Tetris Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tetris RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Sanrio X Tetris Collaboration Announced, Games and Merchandise Planned https://www.gameskinny.com/n3ww7/sanrio-x-tetris-collaboration-announced-games-and-merchandise-planned https://www.gameskinny.com/n3ww7/sanrio-x-tetris-collaboration-announced-games-and-merchandise-planned Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:37:42 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Tetris brand and lifestyle brand Sanrio, best known for Hello Kitty, announced a new, multi-year collaboration today that will span a variety of media and produce a wide range of merchandise.

The first product in the collaboration is an online game combining Tetris with many of Sanrio's famous characters. No other details have been made available about the game just yet, but it is expected to launch on June 3.

The project coming after that is a co-branded licensing guide outlining the process and guidelines for licensing both brands' products for categories including apparel, cosmetics, stationery, and accessories. The guide will debut at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, June 4-6.

Again, not much else is known about what these lines might consist of, but it could mean fans will see something similar to the Vans collaboration with Nintendo that resulted in a line of different game-themed shoes in the recent past.

The announcement comes as Sanrio and Tetris celebrate their own major milestones: 2019 marks the 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty, and Tetris is officially 35 years old.

Maya Rogers, president and CEO of Blue Planet Software — Tetris' sole branding agent — said:

Not only have the Sanrio characters been one of my favorites since childhood, it also has such an incredible history among girls and women. The pairing of these two brands to create games, novelties and fashion items is an incredible opportunity that we think will have great appeal with fans worldwide.

This isn't the first time Hello Kitty has ventured into the video game world. There have been numerous Hello Kitty-based games, including a kart racer and Hello Kitty: Fantasy Theater, a storytelling game produced with Sega, not to mention the 2016 mashup with Sonic the Hedgehog.

5 Games That Need to Be On the Gameboy Mini https://www.gameskinny.com/u3mur/5-games-that-need-to-be-on-the-gameboy-mini https://www.gameskinny.com/u3mur/5-games-that-need-to-be-on-the-gameboy-mini Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:40:01 -0400 Allison M Reilly

With the Classic SNES Mini out now and the just revealed SNES-styled New 3DS XL coming shipping on Cyber Monday, rumors are circling about the development of a Gameboy Mini. Recent news about the rumored handheld and a recently registered trademark by Nintendo suggests it is, in fact, in development.

And although I don't know if the Gameboy ought to be any smaller, I do love the idea of a Classic iteration of the handheld featuring the best Gameboy games that were ever made. If a Classic Gameboy Mini ever does see the light of day, these are the five must-have games we want included. 


What would a Classic Gameboy Mini be without Tetris? This puzzler was the pack-in title for the original Gameboy and remains one of the most well-known block busters of all time. It's certainly the one and only video game my mother will play.

What makes Tetris spectacular is that the game hasn't needed much updating or re-imagining over the years. Sure, there've been games that try to mimick it, like Puyo Puyo, but nothing comes close to the original's panache. It was awesome in 1984 and it's still awesome in 2017.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Link's Awakening originally started as a prototype for the Gameboy, one meant to demonstrate all that the handheld was capable of. But as all great stories about great video games go, it ended up being fun, too. So it was ultimately released to great fanfare.

That's why Link's Awakening has Yoshi and Chomp Chomps in it and ultimately, doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the Legend of Zelda franchise. Nonetheless, because of the game's role in the handheld's history, this installment ought to be included in any Classic Gameboy Mini that releases.

Super Mario Land

Much like Link's Awakening, Super Mario Land is also a departure from what we know and love about the Mario universe. It doesn't take place in the Mushroom Kingdom. There's no Bowser, Luigi or Toad. And it introduced us to Princess Daisy (for anyone who wondered how she suddenly appeared in Mario Tennis).

Overall, Super Mario Land was pretty, well, super. And it quickly became a staple for Gameboy owners back in the day. All the more reason why it should be a no brainer for the Gameboy Mini.

Metroid II: Return of Samus

The true sequel to original Metroid and prequel to Super Metroid, Metroid II is the only game in the franchise to come out for the Gameboy. Some say Metroid II is the weakest game in the franchise, but when compared to other Nintendo games, the title is often highly praised.

It was also influential in the development of future games in the series, as Metroid II introduced new abilities and methods of exploration that are hallmarks of the series today. So although it doesn't quite get the hype and attention the way the NES and SNES games do, Metroid II was (and still is) an amazing game. 

Kirby's Dream Land

Kirby's Dream Land introduced players to one of the most lovable video game characters of all time -- and led to plenty of sequels across several consoles. It was also a fantastic game for both younger, less experienced players and well-seasoned gamers.

We don't learn of Kirby's signature pink color and copy ability until later games, but none of that would've happened without Kirby's Dream Land and its success. Overall, the game was well-received and something would be missing if the Classic Mini Gameboy did not have Kirby's Dream Land. The game started "it all" in so many ways.


What are some of your favorite Gameboy games? Would you purchase a Classic Gameboy Mini if it came out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

SGDQ Will Have Another Hype Tetris Block https://www.gameskinny.com/o5ft7/sgdq-will-have-another-hype-tetris-block https://www.gameskinny.com/o5ft7/sgdq-will-have-another-hype-tetris-block Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:00:02 -0400 daisy_blonde

Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) is just around the corner, and will be held at the Marriott City Centre in Minneapolis, MN from 2nd to 9th July.  The event features speed runs of classic games for charity, and this year, the chosen charity is Doctors without Borders. Classic puzzler Tetris always features as a grand master iteration – this year, Tetris: The Grand Master and Tetris: The Grand Master 3 – Terror Instinct. These differ to most modern Tetris games and are tailored to suit the hype of the arcades or even a live championship.

We took a look at how these games differ to what you’re used to, and tell you when you can catch them online. 

Tetris: The Grand Master

Tetris TGM is more challenging compared to normal Tetris games you would play at home. Interestingly, while most of us know Tetris from its popularity on Nintendo consoles, in Japan, Sega Tetris is more common. The rules and gameplay in the TGM games, created by Ichiro Mihara and developed by Japanese based Arika, are more closely aligned to Sega Tetris. As speed runner Qlex explains in the header video commentary, this means that you have to make many decisions in a shorter amount of time than at home, like whether you can rotate pieces off the top of the screen and how high a stack can go.

Given its popularity in the arcades and that this was previously only available in Japan, for a long time only Japanese players achieved grandmaster status. This changed in 2015 when, as Kotaku reported, Kevin “KevinDDR” Birrell became the first player outside of Japan to attain this title. Kevin is one of the regular contributors to SGDQ, and watching him complete line after line in TGM is mesmerizing and amazing!

The main difference between TGM Tetris and regular Tetris is that there is a definite end to the game. This happens when you get to Level 999. Your level goes up by 1 each time you clear a line or another piece appears on the screen. (A piece can also be referred to as a tetromino.) The exception to this is known as a “level block”. When you are about to reach a level in the hundreds (e.g. you are moving from Level 99 to Level 100), you must clear a line before you can move up to that level. Another key difference in TGM is infinite gravity. This means that the tetrominos fall as far as they can go, giving you less reaction time to rotate the pieces (or even think) as you would on a regular version. 

Exhibition mode is very fast paced and players battle it out to get to Level 999. Once you reach the end, the credits roll and the game continues until the last player reaches the final level. One downside to TGM 1 were the funky backgrounds, which can put you off and make it difficult to see the next piece coming up. As you can see from last year’s Exhibition speed run, the slowest time is just under 12 minutes – this means that the rest of us will definitely have to up our game from the Tetris we are used to!

KevinDDR and his fellow speedrunners will be playing TGM 1 on Friday July 7th from 9.45pm ET / 6.45pm PT.

Tetris : The Grand Master 3

The difficulty in TGM 3 is ramped up significantly from the previous TGM games. Firstly, there is no score counter, meaning you don’t know your score until you complete the game - you are only told what level you have reached. You also advance up levels more quickly if you match 3 or more lines. For example, if you clear 3 lines in TGM 1 or TGM 2, you advance by 6 levels as opposed to 3

The Shirase mode, which KevinDDR will be playing at the event, is at a new level of intensity. You can advance up to Level 1300, and your grade can be deducted if you take more than one minute to complete a section.

The backgrounds also seem much clearer and do not distract you when compared to TGM 1, and you have two pieces in preview mode, meaning that you can plan your strategy more effectively.

You can watch KevinDDR play the Shirase mode this year on Friday July 7th from 10.50pm ET / 7.50pm PT.

As you can see from the videos above, Tetris as a speed run game is certainly not the pedestrian puzzler we're used to playing on our Game Boys. Even in Exhibition mode -- before it gets totally crazy -- you can see how focused and skilled the speed runners need to be in order to reach the magic Level 999.

TGM 3 has souped up the intensity both in gameplay and cool 3D graphics and seems very satisfying to play, with the master players truly being put to the test in the Shirase mode! 

Follow GameSkinny for more speed run updates from events like SGDQ.

3 Tetris Spinoffs That Breathe New Life Into the Formula https://www.gameskinny.com/06inq/3-tetris-spinoffs-that-breathe-new-life-into-the-formula https://www.gameskinny.com/06inq/3-tetris-spinoffs-that-breathe-new-life-into-the-formula Tue, 02 May 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

Everyone loves a good game of Tetris. Whether it's the traditional game or the NSFW versions, you can enjoy it for what it is.

The first Tetris game was released on June 6, 1984 by the Russian game designer Alexey Patjinov. Little did he know that this tile-matching puzzle game would garner so much attention.

Tetris is on almost every game console, computer operating system, and other devices like handhelds, phones, portables, etc.

The question becomes this: how many ways can Tetris be revamped before people get tired of it? The answer is plenty. So just for you, here are three -- new to me -- Tetris games.

1. Wordtris

Have you ever wondered what playing a cross between Tetris and Scrabble would be like? Well, wonder no more! Today, I bring you Wordtris. It's a delightful game where the goal is to form words horizontally and vertically.

There's a couple of special blocks, like the question mark block that turns into a mystery letter, and an erase block that will destroy a one letter block.

If you're a fan of word games, then Wordtris is the game for you! Check it out by clicking the link.

2. Hatris

What better way to scratch your Tetris itch than with a game called Hatris? The goal of the game is to stack hats that look the same on top of each other until they disappear. The hats in this game will make players think that they're in the Wild Wild West.

What better way to bring Tetris to the future than by giving it an old-time twist? Don't believe me? Play Hatris and you can find out for yourself.

3. Slydris

Do you remember playing color games as a kid? Well, take the joy and happiness of those moments, channel it into your love of Tetris, and then play Slydris.

Slydris plays a lot like Tetris with the concept of covering empty spaces with the blocks. If you match the colors in a line, you get bonus points. It also has a Survival Mode and a Zen Mode which makes for hours of play.

You can find Slydris on Android phones.

Tetris Rules!

I guess you could say that Tetris will be around for a long time. And why shouldn't it be? It's one of the first games that you learn to play as a kid, and has so many versions that it's impossible to become bored with it. In other words, Tetris rules! And we wouldn't have it any other way.

Which one of these three Tetris-like games will you be playing?

3 Mind Numbing Puzzlers That are Just as Wild as Puyo Puyo Tetris https://www.gameskinny.com/zf995/3-mind-numbing-puzzlers-that-are-just-as-wild-as-puyo-puyo-tetris https://www.gameskinny.com/zf995/3-mind-numbing-puzzlers-that-are-just-as-wild-as-puyo-puyo-tetris Tue, 16 May 2017 16:25:26 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

Puyo Puyo Tetris is taking the world by storm. Developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega, Puyo Puyo Tetris is a mash-up of the two franchises that takes gameplay to a whole new zany level. 

But if you can't pick up this newest iteration to the growing set of franchises -- or just want another puzzler that's in the same vein of Puyo Puyo Tetris -- there are plenty of competitive (sometimes cutesy) games out on the market that will help you scratch that itch. If Puyo Puyo Tetris is what you seek, but cannot find, then look here to see versions of it that are divine.

That may be a really bad rhyme, but I think it pretty much sums up what you're about to read. Let's dive in. 


Octopi are undeniably weird creatures. They have eight legs and are pretty darn squishy. They even have a beak and squirt ink any time their under duress. So, why put them in a video game? 

The better question is: why not? 

Octomania is a game where the player uses the Wii remote to control a cursor over a field of colored octopi. There are numbered nets all over the playing field, and the idea is to get the same colored octopi -- or octopi connected orthogonally -- together and under the nets. After the player's done this, the octopi are removed and he or she can then send sea urchins to their competition's field (they can't be removed unless they are orthogonal to other octopi are being removed).

The player loses the game if his or her field is completely covered with sea urchins for three seconds. 

Octomania features a single-player story mode and a multiplayer mode for up to four players. If you enjoyed Puyo Puyo, you should check this game out. Not only does it include cute little octopi, but the gameplay is similar to Puyo Puyo. So trade out your puyos for octopi and enjoy the ride!

Egg Mania: Eggstreme Madness

I don't know about you, but I love eggs or, I at least like eating them. But seeing them in games is cool, too. In Egg Mania: Eggstreme Madness, an egg-shaped character controls the pieces for you -- and it's complete madness. 

Just like with Puyo Puyo, the player is supposed to reach the top of the screen faster than their opponent -- who is either a CPU or a human. The Tetris component of the game is that the rows you create have to be complete in order for the tetrominoes (and similar blocks) to disappear. If not, they'll collapse under weight and dissolve in water.

Egg Mania: Eggstreme Madness is worth playing because it has interesting mechanics, where enemies randomly appear to halt your progress and shorcuts open in several levels, adding a unique quality to the game. On top of that, the backgrounds on each level change. They're a mix of fantasy, sci-fi, martial arts, and other genres. 

It's a wild ride with wild visuals and mechanics to go along with it. 

Egg Mania: Eggstreme Madness is on GameBoy Advance, PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox.

Magical Drop

Magical Drop is the last game on our list. It's an interesting game where the characters are named after tarot cards. You can play as the Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Star, Devil, or Chariot. The game has two modes: the single-player mode is score based, while the versus mode is played against either a computer player or another human.

In this game, a "clown" arranges the players' colored bubbles into stacks of three. Like with all Tetris and bubble games, this causes them to be destroyed. Chains can be formed with either a single drop or several drops in quick succession.

The game was originally named Chain Reaction, and it is a tile-matching puzzle game that was developed by Data East for arcades in 1995. It's also an adaptation of an obscure Russian DOS game called Drop-Drop.

It's been released on Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), PlayStation, Saturn, Arcade, the Wii Shop, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable (PSP).


Did you all enjoy reading about games that are like Puyo Puyo Tetris? Rhyming aside, I hope that you all take the time to check out these three games. The cuteness of these games alone should scream "Yes, I'm fantastic!" which is something that you can't ignore.

So, settle down, and play some Puyo Puyo Tetris wannabes. It might surprise you!

3 Sexy Tetris Spin-Offs That Definitely Aren't Safe For Work https://www.gameskinny.com/psvlc/3-sexy-tetris-spin-offs-that-definitely-arent-safe-for-work https://www.gameskinny.com/psvlc/3-sexy-tetris-spin-offs-that-definitely-arent-safe-for-work Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

So you love Tetris, that a classic game that has stood the test of time (And it's so much fun!) But, it gets a little old sometimes, which is why there's a need to put a spin on it.

Enter: Not Safe For Work (NSFW) Tetris-like games.

I have procured (for your eyes only) three of these games. So, if you're into this kind of thing, no judgement, check these out.

Sexy Girls Puzzle

Sexy Girls Puzzle takes Tetris to a new level.

While it keeps the general premise of the Tetris game, the spin on it is the ability to view scantily clad women (that's become my new favorite phrase) when you complete twenty lines.

This game is available on Android, so as long as you're discreet with your phone, you might get away with playing this at work.

Just maybe.


Peeptris is similar to both Tetris and Sexy Girls Puzzle. In this version, you use the classic blocks to build a picture.

A picture of a scantily clad woman.

But, instead of traditional Tetris where you can lose or destroy your blocks, in Peeptris it seems that you keep all the blocks in order to create the picture.

It seems a little easy to me (pun intended), but if all you're looking for is almost naked women, then it's totally the game for you.

Be warned that it's only for PC at the moment, so trying this game at work will definitely get you in trouble.

Or maybe they'll look the other way because, you know, women.

Bubble Bath Babes

I put Bubble Bath Babes on the bottom of the list for one reason: It is the only NSFW on this list that actually shows a completely naked woman. Well, not her lower lady parts, but everything else is totally see-able.

Bubble Bath Babes follows the rules of Tetris, but instead of building with blocks, you're building with bubbles. Here is where I would make a joke, but it's just too easy.

Anyways, while it has the most indecent graphics, it's probably the one that gets the least excitement.

Mostly because there's no buildup to the big reveal, as in Sexy Girls Puzzle or Peeptris. Either way, this one is for the original NES, so if you're looking to lug this to work, you better be in the game industry.

Otherwise, explaining to your bosses why you're playing Bubble Bath Babes at work is going to be really difficult to explain.

In the end, it's all fun and games...

Just don't get caught at work, okay guys?

I mean, I know the idea of scantily clad women (yes, that phrase again) turns on a few of you, but it's not worth being the joke of the office. What you do at home, however, is all you.

So, do me a favor, and tell me which one's your fave. I promise that I won't tell.

90s Gaming in Eastern Europe: From Communism to Hyrule https://www.gameskinny.com/uthua/90s-gaming-in-eastern-europe-from-communism-to-hyrule https://www.gameskinny.com/uthua/90s-gaming-in-eastern-europe-from-communism-to-hyrule Thu, 12 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 JediPanda

I was born during the Communist fall of '89 in a little country called Romania. You might know it from that one South Park episode where they compared it to a rectum... but I call it home. Growing up as a gamer in a country that struggled to embrace democracy after 35 years of living in fear and poverty under a mad dictator was not as fun as some of you might think (seriously... does anyone think it was fun?).

But while you were probably rocking out your NES or SEGA systems we were probably outside -- playing with sticks... and stones if we were lucky. Companies like Nintendo, Atari, or Sega were not to interested in selling their products here, and even if they were, people probably had to sell a kidney to afford them based on how low our incomes was.

But the nation's need for gaming was evident and certain consoles started popping out on the market. Thus began my gaming journey in the winter of '94 when my parents surprised me with my first gaming console for Christmas. It looked something like this:

Looks familiar, doesn't it? No, it's not some fancy Atari 2600, it was actually called Rambo, that's right... ol' Sly was the face of the first console you could get your hands on in Romania. It's a 'made in china' clone that you could buy from Russian traders that used to sell stuff in my home town. The best part about it was that if you accidentally broke one of your controllers... which you did... often (made in china, remember?) you had to buy a new console all together because there was no way in hell you could find a joystick sold separately (cool, huh?).

Another fun thing about it is that it didn't use cartridges, instead it had about 30 games on it and when you got bored with those, well, that was it. But who am I kidding? It was the only console around and you were actually lucky to have one back then, so you never got bored. You could enjoy such classics as "throw the brick," "move the brick slightly to the left," and "this brick is a car and you're actually playing a racing game." Jokes aside, I really don't remember the names of the games, but they all involved you moving a square thingy from one edge of the screen to the other.

As for handheld gaming, while kids in the US were busy catching pokemon on their Gameboy handhelds, we had these:

I have no idea where these came from but they were suddenly that one thing you really wanted and couldn't live without. Gaming on the go? Are you kidding? That was like Science Fiction to me and couldn't wait to get my hands on one of these -- it also had 9999 games on it. The only place I've ever seen a GameBoy or a Sega Game Gear was in a commercial on some German channel we could pick up with our TV antena. Well the handheld wasn't all that great.

Now, you're probably thinking "what do you mean? It has 9999 games in 1... what's not to like?" Yes, it did have 9999 games but they were all Tetris. All 9999 of them were the same damn game with only small tweaks so you can tell them apart. I can still hear the Tetris theme song in my subconscious sometimes.

Come 1996 and this happened:

It was called Terminator, and it was glorious. First off, I don't know why these clone systems were named after successful action movies, and frankly I don't give a damn because this console was the bomb. There was not one kid on the block that didn't have one and you literally couldn't walk inside someone's house in Romania -- circa 1996 -- and not see one of these babies right next to their TV. Every kid loved his Terminator -- even when it randomly exploded and needed to be replaced, or when you realized that your system came without a controller.

It wasn't all bad with the Terminator, this thing actually played NES games and boy were they miles better than anything we've experienced with the Rambo console. We finally had Mario, Contra, Kirby, and a bunch of Japanese titles with no translation that nobody knew how to play. This system had cartridges that you could buy from every corner store. The major drawback was that the sticker on the cartridges never matched up with the actual game on the cartridge. I remember one time I saved up for a month to buy Castlevania.

I used to look at the cool artwork on the cartridge every single day for a month until I could afford it, and when I finally had enough money I went on and bought it, ran home full of excitement, stuck it into my console and surprise surprise.. it was actually Super Mario Bros, which I already had. I never knew when to give up so I saved up all my lunch money for another month and bought a copy of Castlevania from a different store... and so I found myself owning three Super Mario cartridges. All drawbacks aside this system was actually fun, and if you were lucky enough you could actually get some quality NES games on it.

Image credit - Andrew Nollan Photobucket

As far as arcades go, my city had one, and not one arcade where you could go with your friends and enjoy sugary drinks and play games all day, one machine. It was one arcade machine, and it was Street Fighter 2 and I had to save up a week's worth of school lunches to play for an hour on it. That didn't matter much to me, it was well worth it and I can still remember seeing those graphics for the first time, especially Dhalsim's flames -- they all seemed so real. We usually would gather up groups of six or seven kids and all chip in so that only one of us could play and the rest could enjoy the show. It goes without saying that the bigger kids always had priority but the rest of us were lucky enough to enjoy the show.

Probably the most memorable moment of my 90s console gaming experience was in '98 when I got an SNES as a gift from a relative -- maybe? -- from Austria. He said he didn't need it anymore because it's old and his (spoiled) son isn't using it anymore. So when the rest of the world was enjoying the Sony Playstation and the Nintendo 64, I got my hands on the SNES. I had four games for it, and luckily enough one of them was Street Fighter 2 so suddenly every kid wanted to be my friend. The other three were Super Mario World, The Adventures of Pinocchio (pretty dull but nice soundtrack) and my favorite of the list The Legend of Zelda : A Link to the Past. I spent my entire summer in Hyrule that year and I have no regrets. The only major drawback of owning an SNES was that you couldn't find games for it, I mean anywhere, and if you did somehow managed to find one, you had to drop your dad's whole month's salary on it.

PC Gaming was totally different thought, while you were playing triple A titles, we were playing DOS games in the early 2000s. But I'll leave that to another story...

5 Best Games for Commuters https://www.gameskinny.com/tgqdx/5-best-games-for-commuters https://www.gameskinny.com/tgqdx/5-best-games-for-commuters Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:03:25 -0500 Janette Ceballos

Whether you drive or take public transit, let’s face the fact that travelling involves a lot of waiting. You may get stuck in traffic or just wait around while the vehicle takes you where you need to go.

If that’s the case and you don’t want to stare blankly at that weird mystery stain on the floor, you can always whip out your phone and play a few games to pass the time. Here's a list of 5 great mobile games to make your transit time speed by -- just make sure that you only play them if you commute using public transport.

Tetris Blitz: 2016 Edition

You just can’t beat this classic game of block stacking! Not only is it addicting, but this version offers other features to challenge you.

There is a time-limited mode you can use to play quick sessions, a Frenzy mode that lasts only as long as you clear lines back-to-back, and daily challenges.

If you’re looking for a simple game to pass the time, stacking rows of blocks seems like a pretty good choice.


In this simple puzzle game, you swipe the screen to move blocks into each other and fuse them together. It’s incredibly addicting to try and get a higher score and create the elusive 2048 block.

Because of its simplicity in appearance and gameplay, this would be a great game to pass the time.

Break Liner

Tap the screen, break the correct colored lines, and survive long enough to reach the next level. With great visuals and sound, you’ll want to keep playing for hours, especially since the game amps up the difficulty with each level.

Flow Free

This one’s another puzzle game where you slide across the screen to connect color lines. This version comes with an alternative Timed Trial mode, pitting you against the clock. With over 150 levels, this game will keep you occupied while you travel.

Geometry Dash Lite

An action platformer with a challenging twist: stick to the beat if you want to survive. This version comes with a level building feature, letting players share and experience new challenges. The soundtrack you must sync lends to the addiction of the game.

This game’s great for an on-the-go gamer, the appeal mostly coming from wanting to beat your best score.

Not only are the listed games fun and easy to play, they all have the nice ability to make time shorter on long commutes. Give them a try and see how fast the time will fly!

Easy Video Game Inspired Halloween Costumes https://www.gameskinny.com/shwx3/easy-video-game-inspired-halloween-costumes https://www.gameskinny.com/shwx3/easy-video-game-inspired-halloween-costumes Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:45:06 -0400 Glitchieetv




Another Minecraft inspired costume is the Creeper. Using the same items as before, except with a creeper printout, you can have this heart stopping costume the day of Halloween. If you do not have a printout, you can always do various shades of green construction paper. To really bring the costume to life, pair with green clothes. 




Steve from Minecraft is an easy costume to put together and one that can be done with the aid of children. Using simple print outs, glue, a cardboard box and scissors, you can create a Steve head for adult or child. Pair with blue clothes and voila, instant costume. 




90's kids will remember Tamagotchi, the travel sized game where you had to take care of a pet. I would play for diligently for a week then it would get shoved into a drawer somewhere. This is a fun and simple costume, mostly comprised of a few pieces of cardboard, construction paper, a fake chain and matching clothes. Most of these supplies are probably lying around your home, but the dollar store will most certainly have them if you need to purchase them, keeping the cost nice and low. 


Tetris T-Shirts


Tetris is one of the most recognizable games. Whether you have played it or not, you know colored blocks falling means Tetris. Follow this handy tutorial by Erin of In Between Laundry to make your own Tetris t-shirts. 


Naked Sims

The Sims

The Sims are one of the easiest costumes around. Stick a green plumbob on your head and you are ready to go. For those looking for something a bit funnier or more creative, the naked sim is the way to go. These ladies had the right idea, wearing skin tone attire and embellishing their pixelated bodies with bath items like the rubber ducky.  


Pac-Man and Ghosts


Pac-Man being followed by ghosts equals multiple costume ideas in one slide. The  ghosts are relatively easy, being crafted out of sheets and white and black fabric for the eyes. Pac-Man can be crafted from multiple pieces of cardboard, construction paper/paint. Easy, iconic, cheap. Extra points for a fun costumed game of tag. 


Mario and Luigi


Mario and Luigi are Halloween costume staples. With a wide assortment of ways they can be crafted, all you really need are their iconic hats and red or green attire. These two lovely ladies went with a more classic approach, with white gloves and suspenders, denim shorts and colored shirt. 




While not game inspired per say, these console costumes are definitely fun. With a bit of ingenuity and creativity, you can take a cardboard box or Styrofoam ball and turn it into your favorite console. Easy and inexpensive, perfect for the last minute costume maker. 


Halloween time is upon us. Costumes hang from the shelves and children are clamoring for candy. Whether you procrastinate until the last minute, can't decide on a costume or are looking to save some money this year, these easy costumes inspired by your favorite video games are sure to be a hit. 

5 Amazing Retro Video Game Tattoos https://www.gameskinny.com/anc5d/5-amazing-retro-video-game-tattoos https://www.gameskinny.com/anc5d/5-amazing-retro-video-game-tattoos Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:50:25 -0400 Glitchieetv

Tattoos are one of the ways people use to express their love for something. With many of the millennial generation growing up with some of the first video games and consoles, it makes sense that many of them would show their love for fond childhood memories with ink. Below are five amazing tattoos inspired by retro video games.

Chrono Trigger-Artist Unknown

Chrono Trigger first released in 1995 on the SNES. An instant hit, it sold more than 2 million copies within two months in Japan. It also met with critical success in North America, where it has been a classic. This tattoo of the Chrono Trigger logo is well executed, an excellent homage to an RPG-staple.

The Legend of Zelda-Artist Unknown

The Legend of Zelda is a timeless retro game. With multiple titles in the series, the story that began in 1986 has continued to ensnare hearts. These tattoos, done in an 8-bit style, are a cute couples tattoo that captures the romance between Link and Zelda. 

Spyro the Dragon-Artist Unknown

Spyro the Dragon first charged through enemies in 1998 on the Sony PlayStation. With top of the line graphics and lovable characters, Spyro made a home for himself with gamers. This Spyro tattoo captures all of the dragon's fighting spirit.

Retro Themed Tattoo-Artist Unknown

This tattoo does not simply pick one retro game to exhibit. Inside, this composition showcases symbols from Mario, Tetris, and Pac-Man all revolving around the original Nintendo Entertainment System controller. 

Retro Gaming Totem-Artist Unknown

Here is another example of a tattoo that chose to feature multiple games instead of just one. Including Pong, Frogger, and Megaman this totem of Retro games is a creative take on expressing ones love for them. 

Do you have any amazing retro video game inspired tattoos? Let us know in the comments? Know any of the artists or people who own the tattoos? Let us know so we can credit them!

The Best Game of All Time https://www.gameskinny.com/qox7j/the-best-game-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/qox7j/the-best-game-of-all-time Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Rettsu Dansu

Kotaku writer Mark Serrels made an article the other day titled 'Tetris is Not the Best Game of All Time' in an opinionated response to Time Magazine's placement of Tetris in number one of their Top 50 games of all time.

Serrels goes into explaining how Tetris is the obvious choice, it doesn't change anything, it doesn't show what games can be, it is "the safe choice that puts video games in the cultural corner with a dunce cap on, where it belongs." This made me, like most other readers, question what the best game of all time really was, but it also made me think about whether one truly exists.

At the end of last year, GameFAQs allowed users to vote for their best game ever, whichever game got the most votes came out on top, a pretty simple way of creating a general consensus on a favourite game.

As anyone could have foreseen, the final result aggravated people that didn't vote for it. However, in this case I feel that they might have been justified.

You see, the winner this year was Undertale, the immensely popular indie title that came out a couple of weeks before the GameFAQs vote.

And that's precisely the problem

Now obviously a bunch of people were annoyed because they wanted their favourite game on top, but others were frustrated for a different reason, and that's that the game had just come out.

Undertale is a great game, don't get me wrong, but who's to say that it can be the best game of all time, within a couple weeks of its release?

There's two reasons for this, the first is that some people might not have even been done with the game at the time of voting, some people might have just voted for it because they hadn't have time to digest what they had just experienced; they were still riding the waves of excitement the game generated.

But what's even more important, is that how can we compare Undertale to games like Ocarina of Time, Dark Souls, or Symphony of the Night? Games that have a legacy, have stood the test of time. Games that innovated the genres they belong to and changed the way we think about them.

It's impossible to say whether or not Undertale has done this, in fact I would go so far to say that it probably hasn't. Because of the nature of Undertale, it probably won't inspire any more games like it, because if it did, Undertale fans would probably put it down as a trying too hard to replicate the game they love.

It's also debatable whether Undertale is a perfect game, it's definitely an amazing experience, with superbly written characters and events, and that's what it's true focus is on. Whether or not Undertale is a truly great game is up to opinion, whether or not you think plot is a massive priority in games, but that's a story for another time.

This, however, questions are idea of what determines the 'Best Game Ever'

The obvious choice would be a game that plays perfectly, solid gameplay, perfectly executed, and perhaps has an immersive and engrossing story, but above all it should be better than any other game before it.

But what game does that? A lot of people seem to think Mass Effect 2, but in my opinion the first game has better gameplay, sure the story isn't as good, but I myself focus more on how fun the game itself is. But then again if we're talking gameplay, I would probably prefer something like Bloodborne, not as much story, but certainly deeper combat, and faster to boot.

But if we're talking story, well I'd say I prefer Persona 4, it's got incredibly deep and well written characters, and a plot that's all about looking into those characters and finding more about them.

Hang on though, because I've spent so much time on Super Smash Bros. Melee, more than any other game, plus it's given me so many fun experiences, and I've made a lot of friends through it's community, doesn't that make it the best game ever?

In fact I can't think of a game I would say is the best

The thing is, no one can say for sure what the best game ever is in that retrospect, (which is where I actually agree with Mark Serrels' article) because so much is up to opinion. A lot of people prefer shooter gameplay over gameplay like Bloodborne's, or The Last of Us' story over Persona 4's, or Smash 4 over Melee.

If anyone said any one game was the best, there would be at least a thousand people who preferred another game over it, and at least a hundred who didn't even enjoy that game at all.

I'd say, it's impossible to determine the best game ever this way, unless a game came out that every single person unanimously loved and thought was the best, considering everyone's differing tastes, that game seems like a fantasy.

However, we could still determine 'the best', we just need to look at games differently.

Some ways we can measure the best

The way in which you look for the 'best game of all time' is also up to opinion.

For instance, you could look at games that still hold up today, games like Mario 3, Super Metroid, or Megaman X. Games like these are so well developed in areas like graphics and design that they are still challenging, deep and visually appealing today, and will most likely be so in the future. Even if people don't particularly like some of these games, it's hard to deny that they play a lot better than most games of the time.

However, I would say that the best game would be one of those games I mentioned before, those with a legacy that provided innovative mechanics to pave the way for those to be improved and utilised in other games, or those that inspired other games in the future. Games that have indirectly provided millions of people with fun experiences, simply by providing the mechanics that other great games have used.

Consider Ocarina of Time, which provided Z-Targeting to allow combat in a 3D space, or even the original Zelda which arguably 'created' open world games. There's also genre-creating games like Castlevania and Metroid, providing the metroidvania formula used in games like Dark Souls, or even the Batman Arkham games (best shown in Asylum).

These games aren't particularly the best, they may not have aged well. It could be argued that some games have done what they did but better, but that's the point.

It's hard to deny that the game that inspired the most games -- especially if those turned out to be some of the greatest -- would be the 'The Best Game of All Time.' A true pioneer for the medium, a master class of game design that many great games could be traced back to. One that games could not have been as great without.

And what game is this? Well I don't really know. To be honest it would require a lot of data and calculation that I'm not capable for doing.

One More Try

But let's reel it back a bit. If we wanted to choose a game simply on how fun it is to play in this day and age, could we do that? Possibly.

To choose a game this way, we need to think about it like this: it doesn't need to be a game that everybody loves, but one that nobody hates. We need to focus on that final result, when people see that number one spot, we need as many people as possible to look at it and go "sure, I can get down with that."

A game with no obvious flaws, that succeeds at exactly what it tries to do, but doesn't try to do too much. Perhaps even one that has encompassed everything that I've said so far. Does that game exist? I think so.

And that game: is Tetris.

You see, no one hates Tetris, it's no one's favourite game, but no one can say there's anything wrong with it. I haven't seen a single person play Tetris and not enjoy it even a little. Maybe they won't play it for hours on end, but they'll still enjoy the time they had on it. Add the fact that even people who don't play many games enjoy Tetris, it succeeds where many games don't.

As Serrels explains, it's a game you play every now and then for five minutes, on the bus or when there's nothing else. But isn't that great? A game that 3 decades later people are still enjoying. It sits on our phones, our computers, our handheld consoles even to this day, and when there's nothing else, Tetris is still there. It's reliable.

If Tetris were anything more, if it were any deeper or had any additions, it would begin to move into a territory of genres in which some people might like, but others won't. It's in an area of simplicity that it appeals to casual gamers, but it is done so well that it appeals to the mainstream as well.

It may not show what games can be, it doesn't have an immersive plot or deep gameplay, but it is a perfect lesson in design. It relies on a single, simple idea, but it's addictive and fun without anything else. It puts games like Candy Crush, that rely on other methods than gameplay to addict, to shame. It doesn't try as hard, or have the same budget as many triple A games today, but it doesn't need constant sequels to still be relevant -- even though EA seems to think it does.

I can definitely understand Serrels' frustration with where Tetris was placed in Time Magazine, it's in a position where it is a representation of what games can be to a demographic of people who usually dismiss them. Where a game like Mass Effect or Dark souls could prove games to be a respectable medium, or even an art, Tetris just confirms their views on games as a pastime. But when considering a game that appeals to the most people, stands the test of time -- even with massive technological advances --, and is just an enjoyable experience, Tetris might just be worthy of that title.

Sometimes the obvious choice, is the right choice.

5 Plushies Every Gamer Needs https://www.gameskinny.com/n86kr/5-plushies-every-gamer-needs https://www.gameskinny.com/n86kr/5-plushies-every-gamer-needs Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:05:33 -0400 Jordan DiPirro

Every child's bedroom was filled with stuffed animals. Their beds were covered in their little friends. Now as we get older they aren't friends anymore, but ways to decorate and show off our personalities. Or sometimes they are just too cute to resist. For me personally, I can't resist a plushie that's based off of a game I love. If you are like me, these are some must haves.

Animal Crossing Isabelle Plush - $17.99

Isabelle is no longer confined to the town hall when you buy this plush on Amazon. You can take your assistant with you wherever you go. I'm not sure who will watch out for your town while you're gone though. But rest assured Isabelle will have all your affairs in your room taken care of. I'm sure she'll even throw the occasional ribbon cutting ceremony.

Leauge of Legends Amumu - $44.99 

Amumu searches the world in League of Legends for a friend. You can make his suffering end by giving him a good home! Sure he has an ancient curse to be forever alone, but in his defense they didn't have Tinder back in his day.  Be careful, this sad little mummy's puppy dog eyes may have you grabbing your credit card. 

Tetris Cushions - $99.99 (currently on sale $69.99)

Yes, this is a cushion and not technically a stuffed plush. What's the difference though?! A cushion is just a bigger version of a plush that you can put your head on. $69.99 seems pricey, but you are getting five cushions for that price. That is only $13.99 per cushion. They are fairly big too. When your friends sleepover each could use one as a pillow or you could combine them to make a giant cushion.

Pokemon Lapras - $16.99

As a Lapras lover, it's hard to find merchandise. It's easy when you love Pikachu, but a Lapras is so much more difficult. Please note this Lapras isn't big enough to ride on when entering Team Aqua's hideout. However, it's the perfect size to take with you when playing Pokemon Go.

DOTA 2 Sniper - $39.99 (Currently on sale $29.99)

This little guy even comes with an unlock code for "Imbued Lockless Luckvessel" in DOTA 2. Despite his gun being loaded, he's adorable. He's also very squishy. Be warned. If you hear, "You got peep'd" in the middle of the night, it might be coming from your newest stuffed animal.

All of these stuffed animals are so cute, you don't have to just pick one. Just as in the movie Toy Story, every toy needs a friend when you are away. Get all of these plushies for a maximum number of friends.

Tetris movie to be made as...a trilogy?!? https://www.gameskinny.com/u45ok/tetris-movie-to-be-made-asa-trilogy https://www.gameskinny.com/u45ok/tetris-movie-to-be-made-asa-trilogy Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:50:49 -0400 Anthony Pelone

When the Tetris movie was announced two years ago, gamers weren't sure what to think. How could a puzzle game about falling blocks possibly be adapted into film -- let alone a compelling one? Well, things just got a lot weirder: producer Larry Kasanoff revealed to Empire that the film is to be the first of a trilogy.

A trilogy of Tetris movies? How is that possible? Kasanoff wouldn't let any plot details slip, as he wants the movie to be a surprise. But the reason why is surprisingly simple: the story the filmmakers conceived is so big that it can't fit into one film.

How that'll apply to Tetris is anyone's guess, but Kasanoff did confirm one thing: it won't revolve around walking Tetris blocks. In one of his Empire comments, he stated:

“We’re not going to have blocks with feet running around the movie. But it’s great that people think so. It sets the bar rather low!”

Aside from a sci-fi focus, the rest of the film's story remains a mystery, as does everything else about it. While casting is currently underway, filming is set to start next year, and a release date hasn't yet been decided.

Do you think a Tetris film trilogy could possibly be successful? Let us know in the comments below!

Cosplay Crash Course: 5 Con-Ready Costume Projects Perfect For Beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/6ta84/cosplay-crash-course-5-con-ready-costume-projects-perfect-for-beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/6ta84/cosplay-crash-course-5-con-ready-costume-projects-perfect-for-beginners Sun, 05 Jun 2016 16:40:39 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs


Tetris Block


For those of you who weren't scared off by that terrible pun, we've saved the best for last. This costume can be made in a single afternoon on the cheap, and the wow factor will be immense. First, visit this website and pick your favorite tetromino. In terms of difficulty, I'd recommend either going with the long I block, or an L block. Mark down its color, and head on to the hardware store. 


All you'll need are 4 shipping boxes (make sure they're big enough to fit around you!), a can of spray paint in your Tetris block's color, 4 long metal rods to support the structure, a roll of black gorilla tape, and a roll of regular duck tape. 


When you get home, remove the tops and bottom flaps of the boxes as necessary. For example, the L-block will require two blocks to operate essentially as tubes, and one block to cap them off, with one complete box attached to the side. For that reason, two of your boxes will need to have the tops and bottoms removed, and one of your boxes will need the tops removed. After you've done that, assemble your block! Add the metal rods for support and tape them to the inside of the block at the corners. Then, use the duck tape to secure the block pieces together at the outside, taking care to secure everything super tight. Also, make sure to tape any visible flaps together. Then, spray paint it!


After that's all dried, cut out face and arm holes, and frame each box with the black Gorilla tape as a final touch, to give your block that classic Tetris feel.


And that's it! You've got a Tetris piece costume! 


Have you cosplayed before, or are you a first timer? Are you planning on attending a convention this summer and trotting out one of these costumes, or one of your own? Let us know in the comments, and please tweet at us @GameSkinny to show us your cosplay skills! Also, be sure to check out these amazing Overwatch cosplays, as well as this amazing (and functional!) Captain America shield!


Little Mac (Training Outfit)


Just as a heads up, though this costume is easy to put together, it might be a bit tougher on the wallet given the amount of stuff that you'll probably have to buy. Well, unless you have a pair of green boxing gloves lying around.


That said, recreating Little Mac's iconic training costume can be done in one Amazon browsing session. Your boxing gloves are right here, and for those of you who want to go the extra mile and get wrestling or boxing boots, yep-- they have those too! But they're expensive. Your high-top Converse All-Stars would work fine, I'm sure.


All that's left are the hoodie, the pants, and a personal trainer to tie you to the back of his bike and drag you all across New York City. We're sure this one will be a


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This is probably the simplest costume we'll feature today. It's just two pieces: a unisex blue bodysuit and a pair of small fairy wings. Done!


Well, you would be, if you weren't going to go the extra mile.


Before the con, grab yourself a dowel rod or piece of PVC pipe from the hardware store, as well as a signboard and some duck tape or adhesive. Then, in the most annoying font you can muster by hand, in gigantic letters, write those two words that have been the bane of every Zelda fan's existence since Ocarina of Time was released: HEY! LISTEN!


It'll go over great. Trust us.




Speaking of hats, why not go as Eagleland's favorite world-saving little kid, Ness? Assuming you have a favorite pair of jorts and some red shoes at the ready, all you'll need is a blue-and-yellow striped shirt, and Ness's trademark hat. Amazon has the hat and you can likely find the shirt at a thrift store, but for folks who really want to impress, Fangamer has a package including super-high-quality reproductions of Ness's hat, shirt, and even his yo-yo! In addition, it even comes with a collection of Earthbound-inspired pins. Oh, and hey, just so you know, Fangamer itself started out as an Earthbound fansite, so they know their stuff. This is their wheelhouse.


Misty, Ash, and Brock


For as iconic as these characters are, a group cosplay of the three main characters from the Pokemon TV show is criminally easy.


If you're a redhead (and a Pokemon fan), a Misty cosplay is a no-brainer, and you likely have everything you need already. A yellow crop-top tank, cuffed jean shorts, and a pair of red suspenders are all you'll need to take on the role of Cerulean City's favorite gym leader. Oh, just don't forget a hair tie for that cute side ponytail!


This is another very simple costume that you can largely put together with things you already have in your closet (or from the local thrift store). All you really need is a pair of brown khakis or work pants, an orange shirt, and a green fishing vest. Extra credit if you wear a backpack as well, but it's not necessary. 


Ash isn't that hard to put together, per se, but the person in your group cosplaying as the character will likely have to buy a fair amount of stuff that they don't already own. The base of a black shirt and light blue jeans are easy enough to find, and most of you will have a backpack laying around that you can use as well. The top, hat, and gloves, however, will likely need to be sourced elsewhere. 


Luckily, eBay has a plethora of bundles that include the jacket, hat, and gloves all in one package for a decent price! In addition, Amazon has a pretty nice version of Ash's Pokemon League hat as a standalone item available here.


If you've ever been to a video game or anime convention before, you know the feeling. You're there in your favorite Mass Effect shirt, and then a group walks by in an incredibly detailed group Dragon Age cosplay. You hang your head and silently weep right outside the Doctor Who panel.


Or maybe that was just me.


Either way, there's no reason to be intimidated by people who have intense, intricate costumes at your local convention. Putting together a great costume doesn't have to be a gigantic ordeal. In fact, here are 5 crowd-pleasers that are easy and cheap to put together. We'll even link you to all the odds and ends you might not have. Don't thank us, just remember us when you're a big fancy cosplay superstar.

7 Things the Virtual Boy Did Better than the Nintendo 64 https://www.gameskinny.com/1ccwa/7-things-the-virtual-boy-did-better-than-the-nintendo-64 https://www.gameskinny.com/1ccwa/7-things-the-virtual-boy-did-better-than-the-nintendo-64 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:11:39 -0400 Donald Strohman

Nintendo's Virtual Boy is often times regarded as one of the worst, if not the absolute worst, video game console of all time. Not only was it rushed to market solely to fill a sales gap before the Nintendo 64's release, but the few players who actually went out and purchased one complained of headaches from the 3D technology. To this day, it is Nintendo's second worst selling console in history, with a meager 770,000 consoles sold in its short life span. Only the oddball N64 console add-on, the Nintendo 64DD, performed worse, thanks to only 15,000 units being shipped to markets.

On the other side of the spectrum, you have the Nintendo 64, which is regarded by many as one of the company's best quality systems. Holding some impressive titles, such as Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64, the N64 met worldwide sales of over 32 million consoles before it ceased production.

With the Virtual Boy being such a profound disappointment for the Nintendo company, there's no way the Virtual Boy can ever compare to the Nintendo 64's success, right? However, even gaming's biggest flops had some great ideas behind it, some of which might even be superior to what the N64 put out into the market. Let's look at the seven things the Virtual Boy actually did better than its little brother, the Nintendo 64.

7. Better Project Code-Name

Before a console is officially launched to market, sitting in its development stage, it's typically provided a temporary title before the official console name is chosen. While it may not seem entirely important, these code names do help bring attention to new pieces of hardware, depending on how interesting or catchy these names might be. So, in all honesty, does the Ultra 64 sound like all that interesting of a code-name to you (Especially considering it eventually settled with the name "Nintendo 64"?)

Compare this to the Virtual Boy, which was dubbed both "VR-32" and "The Virtual Utopia Experience". I don't know about you, but my attention would definitely gravitate towards a gaming system called a "Virtual Utopia Experience," as opposed to one called an "Ultra 64," which kind of sounds like an out-of-production energy drink from the late 80s. 

6. Virtual Boy provided a better example for Nintendo's future decisions.

The Virtual Boy was, without a doubt, a massive financial flop. It remains one of the few Nintendo systems that didn't make a gigantic profit for the company, and instead led to the console's quick cancellation and eventual fade into obscurity. Yet, the system's failure didn't deter Nintendo from looking towards innovative decisions for the future, and a lot more was learned from the Virtual Boy's failure instead of the N64's success.

Nintendo discovered exactly what not to do in order to progress their ideas with 3D technology. Additionally, with the failed console's graphics primarily being red and black, Nintendo found out just how swiftly the industry was changing in terms of graphical wants and desires from its audience. Despite the Game Boy's graphics being solely black and white, Nintendo knew it would no longer be able to replicate the same success using simplistic graphics technology. Finally, they learned the importance of providing a way for gamers to interact with one another (which the Virtual Boy couldn't do, thanks to its binocular design.) Jason Plumb, one of the developers for the game Waterworld on Virtual Boy even stated:

"I think the antisocial nature of the machine was its main issue."


All of this helped build the most popular gaming handheld in today's market: the 3DS. What all has been taken from the N64 into future generations? The four port design being included on the GameCube?

5. Better promotions

Nintendo did everything in their power to make sure the Virtual Boy was a success, even before its inevitable failure. Not only did they spend over $25 million in marketing campaigns, they also partnered with Blockbuster to offer customers the option of renting the Virtual Boy system and three games for three evenings for a small fee. While it ultimately didn't lead to the system's success, it's likely that the extensive marketing and partnering decisions helped give it a bump in the right direction, which was likely taken into account in the N64's life span.

4. Better gimmicks

Whether we like it or not, gimmicky ideas do help consoles garner attention. Look at the success of Nintendo's own Wii for example. If it hadn't been for the introduction of motion controls from a major company, do you believe the Wii would have been such a resounding success?

Virtual reality technology had largely been unexplored up to this point, and Nintendo felt their journey into 3D gaming could be a fortunate venture since no other competitors were making anything like it at the time. Nintendo 64 relied more on its "64 bit graphics" slogan than anything else, which explains why the initial buzz surrounding the Virtual Boy was considerably higher.

3. Better design

Sure, the Virtual Boy has that ugly stand, but, when comparing the two video game systems side by side, which one grabs your attention more? The dull black and gray one that looks like a deflated VCR, or the bright red pair of goggles advertising itself as a virtual reality experience? The Virtual Boy also provided a lot of interesting little tech throw-ins to make the experience better -- for example, a headphone jack, volume control and a focus switch to help adjust the 3D images to your eyes' needs.

On a side note, while the N64 was a more powerful system compared to the Virtual Boy, it was the most powerful "portable" system for its time. To this day, it's still debated whether the N64 or the PS1 was the true powerhouse of the fifth generation, but the Virtual Boy held a 32-bit processor -- far more powerful than the Sega Nomad or even Nintendo's own Game Boy could ever be. 

2. Better controller

There really is no 100% comfortable way to hold an N64 controller, is there? The analog stick is in a painfully awkward place, there is a needless amount of buttons with equally awkward locations, and don't even get me started on that Z button. Overall, the controller's design made the controller more frustrating than anything else, which was clearly evident in Nintendo never using a similar design ever again.

Then you have the Virtual Boy controller, which is often regarded by gamers as one of the system's biggest highlights. Thanks to its comfortable design, usage of two D-pads (which would eventually set a similar standard in dual analog controllers) and just the right number of buttons, the Virtual Boy controller really should have been something Nintendo took towards future projects.

1. Took more risks in innovation

Other than its proclamation of having 64-bit technology, the Nintendo 64 was a rather safe bet for the company to make. Discs were being chosen as opposed to cartridges in competitors Sony and Sega, but Nintendo decided to stick with what they knew in the rounded cartridge department. This ended up being a major hindrance for producers of video games for the system, as long-time partners SquareSoft and Konami went the route of PlayStation, thanks to the abilities disc-based gaming could provide.

The Virtual Boy, on the other hand, dared to try and define a new genre of gaming. Sure, it failed, but the risks did start a path for future decisions for Nintendo, Sony, and Oculus, with Sony and Oculus attempting Virtual Reality consoles of their own.


Despite these pros to the system, the Virtual Boy is one of the quickest video game consoles to cease production, with Nintendo halting manufacturing after only five months. The Nintendo 64, comparatively, lasted over six years before the final console was crafted to market. Those numbers alone should show you which is the superior system, especially since you can find an N64 in many players' homes. With the Virtual Boy, however, you'd have to do some pretty deep digging to come across a person who actually has one in their collection, as they are considered one of the rarer mass produced consoles in today's second hand market.

Yet, even with it's massive amount of flaws, and being stapled as "the worst game console of all time" by numerous news outlets, even this massive flop by Nintendo can still hold a candle to those who can appreciate this ugly duckling. 

Exclusive interview with Patrick Maka (Maka91): Gamer, achievement hunter, YouTuber https://www.gameskinny.com/3pteu/exclusive-interview-with-patrick-maka-maka91-gamer-achievement-hunter-youtuber https://www.gameskinny.com/3pteu/exclusive-interview-with-patrick-maka-maka91-gamer-achievement-hunter-youtuber Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:30:14 -0500 Alec Pearce

Ever since I became hooked on achievement hunting, I have turned to guides and walkthroughs to help me with the trickiest achievements and challenges. In so doing, I came across Patrick Maka's guides. Brilliantly informative, straightforward to follow and narrated in a positive Canadian voice; Maka91's videos have become well respected within the achievement hunting community, earning him over 70,000 subscribers on YouTube.

I had to reach out to him so I could learn a bit more about the man behind the microphone; and was over the moon that Patrick was obliging enough to fit my interview questions into his extremely busy schedule.

First, I asked Maka about himself, his origins with gaming, and how it has impacted his life. 

My name is Patrick Maka; born and raised in the Toronto, Canada by Polish immigrants. I’m 24 years old and started gaming at a very young age, back in the days of DOOM and Duke Nukem on PC, Duck Hunt and Super Mario on NES, as well as Pokemon Red and Tetris on the Gameboy. Those were my introductions to gaming and I haven’t stopped since, with videos games being a regular part of my daily life. Gaming started out as an easy way to kill time and has since evolved into an escape and a way to relax. Video games serve a lot of different purposes for me, largely depending on the game. Some games I play to relax, some games I play to have fun with friends, while other games I’ve played competitively.

Patrick Maka Patreon

Maka is best known for his thorough and in depth achievement guides, so I wanted to know how he got into achievement hunting, what game he first hunted in and what his favourite game was to 100%.

I don’t remember exactly how I got into achievement hunting, but it was pretty soon after the Xbox 360 came out. My first achievements were in Perfect Dark Zero and Project Gotham Racing 3. The first time I remember a game actually changing my gaming habits was December, 31, 2005 when I brought my Xbox 360 over to a friend’s house. We decided to play Need for Speed: Most Wanted just to beat the last boss and unlock all the achievements in the game. From that point on, there was really no looking back.

I then joined xbox360achievement.org, now xboxachievements.com, and started becoming a part of the community; i.e. achievement hunting and boosting to get ahead of other people. The community, as well as my place in it, has changed and grown tremendously since then and there will always be a large, dedicated hardcore base of gamers dedicated to achievements.

From his high level gamerscore it is clear Maka has played a tonne of games and spent a long time hunting achievements. I asked if this ever became boring and if so, what drives him to continue doing it?

The brutally honest answer is yes. Sometimes mind-numbingly boring. Although I once played games like Hannah Montana for gamerscore, I’ve switched gears and focus in the past couple years and don’t achievement hunt like I once did. You won’t see me in online lobbies boosting achievements, and you won’t see me spending 10 hours in a game I don’t enjoy to finish off the last achievement. You will however see me playing ID@Xbox games, or just having non-achievement related fun in games like Halo 5, Rainbow Six Siege and Guitar Hero. I’ve realized that achievement hunting in games that didn’t interest me wasn’t fun and it was impacting my gaming negatively. With how busy I am creating YouTube content about achievements, the last thing I want to do is spend my hours off playing something and hating every minute of it.

Maka91 Productions

Many games have that one truly pesky achievement. I was curious to see how Maka dealt with the most tedious and frustrating achievements in gaming.

I don’t really ever feel a sense of frustration when it comes to achievements. For the really hard ones, I won’t go out of my way unless I really love the game. At that point it becomes a fun challenge instead of a chore. As for the long and grindy ones, the same rule applies. If it’s a game I like and care about completing, I’ll enjoy the game enough to not complain or feel frustrated. Otherwise, I probably won’t play it.

In a more positive light, I though it would be interesting to hear about Maka's favourite achievement hunting moment.

There have been a few memorable ones, but the ones that still stick out the most the Marathon achievement in Trials HD and the Long Road Ahead achievement in Guitar Hero III. Completing games like Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct and ScreamRide were also fun accomplishments. I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of relief upon completing them knowing how difficult they are and how few people end up getting there. At the moment though, most of the fun I have while achievement hunting is when I’m streaming on twitch.tv/maka91productions and playing games alongside all the awesome people in the chat. That is equally as fun as getting some of those crazy achievements.

Maka91 Rainbow Six

As I mentioned previously, Maka's guides are helpful and popular tools. With so many of his guides hitting thousands and hundreds of thousands of views, I asked what the key was to his videos being so popular. 

That’s tough to answer. I wish I knew it because it would make the video process a lot easier for me, but I think the complicated answer is that there is no single key to video popularity. Had you asked me 4 years ago about my videos going anywhere, I would've doubted they would, but with over 20 million combined views, they've far exceeded my expectations.

A few factors that definitely helped were the fact that I got a pretty early start in guide making when the space was still quite young. I was also known within the achievement community which gave me some credibility. I also always strive to make the best content possible. I didn’t want to waste people’s time with poorly edited videos or terribly lengthy commentaries. I continued to improve my content, year after year until I built my channel up to where it is today. I have always said that there is no replacement for hard work, and it goes a long way. Mixed with timing and a sprinkle of luck, I was able to get where I am today.

Maka91 Top Games 2015

Finally, I asked about Maka's plans for the future on YouTube and Twitch and whether he saw these avenues as long term career options.

My plans for the future are to continue exactly what I’m doing, to keep making video content bigger and better. I hope to continue creating videos on YouTube while maintaining an active stream on Twitch, all whilst working on my gamerscore and engaging with the community. I don’t have set specific goals in mind, but I am very excited for the day that I reach 100,000 YouTube subscribers, and get to request that YouTube plaque. I know that as soon as I reach that goal, I’ll have my eyes set on the next one though.

As for YouTube as a long term career option; I hope it will be. The internet is new, and these spaces are always changing and evolving, but as long as I can make it work, I will continue doing it. Luckily with sites like Patreon, and direct support for viewers, YouTube has become a possibility for me to focus on entirely, and I think it will continue that way for a very long time. It’s the hardest and most stressful work I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding, and the work that’s made me the happiest so I plan to continue down this path.

Many thanks again to Patrick for providing this in depth insight into his life and work. You can keep up to date with all of his videos by subscribing to his YouTube channel. You can also follow him on Twitter and check out his Twitch streams.

7 Amazing covers and medleys of iconic video game music https://www.gameskinny.com/7p7zo/7-amazing-covers-and-medleys-of-iconic-video-game-music https://www.gameskinny.com/7p7zo/7-amazing-covers-and-medleys-of-iconic-video-game-music Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:06:55 -0500 Joe DeClara


There are, of course, hundreds of thousands of other great arrangements of these pieces, and millions of other arrangements for game scores not mentioned here. These were just a few that I found to be rather exceptional or interesting (or both). Thanks for reading! And remember to watch your step; this place can be a little rough...


Themes from Super Mario 64 for Piano


This last one is quite lengthy; thankfully, Video Game Pianist gives us a track list with cues in the video's description, so I suggest listening to this one on a separate page.


Another master of arrangments from on-point dictation, Video Game Pianist's work is almost always exquisite, and this collection is no exception. Though I feel there were a couple of rhythmic issues in the first theme, the rest of the performance is nothing short of spectacular. I am personally a huge fan of the castle theme and his rendition of Dire Dire Docks (both are placed pretty early in the video). All of his other videos are incredible, so be sure to check him out!


To Zanarkand for Pipe Organ and Handbells


There are countless covers of nearly every theme you can think of from the extensive library of music composed for the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy X was my first unassisted endeavor into the series, so the music of this game has a special place in my heart. But my love for this score must be nothing compared to these guys.


Not to be cruel, but this must be one of the dorkiest dedications to a video game I have ever seen. Having said that, it is an incredibly accurate and beautiful arrangement, and does more justice to the piece than any classical guitar or rock/metal arrangement ever could. Also, once you get over your momentary case of the giggles, you can see just how coordinated these guys needed to be to pull this performance off. Masterful.


Super Mario Bros. Theme for...huh?


Ok, this performance is actually amazing. The timbre of this instrument emulates the sound of chip-tune tones so well, I initially couldn't tell apart her little coin-pickup interpolations from the real thing.


But what in seven hells is this instrument? I have been studying jazz, pop, and classical music for over ten years now, and I have never seen the likes of this instrument (though, I am quite ignorant in Eastern music, so that probably explains it). Still, awesome arrangement and performance.


Game of Thrones Theme for Three Cellos and Djembe


There's a Game of Thrones game, right? The one that's all cartoony, and you decide what happens, and there's a Walking Dead tie-in...right? Totally legit. Anyways, this was making it in one way or another.


Winter is coming...


Video Game Medley with Lyrics


Another great cross-franchise medley, this compilation features lyrics which were set to the melodies of the themes covered. I personally love this collection of covers because it allowed me to easily copy his arrangements and enjoy these tunes for myself (as well as show off my mad skillz to any friends who hadn't seen the video, mwahaha).


Video Game Medley for Melodica


Never would I have thought the melodica would become associated in my mind with the word awesome...but this melodica medley is awesome!


BennyTheJukeBox is all but famous for his incredible talent for not only dictating music perfectly, note for note, but can flawlessly conjure a performance-worthy arrangement of said music on the fly. So, naturally, he used this amazing talent to create a video game medley.


Gerudo Valley for Two Guitars


Many would put this one at the top of any "coolest tracks of any Zelda" lists, myself included. One of my fondest, most memorable moments in playing games was first riding into Gerudo Valley, hearing that tune kick in, and then promptly jumping over a broken bridge on horseback (then spending an hour afterwards shooting down some poor Gerudos like a total badass)!


There are more than several versions of this tune on YouTube, but I always liked the version these guys supplied. I'm sure the bro factor in the first few seconds gives it a little character, but the guitarist on the right is pretty boss, too.


Our favorite video games have long been recognized and revered for things like masterful gameplay, graphical fidelity, and quite often its sound design and scoring. However, the last of these three seems to have become celebrated more so in more recent years than the early ages of gaming.


Thanks to easily accessible media outlets like Youtube, it has become easier than ever to enjoy the music of these Gesamtkunstwerken in many various forms of arrangement and interpretation. We've compiled this list of some excellent (and some peculiar) covers and medleys featuring some of the greatest original gaming music.

Tetris origins movie being produced by X-Men Director https://www.gameskinny.com/ojdxj/tetris-origins-movie-being-produced-by-x-men-director https://www.gameskinny.com/ojdxj/tetris-origins-movie-being-produced-by-x-men-director Thu, 19 Nov 2015 03:27:20 -0500 tobes325

Tetris has been around for as long as I can remember. Established in the 1980s, there have been many different versions of the classic formula since then. And now it's coming to the big screen. Ratpac Entertainment, a Los Angeles film studio owned by James Packer and his partner Brett Ratner (director of X:Men: The Last Stand), will at the helm of a biopic movie detailing how the game came to fruition.

It's been described as an origins story, and will follow the life of Russian video game designer Alexey Pajitnov, who created the iconic title. Tetris was developed and designed during the Cold War, and there was a lot of trouble involving the rights to the game. It spread like wildfire among different programmers and was very quickly sold without Pajitnov's permission. This led to years of legal battles in which he had to fight for the rights to the game he created.

It's definitely an interesting story, and could be well worth the watch. Over the years there's been a number of biopics made with great success. The Social Network, which followed the life of Facebook's co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, received high praises upon its release. It's also likely to attract a mass audience, as Tetris is something nearly everyone has heard of, regardless of whether they're gamers or not.

What do you think about this idea? Would you watch the film? Let me know in the comments below!

10 weird porn parody games that actually exist https://www.gameskinny.com/e8hg7/10-weird-porn-parody-games-that-actually-exist https://www.gameskinny.com/e8hg7/10-weird-porn-parody-games-that-actually-exist Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:41:28 -0400 Auverin Morrow


We can't guarantee that all the games on this list are good, but we can guarantee that they're entertaining. You may need a little eye bleach afterwards, though. We've seen things that cannot be unseen. 


Have you played any of these games? Are you going to? Share your thoughts (or titillating tales) with us in the comments below!


Biocock Intimate


A shockingly well-done BioShock parody. And proof that asking the Internet to stop making porn of a character will make the Internet do the exact opposite.


This game doesn't feature the crude hand-drawn flash figures we're used to seeing in porn parodies. Elizabeth looks like she just stepped out of a Telltale interpretation of BioShock Infinite. To top off the polished graphics, there’s even full voice acting – and pretty good voice acting; most of it seems ripped from the real game itself.


When the game opens, you’ve just regained consciousness. And Elizabeth is eager to get your gear into her pants. Biocock Intimate is a little less interactive than some of the other games on our list; pretty much all you do is advance through various positions until both of you are spent. But the quality more than makes up for the simplicity, and you’ll get a hilarious surprise when Elizabeth finally climaxes. 


This one is definitely worth playing through at least once, even if it’s just for the lolz. But you can unlock multiple versions of Elizabeth, so there's replay value, too. Check out the demo here.


Honorable Mentions


These games didn't quite make our top 10 list, but they did stand out from the salacious crowd.


Sonic Transformed

  • Help a recently-turned-female Sonic explore her new body. 
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Legend of Zelda: Hentai Quest

  • A click-to-progress encounter between Link and Ruto that needs no introduction.
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Metal Gear Solid X: Hard Snake

  • Get up close and personal with Big Boss'...big boss.
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Resident Evil: Chris' Capture

  • Essentially Metal Gear Solid X with a different character. 
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  • Strip your favorite dhampir of her clothing and fire off your own Blood Hammer.
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Gaper Mario

  • Get your favorite Mario characters into all kinds of sexy shenanigans.
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Much like Bonecraft, this Pokemon parody is a legitimate game, rather than a mere click-to-progress sex simulator. You must purchase P*ssyballs, which you can use to catch the untamed Pokegirls that wander au naturel in the wild - like the pretty Pidgey above. 


Once you've caught one of these P*ssymon, you must use your energy reserves to care for it. After you've built up enough affection, you can take things to the next level. 


You and your P*ssymon can explore the world, visit gyms, or get into battles (in later versions). There are even a few easter eggs hidden in the game world. 


If you don't have time for a full-fledged P*ssymon game, there are plenty of other Pokemon parodies you can check out. In Pokemon Hypno Mercyfor exampleHypno and Lickitung gang up on an unsuspecting Misty. For those who prefer less obvious bestiality, there's Pokemon Double Trouble, where a transgendered trainer transforms her Ditto into a copy of herself to teach one Pokemon trainer a lesson. 


Click here to start a new adventure in P*ssymon.




From the makers of the widely-acclaimed Bonetown, this is no mere Warcraft smut game; it's a fully-realized RPG that has (gasp) more than just sex in it.


You're an interstellar captain whose life mission is to find and bone the Elf Queen, who you let slip through your fingers years before. In pursuit of this goal, you and your Space Wranglers crash-land your ship on an orc-inhabited planet that just happens to be harboring a brothel full of elves. So begins an adventure where fighting and f*cking mix like never before. 


Aside from the full storyline and legitimate voice-acting, Bonecraft gives you quests that require you to engage in sexual acts with a variety of NPCs. And sometimes even your combat is sexually inclined - often your goal is to make sure that your Space Wranglers get laid, and the enemy Wranglers do not. But just in case you can't screw your way out of an encounter, you've got weapons at your disposal, too. 


Click here to check out the official Bonecraft site and download the game. 


Mortal Kum Butt


In this Mortal Kombat parody, a bustier-than-usual Sonya Blade has just lost a fight against Kano. Though she begs for his fatality, he says he's got another finishing blow to deliver: "sexuality." This puntastic premise leads to a click-to-advance oral scene, with occasional begrudging commentary from Sonya. 


If you're more of a Street Fighter fan, we've got you covered on that front, too. Street Fighter XXX lets you pick which femme fatale you'll be pounding. 


Click here to play Mortal Kum Butt.


Metroid Strip


This shoot-to-strip Metroid Prime parody actually requires a little bit of skill. Samus Aran's suit has been turned against her, and she's bound in place by the grapple beam. You can fire a laser to shatter her armor. 


The catch here is that metroids are trying to weaken your power beam. The more armor you remove, the more metroids you have to deal with. When you break off all that under armor, metroids will swarm around her, and you'll have to find a way to disperse them. 


There's another Metroid Prime parody that's got a little bit of platformer action, and a lot of tentacles at the end. If you're into that sort of thing. 


See more of Samus Aran here.


Final Fellatio X-2


An aptly-named Final Fantasy parody. This game opens with a very FF-like title screen, complete with rainbow silhouette and lilting piano music. 


In an effort to make Yuna jealous, Rikku is spending some...er..."quality time" with Brother. You're not controlling much besides than the speed of this incestuous encounter, prompted to continue by the very eager (and very voluptuous) Rikku. Buddy and Shinra make an appearance for a grand finale, too. 


If sibling action isn't really your thing, there are a ton of other Final Fantasy parody games that you can check out. Like Final Fantasy X: Wakka's Solo.


Click here to play Final Fellatio.


Porn Pong


This game is more silly than it is sexy. You've got to use your hard log of wood to propel a Quagmire-looking man in a banana hammock toward the rows of reclining damsels. When he makes contact, he gives each lady a few courtesy thrusts before removing her from the board. 


Click here to play. 


Ass Effect


This Mass Effect parody lets you get your intergalactic freak on. Commander Shepard has just discovered a kinky artifact of some sort, and decides to try it out on a busty Miranda Lawson.


Once you've used the artifact to laser off Miranda's pants, the real fun begins. We won't spoil the surprise, but we will say that the artifact has more than one purpose. And Liara asks to join in on the fun. But you'll have to buy the full game for that.


We'd warn you about the awkward dialogue and consistent misspelling of the word "artifact", but we know that isn't going to stop you.


The Ass Effect demo is available on Com Dot Game


Busty Raider


As bodacious as Lara is in this Tomb Raider parody, we're still disappointed in the title. The lack of effort on that front is almost astounding. Seriously, even the real name sounds a little dirty. The jokes basically write themselves. (Womb Raider, anyone?)


You'll have to work a little to get to the good stuff. Lara needs to retrieve a diamond, and you'll have to keep her from hitting dangerous spikes on the way down. Every now and then, she'll have to remove some clothing to lighten the load. Once she's retrieved the diamond, Lara will need a bath and a change of clothes before you head back to camp. She asks you for help with getting clean. Good to see she's still the self-sufficient explorer we know and love. 


If you want to get a little sadistic, there's also Tomb Raider: PunishmentThough the title is still pretty lacking in creativity, you do have the opportunity to torture a caricatured Lara before turning her over to a more beastly lover. 


You can play Busty Raider here.




Also known by the less creative title Tetris X, this Tetris parody uses naked people instead of boring old blocks. Using your Gagboy game system, you've got to rotate these ladies and gents into various sexual positions. If all the right parts line up, they'll engage in a quickie before disappearing from the board. Oral positions are also acceptable, but same-sex matches won't work. Bummer. 


There are also other Tetris parodies that will reward you with naked women each time you complete a level. But those aren't nearly as much fun.


Editors Note: Sextris is no longer available.


"The mind of the artist will desperately struggle to create pornography where none exists..."


-R. Buttece, Barriers to 34th Dimensional Travel (1889)


That's rule 34. Everyone’s favorite rule of the Internet. If it exists, there is porn of it.


If you think there are exceptions to this rule, you simply aren’t looking hard enough. Or maybe you’re afraid to get your hands dirty.


Luckily for you, we’re pretty shameless. So we scoured the web and all those seedy porn game sites to uncover the weird (and wonderful) adult parodies of your favorite video games. You're welcome, perverts. 


The title has probably made it obvious, but this article deals with NSFW and pornographic content. If you're underage or your boss is watching, please turn back while you still can. Once you click that next slide, we cannot guarantee that your childhood won't be destroyed.

The 7 best free online puzzle games you have to play https://www.gameskinny.com/bd2sh/the-7-best-free-online-puzzle-games-you-have-to-play https://www.gameskinny.com/bd2sh/the-7-best-free-online-puzzle-games-you-have-to-play Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:11:46 -0400 Rob Thubron


1. Tetris


It’s amazing to think that a game which was released 31 years ago still has relevance today. When Alexey Pajitnov designed and programmed Tetris, he couldn’t have imagined the effect it would have on the world. Not only does it have a prominent place in pop culture, appearing in countless movies and TV shows like The Simpsons, but it’s been found to have applications far beyond mere gaming. Tetris has been used to help people lose weight, quit smoking, overcome depression, and alleviate symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.


Is there really anyone who doesn’t know how to play Tetris? The game appeals to our natural urge to put things in their correct place. Few game experiences can match the satisfaction that comes from seeing those lines disappear after a well thought out strategy comes to fruition. Or maybe you’re one of those players who doesn't plan out moves and just sticks the blocks anywhere it looks like they’ll fit – that can also work.


Three decades haven’t lessened the enjoyment that Tetris brings – never was there a better example of gameplay over graphics. As good for a relaxing, five minute game as it is for a three hour marathon. And all without microtransactions. The original free puzzle and still the best. You can play this at about a thousand different sites, so what are you waiting for? 


Play Tetris here.


What are some of your favorite free puzzle games? Will you be playing any of these? Let me know in the comments below. 


2. vvvvvv


If, like me, you’re a big fan of retro games, then you’ll likely love the confusingly titled VVVVVV. With its 8-bit graphics and chiptune music, this is a loving throwback to the days when game’s came on tape and took half an hour to load.


Unlike the title that it’s so often compared to, Super Meat Boy, there’s no jumping in VVVVVV; instead, the action button reverses player-controlled Captain Viridian’s gravity, causing him to fall either to toward the ceiling or the floor. This mechanic is used to traverse the game’s many hazards, and needs to be used at the right time in order to land on moving platforms and avoid enemies (amongst other things).


One of the reasons VVVVVV is so often compared to the aforementioned Super Meat Boy is because both games are so hard that you may end up eating your keyboard in frustration. It's still a great game, though.


Play VVVVVV here


3. Candy Crush Saga


Before someone threatens to murder me for including the game that’s doubtlessly caused a lot people great pain (Facebook invites, microtransactions, hopeless addiction), it’s worth remembering that the reason Candy Crush Saga has been installed well over 500 million times across Facebook, Android and iOS is because it’s a very enjoyable puzzle game.


The statistic that best reflects the worst aspect of Candy Crush Saga is that up to and including 2014, players have spent over $1.33 billion on in-app purchases. Yes, it may be enjoyable, but the looming presence of microtransactions takes the sheen off the game. And of course there’s those Facebook invites, which are as annoying as hangnails.


Despite Candy Crush Saga being a bit of a money-making machine, it can still be great fun – at least until it starts begging you for money. Basically a prettier, updated version of Bejeweled, this puzzler makes the ‘match three symbols’ mechanic even more addictive by using fruit instead of jewels. Our brains are subconsciously satisfied by these bright images of food, which is why slot machines so often use them.


For all its cynical marketing devices, Candy Crush Saga was, and still is, a fantastic free puzzler loved by millions.


Play Candy Crush Saga (without Facebook) here.


4. Lemmings


For most anyone over a certain age, Lemmings will always hold a special place in their hearts. The game tasks you with guiding suicide-prone rodents across a level, assigning certain skills to selected creatures in order to limit the number of deaths suffered by the group. Get enough of them through the exit and you progress to the next level. It all seems quite simple – until you get to the rock-hard later stages.


If you want to play in-browser Lemmings for free, then simply use your imagination when it comes to typing it into a search engine (or click the link below). There are loads of sites that’ll let you enjoy the game, although whether they have the consent of Lemmings’ license owner is another matter. I’ll just assume everyone will seek out and buy an original copy after trying the ‘free version’.


Play Lemmings here.


5. Bust-a-Move


Bust-a-Move (or Puzzle Bobble in Japan) put a spin on the ‘match three’ puzzle mechanic by introducing a pointer at the bottom of the screen that is used to aim and fire the randomly generated bubbles at the ones stuck to the ceiling. Every so often the bubbles at the top of the screen descend slightly. The aim is to remove them all by matching up the colors before they reach you – simple, elegant and great fun.


Bust-a-move was so popular that it spawned nine spinoffs, the vast majority of which can be played freely on numerous different sites. The two-player aspect of Bust-a-Move adds another dimension to the game – definitely the best way to play. 


Play Bust-a-Move here.


6. TwoDots


Here we have a title that was originally a massive hit on the mobile platform and can now be played online. TwoDots, the sequel to 2013’s Dots, is incredibly simple yet completely addictive.


All you have to do is connect two or more dots of the same color together using horizontal or vertical lines. This causes them to disappear and results in new dots falling from the ceiling. The game gives you a set number of moves to perform certain objectives, such as creating geometric shapes, that can often be pretty difficult to figure out.


TwoDots follows that classic puzzle template of being simple, colorful, fun, and having some very catchy music. And with 435 levels, it’ll keep you occupied for a long time.


Play TwoDots here.


7. The Bejeweled series 


Amazingly, the first Bejeweled game was released on May 30, 2001 - a very, very long time before Candy Crush Saga used the same ‘match three’ gameplay and became the source of hatred for so many Facebook users.


Bejeweled itself was originally a web-based flash game called Diamond Mine, which was inspired by the 1994 Russian DOS game Shariki – thought to be the first title to use the ‘match-three’ mechanic. Today, you can get your hands on several different incarnations of PopCap’s incredibly addictive puzzler, all free and with the option to play in-browser or download. Personally, that original version will always be my favorite, if only for sentimental reasons.


Play Bejeweled 3 here.


For some people, the opportunity to put their gray matter to the test is one of the biggest pulls of video games. While it’s true that lot of titles do require some degree of puzzle solving, if you want some real cerebrally-challenging stuff, then you need to test your wits against a dedicated puzzler.


As part of our free online games series, here are 7 of the best puzzle titles you can find on the web without having to open your (virtual) wallet. And the best thing is that all these games can be played through a web browser, no downloads or extensions required.


The list covers some more modern puzzlers, phone ports, and a few classic games – which may or may not have been recreated with the permission of the original rights holder *cough*. Anyway, you should give these games a try, if only to see if you can outsmart a machine...well, outsmart the person who designed the game, really. But that doesn’t sound as impressive.