Tetris 99by Mikhail Mar 3, 2019 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Tetris 99 is a Tetris battle royale played. About 99 players start a session together and compete in a fast-paced game of Tetris where the goal is to knock other players out with gray garbage lines. This is Tetris with a huge twist you’ve never would have experienced and expected. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Nintendo came out of the blue and released Tetris 99 which is essentially a Tetris game, just with battle royale. Yes, you read that right: we actually have a Tetris battle royale on our hands,
something the original creator, Alexey Pajitnov, never would have thought possible. It’s free-to-play for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers and is exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.
In a nutshell, you’ll start a round of Tetris with 98 other players and you’ll try to knock each other out by stacking up and erasing blocks or through successive combinations. It’s a quick and fun formula that is easy to drop into a play. At the same time, it can be an extremely frustrating experience for anyone hunting for the elusive win.
So, if you have a Nintendo Switch, should you give the game a shot?
Tetris 99 is the same old Tetris. The music, visuals, user interface, and overall gameplay are similar, just with the battle royale twist. Every game starts with your own play area and that of your 98 opponents loading as you wait for more players to join in.Your task is to line up the tiles you have on your play area as fast as you can. In turn, this will stack the garbage gray lines on your opponents’ play areas. You’ll also need to play defensively by getting rid of the garbage lines on your end.
You’ll get to choose which opponents to target. You can do so manually or through different presets by picking via the right joycon’s stick. As its name suggests, Random lets you randomly attack random players. Picking the K.O. option enables you to attack players who are on the verge of getting knocked out. Meanwhile, Attackers lets you play defense by targeting the players who are targeting you. Finally, Badges lets you attack players who have racked up multipliers through KOs. If you manage to knock them out, you’ll absorb their multipliers which makes your “attacks” more lethal.
You’ll need to adjust your targets depending on the situation, which adds a layer of strategy. For example, if you opt to attack players with a lot of multipliers, you’ll be putting yourself at risk and be vulnerable. After all, players with the most multipliers and KOs know what they’re doing and are capable of superhuman feats in Tetris. Add the fact the game gets insanely fast when there are fewer players left, we can safely say the winners are absolute monsters. Unfortunately, the game fails to explain any of the targeting mechanics which is a little bizarre.
There are also instances wherein multiple players may end up targeting you, wracking up your garbage lines. To balance out the field, the game gives you a reprieve by increasing your attack power, depending on the number of players targeting you. In one instance, I’ve had five players targeting me. I cleared four lines despite the ongoing onslaught and it gave them nine garbage lines each.
Jokes aside, Tetris 99 does have a few problems. Right now, only a 99-player battle royale mode exists. Although the experience isn’t repetitive, it can get old pretty quickly. Every game lasts five to 10 minutes, so you’ll definitely have time for multiple sessions. Anyway, game modes like a 40v40, head to head solo matches, and two-player support would spice up the experience. The game will periodically feature special events, so rest assured, there’s a lot to look forward to.
In addition, the game has a stat tracker which shows crucial stats like the number of wins, “Tetris” moves performed, and lines eliminated. There’s also a leveling system, but it’s negligible since it only implies how frequently you’ve played the game. There are no rewards when you level up, but we can expect some in the future.
Though there’s no exact player count, the game has a huge number of players which makes matchmaking quick and devoid of problems. There are no online communities dedicated to it yet, but with its growing fanbase, it will definitely we can expect dedicated subreddits and Discord servers.
Overall, the game looks fantastic. The same can be said about the music which gets more frantic when there are 50 and 10 players left. There’s a minor gaffe though: the target lines (which show the players targeting you) can be distracting since they obscure your play area. Here’s to hoping they can release a fix for this.
It’s an excellent take on a timeless classic. Who would have ever thought that a puzzle game like Tetris would deliver such a unique and refined battle royale experience? It’s a game for everybody, and if you have a Switch, it makes grabbing a Nintendo Switch Online subscription worth it. Potentially, this can also open up the floodgates for puzzle and word battle royale games in the future.