Percentile Rank

Tetris Effect is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 74 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

89

Top Critic Average

95%

Critics Recommend

Based on 74 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 9, 2018

But Tetris Effect isn't simply a game about pattern optimization and reflex-based puzzle solving. It excels at being an experience, one that I will argue is best played on its easiest difficulty level to enjoy untainted by the bitter taste of a “game over.” I enjoy the challenge of perfecting a run, but Tetris Effect resonates more deeply than its high score-oriented roots.

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Eurogamer
Essential
Essential
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris gets the Tetsuya Mizuguchi makeover, to dazzling effect.

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Scored Reviews

Giant Bomb
Nov 14, 2018

Solid Tetris and the unique visual style of Tetsuya Mizuguchi fit together like two L blocks.

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Fandom
5 / 5.0
Fandom

Top Critic

5 / 5.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect, much like the psychological phenomenon the game takes its name from, is about finding order in things, and taking back control.

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CGMagazine
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2018

Tetris Effect combines the simplicity of Tetris with an evocative and awe-inspiring mixture of music and visuals to create an experience unlike any other.

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ThisGenGaming
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2018

It’s a beautiful marriage of visuals, audio, and gameplay the likes of which is rare and easily one of the best games of 2018. You absolutely should experience the Tetris Effect.

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Nexus
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2018

Tetris Effect is Tetsuya Mizuguchi's masterpiece; a striking blend of Tetris, psychedelic visuals and a terrific soundtrack that elevates this unassuming title into classic territory already.

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PlayStation Universe
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

One of the greatest games ever made returns and finds a perfect evolution in Tetris Effect. The result is a timeless take on that best puzzler ever, and one that gives PS4 owners a true Game of the Generation candidate. This truly is Tetris 2.0.

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Twinfinite
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Nov 9, 2018

Whether you're playing in VR or not, Tetris Effect is an incredible achievement. The familiar gameplay, stunning visuals, and beautiful music all come together to evoke a variety of different emotions. For a couple of minutes, you're captured by what's happening around you and it's magical. It's a near perfect puzzle game, but it's even closer to perfection in VR.

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FingerGuns
10 / 10
10 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

Resonair and Monstars have reinvented something I didn’t think could be reinvented. They have created as much an experience as they have a game.

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TheSixthAxis
10 / 10
10 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

At times spiritual, transcendental and zen-like, at others excruciating, heart-poundingly tense and eye-wateringly immersive, Tetris Effect is game of the year material and essential on PlayStation VR.

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SavePoint
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

The greatest strenght in Tetris Effect is that it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. Instead, it uses all powers available to reinforce the game's effect on the mind

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TrustedReviews
Nov 9, 2018

Beautiful, hypnotic and frequently surprising, Tetris Effect is a bravura reinvention of a classic game that deserves to be recognised as a series peak. The odd difficulty spike aside, there's little to fault in what is undoubtedly one of 2018's very best games.

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WellPlayed
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2018

Tetris Effect marries the old with the new and sets a new standard for a bonafide masterpiece

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Handsome Phantom
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect is a masterpiece. Tetsuya Mizuguchi took a tried and true classic and reinvented the entire experience around it, taking a game about falling blocks and making it an emotional journey.

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GamesBeat
95 / 100
95 / 100
Nov 9, 2018

Score: 95/100

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Some people will be disappointed by the lack of competitive modes, and that's fair enough, but don't let their omission bring you down too much. Tetris Effect isn't intended to be a heated head-to-head sort of game. It's more sentimental. Whether you've loved Tetris since the '80s or you've never quite meshed with its status as an all-time classic, you should be able to find something to latch onto here. Seasoned players can tweak the settings just the way they like and tone down the visuals. Newcomers can crank up the extravagant effects and relish the whimsical atmosphere. Everyone wins.

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GamePitt
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect is a combination of brilliant dynamic music, spectacular visuals, and solid Tetris gameplay, all rolled into one must-have package. Not only will you be treating yourself to a great version of Tetris, but you’ll also be giving your eyes and ears a gift they’ll never forget. On top of the 1-2 hour ‘story mode’, you can also try out fifteen set modes/playstyles as well as participate in weekly challenges. There’s a lot of content and fans of the classic game will simply love what the developers have done with the license this time around.

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Pardis Game
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2019

Tetris Effect is a combination of the perfect Tetris core gameplay with the best kind of interactive sound design, music, and effects that even when you're not playing the game, the pleasant feeling of it will stay with you

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Digital Chumps
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect is a euphoric balance of intensity and serenity. Rarely do games manage either with stability, let alone perform both in concert. Tetris Effect's audio and visual assault is as powerful as its score-chasing quest for order and perfection, leaving the player overwhelmed with raw optimism and kaleidoscopic emotion. Tetris never required a sequel, but it now feels inseparable from Tetris Effect's compliment.

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COGconnected
95 / 100
95 / 100
Nov 12, 2018

Tetris Effect, similar to Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo Sport, is designed with the improvement of the player’s skill at its heart.

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Geeks Under Grace
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2018

Tetris Effect proves an old dog can do new tricks. The classic puzzle franchise is as alive as ever, offering a top-tier puzzle experience for everywhere, whether looking for a focused challenge or serene way to unwind.

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Electric Bento
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2018

Timeless gameplay and new music make Tetris Effect quite worthwhile in my eyes. For those with access to PSVR, the immersive visuals make it an easy recommendation.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect is a wonderful take on a game that has been around for as long as I have. For a series that’s 34-years old, it’s amazing to see how it can still find a way to reinvent itself whilst still remaining true to its roots. The majestic visuals and emotive soundtrack allows you to get swept away in its beauty, freeing yourself of worry and allowing you to enjoy such a pure and addictive game.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2018

Tetris Effect is the most optimistic game of the year. Plus, nobody saw it coming. It shouldn't be possible to say this, but this is the best Tetris has been in decades.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

9 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

A masterful reimagining of Tetris that changes little about the core gameplay but still manages to create one of the most immersive video games ever.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect is a visual and auditory treat that bombards your senses with exploding colours and punchy electronic songs. But it's real triumph is combining this with the delicate nature of Tetris, retaining the precise gameplay while also marrying it effectively with the beat of a drum. Tetris Effect is meditative, exciting and incredibly difficult to put down.

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bemanistyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect is the puzzle game Mizuguchi has been wanting to make for almost fifteen years. Though not the most robust Tetris experience, the game is a feast for the eyes, ears, and the soul.

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Saudi Gamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

Classic Tetris with the audio/visual touches we're used to from Lumines developer Mizuguchi. The lack of versus mode is a tiny blemish on a game about challenging yourself and your friends' high scores. Tetris in its most gorgeous form.

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GameSpew
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2018

Tetris Effect keeps you on your toes throughout, and it’s all the better for it.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect takes you on an emotional rollercoaster through oceans and to other worlds. While its striking audiovisual achievements sing on a standard screen, virtual reality elevates the experience to euphoric new levels. And yet, for all the chatter of spiritual awakenings, there's a damn good game of Tetris here, bursting with inventive modes and beautiful visuals which will keep you hooked for potentially hundreds of hours.

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IGN Italy
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Colors, sounds, vibrations and that unforgettable gameplay: Tetris Effect is one of the most impressive Tetris game to date.

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DarkZero
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 20, 2018

No two ways about it, Tetris Effect is a masterpiece, the kind of visually and audibly resplendence that one could immediately point towards the next critic who poses the age-old annoying question of whether videogames are “art”. It also makes for the best VR experience on the PSVR since Resident Evil 7, and is an absolute must-have with or without the extra hardware.

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Most of us have had intense moments with Tetris, but Tetris Effect's masterful musical accompaniment makes it emotionally resonant as well

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Digitally Downloaded
Nov 10, 2018

This is a deeply immersive, elegant, intelligent take on Tetris, and the best example of it since the original on Game Boy, all that time ago

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect isn't just Tetris as you remember it. It's a completely new experience that's meditative at times and wholly engulfing in others. Whether you like it challenging or enrapturing, Tetris Effect will appeal to the fan in you.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
DualShockers
Max Roberts

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2018

We may all be different, speak different languages, have different educations, but we all have Tetris. Seven small blocks called tetrominoes that make lines. It's so pure in execution, people sometimes call it Tetris when they stack their groceries perfectly in their trunk. Tetris is a great equalizer. I think that is Tetris Effect's greatest accomplishment. Showing me that anyone can play, just like my grandmother did all those years ago. She would have loved it, just like I do.

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 21, 2018

Tetris is like an old shoe, it's comfortable and familiar. It's hard to believe that three decades on, Tetris is still making the splash it is. It's an evergreen sensation that constantly renews itself and its latest iteration, Tetris Effect might be its euphoric best. Were this rock and roll, Tetris would be held in as high esteem as The Beatles and this particular game would be its 'Revolver'.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2018

Tetris Effect is a dazzling display of all aspects of gaming coming together for a singular experience. It's also a fully featured edition of the best puzzle game of all time. Overall, that's a pretty good combo.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect is a great take on a classic formula. The immersive visuals and music add a new layer that Tetris fans didn't even know we needed.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

This is the update to Tetris no one knew they needed, but now that we have it, it is impossible to imagine stepping back.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect transforms the classic puzzle game through the power of music. It's hard to put down, and even harder to stop thinking about.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect is a musical puzzle game instant hit, a must have for anyone interested in this genre. Unlike so many versions of Tetris before him, it really transforms the formula to make a superb musical trip, and even some kind of sensory journey, able to get you into a second state. Its full compatibility with the PlayStation VR can also bring a higher degree of immersion and you should also try it this way. Apart from the surprising lack of a 2-player mode, we can't see anything wrong with Tetris Effect.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

The almost perfect marriage of elegant game design, evocative audio, and stunning visuals delivers a gaming experience far richer and affecting than I could have possibly imagined. It's not without a few flaws, but they are easily forgotten almost as soon as they have passed.

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PCMag
Dec 4, 2018

Tetris Effect is a beautiful, enthralling experience for PS4 that combines the perfect simplicity of Tetris with the stunning and hypnotic visual and audio design of Lumines.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Dec 2, 2018

Tetris Effect is the most amazing Tetris version of all available on the market, which, with its stunning graphics, various difficulty levels and the perfect combination of music, effects and surroundings, lacks only a multiplayer mode.

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We Got This Covered
Nov 15, 2018

Tetris Effect is a fantastic culmination of every modern nicety the titles have been known for, save for a disappointing lack of multiplayer.  A simple puzzle game which turns out to be a triumphant exploration of human culture and progress.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 14, 2018

Not since the days of the original PlayStation or Game Boy has Tetris proven with such ferocity that it remains as enjoyable yet aesthetically-dexterous as it's proven so many a time.

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Everyeye.it
9 / 10
Everyeye.it

Top Critic

9 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect, very simply, is the best Tetris ever.

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GamePro
89 / 100
89 / 100
Nov 16, 2018

An audiovisual treat. Not only, but especially with PSVR the best Tetris experience you can buy.

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Hobby Consolas
89 / 100
89 / 100
Nov 9, 2018

Some games have a personal feeling, and that's the case of Tetris Effect. If you loved the aesthetics, sound and gameplay similarities that Rez and Lumines shared (like every action has a sound effect that impacts the soundtrack), then Tetris Effect it's for you. An original and refreshing way to renew a mith that keeps entertaining big time.

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Atomix
88 / 100
88 / 100
Nov 26, 2018

Tetris Effect is one of the most impressive VR experiences that you can have. Tetris Effect is the evolution of the most iconic videogame of all time.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2018

I really, really enjoyed Tetris Effect. The modes are engaging, the presentation has a life of its own and is certainly the best the series has ever looked and sounded and the variety of modes and options while coupled with the new Zone mechanic offer some new wrinkles with plenty of replay value.

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IGN Spain
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Not just another Tetris game, but a modern classic that makes the old game even funnier and much more synesthesic.

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GameCrate
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

This is the first solo Tetris game in a long time that truly brings something new to the formula. If you are a Tetris fan, then you owe it to yourself to give Tetris Effect a chance.

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PSX Brasil
88 / 100
88 / 100
Nov 13, 2018

From jumping dolphins to indians and balloons; from house/techno and dubstep to jazz, Tetris Effect promises an immersive and intuitive experience. If you didn't like the old Tetris, now you've got every reason to rediscover this video game classic. It's beyond recommended to play with a good sound system or headphone. "Until the next trip!"

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Worth Playing
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect checks all the boxes, and if you're into music and puzzle games that are as challenging as they are meditative, look no further. Tetris Effect is truly the best version of Tetris I've ever played, but at the same time, it is "just Tetris." It pushes the gameplay into interesting directions without actually changing any significant part of the core gameplay, and that's the beauty of it. The toughest sell may be the $40 price tag, but Tetris Effect showcases quality work with high production value, and that justifies a price tag above what we'd usually consider to be acceptable for a Tetris game.

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The Games Machine
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2018

Not only do we have a new Tetris, but finally we find a version of this eternal classic with a single player campaign, whose narrative is entirely entrusted to the audio-visual mix that combines perfectly to create moments in which the multi-sensorial experience elaborated by our brain joins the logical work necessary to complete the levels. The only real flaw of Tetris Effect is the absence of multiplayer.

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IGN
8.5 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect turns the game you know into something you've likely never experienced.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect does incredible things with Tetris. The ambiance is unbelievable, and the array of modes make the puzzle game perfect for people whether they want an ordinary experience, something low key, or maybe one of the most brutal challenges like the unimaginably fast Classic Master mode. But, there are times when the atmosphere can get too distracting or overwhelming. It also is not for someone hoping for any sort of competitive affair, which is more of an advisory than an actual knock against it. Tetris Effect is a sort of instantly timeless puzzle game that is good about delivering the exact sort of single-player trial you need, when you need it.

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GearNuke
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2018

Tetris Effect is fascinating particles and effects showcase on regular displays, but playing in VR elevates it to a spectacle that every PSVR owner should experience.

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Gamersky
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2018

Tetris Effect is a well-designed new generation Tetris game with gorgeous visuals. It would be even greater if include any multiplayer features.

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OnlySP
Nov 19, 2018

Unlike many 'Optional VR' games, Tetris Effect thrives in VR, and a PlayStation VR headset is by far the best way of experiencing this game. Tetris Effect is a very polished, absorbing, and beautiful experience, and well worth checking out for anybody who has a PlayStation 4, especially if they also have a PSVR headset.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
Spaziogames
Dark Nightmare

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2018

Tetris Effect is still the same old puzzle game, but its renewed presentation will appeal new and old players alike.

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USgamer
Nov 9, 2018

Sometimes Tetris Effect dances into the profound: wherein the music, the visuals, and the act of playing Tetris can make you—dare I say it—emotional. Then there's the other side of Tetris Effect, the tedium with instant-fast speeds and hard-to-discern tetrominos in more than just a few levels. Tetris Effect is at its best when it's just normal Tetris, with no strange shapes for blocks; with just the music and visuals to help you drift away as you fall into a flow. In PlayStation VR, that effect is only leveraged, making it a must-own game for the virtual reality platform.

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Screen Rant
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris returns, with its signature gameplay foundation bolstered by a beautifully psychedelic presentation.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2018

Cult puzzle classic just got refreshed with this psychedelic trip that deserves your attention.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2018

Tetris Effect is a beautiful journey to the rhythm of blocks falling that provides the ultimate means of escapism.

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IGN Middle East
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2018

Fresh music makes this experience really enjoyable.

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Video Chums
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Although the complete lack of multiplayer is a significant missed opportunity, challenging the various modes that Tetris Effect has to offer is an absolute joy.

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TrueGaming
7.5 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2018

Tetris Effect is as immersive as you expect from a new Tetsuya Mizuguchi game. it is a great mix of color, sound, and emotion. however, the simplicity of the core game and the lack of multiplayer options are holding this game back.

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SA Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2018

It's not easy to improve a game that's just about perfect and Tetris Effect is proof that the formula doesn't need much tweaking. It looks and sounds incredible, but don't expect this euphoria to last you a long time. Unless you love playing for a high score via leaderboards, the effect will wear off before you know it.

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Slant Magazine
Nov 9, 2018

Mizuguchi has made strong, confident choices with his approach to Tetris, the Zone ability most prominent among them, but he’s done so uncompromisingly. And that’s an effect that’s as likely to leave tetrominos burned into your retinas as it is to simply leave you feeling cold and alone.

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Game Revolution
Nov 9, 2018

those areas where Tetris Effect drops the ball doesn’t completely negate how good the classic puzzler still is at dropping blocks.

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