Percentile Rank

Tetris 99 is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 27 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

92%

Critics Recommend

Based on 27 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Nintendojo
A-
A-
Sep 10, 2019

This is brilliant game design that deserves the acclaim that has been lavished on it up to this point.

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GameOctane
A-
A-
Mar 4, 2019

This game is an interesting take on the same old Tetris action. It's a great bonus if you already have Nintendo's service, and it's worth at least the price of a month of the service to try out. I would highly recommend it.

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NintendoWorldReport
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 23, 2019

The feature set is sadly lacking, but data miners that dug deep into the game's code found evidence of new modes - team play and a traditional marathon mode - waiting to be added in the future. We'll likely revisit Tetris 99 sometime later when these features get added, but for now I'd still recommend downloading it and giving it a try. “Free” is a pretty tough price to beat, and given how many hours I've already sunk into the world's weirdest battle royale, I can still say there's a lot of fun to be had in what little Tetris 99 has to offer.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 21, 2019

I dig what Tetris 99 is trying to do, but it’s not my first choice. Maybe on the next drop.

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Scored Reviews

Daily Mirror
Feb 21, 2019

Tetris is a pretty singular experience by itself and turning it into a massive multiplayer experience is such an intense joy that it’s hard to understand why no one has done something quite like this before.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 15, 2019

The complete oddball of the family, Tetris 99 offers a truly unique way to play the tried-and-tested classic, even if the overall package feels a little lightweight. Playing live against 98 others is chaotic, and the action feels fast, precise, and wonderfully addictive. It's seriously difficult, too – we'd fancy our chances in Fortnite over this any day – and we're impressed with the fact that it's forced us to play the game with a completely different approach to our usual slow-and-steady ways. Signing up for Nintendo Switch Online just to play this game might be a bit of a stretch, but if you're already a member, what are you waiting for? It's free, and it might just become your next favourite time sink.

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Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
Pure Nintendo
D. Crowley

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

Tetris 99 takes the fun of Vs. Tetris to the extreme with amazing results. A must-have game!

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 9, 2019

If you're after a royale-y good time you should look much farther than Tetris 99.

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Switch Player
Mar 5, 2019

A brutally singular and unexpectedly brilliant subversion of what you know about Tetris and battle royale, if you’re a Switch Online subscriber, you absolutely need to download it.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2019

Tetris 99 is a game absolutely worth enjoying, and at the low price of absolutely nothing, there is little reason not to give it a download.

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IGN Spain
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2019

An eternal classic with a twist that makes it new again. This is the way to renew a franchise, well played Tetris.

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Nintendo Times
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2019

GREAT - Leave it to Nintendo to think of a new way to bring Battle Royale to the masses. Tetris 99 is a perfect mix of approachable gameplay and highly competitive stakes. The game is highly addicting, instantly fun, and a perfect fit for the Switch. The experience is limited with only one game mode, but even so expect to lose hours of your life to it.

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IGN
8.5 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2019

A riveting take on an all-time classic, Tetris 99 is wondrous pandemonium in a (battle royale) bottle.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2019

Tetris 99 delivers a fun and intense experience while taking inspiration from gaming's most popular multiplayer trend

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 19, 2019

Tetris and battle royale turn out to be a perfect match with probably the best multiplayer version of the game ever made.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 18, 2019

As a competitive and quite frantic game, Tetris 99 is the exact opposite of Tetris Effect. And it's a very good game too. It's not the kind of experience you play to feel more peaceful. When you engage in the only available mode, you want to be the last survivor. And if you're not, you go for another shot. And another. It can last forever because Tetris 99 is just so addictive.

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GotGame
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2019

Tetris 99 had a clear focus to provide a simple multiplayer Tetris experience that, despite its simplicity, works extremely well.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2019

Tetris 99 improves an already near-perfect game and proves that battle royale can transcend genres, but it is held back by Nintendo Switch Online.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2019

Tetris 99 is what you get when you take the only perfect video game ever made and make it reflect the inner violence of the human soul

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Telegraph
Feb 24, 2019

There is a train of thought that Tetris is, was and forever will be the finest piece of game design the world has ever seen.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 20, 2019

Barebones though it may be, Tetris 99 delivers a consistently thrilling taste of competitive Tetris.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2019

Tetris 99 is a convincing mix of the classic Tetris formula and battle royale mechanics.

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Fintendo
Mar 5, 2019

"Royal rumble from the east."

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2019

Barebones and no-frills it may be, but Tetris 99 is the best playing Tetris game in years and ultimately well worth downloading if you're a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

8 / 10
May 22, 2019

This is what Nintendo need to keep on doing to ensure subscription to Nintendo Switch Online stays worthwhile, however, this is just Tetris with a very addictive online element, and can quickly wane once the initial honeymoon period is over. Those who really enjoy basic Tetris will be right at home with this iteration. It is fast, frantic and somewhat unpredictable gameplay is what makes it so addictive in the first place - for others, the repetition might kick in after some time.

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Hobby Consolas
70 / 100
70 / 100
May 14, 2019

Big Block DLC adds two new modes to Tetris 99, which allows us to play either battle royale or marathon offline. But we still miss some more options and game modes.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Feb 20, 2019

Tetris 99 is highly addictive, simple, and fun. It brings that modern Tetris competition to the online stage in a big way but the lack of game modes and new features really hurt this from being more than just a good game.

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