Tetris Attack is a 1995 puzzle video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Yoshi must travel his way around his island to rescue his friends who are under a spell and controlled by Bowser. In order to snap his friends out of this trance, he challenges them to a puzzling game where matching up three or more blocks of the same pattern sends a bombardment of blocks to fill his opponent’s side of the field.
The gameplay itself is straightforward and very addictive. The point is to fill up your opposition’s side of the field while keeping your side relatively less empty. These simple competitions are held in a “best 2 out of 3 matches”, similar to a fighting game. So, other similarities to the fighting game genre include the fact that one has to be patient, calculating, and aggressive to really win at this game. With style closely resembling that of fighting games, one can expect Tetris Attack to be as intense and competitive.
Although versus mode is where most of the competitive action is settled, the game also contains other modes that make good use of the play’s puzzling style. One of the most time-consuming modes is ironically named puzzle mode. Here, it tests out the player’s eye to empty the screen of all the blocks in a certain amount of moves.
Other modes include stage clear mode, where one continues to clear blocks to a certain point before moving on to the next stage. Then there is the typical time trial. And endless modes that allow the player to gather a high score within a certain time.