Tetris Effect



I recently picked up a copy of the newly released Tetris Effect for PS4. It’s easily the best version of Tetris I’ve played, the same classic gameplay (which has already, essentially, been perfected, so didn’t need to change), combined with the rhythm based effects that the Rez team are known for. Backgrounds and music change based on what you do in the Tetris game, for example completing a row on the moon level will make moondust bounce up a little, while getting a Tetris (four rows) will make it bounce higher.

There’s a Journey mode which takes you through every “background” which takes around two hours to complete, along with various other modes that provide different challenges based on the Tetris formula. Completing each stage gives you rank, so there’s a fair amount of replay value if you want to try and get the best rank on every stage.

Although Tetris has been released on other platforms, I hadn’t until now bought a copy (unless you count the old brick game I once owned). There’s a version of Tetris on Steam, but I was put off by the UPlay DRM - Tetris is the kind of game you want to get running quickly without issues. For Tetris Effect I bought a digital version, since it’s a good game to play a quick session of after a longer session of a disc game without having to get up. Admittedly Tetris Effect comes at a steep price for what is essentially “just” Tetris, so maybe wait for a sale if you’re not really into the game (I am), but I also think it would be worth it in the long run if you play a lot of shorter sessions. It also might help justify the purchase of a PSVR if you have one (I have been playing without). My hope is that this is a timed exclusive like Rez Infinite was, and we’ll eventually see Tetris Effect on PC, Switch, and other platforms.


I was relatively interested in this, but am waiting for a PC release so I can play it in VR using my Oculus. I really like some of the music. And apparently, some of the creators of Rez made helped make this?


Yeah it’s the same studio as Rez. Apparently they’ve wanted to do a Tetris game for a while but just recently got a chance to work with the IP.