Electonic Art’s latest foray into the world of Japanese gaming is the newly announced Tetris Monsters, and it will be coming to mobile devices in Japan this summer.
Tetris Monsters is one of those twists on a couple of classic genres, combining the addictive gameplay of Tetris with traditional JRPG elements. It has already been confirmed that this game will be free to download and play, but there will be some optional in-app purchases for players to buy, should they so wish.
The gameplay will feature you playing rounds of Tetris in order to defeat monsters and raise your stats. The more you play and the better you do, the further you can progress on your monster battling quest. It’s a fun and highly addictive little combination that makes perfect use of mobile devices as gaming platforms.
Many people have been quick to point out that Tetris Monster bears a heavy resemblance to GungHo Entertainment’s Puzzle & Dragon games that have reached crazy levels of popularity in Japan and other countries.
Sceptics are seeing this as EA cashing in on the success of Puzzle & Dragons with their own game, trying to chase the coin that they seem to be so greedy for.
Personally I don’t think this is anybody trying to cash in on anything. Mobile games come in many unorthodox flavours, and game crossovers like Tetris Monsters go back a lot longer than the popularity of mobile devices as gaming platforms.
Combining puzzle gameplay with RPG mechanics isn’t something that anybody has a trademark on either, so EA are free to play the market in any way they may wish.