Among all the releases and things to celebrate today, there’s one that we shouldn’t miss: the seminal puzzler Tetris Effect has made its way to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, and it’s free to play for anyone with Game Pass. Tetris Effect: Connected is out now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S via Game Pass.
That’s a coup, because Tetris Effect has been levelled up to be a multiplayer behemoth in Tetris Effect: Connected. The original (we say original, but we’re mostly referring to the PSVR insta-classic) had solo modes but not much else, while Connected brings local co-op, local face-offs, and competitive online play. It’s a great moment to launch this game, as so many people will be unwrapping their Xbox Series X|S, and they now have a truly brilliant game to play with each other, for free on Xbox Game Pass.
It’s a stunning game to show off the system, too. This is from the makers of Rez and Infinite and Lumines, so if you’ve played either of those games then you’ve had a sample of what to expect here. This is a mix of throbbing tunes and visual pyrotechnics, and the combined aim is to get you into a zen-like state that takes you to the next level of brick-busting. We’ve got the Tetris theme tune in our head, just writing this.
There’s a lot in this package, including 30+ stages and 10+ modes, and we can’t wait to get online and get beaten by casuals and hardcore alike. Let’s not allow Tetris Effect: Connected to get lost in the Xbox Series X, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla screed – it’s too good for that.
- All-new multiplayer modes like “Zone Battle,” which shakes up traditional 1-on-1 Tetris gameplay via the time-stopping Zone mechanic made famous in Tetris Effect.
- A new “Connected” co-op mode, where up to three players can literally connect their Tetris playfields together and play as one.
- Over 30 different stages, each with its own music, sound effects, graphical style and background that all evolve and change as you play through them.
- Ranked and unranked play, matchmaking, and player progression for unlockable avatars.
- The entire Tetris® Effect single-player game is also included!
Tetris Effect: Connected is out now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X, and will cost you £33.49 from the Xbox Store. Alternatively, it is free to play on Game Pass. It’s also out on PS4.
Tetris® Effect: Connected adds an all-new robust multiplayer expansion to the huge variety of addictive and innovative single-player modes that Tetris Effect is known for with all-new co-op and competitive online and local multiplayer modes! Tetris Effect is Tetris® like you’ve never seen it, or heard it, or felt it before—an incredibly addictive, unique, and breathtakingly gorgeous reinvention of one of the most popular puzzle games of all time, from the people who brought you the award-winning Rez Infinite and legendary puzzle game Lumines. Music, backgrounds, sounds, special effects—everything, down to the Tetris pieces themselves, pulse, dance, shimmer, and explode in perfect sync with how you’re playing, making any of the game’s 30+ stages and 10+ modes something you’ll want to experience over and over again. A challenge for the mind and a feast for all the senses, Tetris Effect: Connected is the perfect excuse to play Tetris again… and again…and again, and again, and again and again and again and again and again and again and… Game leverages Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One title and the Xbox Series X|S title when available.