Score Attack – the game type most directly inspired by the Classic Tetris World Championship – might be my favorite of the group. You’re effectively playing separate, synchronized single-player games, and the person with the highest score wins. It’s straightforward, but exhilarating – particularly when one person tops out and the other person has two minutes to try and beat their score.Classic Score Attack, meanwhile, replicates the championship competition rules almost identically by forcing both participants to play by the rules of the classic Nintendo version. No sight lines for you as you drop your Tetriminos! I had the privilege of getting my ass handed to me in my demo by Tomohiro “Green Tea” Tatejima, the lead multiplayer designer of Connected who placed third in the 2018 Classic Tetris World Championship.
Connected, on the other hand, is what MacDonald describes as “the most out there, crazy, swing-for-the-fences new mode.” It’s a three-player co-op mode in which you team up to take down an AI boss. When all three of your matrices combine and you are all working together on one big playing field, it’s…pretty damn cool, I have to say. This is easily Connected’s most unique game type.Finally, Connected Versus is, as the name implies, the same mode, except a human player takes the role of the boss. MacDonald tells me that this will only be available one day per week, as pitting players against each other so fiercely somewhat goes against the aforementioned relaxing, mellow vibe that Tetris Effect intentionally pursues.
Tetris Effect: Connected, whether you pick it up for $40 or download it as part of your Xbox Game Pass subscription, is likely to be one of those games that always lives on your hard drive. You can pick it up and enjoy it for a few minutes at a time if you want to unwind, or, in the case of Connected’s multiplayer modes, compete or cooperate in a decidedly Tetris way.