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Game of the Week – Tetris Battle Succeeds with Real-Time Multiplayer Approach

By Regina Leuwer

This week’s game of the week Tetris Battle is a highly successful social resurrection of the Gameboy and PC classic. It ranks #11 among Facebook games (according to DAU) and has been growing continuously since its release in 2010.

Title: Tetris Battle
Developer: Tetris Online
Genre: Action & Arcade
Languages: English, Chinese, French, Spanish, German
Platform(s): Facebook
Launch: 2010
Active users (Facebook): 16,200,000 MAU; 3,700,000 DAU (according to AppStats)

How to play

The game is played like the original tile-matching puzzle regular Tetris created by Russian programmer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. Falling game pieces  called Tetriminos have to be arranged to fill lines which are then cleared. The developer Tetris Online, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, was founded in 2006 by Minoru Arakawa, Henk Rogers and the game’s inventor Pajitnov himself.

Tetris Battle adds a competitive element as lines that are cleared by one player appear at the bottom of the opponent’s field.

Playing matches uses energy which can be refilled in the in-game store. Protection against losing XP in battles and customized Tetris blocks are also available for hard currency, seasonal items and special deals are offered regularly. The game’s battle system is very elaborate and encompasses several modes of real-time multiplayer against up to six other players, leaderboards and tournaments against friends or strangers. Friends may also gift energy and other items to each other.
The main mode is two players competing in 2 minute rounds to clear as many lines as possible, in sprint mode 40 lines have to be cleared as soon as possible. There are also different obstacles players can throw in their enemies’ way.

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