If you’ve ever played a Tetsuya Mizuguchi game like Lumines or Rez, you’ll know what happens when you combine a great puzzle game with musical elements. Tetris Effect is Mizuguchi’s take on Tetris – a mind-bending experience that tries to immerse you in fully three-dimensional worlds that are shaped based on how you play. This might sound crazy to people who haven’t seen the game before, which is exactly why you need to check it out.
The name Tetris Effect comes from “a real-world phenomenon where players’ brains are so engrossed that images of the iconic falling Tetrimino blocks (i.e. the Tetris playing pieces) linger in their vision, thoughts, and even dreams.” When you clear a line in Tetris Effect, the backgrounds react by shimmering. Clearing four lines will result in a much bigger reaction, causing an explosion of effects on your screen. This experience is then amplified even further with the Zone mechanic that allows players to slow down time if they find themselves in a tough spot. Upon entering the Zone, skilled Tetris players can use this opportunity to clear more than four lines, granting a huge bonus to your score.
Experience Tetris like never before
There are over thirty unique stages to experience: taking you through the depths of the ocean, the seemingly endless stretches of the desert, and all the way to outer space where you can see astronauts on the moon. Again, all you are doing gameplay-wise is playing Tetris, but you are taken on this sightseeing journey the entire time. After you complete the game’s Journey Mode, you have the option of playing traditional Tetris modes like Marathon, Sprint and Ultra if you want to play the game normally. These modes also feature Tetris Effect’s crazy effects, though you can tone down all of the explosions in the settings menu, if necessary.
Though Tetris Effect has been available on PlayStation 4 since November 2018, it has only just been released on PC this week. As of right now, you can only purchase the game on the Epic Game Store as it is a timed exclusive. Unlike the PlayStation 4 version of the game, Tetris Effect on PC boasts a wide variety of features that are not possible on consoles. In addition to the unlocked resolution and uncapped frame rate, players have the option of playing on super high-resolution displays (4K and beyond) as well as having support for ultrawide monitors. The developers have also increased the texture and particle effect options for players with powerful computers. To top it off, on PC you have the choice of playing the game on any VR headset you can get your hands on. From our experience, the game looks and runs perfectly on the HTC Vive.
Tetris Effect is a must-play title for anyone that considers themselves even a minor fan of the Tetris series. Whether you first played Tetris on the Gameboy or you have battled your way through the gauntlet in Tetris 99 on the Nintendo Switch, we can safely say you have never played a Tetris game like this before. The game does its best to immerse you in the experience in an effort to put the player in an almost tranquil state. You don’t feel the pressure of having to clear Tetriminos as they fall, you simply feel relaxed as you journey through all of the different stages.