Tetris is a simple puzzle game that consists of trying to align certain shapes into a perfect, horizontal line or lines. It may sound and look easy enough, but Tetris isn’t a game to play lightly. At first, the falling shapes descend at a slow rate which gives me time to plan my strategy. It almost feels too simple and winning is going to be easy as pie. But then the rate that the shape falls starts to speed up which means I have less time to think. My palms start sweating and my heart is racing with adrenaline, trying to do my best not to make a mistake. To make matters worse, I had to change my thinking because I was starting to rely on certain shapes more than others. These were showing up less frequently than the other ones. If I can’t think of a quick ploy, I’ve already lost because making one mistake can mean total disaster. Sometimes even trying to fix it, makes the matter worse.
As a kid, I would spend hours playing and challenging other friends to see who would get further. The best was when challenging someone side by side yet while online gaming sometimes meant not knowing who you’re playing with, the feel of victory was never any less sweet. Even with all the different iterations, Tetris will always be a fun challenge game that never gets old. It might have been developed long ago, but I still play it like I’m playing it for the first time.