Generally favorable reviews - based on 72 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
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  1. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 12, 2018
    Tetris Effect and PS VR go together like ham and eggs. It’s the perfect pairing of tech and game design. Don’t have a headset? You can still join in but you’re missing out on the definitive way to play. [Issue#157, p.92]
  2. Dec 3, 2018
    This is truly Tetris like you’ve never played or felt before, and the blissful escape we all need in 2018. Because when the real world is full of chaos, Tetris Effect, much like the psychological phenomenon the game takes its name from, is about finding order in things, and taking back control.
  3. Nov 15, 2018
    Tetris Effect, from top to bottom, is my favorite iteration of Tetris yet. The music and visuals work together to create a truly unique Tetris experience, that is only enhanced by VR.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Nov 9, 2018
    I’m certainly impressed on both the visual and audio front, and the VR component is just icing on an already delicious cake. [A+]
  7. 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.
  8. 100
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Nov 12, 2018
    For all its glorious visuals, endless modes, and virtual reality additions, the game of Tetris needs not more than a set of reliable input methods to snatch a dozen hours from right before your eyes. Tetris Effect is a confident, yet elegant, take on the simplest game in the world and a sheer masterclass of game design, at that.
  11. Nov 9, 2018
    It’s almost too easy to get lost in the game and its absolute beauty, something that feels odd to even say when talking about a Tetris game. Tetris Effect is, without a doubt, stunning and if you own a PSVR unit, it begs to be played in VR.
  12. Nov 9, 2018
    Nothing can topple Tetris. Tetris Effect accepts this premise and surrounds Tetris’ core with audio and visual cues that tap into subconscious, kaleidoscopic emotion and draw raw optimism out of the player. This combination is now inseparable. It’s essential. I don’t want to play Tetris without Tetris Effect.
  13. Nov 9, 2018
    I consider myself lucky that I got to play this game. It’s special. If I could go back in time to show a video game to artists from the last century, I would choose this. God, I know that sounds hyperbolic, but I mean it. It is such an effortless and mesmerizing marriage of perfect game design and powerful imagery and audio. And it is an interactive lesson in why those things matter to games.
  14. Nov 9, 2018
    It goes without saying, but yes, this is all heightened in virtual reality. Tetris Effect is a must-have for PlayStation VR owners. You do lose some crispness compared to playing on a TV, but the way the world wraps around you in VR and further draws you into the experience more than makes up for it.
  15. CD-Action
    Mar 25, 2019
    There’s a new Tetris in town and this one you need to see, even if you don’t own a PS VR headset. It does not try to revolutionize the gameplay foundations, but the idea to marry timeless mechanics with breathtaking visuals reminiscent of Rez was brilliant and makes Effect the best thing that happened to Tetris in a long, long time. [02/2019, p.31]
  16. Edge Magazine
    Dec 6, 2018
    It is a game you've played a thousand times before - yet there is nothing else quite like it. [Jan 2019, p.106]
  17. Nov 30, 2018
    Tetris Effect recycles features and gameplay mechanics already seen elsewhere. Yet we are faced with an amazing, beautiful and gorgeous patchwork. One of the best titles on PlayStation VR.
  18. 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.
  19. Nov 29, 2018
    It's plain and simple: Tetris Effect is the best Tetris-game ever. It looks gorgeous and VR is amazing. Just buy this game.
  20. Nov 28, 2018
    I’ve tried to make peace with the possibility that Tetris Effect is a game I love too much.
  21. Nov 28, 2018
    I’ve always kind of enjoyed Lumines, but it always lacked a certain hook. While its music and changing colour palette was endlessly exciting, its gameplay just didn’t have the same long-lasting grab. With Tetris, though, that enticing gameplay is there. And when you couple Tetris‘ classic gameplay with enticing sound and visuals, you get something pretty special indeed.
  22. Nov 21, 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.
  23. 90
    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'.
  24. Nov 20, 2018
    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.
  25. Nov 16, 2018
    Probably the best iteration of Tetris since its inception back in Soviet Russia of the '80s. Whether you own a PSVR unit or not, if you love Tetris this is a must-have.
  26. 90
    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.
  27. Nov 15, 2018
    By no means perfect and at brief moments falling victim to its own expansive vision, Tetris Effect remains a welcome surprise to those appreciative to the series’ longevity and versatility of content. A fitting referral for that go-to saying: greater than the sum of its parts.
  28. Nov 14, 2018
    The combination of a classic game like Tetris and a genius like Tetsuya Mizuguchi results in a rock solid playable masterpiece that aesthetically wouldn´t be out of place in a modern art museum and musically would fit perfectly well in a electronic music festival. Pure interactive art with no expiration date.
  29. Nov 12, 2018
    Tetris Effect is a masterpiece. One of the more challenging and well-designed version in the last years. It’s a shame it doesn’t include any kind of local or online multiplayer mode.
  30. 90
    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.
  31. Nov 11, 2018
    Tetris Effect is the best iteration of the game franchise since the New Tetris on Nintendo 64.
  32. 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.
  33. Nov 9, 2018
    Tetris Effect, as a Tetris delivery system, also does what it does very well, making this the version you simply must own if you must own a version. I mean, it’s Tetris. What the hell else is there to say.
  34. Nov 9, 2018
    Tetris Effect, very simply, is the best Tetris ever.
  35. 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.
  36. Nov 9, 2018
    I never thought I'd ever feel this way about a Tetris game, but here we are. It has the same addictive and fun gameplay, as well as some amazing visuals and a soundtrack that offers so much emotion.
  37. 90
    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.
  38. 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 it, 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.
  39. 90
    This is a deeply immersive, elegant, intelligent take on Tetris, and the best example of it since the original on Game Boy.
  40. Nov 9, 2018
    The fundamentals may be recognizable, but Tetris Effect feels like something new rather than another reskin of the same old game. The presentation is such a natural fit for the gameplay, and it adds an unexpected layer of emotion.
  41. Nov 9, 2018
    There’s so much to take in with Tetris Effect for longtime fans and newcomers alike, from its vast collection of visuals and challenging game modes. When a mind like Tetsuya Mizuguchi puts his creative weight behind a classic like “Tetris,” this is the astonishing result. For “Tetris” fans or those who simply appreciate the melding of music, visuals, and addictive gameplay, Tetris Effect is a masterpiece.
  42. Nov 9, 2018
    Tetris Effect is a transformative game.
  43. Nov 9, 2018
    Colors, sounds, vibrations and that unforgettable gameplay: Tetris Effect is one of the most impressive Tetris games to date.
  44. 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.
  45. Nov 16, 2018
    With Tetris Effect Mizuguchi has set another monument and designed probably the best Tetris experience ever. I have not had so much fun with Tetris since the first Game Boy.
  46. 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 myth that keeps entertaining big time.
  47. Nov 27, 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.
  48. Nov 12, 2018
    Tetris Effect is a wonderful take on the Tetris formula that manages to be respectful and fresh at the same time.
  49. Nov 11, 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.
  50. Nov 9, 2018
    Not just another Tetris game, but a modern classic that makes the old game even more fun and much more synesthetic.
  51. 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.
  52. Nov 22, 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.
  53. Dec 17, 2018
    Tetris Effect is a well-designed new generation Tetris game with gorgeous visuals. It would be even greater if it were to include any multiplayer features.
  54. Nov 26, 2018
    Tetris Effect impresses by giving a classic a twist by not changing the gameplay, but the presentation. It is simply mesmerizing and super original.
  55. Nov 20, 2018
    We all know the game, we all know its rules... but in VR, Tetris still manages to surprise. Kudos to the dynamic use of colours, which really lifts this game to a whole new level.
  56. Nov 12, 2018
    Overall, it’s tough to describe Tetris Effect as anything other than what it is – a great game of Tetris with a bunch of cool modes and filtered through the same stylistic lens as Lumines and Rez. It looks awesome in VR too, though the lack of greater online functionality is unfortunate. Still, it turns out that the Effect of playing Tetris is simply having a damned good time.
  57. Nov 12, 2018
    Tetris Effect is no party-game. It mainly targets at solo players searching for a bubble in which they can lock themselves. It’s a dazzling trip, made of infinite gracious sounds and pictures, addictive with or without VR.
  58. Nov 9, 2018
    This is one of the best entries of the series. It looks and sounds amazing, and it plays great as well. We miss a multiplayer mode, but other than that, it’s a fantastic Tetris experience that allows you to play this classic like you would’ve never imagined.
  59. 85
    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.
  60. Nov 9, 2018
    Who would think that a new version of a simple game like Tetris could deliver such a thoroughly absorbing experience? The merging of time-tested gameplay with the synesthesia-inducing sound and visual design of Tetsuya Mizuguchi creates something you’ve likely never experienced. While Tetris Effect’s diverse and beautiful presentation can sometimes literally get in the way of the gameplay, this is proof that even after 30+ years, Tetris can still feel fresh.
  61. Dec 11, 2018
    Tetris Effect is a beautiful journey to the rhythm of blocks falling that provides the ultimate means of escapism.
  62. Nov 12, 2018
    Tetris Effect is still the same old puzzle game, but its renewed presentation will appeal to new and old players alike.
  63. Nov 9, 2018
    By applying its unmatched strand of spectacular visual and musical flair, Enhance creates something with a powerful, compelling and entirely unexpected hypnotism to it.
  64. Nov 9, 2018
    Tetris Effect is a beautiful and artsy way to experience the old game of Tetris. The full package might not be as full as we would have liked it to be, the creativity and love for this puzzle game is definitely there.
  65. 80
    Tetris Effect offers sublime presentation and a powerful VR experience but it is still just Tetris on a gameplay level and so may not wow everybody.
  66. Nov 9, 2018
    Everything clicked. It's still Tetris, but it's Tetris with something to say; Tetris that brings together the beauty all around us, from jazzy piano-led cityscapes to a celebration of other cultures. It may have those imperfections of parts that feel incongruent, but at the end, I'll come away thinking of that moment where it all fell into place for me, like hard-dropping a tetromino into the perfect spot.
  67. 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. When you factor in the mind-blowing visuals and music, you're left with one unique take on an iconic puzzler.
  68. Nov 9, 2018
    Tetsuya Mizuguchi's signature synesthesia approach turns Tetris – a game based on pure mathematics – into a moving tale about the Earth. However, the nature of Tetris demands constant focus, which sometimes makes it difficult to enjoy the game's spectacular artistic effects along the way.
  69. Nov 16, 2018
    I cannot tell you how often Tetris has been published. But what I can tell you is that as simple yet motivating puzzle concept it still stands the test of time - and still looks pretty good.
  70. Nov 17, 2018
    Tetris Effect is an immersive experience, and it doesn't disappoint with its artistic approach to classic Tetris. however, it is a very simple game at its heart, and the lack of multiplayer options means that this game won't hold players attention for a long time.
  71. 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.
  72. Nov 9, 2018
    All the flair that’s been added to the base game lays bare what’s been deliberately and inexplicably left out, like online multiplayer.
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  1. Nov 9, 2018
    I know how silly this might sound, typing it outside the soothing VR cocoon that is Tetris Effect, but I stand by it. I have never felt so connected to a greater human truth, a cheesy feeling like the one in that quoted song, than in the act of clearing line, after line, after line within this beautiful video game. [Ars Technica Approved]
  2. Nov 9, 2018
    Tetris gets the Tetsuya Mizuguchi makeover, to dazzling effect. [Eurogamer Essential]
  3. Nov 9, 2018
    Above all, what I love about Tetris Effect is that it is unabashedly earnest. It is a captivating, beautiful thing to experience in a bleak time. It speaks Tetris, the common tongue of video game design, as poetry.
  4. Nov 9, 2018
    It’s a robust package that does Tetris justice. Unlike many modern interpretations, Tetris Effect doesn’t mess with what made the original game so loved. Instead, it augments it, making it feel modern, beautiful, and surprisingly emotional. After nearly three decades, I’ve finally found a replacement for my favorite NES game.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 224 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 224
  1. Nov 9, 2018
    This game has some awesome effects. It is one of the best PSVR experiences. I also like the playlists and how they are set by mood. But it hasThis game has some awesome effects. It is one of the best PSVR experiences. I also like the playlists and how they are set by mood. But it has no multiplayer, not even local. $40 is bit too much, and I expect multiplayer at that price. Full Review »
  2. Nov 9, 2018
    No review can sum up the magic of this game. Even if you arent a puzzle game fan, try it. You wont regret it.
  3. Nov 9, 2018
    Tetris finally became art
    It may not have a direct online multiplayer or local, but it compensates on music, visuals and apresentation