The Twist in Tetris Effect’s Story Mode

Luis Alamilla
4 min readJun 17, 2020

Tetris Effect is one of the most interesting twists on a video game classic in recent times. You have the same traditional Tetris gameplay everyone grew up playing but with the dazzling presentation equivalent to a firework festival. It’s astonishing to witness in gameplay videos and even more overwhelming to play in person. I immediately fell in love with the game when it originally released for PlayStation 4 on November 9th, 2018. Since its release, it’s gone on to win plenty of critic awards and most recently released on PC via the Epic Games Store.

The days following up to getting my review copy, I was excited to finally dive into the deep with Tetris Effect. I had been watching the reveal trailer over and over again. The song for the level, The Deep, was stuck in my head as I kept playing the music in eager anticipation to play. That same week though, I had broken up with my long-distance girlfriend and the pain from that lingered on.

I looked to my excitement for Tetris Effect to help cope with those feelings and what a journey it was. Suddenly the song I was listening to over and over again, that brought me so much joy, became more relevant to my pain.

“With every passing day, the winds might blow stronger. Carry us away but we will hold on to joy to light the way to keep the reminder that love does not escape”

Those words hit me like a car ramming into a brick wall. It hurt. I felt those feelings not too long ago and now the thing I was looking forward to for months, this twist on a classic puzzle game, was destroying me.

“I’m yours forever, there is no end in sight for us. Nothing could measure, the kind of strength inside our heart.”

Tetris Effect — The Deep

With every new verse in the song, memories of the good times would flash in my mind. When we’d travel across California just to see each other, that even when the world was against us, we’d pull through. Truth be told it devastated me and left a lasting…

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