Differently shaped forms fall down into a 2D container. The forms, which can be moved and rotated, must be sorted in "on-the-fly".



(concept) (as Alexei Pazhitnov), (creator) | 1 more credit »


Differently shaped forms fall down into a 2D container. The forms, which can be moved and rotated, must be sorted in "on-the-fly" on the bottom of the container. Every horizontal line completely built without any space makes you score and disappears. Every once in a while the game fastens. Additional points are given if you don't wait for a form to arrive at the bottom and drop it fast. The game ends if there is no room left in the container. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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tetris | puzzle | game boy | See All (3) »


The relentless building block video puzzle. See more »




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17 May 1989 (USA)  »

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1.17 : 1
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This version of Tetris, which was made for the NES, is the most controversial one. Tengen, a division owned by Atari that made games for third-party consoles (as a way to make money after Atari's unit was sold off by Warner Communications in 1984). Tengen bypassed a lockout chip designed by Nintendo to block unauthorized third-party games (as it was announced that Tengen would make games for the NES behind Nintendo's back) and Tetris was among the games. However, Tengen faced a lawsuit involving distribution of its own Tetris game. It was discovered that Tengen bought the rights from a company called Mirrorsoft, which did not own the rights in the first place. As a result, Tengen lost its case, the Tengen Tetris was recalled from stores, and Nintendo released their own legitimate version for the NES after that. See more »


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Theme C
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Truncated version of French Suite No. 3 "Menuet"
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The Best Puzzle Game in the World.
7 August 1999 | by (Hastings, Nebraska) – See all my reviews

Tetris is an addictive and fun puzzle game designed for all ages. The innovation is classic as you fit block after block to create horizontal lines that fade out once you've made them. Alexey Pajitnov has created a classic for any system. Basically, it has always been with Nintendo spawning new Tetris games (Playstation had one, Tetrisphere), but I recommend the following titles for you to play with. Tetris (not DX), for the Game Boy, reason not being the DX is the absence of everyone's favorite theme song. Then the New Tetris for Nintendo 64, because it is beautiful, has a great soundtrack and you can have four people to play against you. There are so many puzzle games out now, but Tetris is the best.

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