Tetris Creator Sees if Lightning Can Strike Twice with DWICE

Just like Tetris, the iPhone and iPad took the world by storm and copycats abound. Now Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris, has released an iOS app, DWICE ($1.99), that bears some similarity to his original creation and adds a modern, space-age feel.

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As with Tetris, falling objects need to be arranged efficiently and quickly; but with DWICE, the user must swipe to connect matching falling geometric shapes with each other, and not touch different objects. While Tetris needed a few buttons or keys on a keyboard, DWICE is a game meant for the touchscreen, and its time has come.

Like Tetris, the object of DWICE is simple to understand, but it takes strategy, experience, and fast fingers to master. While the Tetris interface was "blocky" to say the least, DWICE is an elegant mix of neon and outer space imagery that is more like Tron than Tetris.

Back in the day, Tetris was like Candy Crush, Bejeweled, and Angry Birds, all rolled into one. Everyone played it, and it was expected that it would be ported to any serious platform. Now the competition is fierce, and with a million apps, it's hard to stand out. But DWICE is a well-designed, beautiful game that's worth checking out to see how far we've come!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.