Ultra

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Ultra (also called Time Trial, Ultra2min, etc) is a game mode where you play the game until the given time limit (usually 3 or 2 minutes). The objective of this mode is simple: Score as many points as possible. (Except for some games; see below)

If you die before the time limit, the game ends instantly. In most games, your score will not appear in leaderboard for this case.

Some games allow players to choose level. In most games the level does not increase throughout the game.

The name "Ultra" comes from the Japanese character Ultraman, who had a three-minute time limit for using his powers and defeat monsters.[1]

List of games that have Ultra mode

The list is incomplete. A blank cell denotes a yet unchecked element.

Official Tetris games

Game Mode name Time limit Objective Score saved when died Selectable speed
Tetris (Mega Drive) Time Trial 3 mins Score Yes Yes
Tetris Classic (None) 2,5,10,15 mins Score Yes
Tetris DX Ultra 3 mins Score No Yes
The New Tetris Sprint 3 mins Score, called "Lines"
Tetris (WonderSwan Color) 3min 3 mins Score Yes
Minna no Soft Series: Tetris Advance Time Attack 2 mins Score No
Tetris Deluxe Ultra 3 mins
Tetris: New Century Ultra 3 mins
Tetris Black Ultra2min 2 mins Lines
(Score is also displayed but not ranked.)
Yes Yes
Tetris (EA Mobile) Ultra 2 mins Score Yes Yes
Tetris Mania Challenge 3 mins(cascade only) Score
Tetris (Handmark) Ultra 2 or 3 mins
Tetris Evolution Ultra 1,3,5 mins Score
Tetris Zone Challenge 10 mins Score No
Tetris Crystal Ultra2min 2 mins Lines
(Score is also displayed but not ranked.)
Yes Yes
Tetris Diamond DIA.2min 2 mins Yes
Tetris Friends Solo 2 or 3 mins Score
Tetris Dash (None) 2 mins Score No No
Tetris Party Balance Ultra 3 mins
(Wii Balance Board mode only)
Score

Other "-tris" games

Game Mode name Time limit Objective Score saved when died Selectable speed
Tetris Attack Time Trial 2 mins Score No
Tetrisphere Time Trial 5 mins Score

Notable fan games and unlicensed games

Game Mode name Time limit Objective Score saved when died Selectable speed
Lockjaw: The Overdose Time Trial 3 mins Score No
Lockjaw 180 seconds 3 mins Score Yes; marked as a "Stopped" game Yes
Heboris Unofficial Expansion Ultra2min 2 mins Lines
(Score is not displayed in this mode)
Yes Yes
Heboris U.E. LITE Ultra 2 mins Score Yes Yes
Heboris U.E. MINI Ultra 2 or 3 mins 2 mins mode: Lines
3 mins mode: Score
Yes Yes

See also

References

  1. Retro Gamer issue 183, David Crookes, "The History of Tetris," August 2018, p. 27