Tetris Effect: Connected cover art
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 4, Windows, Oculus Quest, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One|
|Playfield size||10 × 20|
|Rotation system||SRS (primary) |
Tetris Effect is a single player game featuring music and visuals that react to player actions. The game was released on November 9, 2018, exclusively for the PlayStation 4. It is the first official console release since Tetris Ultimate in 2014.
Tetris Effect was released for Windows, with support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, on July 23, 2019. It is available for purchase on the Epic Games Store. A version for the Oculus Quest was released May 15, 2020.
An updated release, named Tetris Effect: Connected, was announced for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Windows 10 (exclusively through the Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass) on July 23, 2020, and was released on November 10, 2020. The Connected update will be released on the existing platforms and on Steam in Summer 2021. This update adds multiplayer modes to the game.
Tetris Effect features standard Guideline rules for gameplay; several features such as IRS/IHS, hold piece, and piece preview count can be changed in the Options. Each stage has its own themed block design; however, the player may also switch to a Traditional (Guideline-colors) block design for improved visibility.
The main mode of Tetris Effect, Journey Mode, features a new mechanic named "Zone". By filling up the Zone meter with performing line clears, the player can then trigger Zone, where the gravity temporarily stops and any lines cleared are pushed to the bottom of the playfield. Zone ends when the time meter runs out or the player tops out; the bonus score amount given afterwards is determined by the number of Zone lines cleared. The maximum Zone duration is 20 seconds, while the current maximum amount of lines clearable in Zone is 22.
|ZONE clear name||Line clear amount|
Grading and Scoring
Scoring is carried over from other Guideline games; the player receives a certain grade (from D/E to SS) based on their final score in a mode.
List of Stages
|Stage Name||Appearance||Unlock condition|
|The Deep||Journey Mode, Area 1, Stage 1||Available by default|
|Pharaoh's Code||Journey Mode, Area 1, Stage 2||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Karma Wheel||Journey Mode, Area 1, Stage 3||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Jellyfish Chorus||Journey Mode, Area 2, Stage 1||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Da Vinci||Journey Mode, Area 2, Stage 2||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Prayer Circles||Journey Mode, Area 2, Stage 3||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Ritual Passion||Journey Mode, Area 2, Stage 4||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Deserted||Journey Mode, Area 3, Stage 1||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Dolphin Surf||Journey Mode, Area 3, Stage 2||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Downtown Jazz||Journey Mode, Area 3, Stage 3||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Spirit Canyon||Journey Mode, Area 3, Stage 4||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Jeweled Veil||Journey Mode, Area 4, Stage 1||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Forest Dawn||Journey Mode, Area 4, Stage 2||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Kaleidoscope||Journey Mode, Area 4, Stage 3||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Turtle Dreams||Journey Mode, Area 4, Stage 4||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Celebration||Journey Mode, Area 4, Stage 5||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Sunset Breeze||Journey Mode, Area 5, Stage 1||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Aurora Peak||Journey Mode, Area 5, Stage 2||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Zen Blossoms||Journey Mode, Area 5, Stage 3||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Yin & Yang||Journey Mode, Area 5, Stage 4||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Hula Soul||Journey Mode, Area 5, Stage 5||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Starfall||Journey Mode, Area 6, Stage 1||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Balloon High||Journey Mode, Area 6, Stage 2||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Mermaid Cove||Journey Mode, Area 6, Stage 3||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Orbit||Journey Mode, Area 6, Stage 4||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Stratosphere||Journey Mode, Area 6, Stage 5||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Metamorphosis||Journey Mode, Area 7||Complete the previous stage in Journey Mode|
|Space Sprint||Sprint Mode||Available by default|
|Gilded Horizon||Ultra Mode||Available by default|
|Space Race||Master Mode||Available by default|
|Mandala||All Clear, Combo, and Target Modes||Available by default|
|Rose Horizon||Countdown Mode||Available by default|
|Rebirth||Purify Mode||Available by default|
|1989||Unlockable||Participate Weekend Ritual or reach XP Level 50|
|1984||Unlockable||See Codes below|
The main mode of the game, with 27 stages total. The stages are split into 7 different areas, where they are unlocked one by one as the player progresses. Each stage has 3 sections, with a different speed level per section. The line goal per stage is determined by the selected difficulty: 30 lines for Beginner, 36 lines for Normal, and 48 lines for Expert, respectively. The final stage, Metamorphosis, has a 90-line goal, regardless of difficulty selected. Only non-Zone cleared lines count toward the goal. Practice Mode is also available, which allows the player to progress through the first four areas with no game overs and low gravity levels.
|Yin & Yang||9||5||3||11||7||5||16||12||10|
This section contains 11 different game modes, categorized into 4 groups. In Marathon, Chill Marathon, Quick Play, and Mystery modes, the player can choose one of the available main and hidden stages to play on. All other modes have their own unique stages.
Standard fixed-goal Marathon mode. Clear at least 150 lines to complete the mode. Endless can be toggled on, and initial level (up to 15) can be selected.
3-minute score attack mode.
40 lines time attack mode.
20G mode with 30 speed levels, each with a progressively decreasing lock delay value. Clear at least 300 lines to complete the mode. Initial M-level can be selected prior to starting the mode.
In these modes, topping out will reset the playfield and score counter instead of netting an instant Game Over. Piece sequences can be toggled between Random or Fixed.
Marathon mode, but with no instant Game Overs. Initial level is selectable; the line goal amount can also be adjusted between 150 to 600 lines in multiples of 30.
Play one of the available stages with selectable fixed level and line goal amount, ranging from 30 to 600 lines in multiples of 30.
Play through a set of 4 similarly-themed stages in continuous succession. The player can also change the background music prior to starting one of the three available Playlists:
- Sea – The Deep, Dolphin Surf, Mermaid Cove; Jellyfish Chorus
- Wind – Da Vinci, Balloon High, Deserted; Sunset Breeze
- World – Prayer Circles, Zen Blossoms, Jeweled Veil; Karma Wheel
Perform as many perfect clears as possible within a 1-minute base time limit, using the given stacks and piece sequences. Each successful perfect clear will add a time bonus.
Perform as many combos as possible within a 1-minute base time limit, using the given stacks and piece sequences. Each successful combo clear will add a time bonus.
Clear as many gem blocks as possible within a 1-minute base time limit. Each gem block cleared adds a time bonus.
Score as many points as possible within 5 minutes. One or more I pieces drop into a random column on the stack every 2, 5, 8, or 10 piece drops. Endless can also be toggled on; the mode ends when the player tops out.
Clear as many violet and grey garbage blocks as possible within a 3-minute time limit. New "infected" blocks are added to the stack at certain time intervals.
Marathon mode, but new random mechanics are activated for a particular time period, such as Big Block pieces, restricting Hold, Diamond Bombs, etc.
The following modes are added in Tetris Effect: Connected. Ranked, Friend, and Local Match sub-modes are available; the latter two sub-modes also have additional settings in all multiplayer modes.
Co-op multiplayer mode. 3 players, each with their own playfield, must battle against an A.I.-controlled boss in a fourth playfield. As the boss makes line clears, a meter fills up, which when filled, attacks the other players with a random mechanic modifier. The 3 co-op players must then make line clears to fill up a special Zone meter. When the Zone meter is full and activated, the 3 players' playfields merge together and collapse all blocks to the bottom via cascade gravity. While in the Zone, the players must make as many lines as possible within the shared playfield; special purple pieces may also drop at certain locations to push down blocks and fill any gaps. Once the Zone time limit ends or a player tops out, the resulting Zone line clear amount is then converted to a solid garbage attack towards the boss. If one or two of the players top out, the other(s) may also fill up a meter to revive a dead player by performing line clears. The mode ends when all 3 players top out or the boss tops out. 5 areas of difficulty are available, and Maniac Mod may also be toggled on to increase the overall difficulty of the boss.
A special version of the mode, Connected VS, is also available during Weekend Rituals. Here, a fourth player can play as the boss on the fourth playfield; the boss can also switch between Attack or Defense meters for attacking the other 3 players and clearing the solid garbage on the playfield, respectively.
Standard versus mode, with the addition of the Zone mechanic from Journey Mode. When a player enters the Zone, the line clear amount and clear types made during the Zone period is then converted to an attack towards the other player. However, the player may also block an incoming garbage attack by entering the Zone and clearing enough lines to cancel the attack.
In Friend and Local Matches, the Zone mechanic can be toggled off for a more traditional battle game. Other options include garbage spawn and timing type, Hyper Mod (faster DAS and shorter line clear delay), Randomizer type, Zone Attack power multiplier, etc.
Classic Score Attack
This mode uses the gameplay mechanics and visual styles from Tetris (NES, Nintendo) and the versus format seen in the Classic Tetris World Championship (CTWC). Each player must aim for a score higher than the other before both top out by clearing lines. No garbage is sent in this mode. Initial speed level is selectable before the start of a round.
In Friend and Local Matches, several parameters, such as battle type, line clear goal limit, horizontal movement type, and score amounts for each line clear type can be adjusted prior to starting a round.
Uses the same format as Classic Score Attack, but with Guideline mechanics instead. Several parameters, such as scoring template, constant speed level, and time limit, can be adjusted in Friend and Local Matches.
During certain days, a Weekend Ritual event is held, where all players must accumulate a set number of points by playing one of the four Effect Mode sub-groups (Classic, Relax, Focus, or Adventurous) during a limited time period. Reaching the score goal before the event ends will unlock new avatars, in-game Stages, etc.
Key: L = Left, D = Down, U = Up, R = Right, A = Select, B = Back
- 1984 Stage: UUDDLRLRBA
When entered successfully on the title screen of the game, the player is then taken to the title screen of Tetris (Electronika 60), and the following code must be inputted using a keyboard:
06061984. After entering the numerical code and pressing Enter, the 1984 stage is automatically unlocked.