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The Best Games Like Tetris on PS5

Three of the best games like Tetris on PS5 - Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, Tricky Towers and Save Room -mashed-up together with elements from each.

Tetris has been hooking people for forty years now. It’s a simple enough concept, slotting bricks together to make lines, but you can spend hours immersed in the game. But what if you’re done with the blocks, and you want a little more variety? That’s why we’ve chased down the best games like Tetris on PS5.

Of course, if you want an authentic experience, you should jump onto Tetris Effect Connected, the only official Tetris game you can pick up on PS5. If you’ve got a PSVR 2 headset, too, you can experience it in virtual reality, which really is next-level stuff.

On this list, however, we’re focusing on those PS5 games like Tetris that’ll scratch that puzzle-solving itch, and most owe something to Alexey Pajitnov’s original block-based puzzler. Be warned, any of these could gobble up your time and, before you know it, your day will be half over.

For more head-scratching, check out the best puzzle games on PS4 and PS5.

1. Tricky Towers

Tricky Towers
Image: WeirdBeard

Ever wondered what Tetris would be like without those walls, keeping the blocks in order? The answer is Tricky Towers, which resembles Tetris in some respects, but the physics-heavy gameplay will have you biting your fingernails.

In your head, you’re imagining the blocks sitting neatly on top of each other. But things won’t work out that neatly, whether you’re tackling its challenges or taking on a human player. Instead, it’s a matter of minimizing the number of blocks that plunge into the watery abyss. No pressure.

Read our review of Tricky Towers

2. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
Image: SEGA

Okay, maybe we’re cheating a bit by putting a game that’s got Tetris in the title in our best PS5 games like Tetris list, but this is a match-up made in heaven, whether you’re a fan of Tetris, Puyo Puyo or both.

Sure, you can stick to Puyo Puyo if you want, but going head to head, mixing up styles or even swapping between games mid-match is where Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 really comes into its own. And, with a human or AI opponent, their successful lines/quads fill your screen up with clear pieces you’ll struggle to get rid of. But remember, revenge can be so very, very sweet.

Read our review of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2

3. Save Room

Save Room
Image: Fractal Projects

Resident Evil’s weapons may not drop from the top of the screen, but there’s a real Tetris-style art to fitting them into your inventory. There’s room for one more pistol there, but you’ve got to arrange the other weapons just so.

Save Room takes those inventory shenanigans and turns them into a game, as you rotate and shunt block after block, arming yourself for a theoretical zombie battle. If Alexey Pajitnov hasn’t designed Tetris, you can bet he’d have had a hand in this.

Read our review of Save Room

4. Lumines Remastered

Lumines Remastered
Image: Enhance

Lumines is the secret lovechild of Tetris and 90s-style rave, with more flashing lights and upbeat music than you can shake a The Shamen album at. Forget waiting for an L-shaped block, all these blocks are square. Does that make the game easier? Not in the least.

Instead, you’ll be scratching your head, pondering the shape you’re making. Throw in another player and you’re in for a real treat, though the lack of online head-to-head is a mild disappointment.

Read our review of Lumines Remastered

5. Thomas Was Alone

Thomas Was Alone
Image: Bithell Games

Thomas Was Alone is what you’d get if you sent Tetris’ blocks on a road trip. Despite their blocky appearance, these blocks are actually artificial intelligences. And, instead of drawing people with eight fingers, they’re on the hunt for purpose.

More of a platform puzzler, these roaming Tetrominos have more character than many other protagonists and, despite the lack of a ticking clock, you’ll still be scratching your head as you usher them along their journey.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.