Tetris – 10 Games To Play If You Like Tetris Effect: Connected
Tetris Effect: Connected is the latest version of the classic puzzling series which originally debuted in 1984. It was released to wide acclaim, particularly because of its innovations to what is at its core a fairly unchanged concept.
Tetris Effect: Connected is a great game, but eventually, players might fancy something a little different. With that said, here are some recommendations for players who love Tetris Effect, but want to see what other puzzle games are on the market.
10 Lumines Remastered
Lumines was released all the way back in 2004, but even today its addictive hybrid of rhythm-based puzzling remains a great spin on the Tetris formula. All of the included soundtracks are fantastic, and the updated visual effects add a great deal of satisfaction to every successful play.
Over 40 skins are included in this remaster, and the newly included shuffle mode allows players to constantly rotate through them all. Lumines appears complex at first, but it quickly clicks, and when it does it’s hard to get over that addictive feeling of having just one more go before bed.
9 Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
As the name would suggest, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 offers both Puyo Puyo and Tetris. The story mode is surprisingly deep, although the core of the appeal of the game comes through its numerous competitive online modes. The new skill battles are a welcome addition as well, bringing with it some RPG-like elements.
One of the game’s early DLC packs added Sonic as a playable character, and a whole host of classic Sega characters are also available. Puyo Puyo is rarely seen in the West, but it is a great alternative to classic Tetris and this package is the best way to experience it.
8 Tetris 99
When Nintendo announced that Tetris was going to be getting a Battle Royale, not many people believed it would actually be a good game. Tetris 99 somehow managed to take this bizarre concept, and turn it into one of the best non-FPS battle royale games on the market.
The gameplay is the standard Tetris line building of older games, except every row you complete is then sent to one of the other 98 players in the lobby. Success in Tetris 99 requires a great deal of skill and luck, but each victory is equally as satisfying as the last.
7 Treasure Stack
It may have a similar presentation style to Tetris, but Treasure Stack has a distinctly unique gameplay hook. Rather than simply guiding where the blocks go, players instead control a miniature hero who has to grab, drag and throw blocks around. Basically, it’s Tetris but mixed with a platforming system that also provides the player with a grapple to move around with.
It’s a fairly barebones experience, but it does include both local and online multiplayer. It’s cross-platform as well and has a few different modes to try out. Plus ranking up in said multiplayer modes allows players to unlock a host of different skins, no microtransactions here!
6 Tricky Towers
Tricky Towers is all about who can build the biggest tower, whilst also stopping other players from crossing the finish line first. Blocks drop from the sky like in Tetris, but instead of clearing rows, players have to strategically place the falling blocks on their ever-growing tower ensuring it doesn’t fall over.
There is a good selection of modes on offer too, with the basic race mode being the main attraction but survival and puzzle are also good enough to stand up on their own. It’s a real blast in local multiplayer with a room full of friends and is worth it for this experience by itself, let alone the online multiplayer offerings too.
5 Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe
Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe blends tile-match puzzle gameplay, with side-scrolling brawling with brilliant results. Players are tasked with taking down monsters and then using their parts to produce tasty dishes in a match-three cooking game show.
Over the course of its six chapters, game mechanics are constantly changing and new types of combat and puzzles are added. The narrative is surprisingly deep for a puzzle game, and rewards players for sticking around till the credits.
4 Sushi Striker: The Way Of Sushido
Sushi Striker’s main gameplay loop revolves around sushi-themed battles, involving matching sushi types and plate colors to unleash sushi attacks on opponents. The main campaign offers around 15 hours of gameplay, with the main sushi battle becoming quickly addictive.
Sushi Striker arrived to little fanfare when it initially launched, but it’s remained a solid puzzle game on the Nintendo Switch, especially considering how inexpensive it is to buy nowadays.
3 Baba Is You
Baba is You is arguably one of the most interesting puzzle games ever released. Created by Arvi Teikari, the game literally mixes its rules into the actual levels. The way to progress is to move around the words available to create new rules.
Later on, it can become incredibly hard, but every completion is an immensely pleasing process, and it keeps things interesting even 30 or 40 hours in. It has a level creator too, so there are always new puzzles to conquer.
2 The Witness
The Witness puts players into a wide-open world, with over 500 puzzles to discover and solve. Each puzzle introduces unique mechanics to the player, and no two puzzles are alike throughout a playthrough.
The Witness incorporates its environments into puzzle-solving at times, with factors such as tree formations or reflections serving as hints for many of the game’s puzzles. It’s available as part of Sony’s new Play at Home initiative.
Tumblestone is one of the best puzzle games of its type on the market, with an unprecedented volume of content on offer. The single-player mode alone offers over 350 puzzles, as well as a surprisingly fun story.
As levels rise in difficulty, new modifiers are added to spice up the latest set of levels and keep gameplay refreshing hours in. The party mode for multiplayer is a welcome addition too, providing a new variation on a brilliant puzzle system.
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