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21 Great Games Like Tetris

These are hand-picked games similar to Tetris. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Tetris. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Tetris. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Tetris is a longstanding puzzle game where you make horizontal lines by placing different shaped tiles in a well. It's simple and fun, but as the pieces speed up it gets increasingly difficult.

Unfortunately, Tetris is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 20/09/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @AlexeyPajitnov9

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Costs: Free

Pokémon Cafe Mix

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 15/12/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

Pokemon Cafe Mix is a puzzle game. Similar to the icon-connection challenge of Disney Tsum Tsum, you play as Eevee and delivering orders in a cafe by linking Pokemon icons in a ring. It's a low pressure puzzle with a swirl-to-connect interaction that is...

Super Mario Bros. 35

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 01/10/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @Arika_co_jp

Players: You can play this with 35 players online

Super Mario Bros.35 is Mario combined with Fortnite's battle royale online competition. You play a Mario game, but as you score points you send one of the other 35 players enemies and hazards. Jump on a Koopa and send it to the leader on points or...

Pac-Man Vs.

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017

Price: Free

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Platform and Strategy

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...

Bonkies

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 29/01/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @BonkieCorp

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Bonkies is a co-operative building game where you construct buildings from different blocks. With a jetpack and a grab-arm you work with other players to maneuver the blocks into place. It starts quite simply but soon gets everyone shouting.

Mini Motorways

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 04/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Dinopoloclub

Players: This is a single player game

Mini Motorways is by the same developer as Mini Metro but tasks you with planning a road network rather than subway. You lay down roads, traffic lights and motorways to ensure enough cars can get to the buildings that pop up in your city as time passes....

Puyo Puyo (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 07/05/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @SEGA

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Puyo Puyo Champions (Puyo Puyo eSports in Japan) is the latest in a puzzle game series where you line up slime-like Puyo creatures who fall from the top of the screen. The trick is to rotate the groups of two, three, and four colours to line up with...

Stormbound Kingdom Wars

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 18/09/2017, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Developer: @PaladinStudios

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Stormbound is a strategic battle game combining Chess and Clash Of Clans gameplay. You build an army by earning cards for different units, defences and abilities. These have to be carefully chosen to do well in the battles...

Peggle (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 27/02/2007, updated in 2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @Popcap

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

In Peggle, you fire a small ball into an array of pins that are triggered and disappear when the ball touches them. It's like a bright, saccharine pachinko game. But. being electronic you can earn all sort of bonus balls and abilities by hitting...

Kolumno

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 15/11/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @DevilishGames

Players: This is a single player game

Kolumno is a puzzle game where you drop a ball down the side of a sphere aiming to reach the bottom without being blocked. Your task is to manipulate the ball so it fits the rotating elements with gaps in them.

Tricky Towers

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 05/07/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @WeirdBeardGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

This battle puzzle uses shapes but instead of creating lines you must balance them in towers that mustn’t fall over. Real-world physics apply, along with wind and attacks from other players to make your stack topple. Up to four players can race to...

Chime (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 03/02/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @ZoeMode

Players: This is a single player game

Chime is a block-dropping music puzzle game where you control a single shape to move, rotate, and then place it onto a grid. A beatline moves across the grid in time with the music, setting off events when it hits placed shapes.

Words With Friends

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 01/01/2009

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Zynga

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Words with Friends is online Scrabble. You take turns placing tiles to make words crossword-style. Because the game is online you can play with people in different places, but also without having to be online at the same time with its asynchronous play.

Triple Town

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 14/10/2010, updated in 2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @SpryFox

Players: This is a single player game

Triple Town is a puzzle game where you expand an empire by building cities in a limited space. You combine lower value pieces into better ones to improve your city and make best use of available space. It's simple and quick to pick up but requires...

HyperDot

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 31/01/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @TribeGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

HyperDot is a dodging game, where you control a small circle and must move to avoid collisions with other shapes. It sounds too simple to be fun, but the cover design and variation in challenge make it a really enjoyable game.

Meteos

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 27/06/2005

Price: Free

Platforms: Nintendo DS and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @Sora_Sakura

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Meteos is a tile-matching game inspired by Missile Command and Tetris. You stack coloured blocks which fall from the top of the screen. The aim is to launch three or more blocks of the same colour onto the top of the screen to make them disappear.

Fru

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 29/06/2016

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Physically Active and Platform

Developer: @Aparaitre

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

This is a platform game with a twist. One player uses a controller to run and jump around the level; a second player stands in front of the Xbox Kinect camera and appears on the screen in silhouette. This person must use the outline of their body to...

Lumines

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 01/01/2004, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @PixelJunkNews

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Lumines is a music puzzle game where you rotate and align small blocks to form squares of a single colour. As you do this, in time with the music, they are erased as the beat line passes over them. The game is lost when the blocks reach the top of the...

Collapsus

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @WraithGames

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

Collapsus is a puzzle game where you match tiles. You rotate the screen to adjust which way is down, then tapping a single tiles makes it disappear. And vertical or horizontal lines with matching colours you create also disappear. Tapping a single tile...

Inbento

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 12/03/2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @AfterburnGames

Players: This is a single player game

Inbento is a food-themed puzzle game where you solve puzzles to prepare lunch boxes. As you complete each "bento" lunch box a story unfolds about the highs and lows of parenthood. There are over 100 fun puzzles, aesthetically served with traditional...

Pushy and Pully

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 05/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @ResistanceStdio

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Pushy and Pully is a puzzle game where you push blocks into enemies to kill them, or into each other to gain special attacks. The action takes place on a single screen with up to two players. After 10 levels there is a large enemy to defeat before...

Combo Postage

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 06/07/2019

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HacksawUnit

Players: This is a single player game

Combo Postage is a jumping and stacking game. You play as Sue at her summer job as she dodges, tapes, and stomps boxes with a high-tech tape gun. Run into a box to tape it up then stomp to seal. It’s simple, hectic fun and as you realise you can line...

Tetris is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Tetris in the following lists:

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant, all-age competitive fun is something video games are known for. Find the right games for your family and you can create important and healthy ways to let off steam, excel and persevere as you sit next to each other on the sofa. These games can play a big part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat. Kids love competing online, but the games here focus on battling in the same room. Played with multiple controllers and a shared screen, they offer challenges that require real skill and give everyone a chance to rise to the top of the family pile.
 
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Ico

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Ico
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Blur

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PEGI Rating 12+ for Blur

Wield Absolute Control

Things don’t stay put. You’re the only one keeping the ship afloat. You can’t get people to do what you tell them. The effort you spend doesn’t produce the results it deserves. Well, in these video games you get to wield complete control over people, things, situations or even whole worlds.

If games offer an escape from chaos, these games are particularly good at granting a sense of satisfying agency and power as they do that. Whether it’s ordering the perfect stock room in Wilmot’s Warehouse, organising your island in Animal Crossing, perfectly controlling the flow of traffic in Mini Motorways or even build civilisation just the way you want it in Civilization the sense of satisfaction and calm from the achievement is second to none.
 

First Steps Into Online Video Games

One of the most exciting aspects of modern video games is playing with other people online. It's a big step from playing something like Mario Kart with family and friends in the same room to going online to play with people you don't know.

With the benefits and opportunities of online play come the issues and potential dangers of children interacting with people they don't know. We've worked with the Breck Foundation to create this list of games that are great for parents, carers and children to take first steps online together.

The Breck Foundation is a charity founded by Lorin LaFave after the tragic burder of her 14-year old son, Breck Bednar, in 2014, through online grooming. Breck was groomed while enjoying his passions of computing and gaming. The foundation aims to ensure that no child is harmed through grooming and exploitation while enjoying their time on the internet.

After speaking with Lorin on BBC Radio, together, we hatched an idea to offer this resource to help anchor online gaming as a part of family life. By playing online with your child from an early age you create a context where mistakes are made together. This establishes an open conversation where your child is more likely to tell you if something happens online that doesn't feel right, and more likely to listen to your ongoing advice and guidance.

This works with Breck Foundation's, ‘Play virtual, Live real’ motto that reminds children to never meet up alone in a private place with someone they have met only online, to ensure that online play is safe, enjoyable and connected to attentive adults.

The games in this list offer small steps to go from local play to online play. Some games, like Roblox are designed for young players with lots of special safety settings. Other games, like Sky, are designed to lead players into co-operating with each other with in-game purchases you give away, and interactions that start limited and expand as you gain experience. Then there are co-operative games like Ibb and Obb where you work together and communicate with gestures on the screen.

You can use Family Settings and Parental Controls on your system to limit how your child interacts with other players online. As well as finding the right games to get them started, it's also important that you play with them and keep game screens in shared family spaces so you can see what they are doing.
 

Free Multiplayer With Nintendo Download Play

The Nintendo DS and 3DS/2DS offers a feature for some games where you can play on multiple systems with one copy of the game. This is a great way to save money for multiplayer games.

The main player has the game in their DS, the other players go to the Download Play option in the menu of their DS. The game then downloads a small version to each player so everyone can play.

Some games limit this to just one other player, but games like Mario Tennis allow for 4 players to compete, and Mario Kart allows for up to 8 players to race against each other with just one copy of the game. Other games, like Luigi's Manion: Dark Moon offers special download multiplayer modes where you can compete against each other.

Here is a list of the top Download Play DS and 3DS games. Or there is our full list of great Download Play games.
 

Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 
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Horace

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PEGI Rating 12+ for Horace
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198x

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PEGI Rating 12+ for 198x

Virtual Reality Games

Video games take you to virtual worlds for adventures, challenges and stories. Virtual Reality games extend this experience by putting the world right in front of your eyes and then matching your motions and head movements with the game.

VR is an experience that's hard to describe. Putting the headset on is like stepping into another room. This not only makes existing games more immersive but also opens the door to new types of experience.

While this can be quite expensive, it has become more affordable over the years. The main options for VR are as follows:
  • Oculus Quest 2 - Is self-contained so doesn't need lots of wires or setting up. You can also purchase a (costly) cable to tether the Quest to a PC for more demanding games.
  • HTC's Vive Cosmos - Is a PC-tethered system that supports motion controls. It supports games on SteamVR as well as its own Viveport online store.
  • Valve Index - Is a high end PC-tethered system with more advanced controllers.
  • PlayStation VR - Uses PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 hardware to offer a wide range of interesting highly polished experiences.

 


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