‘Letris 2′ Review – More Proof That Scrabble and Tetris Make Awesome Babies

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Review of:
Letter puzzles:
Ivanovich Games
Version:
1.1 (Android)
Price:
1.99

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On July 24, 2012
Last modified:July 30, 2012

Summary:

Overall, Letris 2 is a great buy. The gameplay is great, the different modes keep things from getting boring and the game itself is super addictive. Ivanovich Games did a great job with the game and I see myself playing it a lot in the future.

Letris 2 was released for Android last week and if you are thinking of getting it: STOP! – Unless you want to become totally addicted to it and spend copious amounts of time playing it, that is. I spent hours playing the game when I got it and time simply melted away. Ivanovich Games managed to take the really simple concept of Tetris with letters and do something really great with it. Check out the trailer to get a quick idea before I explain futher:

Though Letris 2 is described as being what happens when Tetris and Scrabble make a baby, the format of the game gives me a sneaking suspicion that Boggle may have contributed some genetic material as well somehow. Oh you lewd, lewd board game. What will you do next? Though there are three different modes that the game can be played in (Letris, Acronymus and WordMatrix), the basic principle remains the same: letters fall from the top of the screen and link them to create words.

When you play in Letris mode, you have three different levels of difficulty to choose from: Normal, Hard and Extreme. Letter blocks fall from the top of the screen and you need to make words out of them and like Tetris, if the blocks reach the top of the screen you lose. In order to complete a given level, you need to use a target number of letters, which increases with each level; you also get bonus points if you clear the screen.

Honestly, I could not figure out what the difference between the Normal and Hard modes, which made having a distinction between the two modes seem pretty pointless. Extreme mode, on the other hand, only allows you to select letters that touch the letter you have most recently used, which really adds to the challenge factor of the game.  If the Extreme mode rules were the Hard mode rules and more complicated restrictions (or even different ones) were added to Extreme mode, it would be a definite improvement. Otherwise, they should probably just reduce the number of difficulties to two, since the mid-range one is kind of a lie.

Acronymus also involves letter blocks tumbling from the top of the screen, but rather than a steady flow of letters you get a set number of letters and you must use all of them to create a word or words to advance to the next level. This mode was defiantly the easiest to get sucked into playing for extended periods because each level feels so short. It’s easy to tell yourself to play “just one more”. Be warned though, as you progress in Acronymus it gets increasingly difficult and requires some strategic thinking to clear the screen.

Wordmatrix is another great permutation of the basic Letris game:  You get a screen full of letter blocks and in order to advance to the next level you must clear a set number of letter blocks from the screen. In both the Acronymus mode and the Wordmatrix mode you do have the option to get ‘clues’ that amount to the game highlighting a word, however, you can only use up to five clues between the two modes before the game begins asking you to pay for them. Honestly though, as the whole point of the game is to find words, it seems pretty pointless to get clues, let alone pay for them.

Gameplay in Letris 2 was great, the design is simple and during the several hours I played it, I didn’t experience any issues with the game freezing or crashing. The only major con about the game is that it’s listed in the Android market as free, with no paid option. However, once you get to level 6 in any of the modes, you are asked to pay to unlock additional levels. This happens when you reach level 6 in two of the three modes, making the amount you end up paying come up to $1.98. I understand that developers just want to get people hooked to Letris 2’s gameplay before they find out they have to pay to play more, but I found it to be rather deceptive. There is no option to just get the paid version in the Play Store, so you have to play until you are asked to pay (twice!) before the game is fully unlocked.

Overall, Letris 2 is a great buy. The gameplay is great, the different modes keep things from getting boring and the game itself is super addictive. Ivanovich Games did a great job with the game and I see myself playing it a lot in the future.

For more information on Letris 2 visit their . The iOS version can be found at the , universal for iPhone and iPad for free (plus $0.99 – $1.99 of IAP for full game). The Android version can be found on the  for  free (plus $0.99 – $1.98 of IAP for full game).

Review

Pros Cons
Great puzzler, and tons of gameplay Deceptive marketing technique
Rating
77%

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