- Developer: ABX Games Studio
- Publisher: Ratalaika Games
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Source: Free Demo via Nintendo Switch eshop
- Availability: 10th August 2018
What they say
There are blocks named Tetras and it is down to the players to do all that they can, to save them and make the most out of their special ability. Via the means of shape-shifting, Tetras can turn into different Tetrominos and be used to fill holes and master puzzles, in an attempt to reach the portal on the other side of the level.
But, don’t just go expecting a linear adventure, as sometimes crafting a staircase to the heavens is the only way to make it to the end, so if you dare to dream big and go block mad, you might just have what it takes to bring all the Tetras back home!
What’s it like to play
Have you ever had that feeling of pure nostalgia? For me Tetras escape is overflowing with it. A hint of old school tetris mixed with lemmings, boy did I enjoy the lemmings franchise a classic lost in the midst of all the wonderfully creativity that game developers are dishing out to us nowadays.
The demo consists of the first ten stages, each stage getting progressively more challenging to solve. It’s colourful bright and cheery. The little tetra cubes are kind of cute especially when your moving past another and it jumps out of the way. As the game progresses your options increase in how you can manipulate the tetra into different shapes in order to guide a single tetra safely to the end zone. The shapes represent the same ones found in the retro Tetris game and can be rotated in order to fit as you like to solve the puzzle. Different colour tetra represent different shape that tetra can turn into. Grey tetra are generic and can be turned into any of the shapes required to complete the level, that being said the grey one normally indicates the one you need to reach the end zone. There are 3 stars to collect and a bonus trophy appears after the 3 stars have been collected. Be warned if you are someone who enjoys completing every objective, it is possible to block and or not be able to reach a trophy due to not knowing where it will spawn, making placement and orientation oh shapes very important. Luckily you will be able to replay the levels to achieve 100% completion if not achieved on the first try.
I feel music can sometimes be an underrated component in games. I can only speak for myself when I say, if the music, sound effects and voice acting are not of good quality it ruins the whole experience for me and I’d rather continue to play a game with the audio muted. Luckily Tetras Escape doesn’t suffer from that fate and I can gladly listen to the cuties melody of this original soundtrack.
Coming in at just under £5 for approximately 7 hours worth of fun puzzle solving is a very fair price to pay. Still not convinced? Then you can always try the demo, its free after all.