Tetris Effect: Connected

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Tetris Effect: Connected

Developer(s) Enhance, Monstars Inc., Stage Games, Resonair
Publisher(s) Enhance
Release Date(s) PS4: November 9, 2018
XBOne/Win10: November 10, 2020
Steam: August 18, 2021
Switch: October 8, 2021
Platform(s) Playstation 4 (with PSVR support), Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam, Oculus Quest, Epic Games, Nintendo Switch

Gameplay Info

Next pieces 1-4
Playfield dimensions 10w x 20h visible
Hold piece Yes
Hard drop Yes
Rotation system SRS
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Tetris Effect: Connected is a game based on The Tetris Effect, combining stunning visuals, audio cues timed to players' actions, and a completely original OST to enhance the effects experienced in The Tetris Effect phenomenon. During late 2020 and into 2021, various platforms starting with Microsoft's Xbox One/Series X/S/Windows 10 received a free DLC expansion along with a rename to Tetris Effect: Connected.

Stages

Journey mode features 27 unique stages arranged in 7 areas. Each stage has its own theme, block skin, background graphics and sound. The last stage is 90 lines long whereas lines cleared in the Zone won't count. The length of the other stages depends on the difficulty setting: 30 lines for Beginner, 36 lines for Normal, and 48 lines for Expert.

The current speed level depends on the selected difficulty, on the current stage and on the amount of cleared lines as well. Each stage has 3 speed values: The first value is used at the start of a game, the second value is used when one third of the specified lines have been cleared (30 on last stage, otherwise 10 on Beginner, 12 on Normal and 16 on Expert), and the third value eventually when two third of the specified lines have been cleared (60 on last stage, otherwise 20 on Beginner, 24 on Normal and 32 on Expert). Speed Level 15 is the maximum gravity in 150 lines Marathon (Journey mode never becomes that fast on Normal). Speed level 20 is 20G gravity, that means the pieces spawn touching the ground.

Speed Levels in Journey Mode
Stage Beginner Normal Expert
The Deep 1 1 1 1 2 3 6 7 8
Pharaoh's Code 2 2 2 3 4 5 8 9 10
Karma Wheel 3 3 3 4 5 6 10 11 12
Jellyfish Chorus 1 1 3 1 1 5 6 6 10
Da Vinci 1 3 1 1 5 1 6 10 6
Prayer Circles 3 1 3 5 1 5 10 6 10
Ritual Passion 1 3 7 1 5 9 6 12 15
Deserted 4 2 2 6 3 3 11 8 6
Dolphin Surf 2 7 3 4 9 6 10 15 12
Downtown Jazz 2 6 2 4 8 5 9 14 10
Spirit Canyon 1 3 8 3 5 10 8 10 16
Jeweled Veil 2 2 4 4 4 6 9 9 10
Forest Dawn 5 5 5 7 7 7 12 12 12
Kaleidoscope 5 7 2 7 10 3 12 16 8
Turtle Dreams 6 6 6 8 8 8 13 13 13
Celebration 1 6 9 1 8 11 6 15 18
Sunset Breeze 4 1 4 7 3 7 12 8 12
Aurora Peak 3 6 7 5 8 9 10 13 16
Zen Blossoms 1 4 6 3 6 8 8 11 13
Yin & Yang 9 5 3 11 7 5 16 12 10
Hula Soul 1 7 10 3 10 12 8 16 20
Starfall 6 9 4 9 12 7 15 18 12
Balloon High 2 9 3 5 12 6 10 18 11
Mermaid Cove 4 4 7 7 7 10 12 12 14
Orbit 4 6 8 7 8 11 13 14 17
Stratosphere 8 9 10 10 11 13 16 18 20
Metamorphosis 7 4 10 10 7 13 16 13 20


An area usually consists of 3 to 5 stages; the last stage is its own area though. The player receives a grade after the completion of each area: E,D,C,B,A,S, and SS whereas SS is the best grade. This grade depends entirely on the score whereas the score requirement depends on the difficulty setting and the amount of stages in the area. On Expert difficulty, a player must reach roughly the following scores to be rewarded with the SS grade:

  • 85k points if 3 areas
  • 110k points if 4 areas
  • 135k points if 5 areas
  • 57k points if last stage

For comparison, the default Effect modes have the following requirements:

  • 500k points in Marathon
  • 35k points in Ultra
  • 70 seconds in Sprint