Tetris Effect: Overview

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Topical for platform: PS4

Doctors, psychologists and researchers from all over the planet have been reporting on the usefulness of Tetris for many years. In two thousand nine years, it was confirmed that this game increases the performance of the brain. Later it turned out that with its help it is possible to overcome post-traumatic syndrome. And not so long since Tetris dubbed a good remedy for feelings of anxiety and a state of excitement.

Moreover, the version at which the speed of the figures increases with the elimination of the lines turned out to be more effective than the ordinary one — it seems to be silently praising the player, throwing him more and more difficult tests and allowing him to escape from the real life for a while.


All this is probably true for Tetris effect, New project of the Japanese studio Resonair and Tetsui Mizuguchi (Tetsuya Mizuguchi), creator REZ and Lumines. At the heart of this game is the most common Tetris with a "glass" of ten to 20, familiar figures, washable lines and other familiar elements. But it is not played at all like the ancient version for NES or a pocket black and white device.

This is a truly modern look at the classic game, which gives unexpected emotions and surprises more and more every minute.

The main mode is not just called Journey — this is a journey through different worlds and epochs, divided into three dozen levels. The player enters into the desert with camels walking along the sand, into space with flying artificial satellites, at festivals and into the cities. It is necessary to descend to the bottom of the ocean, where some living creature swims, and later — to ride on the water in the company of several dolphins.

Each level is different from the previous one, and it is always interesting where you will be sent next time. The design of the figures changes with the environment: in the snow-covered location they will be white, and in one of the zones they will turn into details of the mechanisms.

And all this would not be a significant advantage. Tetris effect, if the gameplay and the visual component were not so closely connected with the music. The soundtrack here is truly phenomenal — it combines both progressive trance, house, vocal tracks, and various “exotic”.

At some point, the player will be at the foot of a volcano, and the composition sounding in this episode will resemble the music of tribal peoples playing the djembe. The player will have to beat the drum, because it is he who makes extra sounds when he turns the figure in any direction. Thanks to this, all the tracks are much more alive than when listening separately from the game.

Even the delightful compositions from the first and last trailers sound different and even cooler.Tetris Effect game reviewFinally, the stick arrived! All levels can be divided into three equal parts, and in each of them the composition somehow changes.

Additional instruments appear, vocals turn on, music speeds up — when you first pass, you never know what will happen. In most cases, this also affects the speed of falling figures — it can increase by two or even three times without warning. But it is easy to predict — it is enough to divide the number of lanes that are asked to erase for passing by three. And their number depends on the chosen level of complexity — I sometimes had problems even on an average, and with the final level I spent about an hour at all.

For experts, there is always a high complexity, and for those who want to rest, it is low.


The good thing about all this is how the environment reacts to the destruction of the lines. Dolphins jump out of the water, the flames flare up, the horses running around the glass with figurines start moving faster — all zones are given so much attention that it is even offensive to miss such effects, staring at the sticks and squares falling at great speed. But it's still hard not to admire the ingenuity of the developers who invented so many unique situations. I tested the regular version without a VR helmet, and even so Tetris effect constantly impressed.

It is terrible (in a good way) to imagine how all this looks in virtual reality.

This version of Tetris has retained all the innovations that have appeared in similar projects in recent years, including the ability to rotate the figure even after it touches the bottom of the glass or the design. You can also put a figure aside for later — for example, if you don’t need a regular stick now, but it will probably come in handy later.

A new mechanic has been added, called the Zone. Filling the scale for the destruction of lines, at any time you can stop time for a few seconds. This is used in two cases: either to escape from an unpleasant situation and rectify the situation until the glass is filled to the brim, or to fill thousands of bonus points. The lines destroyed in the “zone” do not go to the general credit, so this mechanic is extremely useful for obtaining the highest score.

Without it, the final score will be low — it does not affect anything, but I still want to achieve a better result.Tetris Effect game reviewThe trophy, which is given for a coup of glass, has a great name. Push ({})Tetris effect never annoying, not annoying when passing the same levels. She always remains a meditative arcade with fantastic music and beautiful design.

How your every movement affects the composition and effects on the screen in your headphones is literally hypnotizing. Despite the fact that the game is not much different in terms of a mechanic from its predecessors, otherwise it is superior to them.

And if at first you just sit down to play a new Tetris, being skeptical and not expecting anything unusual, then after a few minutes you fully immerse yourself in the process and do not want to be distracted. From some levels goosebumps run over the skin, others are just atmospheric. The second zone against the background of the first one looks and sounds weak, but that's okay — even in the best music albums there are usually one or two unsuccessful compositions.

In the third zone, the game again rapidly accelerates, and in the fourth and after it, emotions beat over the edge.


However, Journey mode is far from the only thing that offers Tetris effect. In the menu you can find a lot of additional modes with entertainment for every taste. Countdown, for example, is ideal for those who are tired of waiting for sticks to clean the lines — here these figures from time to time fall vertically just like that, warning in advance about their appearance.

In Purify, the player immediately gets at his disposal a half-filled glass, where part of the squares are infected. It is necessary to destroy the lines with these squares in order to make room in anticipation of the next infection, which will be larger than the previous one.Tetris Effect game reviewInfected squares will soon become even more — it is desirable to erase them quickly.

The Mystery mode is also interesting, where random effects are periodically turned on. Within a few seconds after the start, either the glass will turn over, or the player will suddenly begin to give out the same figures, or the resulting construction will somehow change — if you hold out for a long time, the usual blocks will be replaced by gold, giving more points. There are also modes with the similarity of puzzles, like those that were in Lumines.

It is necessary either to destroy a certain square as soon as possible by folding the figures around it, or to achieve complete purification of the glass in a few steps.

For those who want to simply play standard tetris, there are also corresponding modes — both the regular version, in which it is impossible to lose, and the accelerated one, where the figures do not fall from above, but immediately appear at the bottom of the screen. Sprint is launched next to them, requiring forty lines to be cleaned up as soon as possible, and several thematic playlists on water, air and travel. At first, the eyes diverge, but after becoming acquainted with all these entertainments you find your favorite ones and try to get the highest rank possible in them.

Which, by the way, is more complicated than in Journey, — outside of it, Zone is not filled and not used at all.

Sooner or later, you still have to try all the modes — at the weekend in Tetris effect A so-called weekly ritual is launched, when the whole community needs to earn a certain amount of points. For achieving the goal, they will be given a special avatar, which the player can put on himself and watch as a dolphin or other creature as he flies around the Earth along with the other participants. It all looks terribly beautiful, especially when the stars in the sky sparkle in time with the music, which is also allowed to switch at any time.Tetris Effect game review“Gif” the beauty of such moments cannot be conveyed due to the absence of sounds. *** In the middle of the Journey mode, I found myself at a kind of open-air music festival. It all started very slowly: electronic music sounded, the audience shouted something, and when the figures were turned every time a short voice sample was switched on — this effect is often used by DJs.

After several erased lines, the music began to accelerate, the audience screamed even louder, the figures collapsed to the bottom of the glass at an unexpectedly high speed, and on the sides fireworks exploded beautifully. It was such a stunning episode that the final score became apparent even then, long before I thoroughly studied all the other modes. A wonderful, amazing game that you have missed in vain, thinking that this is just another stupid tetris.

Pros: familiar gameplay is closely related to visual design and music; phenomenal soundtrack; amazingly beautiful effects even without a VR helmet; a huge variety of additional modes; grades and weekly rituals are pushing to replay.

Minuses: not the most successful second zone; no quick restart button level.

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