Enhance, Inc. announced today that their highly anticipated upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR puzzle game Tetris Effect will have over 10 extra gameplay modes. This is in addition to the main Journey Mode campaign that won kudos and several awards at this year’s E3 trade show. Players will be able to try the game for themselves via a free trial demo the weekend before the game’s November 9th release.
The Tetris Effect: Weekend Trial Demo will be available for download on the PlayStation Store starting Thursday, November 1st and run until the morning of Monday, November 5th. The demo consists of three stages of the main “Journey Mode” campaign (FYI: 27 total Journey Mode stages in the final game), as well as two “Effect Modes” (FYI: 10+ in the final game): Marathon Mode and Mystery Mode. These modes are explained in greater detail below, along with all the other Effect Modes.
Also, a special “Weekend Ritual” event will run for 24 hours over the demo weekend (starting 12pm UTC on Saturday, November 3rd), during which all players of the Weekend Trial Demo can play a specified mode to earn points towards a Community Goal. If 100% of that Community Goal is reached in the 24 hour period, a special in-game avatar will unlock for all players who participated in the event, which is usable in the demo only. A Weekend Ritual event like this will run every weekend once the full Tetris Effect game launches on November 9th, spotlighting different Effect Modes each week.
TETRIS® EFFECT: MODE SUMMARIES
JOURNEY MODE This is the main campaign and the heart of Tetris Effect. After choosing from one of three difficulties (Beginner, Normal, Expert), players journey through a series of stages, each with their own theme, graphics, music, sound effects, etc. all of which sync to the gameplay.
EFFECT MODES These are all the other modes in the game – a collection of varying setups and rules designed to evoke different moods the player might be in (or want to be in), as well as varying skill levels.
Effect Modes are divided into four categories based loosely on what “effect” the player is meant to come away with, i.e. chill out with “Relax,” concentrate with “Focus,” enjoy the familiarity / nostalgia of “Classic” modes, or try something unique with “Adventurous.”
A full list of all the Effect Modes follows, grouped by category and including a short explanation for each:
1. EFFECT MODE CATEGORY: CLASSIC
MARATHON MODE Get the best score you can within a 150-Line limit.
ULTRA MODE Get the best score you can within three minutes.
SPRINT MODE Clear 40 lines as fast as you can.
MASTER MODE Insanely fast Tetris. Not for the faint of heart.
2. EFFECT MODE CATEGORY: RELAX
CHILL MARATHON MODE A more relaxed version of Marathon with no Game Over. If the Tetriminos reach the top of the Matrix (play field), they are removed from the board, leaving it empty again.
QUICK PLAY MODE Play through any single stage you choose with no Game Over.
PLAYLIST MODE: SEA Submerge yourself in four aquatic stages with a new, continuous track of specially designed relaxing ambient music.
PLAYLIST MODE: WIND Glide through four windy stages with a new, continuous track of specially designed relaxing ambient music.
PLAYLIST MODE: WORLD Explore four diverse stages with a new, continuous track of specially designed relaxing ambient music.
3. EFFECT MODE CATEGORY: FOCUS
ALL CLEAR MODE Earn as many All Clears as you can before time runs out. Each All Clear will return some time back to the clock.COMBO MODE Earn as many Combos as you can before time runs out. Each successful Combo run will return some time back to the clock.
TARGET MODE Clear as many Target Blocks as you can before time runs out. Each set of Target Blocks cleared will return some time back to the clock.
4. EFFECT MODE CATEGORY: ADVENTUROUS
COUNTDOWN MODE Use automatically-falling I-Tetriminos to score line clears and bonus points.
PURIFY MODE Clear as many Dark Blocks as you can within three minutes. You can clear Dark Blocks by clearing the line that they are on, and / or by scoring multiple line clears, combos, etc.
MYSTERY MODE Try to survive a Marathon session as random effects (some good, most bad) keep popping up.
Tetris Effect launches November 9 exclusively on PS4