Tetris is one of the most we’ll know, iconic and best selling games in the history of gaming. It’s instantly recognisable, addictive and fun to play, that we can’t deny. Now we have Tetra’s Escape which has taken a winning formula, and combined the Tetris shapes, known as Tetraminos, and made a platform/puzzle game out of it. Sounds good, right?
Whilst the game isn’t going to set the world alight, it’s a unique twist on the popular Tetris shapes in its own puzzle game. Levels start off simple enough, allowing you to get to grips with how the mechanics work and which shapes you’re allowed to use in each level. Some Tetras can only use a single shape, while others allow you to experiment as you figure out a way to reach the exit portal and save your friends. Later on though, the game really does get your brain working as there are fewer platforms along with strips of ice that cause you to slide and fire pits that will instantly kill your Tetra.
The game’s visuals are bright, and don’t look too polished, but given the asking price, it’s not a surprise. It’s a cheap and cheerful Indie game that many achievement hunters will flock to for an easy completion to add to their collection. That’s not to say that you should pass up on the chance though, it’s a fun little game and worth the cost.
There’s a hefty 64 levels in which to test your solving skills across several worlds, all the while seeing the difficulty increase as you go. Although it should be noted that it’s not all that hard, and with some trial and error you won’t be stuck on any level for too long.
I had fun playing Tetra’s Escape, and while it didn’t take long to finish, it was fun to play with Tetris shapes once again. It’s been a while since I played anything Tetris related, but along with the usual ability to rotate the shapes, you can also mirror switch them to help solve the levels which adds a new dimension to the game. Bear in mind that jumping is only allowed when you have a block in front of you that’s one higher up than your current position, and then there’s the Tetra’s that are sleeping and can only be woken up by using another Tetra to walk into them. So forward planning is essential later on.
There’s a star rating system in place and a golden cup to collect in each level which are tied to the achievements, so grabbing that perfect finish is worth it and a lot easier in the early levels. I did find a way to the end in some instances, but because I hadn’t placed my Tetraminos in the correct place for the cups, I’d have to replay some levels to achieve a perfect finish, adding some replay value.
Tetra’s Escape is a fun little puzzle/platform game, that at such a cheap price would be a mistake to turn your nose up at. It may not be to everyone’s liking, but for those who hunt achievements and trophies, you’d be a foolish to pass it by.
Developer: ABX Game Studios
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Release Date: 8th August 2018
File Size: 580MB
Xbox One copy provided for review purpose.
Available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Steam & Xbox One