Yesterday, Tetris celebrated its 37th anniversary. The game has been through many, many iterations over the years, one of the best being the fairly recent Tetris Effect from Enhance Games. This version reinvented the classic line-clearing puzzle game into a spiritual, meditative experience, which is of course Tetsuya Mizuguchi's bread and butter. Anyway, the Tetris Company revealed that the game hides a super-secret level, and has explained how to access it.
Some players will know about the 1989 stage, which transforms Tetris Effect into the famous Game Boy version. You can access it by partaking in the Weekend Rituals, or reaching player level 50 to permanently unlock the theme. However, there's an even more secret stage that pays direct homage to the game's origins.
The level simply named 1984 is inspired by the first ever version of Tetris, of course created by Russian designer Alexey Pajitnov. This level theme harkens back to the game he made on his Electronika 60 computer, and it's a brilliant look back at the genesis of what would become a true gaming phenomenon.
To access this special level and unlock it in all the Effect Modes, you'll need a USB keyboard. Here's how you do it.
- At the game's title screen, input the following code with your PS5 or PS4 controller: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Circle, X.
- Plug in your USB keyboard and input 06061984 — the date Tetris was created — and hit Enter. You should get a pop-up to say you've unlocked the theme.
What a cool way to acknowledge Tetris' anniversary and its history at the same time. Will you be checking out this 1984 theme in Tetris Effect? Get those T-spins in the comments section below.