Wake and Uncharted.

So it would seem that video games are really in focus for independent film makers. We have collected a trio of video game short films to show what talent we can expect from the future film-makers of Hollywood. Have a look at them after the jump.

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Tetris Against The Odds

In his “Let the Game Continue” design, threadless user Eduardo San Gil shows how Tetris blocks are created. It might look a little gruesome but at least it involves recycling. Another theory has just been revealed, this time from Russia. It is entitled “Тетрис против контры” or “Tetris against the odds” according to Google Translate. Check it out below and let us know what you think about the ending.

Epic sound effects right there! See more videos of this type on LAGGER131313‘s YouTube channel.

[via Miss Cellania]

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Play This: Not Tetris

We’ve seen all manner of Tetris mods from xkcd’s Tetris Hell to an FPS clone to a suitably mean-spirited version.  And we never get tired of playing them. Tetris fan Maurice from Cologne, Germany has created a mod of the popular puzzle game that keeps the nostalgic graphics and sounds but introduces real-world physics. Unlike the original game, in Not Tetris the completed lines don’t get cleared and your end goal is to stack as many pieces onto top of each other as you can.

Seems easy right? Download Not Tetris (3.5 MB, PC-only I’m afraid) and let us know how you fared.

[via The Awesomer]

Flash Games

xkcd’s Tetris Hell Now a Flash Game

Randall Munroe from the webcomic xkcd clearly has some influence. Last month, he posted a comic about how hellish the game of Tetris could be (see here). It went viral and after a couple of days, the first Flash game based on said comic hit the Internet. I only spotted it now, what can I say I’m not the quickest of cats.

With a curved bottom and bouncy physics, the game is probably a Tetris fan’s worst nightmare and pretty much an unwinnable. Play the first implementation of Hell by kaolin fire or try the newer one by Banthar.

Let us know how you did failed miserably.

[via LDuPlessis]

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HATETRIS: A Mean Game of Tetris

HATETRIS is a Tetris clone created by a sadistic programmer named Sam Hughes. In HATETRIS, the AI is programmed to spawn the piece that is least likely to help you, so you’ll get a lot of S pieces. You’ll need to trick the AI into thinking you’ve messed up and use the resulting piece to complete a line. It’s a little easier said than done though. Also, there is no gravity in the game, but as the author says, it’s the least of your worries.

Play HATETRIS here. Hughes has top-scored with 5 lines. Let us know how you fared.

[via Boing Boing]

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Play This: First Person Tetris

First-Person Tetris is a cool little flash game that takes you back to the times when you played Alexey Pajitnov’s classic block-dropping puzzler Tetris on your old-school NES. It plays pretty much like a standard game of Tetris but there is a cruel, nauseating twist which I think the Tetris God would approve of.

Give the game a spin at

[via Mccandelish]

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Play This: Tuper Tario Tros

Maths can be extremely difficult at times, but not in this instance. What happens when you take the classic platformer Super Mario Bros and add the block-dropping puzzler Tetris to it? Simple – you get Tuper Tario Tros.

In Tuper Tario Tros, world 1-1 starts off as one would expect, but soon Mario comes across obstacles that seem insurmountable. What to do then? Summon the powers of Tetris and build a path that Mario can safely traverse. Use the arrow keys to move, X to jump, and the Space bar to switch between Mario mode and Tetris mode.

Play Tuper Tario Tros at Newgrounds and let us know how you got along. I didn’t do that well, I’m dodgier than that cheesy pick-up line “You plus me, subtract our clothes, divide your legs; multiply.”

[via Kotaku]

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The Tetris God

All this time I was under the impression that I controlled my fate. Now I found out there is a god, and he is vengeful.

[via BlackNotes]

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Tetris Friends: Brick Dropping Just Got Social!

Almost as important as landing a man on the moon, a gaming classic recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Since in its creation on June 6th, 1984 by Alexy Pajitnov, Tetris is a wildly popular video game that has shifted over 70 million copies and in the process been considered by most to be the greatest game of all time.

Available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, and now you can play Tetris for free anytime, anywhere in the world! Tetris Friends takes the relentless brick dropper and add a unique social feature. Aside from the various single-player variants of the game, Tetris Battle 6P is one of the multiplayer modes that pits you against 5 other online players. As you create the lines, send line attacks to your enemies to disrupt them. And if you meet certain criteria in the matches, you earn Tokens that can go towards unlocking more modes of play and alternate brick designs.

Ready to stack the bricks? Head over to Tetris Friends and let the online time-wasting begin!

[via Urlesque]