You never know what you’ll find during a trip to your local thrift store. Thanks to changing popular culture and the success of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” song, buying things second-hand doesn’t have as much of a stigma attached to it as it used to.
When we have some spare time and are driving by a Goodwill or Salvation Army store, we like to drop in to see what treasures we might find. Usually on our list of things to look for are games the family can play together. This time was no exception and we scored with a copy of Tetris Link for $1.38 and still brand new in the box!
Whoever donated this obviously didn’t take a moment to try the game out, because if they had they would have discovered a fantastic variation of the “Connect 4” theme using the familiar Tetris pieces to create strings of blocks and scoring points along the way.
Players take turns rolling a die to determine which type of block they must drop. Their objective is to create grouping of blocks of a minimum of 3 pieces. Once they get this ‘string’ started, they then begin receiving a point for each additional block they add to the group. But…leave an empty space that can’t be filled and you receive point penalties.
Game play continues until the entire board is filled and no additional pieces can be played. Highest score wins, ties are broken by whomever has the longest continual string of pieces. Of course, daddy won the first one to the frustration of my two girls.
What a find for us! 2-4 players can play, making it a perfect game for the girls to play on their own but still flexible enough for the whole family to play together (unlike Connect 4). Their customers agree with the quality of the game; it currently has 4.5 stars on Amazon.com and some great independent reviews.
Be sure to check out Techno Source’s other offerings on their website. You can also follow all thing Tetris Link via their official Twitter and Facebook pages. Watch out for the long/skinny piece though. I always hated that one.