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Posted on July 4, 2009, 7:35 pm
Source: http://tetris.hangame.com

After watching the OGN league, i've been trying to obtain a Hangame account and this morning I was finally able to get my hands on one.



The game once fully installed takes up about 150MB in space, and upon loading the game you'll immediately notice that this game comes with a great soundtrack. All the music and songs are of high quality. If you want to know what I'm talking about they have the game's soundtrack available for listening here:

http://tetris.hangame.com/zone/ost/listen.nhn

Graphically the game looks similar to Tetris Online Japan(TOJ) except with a very blue/purple color scheme. There are a ton of players online to play with, more so than even Tetris Online Japan. Right now there are about 1500 players on for Hangame Tetris compared to 150 players online for TOJ. Much like TOJ, there are advertisements at the bottom of the main screen, it uses SRS rotation, and it also shares the same singleplayer modes available in TOJ - Sprint, Marathon, and a third mode I haven't unlocked yet. The game detects all T-spins including kick T-spins. Multiplayer rooms consist of up to 6 players, and can be with specials on or off.



The unlocks in this game are for game modes, rather than the DAS/piece preview/etc upgrades seen in TOJ. I prefer this system of unlocking better because new players aren't further handicapped against other players with faster DAS, everyone's gameplay options are the same. Speaking of the DAS, this game's fast. It feels very similar to Tetris Splash's on Xbox360, or level 5 DAS on TOJ without all the slippery feeling that comes with it. There's a definite great feel to the game, and some other things that set it apart from other guideline games are the lack of garbage countering, garbage being added to all players instead of a targetting system, absolutely no line clear delay, and a combo system similar to that of Tetris Party. This really encourages very high speed play using a strategy of fast combos and digging with very little time for hesitation.


Another great thing about the game is that it comes with a protection system which encrypts/decrypts key inputs to the game client, rendering any macro cheats useless. This would turn out to be a double edged sword however, as the game itself does NOT come with the ability to customize your keys. It's a shame when such a popular, league-used, burger-king sponsored Tetris game in 2009 doesn't have the option for custom controls. Instead there's only 3 presets all of which utilize the Numpad, so if you don't use the numpad you're going to have to adjust to new keys as there's no working way to remap/Autohotkey your keys thanks to the protection system.



I haven't played alot of the multiplayer yet, but from what I can tell, the competition seems to contain a ton of speed freaks. For example, my 31 second 40 Lines record on there is only in the top 200 ranking.

Conclusion
This game has alot of potential, I personally prefer a game which isn't so heavily based on speed and more reliant on skill, but that's no reason to not like the game. It's good to have different varieties and strategies between Tetris games.

Pros[+]:

Good music
No Line Clear Delay
Fast DAS
No need to grind for upgrade unlocks
A lot of players!

Cons[-]:
CAN'T CUSTOMIZE KEYS!
Korean players only
Very heavy advantage for faster players

Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Comments:
Comment by kizi2 on June 5, 2012, 8:07 pm
I feel very happy to have encountered your site and look forward to really more amazing minutes reading here.
Comment by Someone2knoe on January 4, 2010, 10:30 pm
wish i could play it very badly
Comment by DeLusionisT on July 12, 2009, 12:58 pm
another thing to point out is that in multiplayer, u can only hold 5 times per game. Really sucks if u're an abuser... like me lol
Comment by DeLusionisT on July 8, 2009, 1:46 pm
One of the other cons is that there's a cap of multiplayer games you can play a day, which is 30.
Comment by skywave on July 8, 2009, 6:23 am
The top time for 40 lines is 25:26. By the way, As I know, most of korean players don't play single mode. (Even top ranked players!)
Comment by Blink on July 5, 2009, 1:35 pm
Okay i'm not 100% sure it was rank I was looking at, but as I bettered my records the # decreased, so I took a guess lol. jujube: yes, it's for windows only I think, it's alot like TOJ because it requires IE to launch.
Comment by jujube on July 5, 2009, 11:56 am
good job with the review. is this game for Windows only?
Comment by Digital on July 5, 2009, 1:16 am
There's just no freaking way you're 200th in 40 Lines. Update us if you find out more about it and also when you have a chance to get a feel of the kinds of players on there.
Comment by Blink on July 4, 2009, 9:22 pm
I'm not sure if they have replays on there, i looked everywhere and havent found it yet.
Comment by caffeine on July 4, 2009, 8:57 pm
What's the top time for 40 lines? Can we get some video footage of a replay? I remember at least one of those guys from Ongamenet was peaking at around 200TPM.

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