I’ve already written extensively about how much I adore Tetris 99, the Tetris game mixed with the dominating Battle Royale genre that was stealth launched back in February. My feelings still ring true, the gameplay is perfect, and the battles are tense. You feel vindicated when you win and crushed when you lose, but there’s always time for that ‘one more match.’
But, my criticisms of the game rang true, up until last week when a new batch of DLC was stealthily announced and released. For the low price of $9.99, you can download the Big Block DLC that introduces a couple of new ways to play the addicting game, and yes, it’s offline play focused on the single-player experience. Tetris 99 is starting to feel like a complete experience.
The Big Block DLC introduces two new modes, CPU Battle and Marathon Mode. Both are exactly what you expect. CPU Battle has you battling against 98 computer controlled opponents with the same goal of being the last one standing. Before the start of each match, you can change the difficulty level of the CPU from one to five. During my matches, I beat the level one CPU’s with little challenge, in fact, I knocked out 18 in my first match, but once I stepped it up to level five, I struggled just as much as I do when I’m facing off against real players. While this still isn’t a tutorial (something I think the game needs), being able to mess around and learn the ins and outs of T-Spins without worrying about a high-skill player throwing 12 lines of trash at you is much enjoyed.
Marathon Mode feels most like the Tetris I’ve grown up with. You can choose between a 150-line mode, where you can also change what level you want to start on, and a 999-line mode where you must clear 999 lines to win. Both are timed, and it’s already addicting to lower my time on each mode. I’ll say my skills haven’t gotten me to clear 999 lines without failing, some of the later levels make you regret even the smallest mistake, but I know I will keep playing until I do.
The most appreciated part of this DLC? The offline play. Tetris 99 needed to have an online connection since you were playing against 98 other players, but now you can play whenever and wherever you are. I’ve enjoyed being able to play while I’m at work without a strong connection.
Nintendo has also promised that more information on upcoming modes is coming soon. That wording is leading me to believe that this is the ‘season pass’ of sorts for Tetris 99. I’m not sure what to expect in the future, but it’s awesome to see the company continue to support this highly-addictive Tetris game. The Big Block DLC has reignited my spark for the game, and my addiction is in full throttle. The next time you ask me what I’m playing, Tetris 99 will more than likely be my answer.
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