Games that are like Tetris
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When we were little, Tetris was the only thing at which my sister was anywhere near as good as me...

Renee's getting married next weekend, and I always hate getting something off a list or registry.

Her fiance programs videogames for a loving, so they play a lot of those - even my sister the non-gamer. She likes Monkeyball, some of those Yahoo games like Zuma, and of course, Tetris. My question (and the purpose of this list) is this:

What board game could I get her which will evoke the feeling of Tetris?

I've seen a couple recently that might fit the bill, but I know nothing about them. One was at KublaCon, and I have no idea what it was called - each player had a different shaped board and you had to get certain tetris-like pieces to fit on it. Can anyone help me out?
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1. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:518]
Seth Jaffee
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Looks like Tetris. Would this appeal to a non-gamer who likes spatial relationships and puzzles?
 
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2. Board Game: Blokus 3D [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:883] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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3-d Tetris? I played this one at the store, I suppose Renee might go for it. But it seems like there might be something better.
 
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3. Board Game: Pueblo [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1008]
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I don't know if this is right for Renee. I think she'd prefer more of a puzzle game. Pueblo sounds more like a strategy game (for which she has no patience)
 
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4. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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This is right out.
 
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5. Board Game: Ubongo [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:827]
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I believe I know exactly the game you are referring to, because I played it last week at a gaming night here in Sacramento (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...). Definitely a game that someone who likes Tetris would enjoy.
 
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6. Board Game: Ubongo [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:827]
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My new favorite in this genre - Ubongo! Race to finish the tetris like puzzles and grab the gems.
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7. Board Game: Tetris Tower 3D [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:13501]
Jesse Acosta
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I cant believe this hasn't been added. Its a newer game, Ive seen it at Walmart and Target.
 
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8. Board Game: Tetris Tower 3D [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:13501]
Bryan Johnson
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My son owns this game. So much like Tetris, it has the name in the game's title.
 
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9. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1481]
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I always tell people this is go+tetris.
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10. Board Game: Quintillions [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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A forerunner to both Blokus and Rumis, this game used a pool of pieces to play several games that are similar to both.
 
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11. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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By taking a look to the picture, I see some spirit of Tetris
there. I love this game.
 
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12. Board Game: Forma [Average Rating:5.53 Unranked]
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In the early 1970's Ravensburger published a line of bookcase games, similar in size to the 3M games. Among these games is Forma, a tile placment game. Interestingly, the tiles in Forma (published in 1973) are exactly the same as the tiles in Blokus, published 30 years or so later. It's easy to see where the inspiration for Blokus came from!

Like Tetris, you are trying to place your tiles on the board in order to fill in the most squares of the grid.
 
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13. Board Game: Universe [Average Rating:5.36 Unranked]
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Released in 1966, Parker Brothers' Universe game was intended to capitalize upon the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Game pieces were pentominoes in four colors.

Arthur C. Clarke reportedly was a fan of pentominoes and featured them in a chapter of his book <b>Imperial Earth</b>.

A scene with HAL palying a game of pentominoes with Dave was filmed for 2001, but did not make the final cut (chess was included instead...)
 
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14. Board Game: Kunst Stücke [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:5257]
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A bit more for the gamer, this one involves not only placing the pieces but sliding them on the board to meet secret goals.
 
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15. Board Game: Quintillions [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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For a wedding gift, I would recommend you go to www.gamepuzzles.com and order Quintillions. I have a set that came in a beautiful felt-lined hardwood box and it is of a quality that will be kept for years. - I don't know if they still make the speciall boxes or not, the BGG pictues show an ordinary box.

This is really the grandmother of all pentomino games. One can find in it the roots of Cathedral and Blokus. - But its forte is as a puzzle.

It is also there 25 aniversary of being in business.
 
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16. Board Game: Skirrid [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:11744]
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Skirrid! Two players place 1-to-6-unit clear plastic pieces on the board, in an attempt to score points equal to the numbers on the board that your piece covers. Some units of some pieces also contain 'multipliers', so getting your piece down on a big number under the multiplier can score big.

Think you'd have to scour the thrift stores for this title. I don't think it's seen print since the 1970's.
 
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17. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:729]
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The newest one.
 
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18. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:757]
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I'm on a roll!
 
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19. Board Game: Glokess [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Glokess is an abstract game. Players place pieces on the board, then moves or rotate them in order to capture the opposing pieces. The inspiration for the game comes from Blokus, Go, and Chess.

Setup
Each player gets the all the pieces of the same colour. The pieces are coloured on both sides.

Game Play
Each player alternates in taking turns. During the player’s turn, the player can
(1) place a piece on the board
(2) move a piece already on the board
(3) rotate a piece already on the board.

The player can flip the piece before placement. The piece rotates with its black square as its axis, and can be rotated any number of right angles.

Each piece moves according to its structure. Taking its black square as the center, the piece moves to any of the coloured square.
 
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20. Board Game: Tetris [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:12311]
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I bought this recently to complete my collection of all the tetris boardgames ever. Haven't played it yet, but it deserves to be on this list.
 
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21. Board Game: Tetris [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
Martin Grider
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Another game where it's a race to fill up a tetris column with tetris pieces. These are cardboard and flimsy, but it's cool packaging anyway, and "worth it" for any real tetris collector.
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22. Board Game: FITS [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1266]
Jānis Rudzītis
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Probably you will like Knizia's Fits
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23. Board Game: BITS [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3536]
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.... and Fits youngest brother Bits
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