Tetris Link 

As a video game collector who's constantly on the lookout for the best deals, sometimes I'll come across some cool video game related novelties and paraphernalia. On a recent trip to Kohl's, I found a board game based on Tetris, Tetris Link that I couldn't pass up.

Several years ago, I saw a similar Tetris board game, Tetris Tower, at Barnes & Nobles. I always regretted not picking it up at the time as I could never find it again. Even if I never played the actual game itself, I always thought it would be neat to display a sculpture of Tetris on my office desk.

So not only was I ecstatic to finally be able to pickup a physical Tetris game, but I was also blown away by the price. Tetris Link is priced roughly $30 on Amazon, but Kohl's had it on sale for $19.99. Coupled with a $10 giftcard (sign up for Kohl's rewards program to regularly receive giftcards for free) and additional 20% off at register, I paid only $6 and change after sales tax.

Tetris Link

The rules of Tetris Link are quite interesting as well. Rather than clear lines, the objective is to connect 3 or more Tetriminos pieces on the tower. For every Tetriminos connected, a player is awarded 1 point. For every, empty space a player creates when dropping a Tetriminos, 1 point is deducted. Once there isn't any space left on the tower, the player with the highest point total is the winner. I have yet to play an actual game, but the rules seem like an elegant and a clever adaptation of Tetris. Overall, I'm impressed with the quality of the product.

For anyone interested in playing a traditional Tetris video game, Tetris Axis, which has a snazzy augmented-reality mode, is the latest and greatest version out today. If you have yet to take the plunge on the 3DS, Target has got you covered with this terrific deal: as part of their Pre-Black Friday 4-day Sale , they dropped an additional $24.99 off the recently lowered retail price to only $145.00.

With Black Friday only a few days away, keep an eye out for a Black Friday edition of Video Game Collector Deals later in the week.

Tetris Link
Chi Kong Lui

Chi Kong Lui

In the 1980s, Chi grew up in small town on the outskirts of New York City called Jackson Heights. Latino actor, John Leguizamo referred to the town as the "melting pot of the world," and while living there, Chi was exposed to many diverse cultures, as well as a bevy of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Space Ace, Space Harrier and Double Dragon. Chi's love of videogames only seemed to grow as his parents finally caved and bought him an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (after being the only kid in the block without one). In the 1990s, Chi finagled his way into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.

Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.

Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers GameCritics.com his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that GameCritics.com will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
Chi Kong Lui

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