Tetris® Effect: Connected – Review

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Overview. Or rather, Rez. WOW

Tetris Effect is a puzzle game that combines the famous puzzle game Tetris with high quality sound and visuals from the creators of Rez Infinite and Lumines to create a unique experience unlike any other. It’s Rez. Or rather, Rez. YES!

Personally, I had very high expectations for this game because the team behind “Rez”, a shooting game with techno rhythms and beautiful images that lead you to a unique “super pleasant” feeling, was involved. And it has lived up to those expectations.

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The rhythms that match the music that is emitted during every operation, and the beautiful light that surrounds you every time you erase a block, are so wonderful that they will change the way you think of Tetris. Just like in Rez, as you progress through the game, the techno music (and other music, of course) gets more and more exciting, and a colorful, fantastic, and sometimes psychedelic world unfolds.

I mean, seriously, it’s Rez. The Tetris version of Rez. It is really amazing.

Fusion of sound and light

Since this is a walkthrough site, I thought about writing a walkthrough article, but there are already many websites where professionals from all over the world have explained Tetris strategy to death, so I decided to just write an introduction and a brief review.

Above all, this is Rez, and Rez is the main thing (?).

When you start the game in Journey mode, you’ll first see a tutorial (also available in the options), and one thing that’s unusual and worth mentioning is the ZONE system, which in essence allows you to temporarily stop time. The tutorial also provides some other basic information, so it’s a good game for those who don’t know much about Tetris.

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It’s a game where you line up blocks in a horizontal row and the blocks in that row disappear, and if you erase the horizontal row a quota number of times, the stage is cleared (except for versus games), so don’t think too hard about it, just try it and get used to it. However, since it is a puzzle game, there is a certain amount of theory to it, and it will be easier to attack if you learn how to do the basics.

・Pile them flat to avoid unevenness.
・Do not place in portrait orientation unless you intend to.
・Leave a vertical row empty at the end or in the center.
・Check the shape that comes next.

In the beginning, at least be aware of these four things, and place them slowly and carefully. Once you get used to it, you will be able to do it unconsciously. In any case, practice is the key to success in this game.

In Practice mode, there is no game over, making it ideal for practicing (not all stages can be played in Practice mode). The game is also divided into Beginner, Normal, and Expert modes, so if you are new to the game, we recommend choosing Beginner mode. If you’re a complete beginner and don’t know your way around, you might be squirming at the end of each stage even in beginner mode. After clearing each stage, you will not be taken back to the menu screen, but will be taken directly to the next stage.

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When you clear all the stages in each area, a result screen will appear, and the experience value you receive will vary depending on your performance. Basically, as you clear each area, the BGM will be released.

All of the music played in each stage is really wonderful and adds to the sense of immersion.

Below are a few of each beautiful stage. I don’t think you can get the euphoria of playing this game from just the screenshots, but if you feel something, you should play it. I recommend playing it in a darkened room with a big screen and headphones at high volume.

Screenshot

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©Monstars Inc., Resonair, Stage Games, Enhance

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There’s more. This fantastic world moves in real time, glows, and develops one after another in a rhythmic fashion, and these consistent policies that form the basis of Rez make me think that there are other great combinations out there, not just shooters and puzzles. This one’s really great.

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