Fans of the classic should enjoy the new music-related twist to the familiar puzzle game mechanic. One of the best things Tetris Beat has going for it is its accessibility. Even if you've never played any of the previous iterations of Tetris, the tutorial walks you through the basics in a logical manner, with pointers peppered through the walkthrough. Once you start dropping the pieces in time with the beat, visual and audio clues confirm if you've hit the mark or were off a bit (even if you don't glance at your score to see how you did). In no time, you'll no doubt get into the groove (especially if you like dance and pop music). It feels great, also due to the simple controls. It won't take long before you glance at a specific shape and know just where it'll go, or if you want to build up a bigger move, like setting up for a long, straight piece to slide down one side. There are different tactics you can apply, here, but the music timing adds another layer. While many gamers might not realize it, there are also Daily, Weekly and Monthly missions, seen when tapping the small checkmark at the bottom of the screen. For example, one may be to score 15,000 points on any song in a single game, or make 25 Tetris Line Clears in Marathon mode, or make 5 T-Spins on the beat. Each mission has an accompanying XP point value.
There's a small Stats tab at the bottom of the screen which shows your total XP points, and how close you are to the next level. Tetris Beat's graphics, background animations, sound effects and music are also worth calling out. The colorful "rave"-like feel transcends all levels, modes and menu screens. In short, there's something here for both newcomers to Tetris as well as seasoned players. The mash-up of Tetris puzzle pieces and timing your rhythm works, and the developers even give you a mode that leaves the music part out, if you prefer. Apple Arcade subscribers should download Tetris Beat for a really fun (and familiar) time.