Despite the ‘tris’ element of its name, this deliberately lo-fi indie puzzler has more shared DNA with the likes of Columns or Puyo Puyo.

With a clever art style that makes the game look hand drawn and physically home made, Papertris is a game that sees you trying to match coloured blocks to create combos that disappear. Though you can switch the colours around, you can’t change the alignment of the block itself.

Though it starts out with minimal mechanics and block types, complexity is gently layered on as you progress; including literal layers of depth with rows of blocks that will need to be dealt with behind the initial layer you start with.

It’s a gently compelling game with a great, varied soundtrack and even a competitive two player mode.

It’s reasonably priced too, offering quite a bit of value for what it’s being offered for.

It’s not the most original or unique game in the world, but thankfully Papertris brings enough to the table – including some neat ideas and an appealingly minimal art style – to differentiate it from other falling block puzzle games, which makes it well worth checking out for puzzle fans.

Many thanks to publisher Flynn’s Arcade for providing me with a code for review purposes. Papertris is out now on Nintendo Switch.

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