Free Tetris Effect Demo and 25% off weekend sale announced

If you haven't tried Tetris Effect yet, now's the time to jump in, with a demo and a sale going on.


If you're one of the last few unenlightened PlayStation 4 owners out there who hasn't made time for Tetris Effect just yet, consider taking the weekend off.

The Tetris Effect: Weekend Trial Demo is returning to the PlayStation Store this Friday, February 8 and will last through Monday, February 11. It will truly be available only for a limited time, and once it's deactivated, the demo will no longer be playable or available for download. That means you must have an online connection if you want to play the demo. You don't need it for the full game if you decide to purchase.

The demo comes with three stages taken from the game's "Journey Mode" campaign out of the 27 total stages as well as two Effect Modes. There are 10 in the full game, but you can try out Marathon Mode and Mystery Mode here. If you like what you see (and you undoubtedly will), the game's digital version will be on sale for 25% off for the first time for the duration of the weekend trial.

Tetris Effect has won several accolades for its high-quality take on the classic puzzle game, including Shacknews' Best PS4 Game of 2018, Best Music of 2018, and Best Sound Design of 2018. Our own Asif Khan reviewed the title for Shacknews and awarded it a 9 out of 10.

"Tetris Effect is one of the best games to be released this year, and Tetsuya Mizuguchi's team has truly changed the game for the better. This is the update to Tetris no one knew they needed, but now that we have it, it is impossible to imagine stepping back," he mused. Yes, it's that good. Now the next step is getting the demo and strapping in for what will undoubtedly be one of the coolest trips of 2019 so far for new players.

Let us know if you end up taking your first Tetris Effect trip this weekend!

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    February 7, 2019 9:45 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Free Tetris Effect Demo and 25% off weekend sale announced

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      February 7, 2019 9:54 AM


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      February 7, 2019 9:59 AM

      I wish it would come out for multiple platforms.

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      February 7, 2019 10:25 AM

      Free Demo. Sad that has to be said these days.

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      February 7, 2019 10:49 AM

      Don’t miss this. I wish I had more time to play it! BestTetris.

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      February 7, 2019 11:26 AM

      PC VR Please?

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      February 7, 2019 11:33 AM

      So this is only available on ps? For some reason I thought it was on PC s well. Poop!

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      February 7, 2019 1:14 PM

      hold up. I thought this was some sort of tetris hybrid but i watched the gameplay video and its just tetris? is this about how nice it looks?

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        February 7, 2019 1:17 PM


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          February 7, 2019 2:09 PM

          Besides the Zone clearing, the big thing is your moves and clears are all tied into and interact with the music, rhythm, sound effects, and visuals. It’s Rez-tris. That alone really puts it on a different level, even without VR.

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            February 7, 2019 2:19 PM

            Yeah, it even tells you at launch to play the game with surround sound for best experiences and I highly recommend that.

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              February 7, 2019 2:54 PM

              There are very few games I crank the sound louder than for Tetris Effect. I literally cannot stop myself.

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        February 7, 2019 1:19 PM

        The coolest thing about it is the VR stuff, which I haven't had the chance to try. I can't bring myself to drop that kind of money on PSVR which only has a couple of decent titles on it.

        But the base game's graphics and sounds are what lift it up. At it's core, it’s a very solid single player Tetris game with all the usual dressings like Master mode (instant drop), marathon mode and puzzle modes.

        The 'Journey' mode is supposed to elicit some kind of emotional response, but I've yet to feel it. It's just a damn fine Tetris game with awesome music, sound and graphics.

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          February 7, 2019 1:26 PM

          I thought the whole point of the Journey mode was to elicit the "Tetris Effect" for which the game is named. Hence the time stopping being called the "Zone" meter as well.

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            February 7, 2019 1:28 PM

            I dunno, maybe I'm a crusty old man who is emotionally bankrupt, but I just don't feel it. Zone mode is just a place to get 10,000 extra points without reducing your line clear amount and each stage is just a nicely themed stage-specific graphics and sound.

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              February 7, 2019 1:31 PM

              I do want the Ultimatris achievement.

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                February 7, 2019 1:33 PM

                God, I came *so* close last night. It gave me a Square and an S piece in the opposite order which would've made it happen. I can get 19s all day long, but that elusive 20 seems forever out of my grasp.

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          February 7, 2019 1:44 PM


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      February 7, 2019 1:21 PM

      More of you fine peopple need to pick it up and play it, because most of my friends list is from here on the Shack, and most of you are literally thousands of ranks below me in the charts. Let's get with the program, people.

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        February 7, 2019 3:06 PM

        If it was available on PC or Xbox I'd buy it in a heartbeat. :-/

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      February 7, 2019 1:32 PM

      I really wish articles linked to the psn store entry. I do almost all my installs via their web page.

      (Note, this is definitely not just this site, most sites across the web, also the entry may not be up yet for a demo, is just a general observation)

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        February 7, 2019 1:36 PM

        I will be sure to make our staff aware of the request. Sounds like a good idea.

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          February 7, 2019 2:08 PM

          Best thing to do is search for "<gamename> store PlayStation en-us"


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      February 7, 2019 2:22 PM

      Xbox please

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      February 10, 2019 6:45 PM

      Thanks for pointing out only first 3 levels are available in the demo. The wife & I have been trying to get past it for last 1/2 hour :P

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