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Posted on February 18, 2010, 3:06 am

Wish Tetris Friends Arena was more like Tetris Online Japan? For those who haven't dropped by Tetris Friends lately, there has been some strong improvements made to their live multiplayer game "Tetris Friends Arena".

Today's update introduced a new "Expert PLUS" mode which gives the game a heavily suggested feature: Garbage Blocking. Without Expert PLUS enabled, garbage is added upon the next dropped piece. Garbage blocking delays garbage adds until a piece is dropped which does not clear a line. Many will agree this is a better way of handling garbage, and matches Tetris Online Japan's system.

Along with this new mode, today's update increases the spectator slots from 4 to 10.

Earlier this month the following updates were made:

- Ability to Block/Unblock members

- Expert Rooms feature which replaced the need to type TEST_r03_v01 codes for faster soft drop and fair garbage.

- Chat filtering options (block player chat, spectator chat, game messages, join/leave notices, etc.)

- Friends List button which pops up which of your friends are online and what they are doing.

- Room display filtering options (number of players, map setting, item settings, expert mode, hide full rooms, only show rooms with friends)

- Create room customizability (room background art choices, private rooms, disable/enable spectators, expert mode, maps/items.

- Can use the new sounds/art that you've purchased in the shop with rubies now.

Still yet to be implemented is a "Game Tweaks" button in the options, possibly for customizing DAS/AR without the need of a custom URL.

Tetris Friends is definitely making steps into the right direction with this month's updates, and appears to take player suggestions into consideration. Players who disliked the gameplay in the past might want to give the new changes a try.

Arena mode is currently for BETA testers only.
Opt in for the beta here:
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Comment by Boingloing on February 21, 2010, 6:29 pm
YAY TOJ blocking
Comment by Wojtek on February 18, 2010, 10:46 am
GPD, actually Expert PLUS description mentions also "extended game time".
Comment by GoldPlatedDish on February 18, 2010, 6:23 am
I thought that TTC didn't want them to add garbage blocking...but still, this is a VERY welcome change! I also wanna add that there is NO "Hurry-Up" garbage! Rejoice!

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