I was lucky to find an event at 1am on March 1st in Second Life by Kermitt Quirk. I was searching for tringo games but didn’t find many except for something called tringo 2. Had to check it out and was amazed at all the options in this new version. The game comes with new block patterns, new style of playing and a brand new look! I didn’t even recognise the game when I got to the way2play.com island.
The cards come out tumbling toward you when you click on the board. The cards look like a calculator with the score to the right side and the current block on the left side. Their are 20 different block sets each one with different strategies to get a high score. I was getting beaten up with some of these blocks. I was stuck in the first 5 moves playing with the wall block set. If you hated the X block in regular tringo you will hate the spotless pattern which has no middle block. There’s the smiley block set which was fun but challenging. The castle block set with a lot of big blocks looking like the letter A. Deathstar pattern with some having no block in the middle. The classic block set from the original version is available also!
Some of the other patterns are duck, eagle, snowflake, windmill, anchor, pacman, ghost, peace, pi, pipes, pyramid, star, teddy and tringo set. Another new feature is when you win you get fireworks coming from your board. It has a better way of splitting prize money when there is a tie between 2 or more players. The main board shows the top 10 scores and is just one piece instead of two pieces like in the original. The host can also set the number of rounds to play where the board resets at the end of each round but keeping your scores until all the rounds are played.
The best added feature is the different game variations, which are classic, last man standing and progressive. The Last Man Standing (LMS) is the best variation to play on some of the difficult block sets. If you can’t place a block on your board you are out of the game. The last player still in the game and with the highest score wins the pot! With the classic block set the game can last for hours with good players. The highest score I saw was 1000 and it took over 20 minutes to play. This should be a big hit with some of the tournament events for the future!
The progressive mode starts at a slower speed for the first round and then gets faster for each round played until it’s on speed which allows you 5 seconds to place your piece. This can be fun but I don’t expect this variation will be too popular. Also all the games can be set at any speed the host wants from 25 seconds to 5 seconds which is nice! I like it at 7 seconds.
During the month of March, Kermitt Quirk has his tringo 2 board setup at way2play.com island. They have game events every day with different hosts. Most of the time the winner of the previous game picks the block set to play in the next game. Which brings in another reason to try to win so you can pick your favorite set. I’ve played all the block sets except for star. Some are easy and others are very challenging.
On April 1st it will be available to buy for anyone and should be seeing it throughout the world. At this time it’s only exclusive to the way2play island. The more people who play and find bugs the more stable the game will become. Kermitt will also listen to suggestions and problems so he can make it better. The one thing I want is some sound especially at the beginning of the game so I know when it starts. I sometimes miss it and too late to get a good score. Buyers may buy the classic tringo 1.2 game from this island and receive tringo 2 for free when it is available!
They have also released the pc downloadable version of the classic tringo game. You can either go to the island and click on the ads all over the place or go to their website here. The free trial version can be played for 45 minutes and then you must buy the full version. If you like the game that much then this is a good way of playing better! You will also find t-shirts you can buy on the island for $25L!