Tetris Effect is a tile-matching puzzle video game developed by Japanese studios Monstars and Resonair and published by Enhance Games. The game was released worldwide exclusively for the PlayStation 4 on November 9, 2018, and features support for the PlayStation VR. A Microsoft Windows version, with support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, released on July 23, 2019.
The game garnered high praise from critics and was named Game of the Year by several publications. Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S versions, named Tetris Effect Connected, were announced during Xbox Games Showcase on July 23, 2020, a year after Windows release and are set to release on November 10, 2020. The expansion will release as a free update for existing platforms in 2021.
As in the original Tetris game, the player must place tetrominos into a playfield to create complete lines, which are then cleared from the playfield. Tetris Effect adds themes and music across thirty different stages with gameplay tied to the beat of the music.1 A new “Zone” mechanic allows players to place several blocks at once, allowing the player to clear many lines at once, more than what is possible in conventional Tetris games.2 The game also includes a meta-game leveling system that leads to new challenges for players as they progress.1,3