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Game name Tetris
First released on
Friday 18th of November 1988
1988-11-18
Genres Arcade, Puzzle, Strategy
Game modes Single player
Publisher(s) DR Korea, Infogrames, Mirrorsoft, Nintendo, Tandy, W!Games, Spectrum HoloByte, Inc., AcademySoft, Bullet-Proof Software, Philips Interactive Media, Inc., Sega
Developer(s) Alexey Pajitnov, Spectrum HoloByte, Inc., Vadim Gerasimov
Platform(s) DOS, Mac, Apple][, bbcmicro, SMS, Atari-ST, Arcade, Genesis, MSX, ZXS, Amiga, C64, x1, NES, GBC, WonderSwan, vic-20
Views 394 times
Rating 9.2/10 (10 votes) Submit your rating to get +1 XP

Tetris Summary

Tetris is an electronic puzzle game that was created by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984, while working in the USSR as a computer programmer. Pajitnov often programmed games to test new equipment using simple tasks, and in his spare time, developed a computer game inspired by his favorite puzzle board game Pentominos. The objective of Pentominos was to fit 12 different geometric-shaped pieces formed out of five squares into a box. Pajitnov’s vision was to create an electronic game where players arranged puzzle pieces in real time by having them “fall” faster and faster from the top of the screen. Pajitnov designed the game using seven distinctive playing pieces made from four squares. He called it Tetris, after “tetra,” the Greek word for four, and tennis, his favorite sport. After giving the game to his colleagues, it became an instant, hugely addictive hit, and shortly thereafter spread like wildfire throughout the Soviet Bloc’s computer literate. His subsequent friendship with game designer, Henk Rogers, now Blue Planet Software Chairman and Managing Director of The Tetris Company, brought the Tetris game out of the Soviet Union to become one of the most widely played electronic games of all time.

Tetris releases

  Region Release date Platform
Flag Japan Friday 18th of November 1988 Sharp X1
Flag Japan Thursday 22nd of December 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Flag Europe Friday 23rd of February 1990 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Flag Japan Wednesday 21st of October 1998 Game Boy Color
Flag Japan Thursday 18th of April 2002 WonderSwan
Flag Worldwide Saturday 30th of September 2006 Commodore VIC-20

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