There was a time where Tetris was such a cultural foundation that people often tried to keep Game Boys in their briefcases and purses just to play the Russian puzzle game. It is arguable that portable gaming as a whole was launched off the back of Tetris and would not have moved nearly as far or as fast without it. Thus, it makes sense that no matter how many Tetris games have been released, some people have a firm nostalgia for the dot-matrix handheld version above all else. It makes sense, then, that Tetris Effect brings you back in time thirty years to those classic days.
As part of the game’s weekly live events, or weekly rituals as Tetris Effect calls it, a goal is set for the community to collectively try to accomplish. Doing so this past weekend resulted in a skin being unlocked called 1989, which channels the aesthetic and music of Tetris on the Game Boy in a modern way. You can check out footage of it being played below from YouTube user tetrimaruzou.
The skin was available to play during the weekend ritual for anyone, but you have to be level 50 to access it now. That shouldn’t be too difficult, but it will take a little bit of time if you’re not that used to Tetris.
You can read more about Tetris Effect through our review right here, which also contains the game’s quite frankly mesmerizing launch trailer. Tetris Effect is currently available on PlayStation 4 and is compatible with PlayStation VR.