Tetris Effect Playable For Free This Weekend, Introduces 10 New Modes

Rez Infinite and Lumines publisher, Enhance, Inc announced a free trial demo and 10 new modes for their tradeshow darling title, Tetris Effect.

The Tetris Effect demo will only be available from Thursday, November 1st to Monday, November 5th as a timed release. In it, players can try out three of the 27 “Journey mode” campaigns. Also playable are two “Effect” modes, Marathon and Mystery. The entire demo can be played in the optional VR mode or with PS4 Pro enhancements like 4K at 60 frames per second.

Marathon Mode is a classic Tetris ruleset of gathering the highest score possible with a 150 line limit. While Mystery Mode is Marathon mode with random effects designed to help or challenge the player.

Lastly, Effect modes are a collection of the various modes available in the Tetris Effect. The 10+ modes are divided into four categories based on “effect” player want from the game: Relax, Focus, Classic, and Adventurous.

Listed below are all the modes and descriptions available on Tetris Effect at launch:

  • Marathon mode: Get the best score you can within a 150-Line limit.
  • Ultra mode: Get the best score you can within three minutes.
  • Spirit mode: Clear 40 lines as fast as you can.
  • Master mode: Insanely fast Tetris. Not for the faint of heart.
  • Chill Marathon mode: A more relaxed version of Marathon with no Game Over. If the Tetriminos reach the top of the Matrix (playfield), they are removed from the board, leaving it empty again.
  • Quick Mode Mode: Play through any single stage you choose with no Game Over.
  • Playlist mode: Sea: Submerge yourself in four aquatic stages with a new, continuous track of specially designed relaxing ambient music.
  • Playlist mode: Wind: Glide through four windy stages with a new, continuous track of specially designed relaxing ambient music.
  • Playlist mode: World: Explore four diverse stages with a new, continuous track of specially designed relaxing ambient music.
  • All Clear mode: Earn as many All Clears as you can before time runs out. Each All Clear will return some time back to the clock.
  • Combo mode: Earn as many Combos as you can before time runs out. Each successful Combo run will return some time back to the clock.
  • Target mode: Clear as many Target Blocks as you can before time runs out. Each set of Target Blocks cleared will return some time back to the clock.
  • Countdown mode: Use automatically-falling I-Tetriminos to score line clears and bonus points.
  • Purity Mode: Clear as many Dark Blocks as you can within three minutes. You can clear Dark Blocks by clearing the line that they are on, and/or by scoring multiple line clears, combos, etc.
  • Mystery mode: Try to survive a Marathon session as random effects (some good, most bad) keep popping up.

Tetris Effect will be available November 9th for PlayStation 4, with PlayStation VR support.


Author’s Take: I am genuinely excited to try this game, especially in VR. Also, it’s it lovely how a game with the same basic concept can be molded into so many spin-offs and experiments? What’s to hate?


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Victor Aparicio

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