Review: Tetris for the iPad (EA)

Tetris: still great after all these years.

Tetris for iPad is an optimized/juiced-up version of the game available on the iPhone. It will cost you $7.99 to buy.

First of all, everyone loves Tetris. If you don't love Tetris, you are more likely than not some sort of weirdo. I mean even communists love Tetris. They invented it after all. These were people who had to wait in line to buy toilet paper and paid massive markup prices for a pair of Levi's Jeans on the black market. I mean these poor people needed something to cheer them up. I can imagine that the epilogue to Rocky IV would have shown a shamed, depressed and exiled Ivan Drago playing Tetris to cheer himself up. Yes, I bet that mean, juiced-up, killer of Apollo Creed turned to Tetris for solace.

For many people, their first experience with Tetris was the free version on their first generation Game Boy. Others might have been directed to it by their cubicle neighbors. Imagine the massive number of productive work hours lost to the game. One of the unique and fantastic things about the game is its diversity of gamers: kids, grandparents even non-gamers love Tetris.

Review: EA's Command & Conquer: Red Alert for iPad

Command and Conquer is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game optimized for the iPad. This was one first games offered when the iPad was released. The main game and subsequent expansion packs from the iPhone version have been included. You can play as one of three factions: Soviet/ Russian, Allied/U.S. or Rising Sun/ Japanese.

It seems the game developers are big time feminists and feel that, in the military, attractive women should be giving the orders. There is no shortage of hot babes telling you what to do. The skeptical side of me feels like they were just looking for the "Hooters effect", a way to lure poor innocent and lonely gamers. Admittedly, I've never served in the military, but I was surprised that the uniforms displayed so much cleavage.

You have to love the fact that EA decided to bring the Soviets, the international bad guys pretty much every 80's action movie was based on, back to power and prominence. I missed them. You pretend you are trying to bring down the evil empire of dreaded socialism (although you do play as them sometime which makes you feel like traitor). As I was playing I was having regular flashbacks of the great 80's film Red Dawn.

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