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September 1997 Issue



The N64's First Puzzle Game

  • Size: 64 Megabit
  • Style: 1 or 2-Player Puzzle
  • Special Features: 2-Player Battle Mode, Rescue, Hide + Seek, Puzzle, Time Trial, and Vs. CPU Modes, Bombs
  • Created by: H2O for Nintendo
  • Available: Now for Nintendo 64

The N64 now has its first puzzle game and here's how it works...

The playfield is a multi-layered sphere. A number of different shaped blocks comprise the layers of the sphere, and your job is to break them apart. Players can slide blocks around the sphere, placing them either next to or on top of one another. Then, the blocks can be smashed by dropping a like-shaped block on top of them that completes a circuit of three or more. However, players are allowed only three mistakes. A mistake happens when the player drops a block that doesn't result in the destruction of other blocks. Three mistakes and it's game over. Players occasionally find power-ups such as bombs and missiles that lay waste to wide areas of the sphere.

Different modes have different objectives. Usually, the objective lies deep within the heart of the sphere. In Rescue mode, players help a robot escape from the center of the sphere. In 2-Player mode, the first person to the center of the sphere wins. In Hide + Seek mode, the player searches for objects buried randomly throughout the layers of the sphere. Puzzle mode is a separate game that forces players to destroy all the blocks in a puzzle with only a limited set of moves. These puzzles are entertaining, but finite in number. In the end, Tetrisphere stands alone as the N64's only puzzle game, but bigger and better puzzle titles are sure to come.


Andy, The Game Hombre

Concept: 8
Graphics: 7
Sound: 7
Playability: 8.5
Entertainment: 8
OVERALL: 7.75
"It goes without saying that the N64 needed a puzzle game, and Tetrisphere fills the void perfectly. While this game isn't Tetris Attack, it is fun. Puzzle fans should definitely check it out; however, it may be a rent before you buy."

Paul, The Game Professor

Concept: 7
Graphics: 7
Sound: 8.5
Playability: 7
Entertainment: 8
OVERALL: 7.5
"Other than the shapes of the pieces, this game has no resemblance to Tetris. The puzzle mode is challenging, but the other modes require little more than moving the cursor until it glows."

Reiner, The Raging Gamer

Concept: 7.25
Graphics: 7.75
Sound: 8
Playability: 7
Entertainment: 6
OVERALL: 7.25
"Tetrisphere isn't completely horrible for a puzzle game, but it doesn't deliver that sense of gratification and frustration like good ol' Tetris Attack. Basically, it's boring. Move a square, drop another, destroy some blocks. Yippee! Yes, you too will fear Tetrisphere."

Jon, The Greedy Gamer

Concept: 7
Graphics: 9
Sound: 8
Playability: 7.5
Entertainment: 5.5
OVERALL: 7.5
"Impressive 3D graphics do not make up for this game's lack of entertainment value. It never seems like I'm in a desperate situation. Tetrisphere does look nice, but it's pretty boring."

The Bottom Line: 7.5

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