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Tetris Classic Game Pak

Tetris Classic Game Pak

Winter 2002 Software
Ages: 5 & Up
Producer: Handmark, Inc.
Price: $29.99
Platform: palm OS
This collection of nine familiar games is perfect for the handheld user who has time to kill-- like a bus commute or waiting-room downtime. Its feature presentation is the official Palm version of Tetris Classic, the popular and addictive think-quick puzzle game of fitting falling blocks into solid lines. Not only is this version true to the original, but it includes four Tetris modes--Marathon, Garbage, Ultra and Timed.

And that's not all that's included. If you get tired of getting whipped by Tetris, switch over to a more subdued and strategic game of PocketChess. Choose from eight levels of difficulty and customize the colors of the board and pieces as you play against a talented Pal engine opponent or against a human opponent with a Palm device.

Don't have that much time? The Game Pak also includes great versions of PokerDice (Yahtzee with a poker mentality), Solitaire (Klondike, Demon or Baker's variations), Backgammon, three modes of Colors (similar to Bejewelled) and basic Checkers. So many games for so little cost--not bad.

Don Oldenburg   ©2002 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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