By Andrew Liszewski
Half art piece – half playable game that actually looks pretty fun, ‘Tetris analógico’, or ‘Analog Tetris’, is exactly that. A larger version of the game that launched the original Game Boy requiring you to physically position and assemble the tetromino pieces as they slide down an inclined playing surface. Pieces are fed by dealers, complete with stylish visors, and instead of clearing lines the goal is to get all of the pieces to assemble together below the yellow line. So if you leave too many holes open, or aren’t quick enough, you’re going to lose.
But besides turning Tetris into a more physical activity, I particularly like that Analog Tetris opens up more opportunities when it comes to cheating. Don’t have room for a specific piece at the moment? Throw it away or hide it in your jacket until you’ve got the space for it. Or, a large cash donation should put you in cahoots with the dealer, ensuring that the piece you need will always fall at the opportune moment. The downside? You don’t get that oddly satisfying sound effect when you clear four lines at once like in the digital version of the game.