Tetris. We all love it. There’s been countless Tetris games over the years, mainly thanks to disputes over the rights – Nintendo published Tetris for a while until it reverted back to creator Pajitnov in 1996. Because there are so many, we thought it best to collect the ones worth playing on Switch and mobile into a handy little list. There’s Pong, there’s Pac-Man, there’s Mario, and then there’s Tetris. It’s there in the upper echelons of the videogame pantheon, and deservedly so.
Once you’ve found your favorite down below and had some tetromino fun, we’ve got lots more recommendations for you. There are the best monster games, the best open-world games for you freedom fanatics, and also the best Mario games if you like Italy or plumbing or mustaches or shells or whatever else.
Anyway, Tetris time. Here are our picks for the best Tetris games on Switch and mobile.
Place those bricks and blast through levels in Tetris Story as Terry, accompanied by his dog Cube. Head through each level and gradually build the Tetris Universe around you while gathering power-ups to boost your play.
Puyo Puyo Tetris combines two puzzle classics into one. While everyone knows what Tetris is, some may not know the brilliance of Puyo Puyo’s blob matching, spinning, and popping.
These two gameplay styles combine into five different game modes that you can play with friends, making it a great puzzle game and a great party. Plus, there’s a sequel, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, with even more features in it too.
Classic Blocks is a gorgeously stylized Tetris game, with a greyscale color palette that looks like you’re playing on an old Game Boy.
It has a handful of nifty features to make it more usable, as well, like being able to keep your music playing, challenge your friends, and change the visual style and the controls. The choice is king, and Classic Blocks proves it in style.
Tetris Effect might be the greatest Tetris game ever made. Developed by Monstars and Resonair, the game features classic Tetris gameplay alongside music and visuals matched to the gameplay speed.
It’s a sensory dream, and can really suck you into a different universe. While it was originally in VR, Tetris Effect: Connected – which added multiplayer options, among other things – is on all platforms and a must-play for any Tetris fan (check out our Tetris Effect: Connected review if you need even more convincing).
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, so just go play Tetris. The original, the OG, the classic, the godfather, the daddy. Well, actually, this game may be the official one, but it features a huge number of modern improvements to make the experience better.
It even has a Tetris 99 mode, so you can use your data to be the last tetromino-tapper standing. It’s free, too, which makes everything even better.
Tricky Towers asks a vital question – what if Tetris, but with physics? If that sounds ridiculous to you, then you’re in luck, as Tricky Towers is one of the meanest, most hilarious, and most downright fun Tetris party games out there.
Sure, it runs dry pretty quickly in solo play, but in couch co-op, it can be pure mayhem. Not only can blocks fall off in the wind, but you can use your wizard avatar to get power-ups or send pranks to your opponent. There’s also more than enough variety for a big party, making it a no-brainer.
Falling Lightblocks is another low-key, minimalistic take on Tetris – one which you can play on your phone, in a web browser, or even on your TV.
There are a handful of different game modes too, from a chill mode where you just hang out to a survival mode where the challenge ramps up. It’s easy to use and get hold of, looks good throughout, and overall just has top-notch vibes.
Ok, sorry, this isn’t Tetris. I know, I know. But still. Lumines is made by the same people who made Tetris Effect, and it might be even better. While the gameplay is sort of similar to Tetris at first sight, it has a much heftier focus on rhythm.
You can also find heaps of style, amazing music, and a brilliantly addictive main campaign, one that surprises at every turn. It may not be Tetris, but it’s easy to recommend if you like it.
Kubik is another inventive twist on Tetris, this time turning everything into a 3D tower. That gives you the challenge of having to rotate the tower to make sure you’re putting your blocks in the optimal place.
It has a gorgeous, colorful art style, loads of missions to clear, and pretty neat controls to keep your game going smoothly. It’s not the same as the classic, but it’s a nice way to change it up.
Maybe my favorite reinvention of Tetris, Tetris 99 takes the battle royale genre and combines it with block-matching mayhem. Playing against 98 other players may sound hectic, and it is, as everyone vies for victory, stalling other players with debuffs, and the screens of your enemies litter the sides of your wall of tetrominoes.
It’s quite hard to grasp without getting your hands on it (and you can do that for free if you have Nintendo Switch Online), but it’s a great, novel take nonetheless.
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