tetris Tetris is a Soviet tile-matching puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov. It was released on June 6, 1984, while he was working for the Dorodnicyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science of the USSR in Moscow. He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix tetra- (all of the game's pieces contain four segments) and tennis, Pajitnov's favorite sport.

It is also the first entertainment software to be exported from the USSR to the US and published by Spectrum HoloByte for Commodore 64 and IBM PC. The Tetris game is a popular use of tetrominoes, the four-element special case of polyominoes. Polyominoes have been used in popular puzzles since at least 1907, and the name was given by the mathematician Solomon W. Golomb in 1953. However, even the enumeration of pentominoes is dated to antiquity.

The game (or one of its many variants) is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, as well as on devices such as graphing calculators, mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs, Network music players and even as an Easter egg on non-media products like oscilloscopes. It has even inspired Tetris serving dishes and been played on the sides of various buildings.

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Tetris 1.4 © 2010 Joachim Schmidt

Once Tetris has been started, you may not start another Tetris instance, but you may end current game to start a new one.

If you leave this page the game will end/stop immediately.

   You control/play Tetris with following keys:
  • ← (left)
    moves figure to left.
  • → (right)
    moves figure to right.
  • ↓ (down)
    turns figure clockwise.
  • ↑ (up)
    turns figure anti-clockwise.
  • Space
    lets figure drop down.
  • T
    Swichtes audio on/off.
  • N
    Switches preview of figures on/off.
  • P
    Pauses game
  • S
    Increases game level (speed will increase).
This game is a further development of an online game by Per Cederberg

You may incorporate this game into your website. To download this Tetris game please click the "download" button below:

downloadTetris Version 1.4


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