Apr 2, 2012
I cannot believe myself that I’m writing this post about my first Facebook game application. At first, I really enjoyed playing this game with my friends, relatives, co-workers as well as my college and high-school peers. The game gives me the thrill especially when I’m visualizing myself racing against someone I knew or with just anybody in 120 seconds. This excitement is the main reason why I choose to play Tetris Battle as an alternative to playing my favorite multiplayer game Warcraft III mod – DOTA. The excitement knowing that somewhere on the other sides of the world someone ‘alive’ is competing with me is really something to look forward to.
Unfortunately the excitement was now diminished to a lower level after knowing the fact that ‘some’ opponents on Tetris Battle were some kind of a previously recorded game. You may already know about this but I can’t help sharing this info to anybody else. The reason why I’m sharing this info with the unknowing is for them not to expect much from this game. If you think that you’re always competing up against some Facebook user on the Internet you’re probably getting the wrong idea.
To test this fact, try to do a Tetris Battle ‘Challenge’ by picking one of your friends on your ‘leaderboards’. You can access this link that is located below the opening page before choosing 2 Player Sprint or 4 Player Sprint battle arenas. After choosing your opponent from the list, you should check if the ‘Challenge’ button is enabled. If the button is enabled you can now challenge that user even if he/she is not online on Facebook. Isn’t it weird? Is this a bug or it’s just an issue with my expectations with the game.
If playing up against some kind of previously recorded game is not an issue with you, skip this post. For me there’s no fun in playing like this. Because in reality, what you’re actually competing up against with is a recorded game play from another user or friend. You can use this as a gauge for your speed though, but when the time comes that you’re up against your friend that is ‘LIVE’ on Facebook, you could lose those precious stars quickly. What I’m trying to say is that I think pre-recorded game play is just a waste of time. For me there’s a difference with playing with ‘LIVE’ opponents compared to a ‘robot’ like opponent.
On the other hand, you can use this ‘recorded’ game as your advantage. This will sound as if you’re cheating or something. If you knew your friend’s skill is no match for your speed, you can trick/cheat the system by selecting him/her for a Tetris Battle. This way you can earn XP and stars a lot easier. Would you prefer playing Tetris Battle like this? Please share with us what you think by posting them as comments below.
Update: Sept. 10 2012 It seems that Tetris battle no longer allows any online player to do battle with offline players. This is good. Maybe I will be playing again this game.