Flashback Fridays: Tetris Attack

Hey everybody, welcome to yet another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are not familiar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look a something that changed my thoughts on how competitive video games can be to this very day. The title that I am referring to in particular was one of the most addictive puzzlers to ever release on the SNES, Tetris Attack.

Back in elementary school my next door neighbor would always want me to stop by his house every day after school to hang out. Most of the time we would play a game of basketball, football, or baseball together, but every once in awhile he would invite me inside his house to play some video games for the Super Nintendo. While a lot of the games that we played together were fun, nothing was more exhilarating, exhausting, and time consuming than dueling against one another in a few rounds of Tetris Attack. For some reason, he would always get the better of me every time, and to this very day, I still can’t figure out how he does it.

If any of you have never played this title before, here is how it works. Colored blocks fall down from the ceiling and you have to match up three in a row to drop a block onto your opponent. Chain these attacks together by matching blocks as they fall on top of one another and the results will be even more devastating than before. Doesn’t sound all that complicated right? Well, here is where things would get interesting.

My friend and I had a different set of skills when it comes to how we approached each match. His idea was to try and chain as many attacks together as possible in order to block me from ever getting a single move off. My strategy was basically to survive long enough to the point where he would end up being so exhausted from constantly attacking me that I could completely catch him off guard and hopefully win the match. Where things would go wrong is that neither one of these strategies ever seemed to work, for him or for me. As a result, the matches would go on for hours at a time, up to the point where time limit meter expired because neither of us could find a way to win.

No matter how busy our schedules get, at least once a year we torture ourselves in a few rounds of this game, and, as you might expect, he still gets the best of me every time. Maybe one day I will be able to win, but as things stand right now, that day probably will never come.

That concludes my story on Tetris Attack, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.