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Tetris was born by Alexey Pajitnov. The name came from the greek numerical prefix for four(tetra) and Alexey's favorite sport(tennis).
I couldn't find much about this other than the fact that it came out in 1986 for the IBM personal computers. I did manage to find a picture which looked alright. All of the pieces had their own color and it counted how many pieces you used for each piece.
Tetris -Apple II
This Tetris came out originally for the Apple II. Despite the horrible sound that it makes, the board is not the normal size. The playing field is 12x23. The standard field size should be 10x20.
Tetris (Atari) -Arcade
This Tetris came out as an arcade machine. A standard tetris game that could be played with one or two players. You could also choose your difficulty. On the hard difficulty, random blocks would come up from the floor.
Tetris (Sega) -Arcade
This is also an arcade machine. The title screen isn't as impressive as Atari's. It is also only for one player. I'm not sure about the difficulty settings since I've never played this version, but I'd say it's inferior to Atari's Tetris arcade machine.
Flash Point (Japan) -Arcade
In this variation of Tetris, your goal is to clear the line that has the flashing brick in. This can be played with 1 or 2 players.
Tetris (Japan) -Genesis
This was scheduled to be released in Japan, but actual production was canceled and was later released in the Tetris Collection. It could have one or two players and played the standard Tetris, a time trial, or cooperative. It also had a special piece called the item block. I'm not sure what exactly it is supposed to do though.
Tetris II -Apple II
You would think that Apple II's second attempt at Tetris would be better. Although it does look better, it uses irregular shaped pieces and the noise sounds completely horrible. The worst part about it is that I can't figure out the controls at all!
This Tetris spin-off adds item blocks to the playing field. You get the special items by clearing the row that they are in. The items can do a variety of things to help you. One item clears four lines for you, another item push blocks down to fill in gaps. My favorite would be where a bird flies in and drops single bricks where ever you push the button at. This game can be played with two players.
Tetris Plus (Japan) -Arcade
Originally released to be exclusively for arcades in Japan. It contained the classic Tetris mode as well as a puzzle mode. In the puzzle mode, you had to get the professor, who is walking around the playing field, to the bottom of the screen my clearing lines out from underneath him.
Tetris 2 + Bombliss (Japan) -NES
This was released in Japan for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The music does not resemble anything russian, it insteads sounds more flowery, like you were in a zen garden in Japan. It does contain 3 modes of the standard Tetris as well as introducing a new blast mode with small bomb pieces that explode when you clear lines.
Tetris Classic -PC
This is as the title suggests. Just a classic version of Tetris. The one background image I've seen from the game looks like a combination of the renaissance with Catholics.
Super Tetris 2 + Bombliss (Japan) -SNES
This Japanese release on the Super Nintendo seems to be the same as the one they released on the regular Nintendo. Other than the obvious better graphics and improved sound, they removed the Bombliss editor from this version of the game.
I suppose this is a decent Tetris remake as long as you don't mind the lack of sound. There is also a psychedelic background that scrolls in all sorts of directions which can be cool, but also a distraction while you're trying to play.
Tetris Battle Gaiden (Japan) -SNES
This version of Tetris is a battle mode where you play against the computer. It has a cast of strange characters that seem to have their own special abilities. There's not too much that I can tell you about it because it's in Japanese and I can't read it.
This is probably the most interesting variation of Tetris that I've ever seen! Instead of blocks falling, there are naked people in different sexual positions. In order to clear them, you need to match the opposite genders to eachother that forms a feasible sex position. Then those two people will disappear from the screen. Probably not a game for children.
Super Tetris 3 (Japan) -SNES
This Tetris is very appealing with sound and graphics. I like how it calls out single, double, triple or "TETRIS!" when you clear lines. It also includes Sparkliss, which is similar to Tetris Blast, except it uses lightning bolts instead of bombs. The only downside to the game is the Magicliss version, which I'm not even sure I completely understand. You rotate the pieces between three different colors and if you make a line with all the blocks in the row of the same color, then it gets rid of all blocks of that color. I guess the challenge comes after the pieces start falling too fast for you to rotate them all to be the same color, so in the beginning it's very easy and quite boring.
3-D Tetris -Virtual Boy
I've only ever seen a Virtual Boy once. I wasn't at all impressed by it, and I wasn't impressed by the videos I've seen for this version.
For the number of Tetris games that have came out before this one, this is not an impressive Tetris game by any means.
Tetris X (Japan) -PSX
This Playstation game has the standard Tetris mode. Other than that, the only new thing introduced is that you can have 4-players if you have the 4-player controller adaptor.
Tetris Plus 2 (Japan) -Arcade
This is just like Tetris Plus as described above. In addition, you can instead select the professor's assistant. She moves faster than the professor. There are also additional obstacles that get in your way.
Magical Tetris Challenge -N64, Arcade(Japan)
The new feature here is all of the irregular shapes. Some pieces are as large as a 5x5 square. It is available for 4 players as well.
Tetris: The Grand Master -Arcade
This is a fairly standard Tetris game for the arcade. It can be for one or two players. Probably the only different about this version is the music is quite different, it's got a wanna-be-trance style to it.
This version is also known as Acid Tetris. It's a standard Tetris game for DOS. I don't know why it has to have nice, long, fancy name like that. At any rate, there is nothing special about this verion of Tetris, but it is pretty good for beig a free DOS game.
Tetris 64 (Japan) -N64
Of course, with this title being for the N64, you know it has to be for up to 4-players. Other than the standard classic mode, this game also includes a giga mode, where large tetris pieces can be broken down into smaller ones. The other variation is bio mode. It is the only game that makes use of the bio sensor. You connect the bio sensor to your ear and the pieces fall according to your heart rate. The higher your heart rate is the faster the pieces fall.
Tetris 4D (Japan) -Dreamcast
Quite honestly, I'm not sure why this version is called 4D. Judging from the reviews and videos that I could find, it seems to be a fairly standard Tetris. Perhaps the '4D' comes from the fact that it can be played with 4 players? Although, the music is spiced up a little bit, taking the older Tetris tunes and turning them into electronica or techno.
Icon Tetris -PC
This is a Columns type of game rather than a Tetris game. Instead of bricks, you a given tiles with Windows icons on them. Line up 3 in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
It's not a very fun Tetris and the controls are a bit wonky. The playing field is also only 10x16. The normal size of a Tetris playing field should be 10x20.
Tetris 2600 -Atari 2600
This is one of the worst Tetris versions that I've ever seen. You sure can rotate the pieces fast though. I believe this was made just to prove that the Atari 2600 could support a Tetris game.
This is not nearly as bad as the Atari 2600 version mentioned above, but I believe this was created for the same reason, to prove you could run a Tetris game on the Intellivision game system.
This game has some very interesting variations. It makes tetriminoes with squares(like normal Tetris), but also triangles and hexagons. This means that the shapes are slightly different making the player have to learn new strategies for good block placement. Other modes included in this game are block, mosiac, picture, pentix, and column modes.
Pic Tetris -PC
Pic Tetris is basically just the picture mode of Tetris. The only difference is that you need a certain number of points to get to the next level. You can also buy a personalized version of this game that shows your picture while you play.
Tetris with Cardcaptor Sakura Eternal Heart (Japan) -PSX
Sega Tetris (Japan) -Dreamcast
Here is another version of Tetris where I can't read Japanese so I don't know what versions of Tetris are in this game. I can tell you that the monkey is annoying and the sound effect of the Tetris pieces makes you feel like you're at a construction site.
Tetris The Absolute: Grand Master 2 (Japan) -Arcade
Grand Master 2 has two modes: normal and master. Normal mode should be self explanitory. Master mode just grades you on how well you play. In versus mode, you are given item blocks that give you special one-time-use abilities when cleared. The items will either help you or hinder your opponent.
Quadra is very close to Tetris. Actually, it's almost identical to the cascade mode. You can change options like turning the ghost piece on or off or listen to a CD that's in your disc drive. Online play over the internet is also available. The coolest feature with this game is that is saves your gameplay for each of your high scores so you can replay it and watch it anytime you want. You can even download the world's highest scores and watch their gameplay too.
Tetris 1D -Internet
Do you think that Tetris is difficult? Are you an absolute beginner and want to learn how to play? Tetris 1D is the easiest of all of the Tetris versions. It's so easy even a caveman can play it.
Absolute Tetris -PC
This tetris has a very 3-dimensional look to it. It has two versions. A standard Tetris with extra power-up items and a 'color' version, which very much resembles Columns without the gravity. Don't attempt to play it if you get sea sickness easily. The graphics are very water based and the playing field hovers up and down as well as side to side as if it was floating on the waves of a lake.
Minna No Soft: Tetris Advance (Japan) -GBA
This is a fairly standard Tetris game. You can play two players if you have two games and two Gameboy Advances. The only thing worth mentioning here is the challenge mode. You can select between a number of challenges and your goal is to complete that challenge as fast as you can. I'm not sure what the challenges are because I run into the problem of not being able to read Japanese again.
Advanced Tetris -PPC
This has a few different kinds of Tetris. It has standard, color(see Absolute Tetris from 2003), pentix, and a kid's version. From what I could find, Pentix has a creator and destroyer which creates or destroys any piece you want. I can't quite picture how that works. The kids mode adds a 2-block and 3-block pieces to the normal tetriminoes.
This is a very small and standard style of Tetris. When playing this version, you just have to be aware of what the repeat rate of your keyboard is. If it is too high or fast, you could power drop more than one piece with the single press of a button.
Tetris Game Gold -PC
This is a decent version of the classic game of Tetris. You can select different graphics for your blocks and change the skin color of the background.
The unregistered version only has two modes available: challenge and destroyer. In challenge mode you are given tasks to complete. In destroyer, you just have to clear all the black blocks. The registered version includes panic and bricklayer modes, but I don't know what they are.
Tetris: The Grand Master 3 (Japan) -Arcade
The Grand Master 3 has three modes: easy, sakura and master. Easy mode is the standard Tetris. In Sakura, your goal is to eliminate all the diamond blocks on the screen. The master mode grades you on how well you play.
Tetris: The Grand Master Ace (Japan) -XBox360
This Tetris has many different variations. Besides the normal Tetris, there is also high speed, death, double, eraser, level star, match, and target. High speed drops the pieces really fast. Death drops the pieces instantly and then as you play it shortens the delay of how long it takes the piece to lock into the board when it hits the bottom of the screen. In eraser mode, you just have to clear lines at a certain height. I'm not sure what the other modes do. This can also be played online against other players.
Tetris -iPhone, iPod
This is a very standard version of Tetris that can be played on your iPhone or iPod. It doesn't work on all iPods, so make sure that your iPod is compatible before you try buying it. It does show your next 3 pieces though.
This is a basic Tetris game that works on quite a few phones. It has the standard Tetris that you can play endless, 40 lines, 2 minute sprint, or 3 minute sprint. It does show a fall shadow as well as the next 6 pieces and you can hold a piece.
S-Tris 2 -PC, PPC
Of course, this includes a standard version of Tetris. It also has a maniac mode which is Tetris with pieces that have anywhere between 2-9 blocks in them. Most pieces have between 4-6 blocks. I'm not sure if there were any 7 block pieces, but there are a lot of pieces to work with in this version.
This Tetris seems to use picture mode as it's main style of gameplay with the graphics having an industrial theme to them. The demo version does not let you play for very long. If you purchase it, supposedly you get 99 different levels(or pictures) to play.
Tetris Collection (Japan) -PS2
This is actually a small collection of Tetris games. It comes with a standard version of Tetris, Flash Point from 1989, Bloxeed from 1990, and the never actually released version of Tetris for the Genesis from 1989.
Tetris Splash -XBox360
This version of Tetris can be purchased on X-Box Live Arcade for 800pts($10). It's a standard Tetris with marathon and 40-lines modes. You can play a survival game with up to 4-players, last person to die wins. It also has online play against other players in which you can play with up to 6-players. When playing online, you can choose teams, free-for-all or play for a rank. The only downside to playing online is being able to find other people that are playing it online. The biggest feature in Tetris Splash is the fish tank screen saver. I'll admit, it looks cool on my 50" TV screen, but I'm not going to leave my TV on just for that. If that's not enough, you can also buy more fish online! Sounds like a good deal to me(yeah, right!).
Tetris Zone -Mac, PC
It looks like a alright game, but still pretty basic. It has the usual marathon, timed and sprint modes. It also includes a master mode which drops the pieces instantly. You can see your next 3 pieces and it has a hold option.
An interesting variation of Tetris. Instead of 4 block pieces, it only uses 1, 2, and 3 block shapes. The trick to this one is that you have two playing fields and you control both of the falling pieces on both screens at the same time. When a piece locks into place, the other piece finishes falling and locks into place at the same time so you're always controlling both pieces at the same height.
2D Play Tetris -Internet
This Tetris is free to play online, but I think there's a reson for it. It's not that great. There's no hard drop button, the soft drop is slow, and the pieces rotate counter-clockwise.
Tetris Party -Wii
There are a large number of different modes in Tetris Party which probably makes this version one of the best. Modes included in the game are balance, beginner, standard, cooperative, duel spaces, field climber, hot lines, shadow, stage racer, time trial and tournament modes. It also supports playing against other people online, but it could have done better with giving more options for online play. You can use the Wii-mote pointed at the screen to move pieces left and right. Although, I still prefer to hold it like a regular controller.
You can play this Tetris online with up to 7 players in battle mode without having to download and install any programs on your computer. There are item blocks that can be turned on or off by the game host before each match starts. Items can be used to clear your screen or give your opponents garbage. You may have to sign up for an account to play Tetris on their website, but it's free. But if you love playing Tetris against other players, then this will probably be the best waste of your time.
Tetris Pop -PPC
Supposedly, this is supposed to be an awesome Tetris with 17 different modes of play. Those modes are vanilla, ball, circuit, detonator, erosion, filler, flood, furnace, ledges, limbo, magnetic, meteor, replicator, scanner, split, stacker and touchdown. It seems that all of the modes more like mini games though only lasting a minute or two. Although I think that it's a decent game, it's not really that exciting. Most of the mini games can be easily beaten. Trying to attain the 'feat' for each of the modes can be a little tricky though. The biggest flaw in my opinion is how long it takes the game to release your next piece. Finally, having the controls on a touch screen takes a little getting used to.
Tetris Friends -Internet
Tetris Friends can be found online to play for free. It uses the standard Tetris rules. The only difference between the different versions is how long your game lasts, or how many computer players you play against. You also earn points when you play and you can use those points to purchase different skins for your Tetris pieces. There is also a Facebook application for Tetris Friends. This has about the same game modes, except you don't earn points and can't buy skins. Instead, it ranks you against your Facebook friends according to your score for each type of Tetris mode that it has to offer.
I would have to say that I'm lucky I found this one. It was originally made in 2001 and was called TetriCon and it has just kept getting upgraded over the years. It is now actually 6 games in one. One of the games is Tetris which they call shape shifter. There are over 30 modes, most of which are very similar. Most of the variations also involve 2 or more falling pieces at the same time. There is a mentor mode which I'd suggest for new Tetris to learn good placement of their pieces. Another interesting thing about this game is that the walls wrap around eachother. So if you push right when your piece is against the right wall, it will appear on the left wall.
Retro Sabotage Tetris -Internet
This website made three versions of Tetris. You may have to scroll down a little to find the links to these Tetris games, but it is free and funny to check out. The first version is just funny as it mixes Tetris with Duck Hunt. The computer plays Duck Hunt while you play Tetris, and yes, sometimes the computer will hit your falling pieces and they will be destroyed. The second version is just a matter of getting 20 lines. Any line you get doesn't disappear, but merely falls to the bottom of the screen and you just have to fill up the screen. Compromise is the last version which is the most interesting because you have two playing fields and two pieces that fall and you control them both at the same time.
First Person Tetris -Internet
This is sort of first person Tetris. Instead of the piece rotating, the entire board rotates around the falling piece. Other than that, it looks like the Nintendo version of Tetris from the NES.
This version of Tetris has a very, very, very wide well. I've read about people spending about 25 minutes just to make a single line.
Miniclip.com Tetris -Internet
This is a pretty good version of Tetris which adds a special piece which is a single brick that destroys everything it touches all the way to the bottom of the well. There's also options to turn on or off other oddly shaped tetrominos.