Title: Tetris 99
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Multiplayer, Puzzle
Release Date: February 13, 2019
How we got the game: I downloaded it from the Nintendo Switch eShop
Tetris has always been the kind of game that I barely played. I enjoy it, but I never owned the various games of it myself. I’ve played mobile versions and tried my hand at the older games once in a while. So, when they announced Tetris 99, I thought it was cool and I was excited. The best part of all, it’s free.
Tetris is one of the simplest games to play despite it being a puzzle game. Blocks in various shapes and sizes fall from the top of the screen at a fairly slow pace. Before they reach the bottom, you can move the pieces from side to side as well as turn them depending on how you want them to fit on the ground. The point is to lay them in the straight line to make said line disappear. If your stack gets too high and reaches the top, then it’s game over.
Tetris 99 is no different – other than the fact you’re playing against 98 other people who are able to target you and sabotage your game so they can be number one. You can sabotage people by clearing lines on your own board. Lines with one or two spots missing will force their stack higher adding pressure for them to clear their own lines before their pieces get too high. Using the analog stick on the Joy-Con, you can choose any player you want to aim for and this can be changed throughout the game. So, if you notice someone is in the red and is close to getting out, then aim for that dude.
I personally don’t really aim for anyone. I’m not very good at checking the other boards to see where people are in their games and try to make them lose faster. I just focus on my own game and play by the rules. For some reason, I get targeted by multiple people at once and get screwed over. I’m not the best at Tetris, to begin with. My OCD enjoys fitting the pieces together just so but the pressure gets to me. With that said, as of writing this review, my best place was 31 and that was the third game I had played. Not bad, if I do say so myself.
Tetris 99 looks and feels like a high-tech arcade game. There’s not much to the main menu other than the game itself, your stats, and options/settings. But the colors are bright and the game itself is vivid and flashy. It’s really well done and the first game I played, I got distracted from the Tetris pieces flying around from everyone’s games.
The music is awesome too. It’s the original tune but seems remixed or remastered for this particular game. It’s definitely one that gets stuck in my head and one I don’t mind looping as I play the game for a while.
The replay value is endless. No two games are ever the same and it’s easy to get addicted to the gameplay. Some games can be short depending on when you get KOed. It’s far too easy to get sucked in and keep saying, “just one more match.”
Tetris 99 gets…
5 out of 5 lives.