This Awesome Browser Game Turns Tetris Into Roguelike Dungeon Crawler
Tetris is one of the most enduring, simple, and iconic video game series of all time. You could hand anyone a Game Boy, or a mobile phone, or PS4 controller, and they'd instantly know exactly what they have to do and how to play. The block-based puzzle behemoth is a universal language, and one that's incredibly easy to learn - and get hooked on.
Since releasing back in the 80s, Tetris has been re-released and re-imagined in an incredible number of ways. Some of these re-releases are great, like 2018's phenomenal Tetris Effect or Tetris DS. Equally, some of these re-releases have been truly awful, like Tetris Evolution or Tetris Worlds. The really trick to making a Tetris game that stands the test of time seems to be keeping it simple, staying true to what makes the game so popular, but introducing enough new twists and features to keep things fresh. Change the formula too much, and you've ruined it. Nobody wants to be the guy that ruined Tetris.
I thought that was the rule, anyway, and it seemed like a pretty solid one to me. Then I found out about 4-Block Dungeon and have been forced to re-evaluate everything I thought I knew about Tetris. The idea behind this new spin on the old classic is an inspired one, re-tooling the popular puzzle game as a dungeon crawler in which the Tetriminos (that's the official name for Tetris blocks, by the way) are actually individual pieces of a dungeon that you have to create. As if that wasn't cool enough, you also have to simultaneously help a small playable character navigate said dungeon as you're creating it. Genius.
This is the work of indie developer SquareAnon, who uploaded a fantastic prototype which you can play in your browser after some incredibly positive feedback on Twitter. If you want to check it out for yourself, and I seriously urge you to do so, then you simply need to head here. Be sure to read the instructions first so you know how to play, obviously. Controlling a dungeon crawler and a game of Tetris can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but you should settle into it.
I haven't posted in a while. This is because I started a tiny side-project/prototype and wasn't ready to show it yet.- SquareAnon (@SquareAnon) September 3, 2019
Well, here it is! It's an idea I've had in my mind for some time: a mix of Tetris and roguelike/lite dungeon exploration.#gamedev #lowpoly #madewithunity pic.twitter.com/Q5ZhPRoF8Q
"The goal of this prototype version of the game is to collect as much loot and level up by defeating the enemies before the map gets filled to the top. When that happens, a portal will appear. Reaching it will mean victory," reads the game's description. Don't just listen to me raving about it though, go check it out for yourself right now. Yeah? Yeah!