@Mr_Mustache You get more points if you clear more lines at one time, so you should be shooting for a Tetris and nothing else. Also, you get more points at higher levels; if you start the game at lvl 9 instead of lvl 1, you can get a much higher score.
I think it's just your personal tastes. I mean, I certainly didn't "grow up" with Pokémon - I didn't get into that series until my 2nd year of college. The games are just fun to play with your friends....
.....wait. Wait. Wait just a darn minute! Duh, this is so obvious! I can't believe I never realized this before! I know why you haven't gotten into the franchise - you never played the games with your friends! Pfft, no wonder you don't "get it!" Pokémon is a social game, and is only mildly entertaining as a single-player experience. (at least IMO, in comparison to the multiplayer stuff)
Yeah, no...this series is about talking to people - real people. Engaging them in battling and trading monsters, building the right team that can stand up to any challenge, catching the rare monsters to show off to others...THAT is where the appeal is. You need to experience this with friends, have rival battles, stuff like that. It's really invigorating!
Also I gotta note - I had thought I had seen the last of the "I'm told old for [insert_game_here]" statements from gamers. Especially here on Negative World, which is full of Nintendo fans. Yet, here we are.
I've never played any of the pokemon games, just like I've never played Animal Xing. Like, I am wanting to try the 3ds AC, but I am afraid I may not enjoy it, esp after reading what you mentioned about some games being better mutiplayer. I don't know any othet 48 year olds that play pokemon or animal crossing. (sad_face).
Anyways, on topic...I used to play the hell out of tetris on the nes. Though, I have no idea what level I was on or what my score might have been.