If you’re still attempting to break your personal Tetris score today, I don’t blame you. The all-time classic puzzle game will never die out and neither will players’ passion for it. However, it is refreshing swapping over to other puzzlers from time to time. This is exactly why we brought the five classic puzzle games like Tetris, that you will love. That is if you are a Tetris fan. Which we don’t see why you wouldn’t be, but that’s another discussion for a later time.
Expectedly most of you will know these titles, however, some may catch you by surprise. All of these games fall right into line with Tetris’s grid-shaped puzzler format and surely will challenge how fast you can piece them together. Once again, it’s time to endlessly compete for your own personal best high score with the five classic puzzle games every Tetris player will love.
Up there with Tetris as an all-time classic puzzle game, is Minesweeper. The game’s origins date back to the 1960s, but it became extremely popular once Microsoft released its own version for the PC. Before Windows 8, every PC came with Microsoft’s Entertainment Pack, which contained Minesweeper as one of the prominent games. And while it’s not included in Windows 8 PCs and above, different versions of the game can be found by the masses online.
The whole objective of the game is to locate all the randomly-placed “mines” scattered across the grid board, in the shortest time possible. Initially, players will click a square either unveiling a bomb, or a number. Numbers indicate how many bombs are adjacent to the square. If a square is not touching any mines or numbers, it will open all the empty squares until a number is revealed. Expertly working with numbers and patterns Minesweeper is a good but also highly addicting classic puzzle game.
Okay, it’s not a classic, but it would be if it were released with the classics. Released in 2010 was Chime, which really is a fun and unique variation of Tetris. Much like Tetris, Chime is a block-dropping game, except top-down. And instead of trying to clear the board, this time you’re trying to completely cover it.
Controlling a single shape at a time, players can move and rotate it across the grid. The goal is to create quads, which are done by placing shapes in solid blocks of 3×3 or more. Once a quad is made, it will be stamped down, signifying you have covered that area of the map. There is a beat line that scans back and forth for these quads, working as the music and also to set off challenging events on the grid.
Another classic title released in 1991, that’s purely inspired by Tetris, but has its own unique gameplay is Blockout. Basically, Blockout is a 3D version of Tetris, in which you look down into a three-dimensional, rectangular space. Blockout, unlike Tetris, allows you to rotate shapes around three coordinate axes, on a 90-degree axis of course. Additionally, polycubes can be moved horizontally and vertically. However, much like Tetris, polycube blocks will appear one at a time and slowly fall towards the bottom of the 3D space.
Similar to Tetris, the goal is to clear blocks by filling out all of the squares; fill it to the top and you’re out. Simple enough right? I know we all said that about Tetris when we first stepped into it. Obviously, this wasn’t going to be a walk in the park, since the game gets much harder as you advance. Blocks drop faster, dimensions of the pit change almost every round, and new shaped blocks will begin to appear. If you love Tetris, then try taking it up a notch, or a dimension you could say, with Blockout. Versions of the game can also be found by the masses online, or if you got it, dust off your old Sega Genesis.
2. Lumines Remastered
A classic puzzle game for the original PlayStation is Lumines. In a 16×10 grid format, the objective of the game is to rotate and align 2×2 blocks that contain two different colors, to form a full 2×2 square consisting of just one color. Much like Tetris, these squares are hovered above the grid board and must quickly be positioned and rotated. Again, you are eliminated once the blocks push past the top row of the grid.
There is a vertical “Time Line” that constantly sweeps the board left to right. Once you create a full colored square, the Time Line will sweep by and eliminate it, granting you points. The kicker, because you knew there was one, is if the square is created in the middle of the Time Line, only half of the square is removed and no points are awarded. Furthermore, the game has “special blocks” that further open up the way you can chain colors together and get points.
Without a doubt, if you’re a fan of classic puzzle games like Tetris, this game will be down your alley. It starts way more fast-paced and builds up much quicker as well. Which is great if you’re like me, who just can’t stand the tediousness and repetitiousness of Tetris’ early game. The game was recently remastered back in 2018 and can be played on old-gen consoles and PC.
1. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
There’s nothing better than a good old fashion game of Tetris. Well, Puyo Puyo Tetris would argue that by saying double it and add more game modes. This is exactly what the game is bringing to the table for fans of the game in the modern day. Instead of constantly besting yourself in Tetris, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 comes with six different modes all playable with two to four players.
There’s the iconic and classic Versus mode, so you can prove to your friend that you’re the Tetris sheriff in town. Or if you really want to make a statement, the Big Bang mode lets you attack your opponent. Party mode adds items into the game to intensify the action. Skill Battle introduces characters with special skills and unique game rules. Fusion lets both Puyos and Tetriminos rain doing simultaneously. Lastly, there’s Swap which lets you play two games of Tetris at once. Because the only thing better than a good old fashion game of Tetris is two games of Tetris.
On a more serious note, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is the best way to keep classic puzzle games like Tetris, fresh and exciting. The style may not appeal to you, but the core essence of the game is stil here and is a ton of fun to play with friends.
So, What’s your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there other games like Tetris that we should know about? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!