If there’s one game that everybody knows, it’s Tetris. Ok, Pong and Pacman don’t come far behind either, but Tetris is an undeniable all time classic.
Just thinking about all the hours I’ve spent playing, first on my old Mac OS 9, later on my cellphone, get’s me instantly nostalgic. Even the song has become a cult classic.
It’s not weird at all to see Tetris being revived from time to time, on the PC, on the Wii, or on the Mac.
Quinn – Multiplayer Tertris on Mac
The Mac – although labeled a ‘business computer’ by most – is home to a surprisingly great reincarnation of the game. Of course, due to rights, it’s not labeled Tetris, but Quinn.
All the original action is packed into the game, though. And a lot more as well.
Quinn, labels itself a Tetromino game, and saying it’s just another Tetris clone would be a heavy understatement. Although it does the job perfectly, with slick colorful visuals and pretty fysics, the game was meant for more.
In Quinn, you can take it and play tetris against a friend, to see who beats who in Tetromino skills. Quinn doesn’t feature any standalone servers though, so one of you will have to do the hosting. This means you’ll either have to play over the local network, or over the internet, in which case you locate the host via IP.
You can also play out a tournament against a friend, on a single computer. You’ll then be dividing up the keyboard, and playing split-screen.
There are several ways for the players to influence the game of others, and these multiplayer rules can be specified in the settings.
Random Rows is pretty self explanatory. This setting adds one or two randomly filled rows at the bottom of opponents’ boards after a player clears three or four rows at once. There’s also a hard mode in which the number’s raised by an additional random row.
Erased Rows is a variation of the above. Instead of creating rows at random, your send you own rows (excluding the final piece) over to the bottom of your opponents’ boards upon clearing three or four of them at once.
Shake Up is a real meanie. When this mode is enabled, Quinn will insert a number of gaps in each column of an opponents’ board, making it even more difficult for them to get those lines down.
For fairness’ sake, distribution of extra rows or gaps is always the same for all players. However, depending on an opponent’s board, the results can deviate greatly.
So what do you think about this game? Or did you just wish this was a Windows or Linux game? Are you familiar with any multiplayer tetris game for Windows? Drop a comment below!