Bonus Images for Vintage Games Book: Chapter 20 - Tetris (1985)

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Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time (2009), by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton, through Focal Press. Vintage Games, available from retailers worldwide, is a full color, illustrated book, that explores the most influential videogames of all time, including Super Mario Bros., Grand Theft Auto III, Doom, The Sims, and many more.

Bonus images not found in Vintage Games for Chapter 20 – Tetris (1985): Casual Gaming Falls into Place:

Jaleco's Tetris Plus (1990), shown here, was another in a series of Tetris conversions for the arcade. With home ports following in 1996, Tetris Plus' biggest addition was a puzzle mode, which presents players with a series of scenarios involving pre-placed bricks.

Screenshot from the arcade version of Capcom's Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.

Besides cell phones, even the simplest LCD handhelds – or even game watches - make fine platforms for Tetris and Tetris-like games.

Action puzzle games take many forms, like the pictured classic, Lemmings (Psygnosis, 1991; Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Sony PlayStation Portable, etc.). In addition to clever and approachable game mechanics, being "cute" can't be overlooked as a key factor in the success of so-called casual games. As an illustration of this, Lemmings incorporates cute animations and sound effects that make the player really care about saving the little creatures from destruction in each level.


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