EA recently removed the old Tetris app from the App Store and replaced with a new app that goes by the same name, but isn’t the same game. It’s not even an update to the old game. It’s a totally new app, which means that even if you owned the old version of Tetris, you’ll have to spend $0.99 to download the new one. So just what is this newfangled Tetris?
On the surface, it’s a pretty basic iOS game. The game comes with three modes: Marathon, One-Touch, and Galaxy. Marathon mode is the classic Tetris we all know and love. One-Touch is similar to the traditional Tetris, but with a new control mechanic that lets you select how to place each piece by giving you options. If you don’t like any of the options presented, you can tap anywhere else on the screen to see new options. The final mode, called Galaxy, essentially offers a series of levels that have already been started, and asks you to clear them.
As you play, you move up in rank and earn T-Coins. T-Coins can be spent to unlock new levels in Galaxy mode, and to buy power-ups. You can also purchase T-Coins using real-life money, in packages that range from $1.99 to $99.00. Excessive, but not unheard-of on the App Store.
Here’s where it becomes weird. If you’re looking for yet more ways to spend money on Tetris, you can join what’s called the T-Club for $2.99 a month or $29.99 for a year. This gives you 15% more T-Coins as you play. You’d have to be pretty serious about Tetris for this to make sense financially.
If you’re not interested in subscribing to Tetris or buying additional T-Coins, you can still play the game as much as you want without spending anything beyond the $0.99 asking price. We’re not sure what EA is up to with the bizarre subscription model they’re trying out here. Does it sound appealing to any of you? Let us know in the comments section below.