Created by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984, Tetris is one of those perfect, enduring videogames that captures the essence of what they’re about. 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.
There have been countless Tetris games over the years, mainly thanks to disputes over the rights. Nintendo published Tetris for a while, until 1996 when it reverted back to Pajitnov. Because there are so many, we thought it best to collect them into a handy little list, from the classics to the newer, more inventive recreations.
Once you’ve found your favourite down below and had some tetromino fun, we’ve got lots more recommendations for you. There are the best monster games for all you fang fans, the best flying games for all you high-climbers, the best open-world games for you freedom fanatics, oh, and also the best Mario games if you like Italy or plumbing or moustaches or shells or whatever else.
Anyway, Tetris time.
The best Tetris games
Puyo Puyo Tetris – Switch
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 – mobile
Classic Blocks is a gorgeously stylised Tetris game, with a greyscale colour 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. Choice is king, and Classic Blocks proves it in style.
Tetris Effect: Connected – Switch
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).
Tetris – mobile
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 – Switch
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 – mobile
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.
Lumines Remastered – Switch
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 – mobile
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, colourful 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.
Tetris 99 – Switch
Maybe my favourite 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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