Polygon – GOTY 2018: #4 Tetris Effect

After 100 iterations, Tetris largely remains the same. Which is to say, near-perfect. While some new variation, adaptation or port is released each year, the concept — arranging a series of blocks to neatly fit into tight spaces — hasn’t needed an upgrade since its inception in 1984. Rather than spoil what works, updates to the franchise have instead tried different aesthetics and new optional modes to make the game feel fresh.

The history of Tetris is largely redundant. The main idea behind Tetris has stood the test of time despite fancy graphics and superfluous campaigns. So yes, it’s a surprise that a visually flashy Tetris with new rules is one of our favorite games of 2018.”