One step forward, two steps back: Electronic Arts recently unveiled a Palm Pre demo for Tetris Mania.
Great idea: Tetris is one of those ubiquitous easy-to-learn, lifetime-to-master, addictive-as-crack-cocaine games that exists on just about every hardware platform under the sun, so a Pre flavor is not only inevitable, but a highly desirable app to get.
That’s the good news. The bad news is, the demo only runs for thirty seconds. Thirty…seconds?!? That’s the length of the “Final JEOPARDY” jingle, fer crying out loud! How many rows can you build in a half-minute? Two, maybe three? As you can see above, a lot of “Pre-verts” who grabbed the demo from Palm’s App Catalog are none too pleased with the lack of playing time. What’s worse, the full app won’t be available until sometime in October.
Shame, too, since Discover magazine just released a new study that demonstrates how playing Tetris — or in all fairness, any “challenging visuospatial task” — can help your brain become more efficient.
EA really dropped the block…er, ball…on this one.