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From Below



FROM BELOW is a falling block puzzle game featuring:

Soft Drops Hard Drops Wall Kicks T-Spins Lock Delay 3 modes of play: Kraken Battle Mode

The signature mode of FROM BELOW. Battle the Kraken by clear lines across the onslaught of attacking Kraken Tentacles. The Tentacles push more blocks onto the screen every few seconds, forcing to act quickly, and strategize on an every changing board.

Classic Mode

The classic block falling mechanics you know and love without any new gimicks. Modernize for 2020, with Hard Drops, Lock Delay, and more, making this (hopefully) the best feeling puzzle game on the NES!

Turn Based Kraken Battle Mode

Similar to “Kraken Battle Mode”, but instead of the Kraken attacking every few seconds, it advances its tentacle every time you drop a piece. Make every move count, as this move favors slow, deliberate play!



User Review Information

"But you can't improve NES Tetris" I told myself...

Reviewed By: Jonas.F on 30 Dec 2020

…before hitting the download button anyways and ending up playing this for hours. The game comes with gorgeous pixel art and a catchy soundtrack and adds a modern twist to the original Tetris formula. Besides that, the game’s “classic” mode is a very solid Tetris variant.

Scores in “From Below” are very comparable to the NES version, as it implements the same scoring system and seems to run at the same speed levels as the beloved classic. Nevertheless, “From Below” is easier, as it features less rigid game mechanics (longer lock delay, faster DAS) and a more generous transition rule in the higher levels. These changes make a significant difference: While anything beyond level 15 is out of my reach in NES Tetris, I could play “From Below” on level 18 consistently and beat my hard earned NES Tetris high score by about 100k in just a few hours.

The only minor flaw I found in the very enjoyable time I spent with “From Below” was that the board is still visible when the game is paused. Players might exploit that to achieve high scores by pausing frequently and planning their moves in advance. To avoid that, almost all games of the like hide the board when the game is paused.

As it turns out, you actually can’t improve NES Tetris, but you can still add your own flavor to it without breaking anything. Very well done!

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
"But you can't improve NES Tetris" I told myself...Jonas.F30 Dec 20201.0Yes
A great spin on that block game we all know and love!eskayelle14 Dec 20201.0Yes
Tetris clone with a monstrous, modern twist!Cralex06 Dec 20201.0Yes
Wonderful game !alien nose job29 Nov 20201.0Yes
Awesome gamecreavtivenameman28 Nov 20201.0Yes
You NEED this game in your NES collection.lsignoret27 Nov 20201.0Yes