“Who would’ve thought a freshened up remake would nab a Top 5 position on any Game of the Year list? Sure, it’s Tetris, the most legendary of legendary video games. But also… it’s still just Tetris.
Or is it? Tetris Effect is really more of a sequel than a remake. It takes the falling blocks puzzle foundation built by Russian computer engineer Alexey Pajitnov decades ago and reworks it into a framework that implicitly encourages meditation and self-care. It doesn’t just re-write the script on what this classic game can be; it perfects that idea. In the realm of Tetris game, Tetris Effect is easily the best. And in the 2018 landscape, it’s far and away one of the finest gaming experiences of the year.”