10 Block Puzzle Games Like Tetris

Scratch your block-puzzling itch with these challenging Tetris-like games!

Block Puzzle Games Like Tetris Games Similar To Tetris

Created in 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris remains remarkably popular even today, with official games still being produced for a variety of platforms. The premise of this block puzzle game remains simple: you align and rotate falling pieces of four connected blocks of various shapes to form lines that disappear, with the pace of the game increasing gradually. Games like Tetris prove that old-skool puzzle ideas are still new-skool.

But, let’s face it. The same block-dropping gameplay does get a little stale after a while, even with updated gameplay tweaks. So, here are 10 alternative block puzzle games like Tetris that add their own spin to a timeless idea. Each title on this list meets at least three or more (but not necessarily all) of the following criteria.

 

Selection Criteria For Our List of Games Like Tetris:

  • The puzzles in each game revolve around blocks (i.e. includes gems, beans, etc. that basically still function in a traditional ‘block’ manner).
  • Players are able to manipulate the blocks (e.g. orientation, alignment, etc.)
  • Completing a sequence of blocks should remove it from the board.
  • Has a falling blocks mechanic.
  • Time or speed is a factor.

 

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1. Dr. Mario

Block Puzzle Games Like Tetris Dr Mario

Why It’s Similar: Dr. Mario borrows quite a few classic block puzzle elements and matches the entire selection criteria for our list of games like Tetris. You need to rotate the pills (i.e. blocks) into position, clearing lines along the way. Falling rates increase over time, though you can rapidly force-drop pills just like in Tetris. 

Why It’s Unique: Unlike Tetris, Dr. Mario has a little bit of a ‘plot’ where the aim is to eliminate the evil viruses. It’s a basic story, though it does inspire you to keep going despite the increasing challenge.

Overall: This is probably one of the closest games like Tetris around. Sadly, the most recent release of Dr. Mario is for the Game Boy Advance. It doesn’t look like Nintendo plans to make a new installment or port anytime soon. 

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"Dr. Mario" 1991 Nintendo commercial

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2. BlockOut 2

Block Puzzle Games Like Tetris BlockOut II

Why It’s Similar: BlockOut 2 is best described as a top-down version of Tetris. You move the blocks as they fall into the box and the aim is to form complete ‘layers’ that disappear. Like with most other games like Tetris, the objective is to form these ‘layers’ as efficiently as possible without the blocks touching the top.

Why It’s Unique: Unlike most other games like Tetris, this is a 3D perspective game, so it looks and feels quite different while still keeping the popular base mechanics that made Tetris a classic. Getting used to this alternative view takes a bit of getting used to, but is well worth the puzzling challenge.

Overall: BlockOut 2 is a pretty old game, though it remains a great alternative to Tetris. It keeps the well-loved block-based mechanics while doing something fresh. Well worth a try!

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Blockout 2 - 3D Tetris Game

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3. Dream of Pixels

Block Puzzle Games Like Tetris Dream of Pixels

Why It’s Similar: This iOS game will be immediately familiar to Tetris fans. Like with many other games like Tetris, Dream of Pixels is filled with puzzle blocks, challenging you to match them together to remove lines.

Why It’s Unique: Interestingly, this game allows you to make your own original shapes which are then dropped down into the box to match with others. This simple but effective gameplay mechanic makes Dream of Pixel far more interactive compared to the classic Tetris format of fixed shapes.

Overall: Dream of Pixels is the perfect balance of old and new block puzzle mechanics. It provides an enhanced level of strategy guaranteed to please fans of timeless games like Tetris. 

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4. Slydris

Block Puzzle Games Like Tetris Slydris

Why It’s Similar: Slydris is all about falling blocks and maneuvering them to fill up empty spaces. Making a full line of blocks will clear it. Like other games like Tetris, the game also allows you to force-drop your blocks to quicken the pace. 

Why It’s Unique: Slydris places some emphasis on color-matching. Matching the same colors in one line will give you bonus points. There are also other unique game modes such as Survival Mode and Zen Mode, which makes Slydris a little different to most other straightup block puzzle games like Tetris.

Overall: Slydris is very close to Tetris in terms of core game mechanics. Multiple game modes ensure lots of replay value. Overall, a very solid block puzzle game with some mild innovations!

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Slydris Trailer (iPad)

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5. Kirby’s Star Stacker

Block Puzzle Games Like Tetris Kirby's Star Stacker

Why It’s Similar: As with most other games like Tetris, Kirby’s Star Stacker is about dropping blocks and trying to match them as quickly as possible to stop them from reaching the top.

Why it’s unique: The block designs in the game are based on Kirby’s friends from another game, Kirby’s Dream Land 2. The main aim of the game is to match pairs of blocks instead of full lines. 

Overall: This game is a fairly standard block puzzler with a Kirby twist. It’s actually been remade several times with the latest version available for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Kirby’s Star Stacker can also be played with friends online. It keeps the same basic idea of Tetris but re-works the game into something unique and perfect for Nintendo fans.

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Alfie is Editor-in-Chief of Games Like Zone and has been an avid gamer since the age of 6. His also enjoys reading comics, B-grade horror movies, and travelling to obscure places in the world.

6 Comments

  1. johannes.beutel@gmail.com'

    Here is another block puzzle game. It’s called Block Builder and it is like Tetris, except that there are no walls and the blocks do not fall from above, but from all sides. However the biggest difference is that the goal are not complete rows but a gapless square with the side length of at least 4 stones. Prove your strategic skills and make everything fit.
    Check it out: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fessios.blockbuilder

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    • Thanks so much for your suggestion! Appreciate it! We’ll be sure to add it into the list. We haven’t heard of this game before but the idea sounds very refreshing yet still Tetris-like!

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  2. monkeyboyinc@gmail.com'

    No Spaera on the list, yet a shameless clone of Meteos is promoted instead of the original Meteos? For shame.

    Well, at least Pac-Attack gets the honourable mention it deserves.

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    • Thanks for pointing that out! We’ll include Spaera into the list! Appreciate your keen eye!

      Reply
  3. admin@gamesunday.com'

    Excellent post. I just got to know that there are actually Tetris worldwide championship. It’s a Finnish guy who wont it last year I think. He plays like 8 hours every single day to practise.

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