So you're bored at work. You think a quick game of Tetris might help wake you up, but at the same time a game of Minesweeper sounds appealing, too. It's tough to decide between two classics, so FonGeBooN has offered a unique solution: play both at the same time! That's what TETRISweeper is in a nutshell: a unique fusion of the tetromino-sorting gameplay of Tetris and the mine-avoiding tension of Minesweeper.
Although the instructions are all in Japanese, they're fairly intuitive. You can pick one of three difficulties in Original Mode, or engineer your own in Free Mode. Your left hand controls the falling tetrominoes via the keyboard: A and D to shift sideways, W and E to rotate, and S to drop. Oh, and hit P to pause. (The keys are customizable via the Configurations screen in case those don't float your boat.) As the pieces land, they become part of the minesweeper grid at the bottom, which is where your right hand takes charge on the mouse. Click cells to uncover them, and shift-click to flag them as mines. Once a row is free of gaps and completely flagged/uncovered, it vanishes. As if the rain of blocks from above wasn't enough, whenever the blue timer bar fills, a new row of tiles will be added at the bottom. Uncover a mine or let the tiles scrape the top, and that's game.
TETRISweeper is an intense game to say the least, but surprisingly fun to fans of both its parent games. The remix of the familiar Russian beat in the background sets the stage, and you're constantly switching back and forth between the two halves of the board to keep from flubbing either one. The mashup even brings about some interesting strategies; for example, you may find yourself carefully watching the "Mines" number as the latest tetromino lands so you can tell how many mines are in it.
In short, if you're looking for a fun and unique twist on one or two old classics, look no further than the green button immediately below this paragraph.