Tetris (NES/Famicom Emulated)

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Judging from this picture, it looks like you also like to start at level 6.  You're apparently much better than me at cruising through the teen levels, however.  I keep getting stopped around 14 or 15.  My best is only 219,247 (started at 6 and stopped at 14).  I used to think that was an impressive score, then I see you guys on this site blowing it away.  lol

-- Posted by DuggerVideoGames on 2016-04-08 20:13:16   Reply
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200k is impressive I think!  my friends used to do a double-take.

Tetris is one of my most favorite games ever!  I think I may have played more Tetris than anything else.  x)

I actually start at Level 16 most of the time (by holding A & press start to begin, to add +10 to the level selection).  I think this might give the best chances for someone like me who can't hang on for very long after reaching Level 19.

starting in the '90s, every time I've seriously gotten into trying to reach higher I always max out at 500k.  I've reached scores between 495,000 & 499,000+ about four or five times, but never broke 500k. frown  on this particular run I think I should have broken 500k, if I'd made it to say, level 21 or so.

there's a Tetris forum for people who can reach 999,999 points & they talk about strategies & share their speed-run times reaching max score.  it seems like only a few people have done it!  like maybe 20 or 30 i guess.  maybe more people now.  I watched a guy score over 770,000 at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo.

if you want to improve significanly I think the best way is to start on Level 19, and just take the beating but keep playing until you can hang in there at that speed for, say 40 lines at least.  Then start on your level of choice & you will seriously whoop some ass!!

i bet you could reach 400k pretty soon  ;)

-- Posted by S.BAZ on 2016-04-08 22:22:29   Reply
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Sweet giant sloth from ice planet Hoth!  I didn't even know it was possible to start on higher levels like that!  You play a game for so many years and think you know all there is to know about it, then you read about this!

I'm going to try this trick you mention to start on higher levels.  I imagine it will be a beating at first, though.

-- Posted by DuggerVideoGames on 2016-04-08 22:35:10   Reply
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Okay, this isn't a case of throwing me into a pool to see if I can swim; it's a case of throwing me off a cliff to see if I can fly!  I'm having mixed results so far.  Started out at level 19 and got only 3 lines, so I decided to switch to level 14 and I managed to get 52 lines.  After successfully getting 52 lines on level 14, I struggled to even get 10 lines the next few times.  I then struggled on level 11 as well to even reach 20 lines (managed it a few times).

-- Posted by DuggerVideoGames on 2016-04-08 23:15:45   Reply
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HA! laugh  level 19 is exciting, ya! 

me & a friend played L19 cracking out for 2 days straight once, I was shooting for 100 lines (my dream at the time, my best was i think 28, he'd been getting stopped around Level 10 or 12)   By the end of those 2 days I'd broke 120 lines & he had broke 20 lines!  on Level 19.  play on that level, even if you're not getting any farther you're still getting the feel for the high speed & that's all that matters once you have that feel for it that's what it takes to push past Level 16 & if you can even survive 20 lines on L19 you have a decent chance of *reaching* L19.

one more thing which is absolutely essential to keeping alive at high speed:  keeping your lateral movement speed with the D-Pad.  maybe you know this but f.y.i. just incase.  

1) holding down Left (or Right) as you know a piece will suddenly start to move very quickly to the left (or right), but there is that delay first, so:

2) STILL holding down Left (or Right) after the piece lands will make the new piece come out speedy right out ot the gate, no delay.  

AND:

3) this works even if you are holding in the OPPOSITE direction when the new piece comes out.  So there is a brief opportunity to SWITCH DIRECTIONS right after a piece lands & right before the new one comes out, without losing that lateral movement speed.

Without using this techique of switching directions while maintaining movement speed it is often impossible to reach far enough to the left or right in time, on higher levels.

PRACTICE keeping the lateral speed like this on Level 19!  throw a piece to the left, one to the right, one to the left, one to the right, & so on til it's a breeze then go back to making lines.

-- Posted by S.BAZ on 2016-04-09 02:18:06   Reply
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p.s. --

I learned the hold-A-and-press-start trick from Nintendo Power Magazine!   laugh

-- Posted by S.BAZ on 2016-04-09 02:20:13   Reply
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I had a bunch of issues of Nintendo Power back in the day, but I always skimmed through the games I didn't have.  The older me now would've had more appreciation for reading them in their entirety back in the day.

-- Posted by DuggerVideoGames on 2016-04-09 05:28:27   Reply
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I had the 1st 2 years subscription, I wish I would have kept them!

-- Posted by S.BAZ on 2016-04-09 18:52:40   Reply
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I don't remember how early I started, but I do remember my first issue ever.  My first issue was black and looked like a dossier; I believe it had the word CONFIDENTIAL on it.  I remember in that issue, there were pictures showing the glitch in Rambo on how to bypass the chopper fight and just glitch through the prison walls.  That is my earliest memory of having Nintendo Power.

I remember the Nester comics always pitching the new games that came out (StarTropics, Battletoads, Lone Ranger, etc.).  I liked the fact that some issues were solely dedicated to a single game (I had the Final Fantasy issue, for example).  I wish I would have kept those magazines.  Not only as a Nintendo fan, but also as one who would have liked to sell some of those issues for some nice $$$ today.

-- Posted by DuggerVideoGames on 2016-04-09 19:02:38   Reply
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I'm guessing Code Name Viper

-- Posted by S.BAZ on 2016-04-09 20:57:27   Reply