Hands-on: Tetris Bop It review
The Bop it games from Hasbro have been around for ages, testing your ability to twist it, turn it, bash it, and a host of other things without getting in a tizz. Now it's back again, this time based around Tetris.
Aimed at 8-year-olds and over, the Tetris-focused version of the popular game features a number of different games, either to play on your own or with friends and as you can imagine the high pace, annoying but enjoyable music, and simple but frustrating gameplay has you cursing yet coming back for more.
The crux of the fun, if you can call the torture that, is Tetris Marathon, a seemingly unending game of Tetris that sees the shapes appear on the left display of four squares that you then have to physically push to the right display of eight squares.
The game gets faster and faster, the music more incessant, and when it goes wrong and you try to put the right piece in the wrong space, an annoying voice is happy to tell you so.
The controls are simple, allowing you to twist and turn the Tetris pieces and the contraption, for lack of a better word, tough enough to withstand your hand beating, but not enough to probably withstand you throwing it across the room - something you will be no doubt tempted to do on more than one occasion.
When you aren't playing the Marathon game, there is the friends friendly Pass it game that after four puzzles gives you a moment to hand it to the next player in the circle. If you don't complete the puzzle in time you're out.
With no menu buttons or start buttons per se, getting to grips with the right game option can be tiresome to begin with and the lack of ability to change the volume once you've started a game is something that will drive parents mad, especially if you are driving.
For £25 this is Bop It for those who have the ability to play Tetris rather than just randomly tweaking and grabbing things to order. If you remember hours of fun playing Tetris on the Game Boy, you might have just found your new calling.