List of Tetris variants

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This a list of variants of the game Tetris. It includes officially licensed Tetris sequels, as well as unofficial clones.

Official games[edit]

Title Year Platform Publisher Description
Welltris 1989 PC Spectrum HoloByte Designed by Alexey Pajitnov and developed by Doka. Pieces (including tetrominoes and occasionally pentominoes) slide down one of four wall surfaces in a well, the "well" being an 8x8 square. When a piece lands while fully or partially sticking outside of the well, the wall is temporarily blocked. The game ends when four walls are no longer accessible. Other versions:
Hatris 1990 NES, Game Boy Bullet Proof Software Designed by Alexey Pajitnov. A variety of hats must be made to fall into stacks of five identical hats. Other versions:
Tetris 2 1990 ZX Spectrum Fuxoft Designed by František Fuka. 8bit ZX Spectrum game for two players.
Faces... Tris III[1] 1991 Amiga, MS-DOS Spectrum HoloByte Winner of the 1991 Software Publishing Association Excellence in Software Award for Best Action/Arcade Program.[2] Alexey Pajitnov's fourth and final official game in the "Tris" series. Developed by Sphere, Inc. The player must rotate falling pieces to form a complete face, which include famous historical figures. Features 10 difficulty levels and a head-to-head mode.
Super Tetris[3] 1991 MS-DOS, Amiga, Mac OS Spectrum HoloByte Developed by Sphere, Inc. Added bombs, new special block types, and two-player co-operative and competitive modes.[4] Bombs appear in some blocks, which explode when the row is filled and removed.
Super Tetris 2 & Bombliss[5] 1991 Famicom Bullet Proof Software One mode, "Bombliss", features bomb blocks that destroy surrounding blocks when a line is completed. Bombliss uses the gravity algorithm to re-arrange the stage after an explosion has destroyed some blocks. A "Tetris C" mode automatically raises the playfield one level after a certain number of blocks are used.

Other versions:

Tetris 2 1993 NES and Game Boy Nintendo Uses disconnected colored tetrominoes instead of adjacent type tetrominoes, the goal of Tetris 2 is to clear all the bombs by making the blocks of the same color stick together. Released as Tetris Flash in Japan. Other Versions:
  • SNES (1994, Nintendo)
Tetris Battle Gaiden[citation needed] 1993 Super Famicom Bullet-Proof Software Similar to Puyo Puyo in use of competitive mode, characters, and humorous storyline. Different characters can also unleash special moves that affect the opponent in some way. Also includes a Rensa mode, in which gravity takes a bigger part. Came to the attention of European gamers by way of a review in Issue 18 (April 1994) of Super Play magazine.
Tetris & Dr. Mario 1994 Super Nintendo Nintendo Compilation of Tetris and Dr. Mario with enhanced graphics and sound.
Super Tetris 3 & Sparkliss, Magicaliss, Familiss[6] 1994 Super Famicom Blue Planet Software
  • Sparkliss is similar to Bombliss, but the bombs have orthogonal explosions. Some blocks need to be hit more than once by explosions before they are destroyed.
  • Magicaliss has pieces that may also be one of four colors. Making a full line with one color destroys all the blocks of that color in the stage. The remaining blocks fall in place.
  • Familiss is a four-player multiplayer Tetris.
V-Tetris[7] 1995 Virtual Boy Bullet Proof V-Tetris (V-テトリス V-Tetorisu?) is Japanese-exclusive. It is not to be confused with the similar Virtual Boy title 3D Tetris, as the two games are entirely different. V-Tetris is mostly the same as the original Tetris games, the only difference being the cylindrical puzzle mode in which blocks could be placed in a 3-D spiral. By using the L and R buttons, or the right D-pad, the screen shifts a block left or right respectively.
Tetris II[8] 1996 MSX2, MSX2+, MSX turbo R Renegade, Artic Soft, MicroTec
Tetris Blast 1996 Game Boy Nintendo / Bullet Proof[9] Known in Japan as Super Bombliss, Tetris Blast was developed by Bulletproof, and published by Nintendo.[10] It was released for the Game Boy in Japan on March 17, 1995, in North America on January 1996. It is the same as the Bombliss mode in Super Tetris 2 & Bombliss. In an added "Fight" mode, there are creatures that traverse the constantly changing 'terrain' of the play field and try to hinder the player from clearing the screen of blocks. Players can battle others by using a link cable.[11]
Tetris Attack 1996 SNES and Game Boy Nintendo, Intelligent Systems A version of the Japanese game Panel de Pon with redone art made to resemble Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Has no relation to Tetris other than name and genre. Also spawned Pokémon Puzzle League for the N64, Pokémon Puzzle Challenge for the Game Boy Color, Puzzle League for the Game Boy Advance, and Planet Puzzle League for the Nintendo DS.
3D Tetris 1996 Virtual Boy Nintendo Released only in the United States. Different from the version (V-Tetris) released in Japan
Tetris Plus 1995
1996
1997
Arcade
PlayStation, Saturn
Game Boy
Jaleco
Jaleco
Nintendo
Added to the classic Tetris is the new Puzzle Mode. Each level begins with a character (the professor) standing on a different pattern of blocks. This is somewhat is similar to Welltris The goal is to clear the blocks out from under him to get him to the bottom. He climbs to the top of the blocks you're stacking up and the game ends when the professor and the descending spiked ceiling collide.
Tetris Plus 2 1997 Arcade Jaleco This version is an improved version of Tetris Plus.
Tetrisphere 1997 Nintendo 64 H2O Entertainment Corporation Uses some of the tetrominoes (as well as two 3-block piece) with different gameplay than standard Tetris. The object of the game is to reveal the core in the center of the sphere (which is actually a torus as seen through a fisheye perspective). To achieve this, you need to stack similarly shaped pieces on top of each other. Once three are stacked, the pieces disappear and reveal the layer below. If the player doesn't clear blocks fast enough they lose one life, and if they lose three, the game is over. Wild card pieces, power-ups and a limited ability to slide pieces over the surface of the sphere all help with this task.
Tetris DX 1998 Game Boy Color Nintendo The Game Boy version of Tetris updated for the Game Boy Color
Tetris 4D[12] 1998 Dreamcast Blue Planet Software
Tetris 64 1998 Nintendo 64 Amtex Software Includes Normal Tetris, Giga Tetris that has tetriminoes of different sizes, and Bio Tetris that adjusts itself based on feedback from a heartbeat measuring clip that attaches to the user's ear.
Tetris: The Grand Master 1998 Arcade Arika / Capcom Released in Japan, designed for seasoned and skilled Tetris players. At higher levels, tetriminoes begin to drop so fast that they appear immediately at the bottom, with no airborne phase at all; Players only have a split-second to slide the block into designated locations before they lock down. This distinctive style is called "20G". Subsequent entries in the Grand Master series continued the high-speed trend.
Kids Tetris[13] 1999 PC Blue Planet Software / Hasbro Tetrominoes start out with two blocks and increase with further lines. Circus, Firehouse, Haunted House and Laboratory stages have different graphical effects with each cleared level. Includes printing option.
The New Tetris 1999 Nintendo 64 H2O Entertainment Corporation Tetris with a new feature: when a 16-block (4 by 4) square is made, the tetrominos used to form the square are merged as 16-block squares. A square formed using different types of tetrominos is called a combo square or multisquare, and it appears silver. A square formed using four of the same piece is called a pure square or monosquare, and it appears gold. All pieces but the S and Z can form monosquares.
The Next Tetris 1999
2000
2001
PlayStation, PC
Dreamcast
Nuon
Hasbro
Crave Nuon
Toshiba
The Next Tetris was a version of the game with an emphasis on the cascade mode.
Magical Tetris Challenge 1999
2000
Nintendo 64, PlayStation
Game Boy Color
Capcom
Capcom
Story mode with Disney characters. The game implements a new Tetris deviation of combos, where consecutive cleared lines give those clears greater value. Non-story variations include magical, updown, and endless mode with other mdes which can be unlocked in the story mode.
Sega Tetris[14] 2000 Dreamcast WOW Entertainment
Tetris: The Absolute - The Grand Master 2[citation needed] 2000 Arcade Arika / Psikyo Sequel to Tetris: The Grand Master, featured faster gameplay than its predecessor. A later upgrade, Tetris: The Absolute - The Grand Master 2 Plus, featured several new modes including the "Death Mode" where tetriminoes fall furiously fast right from the beginning.
Tetris With Cardcaptor Sakura: Eternal Heart[15] 2000 PlayStation Arika Released in Japan, a Cardcaptor Sakura-themed Tetris game. It presents puzzles in which the player (as Sakura Kinomoto) has to transform the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards by defeating Eriol's Tetris style Puzzles. The game also features player vs CPU and contains hidden extras based on the anime series.
Pokémon Tetris 2002 Pokémon mini Released only in Japan and Europe, a tiny keychain Tetris game with a Pokémon theme.
Tetris Elements[16] 2004 Windows, Mac OS ImaginEngine Includes classic Tetris and five variations: Stratosphere, which features meteors that can either help or hurt in eliminating rows; Earthquake, where tremors shake the falling shapes and move them around; Tempest, a double Tetris game where players are switched back and forth between screens; Ice, which has falling icicles that will knock into the falling shapes and make them crash down; and Fire, where heat can cause a chain reaction and melt multiple rows.
Tetris: The Grand Master 3 - Terror Instinct[17] 2005 Arcade Arika / Taito Sequel to Tetris: The Absolute - The Grand Master 2 Plus with several changes in game mechanics and a "Shirase" mode, analogous to Death Mode but with a drastic speed increase.
Tetris: The Grand Master Ace 2005 Xbox 360 Arika / AQ Entertainment First console version in the Grand Master series, one of the launch titles for the Japanese launch of the Xbox 360.
Tetris Mania 2006 Mobile Phones Electronic Arts Cascade Tetris, Sticky Tetris and Fusion Tetris, all previously in Tetris Worlds.
Tetris DS 2006 Nintendo DS Nintendo First version for Nintendo DS. Includes local multiplayer and online multiplayer support. All based around the NES era of games.
iPod Tetris[18] 2006 iPod Electronic Arts
Tetris Evolution[19] 2007 Xbox 360 THQ First seventh generation Tetris game to be released in the United States. Includes play over Xbox Live.
Tetris Zone[20] 2007 Windows and Mac OS Blue Planet Software Features four game modes and the Combo system. Includes online Leaderboards and game playback.
Tetris Splash 2007 Xbox 360 Tetris Online First Xbox Live Arcade title for Tetris. It is also the first game published under The Tetris Company's new third party Tetris Online.
Tetris Online Japan 2007 PC GungHo Online Entertainment Official online game for Japanese region.[citation needed]
Tetris Friends[21] 2008 Facebook Tetris Online Features ten game modes, including Marathon, Ultra, Sprint, N-Blox, Sprint 5-Player, 1989, Survival, Battle 2-Player, Battle 6-Player, and Rally 8-Player. Leaderboards can be based on Facebook friends, encouraging the "friends" aspect.
Tetris Party 2008 Wii Tetris Online / Hudson Soft A WiiWare title released on 20 October 2008; there are 18 modes, including one which involves building a tower that a tiny person on the stack can climb, and one using the Wii Balance Board.
Tetris Pop[22] 2008 Mobile Electronic Arts Mobile Features 17 mini-variations, including Ball, Circuit, Erosion, Filler, Flood, Furnace, Limbo, Meteors, Touchdown, Scanner, Split, Stacker, and Vanilla. Three game modes: Pop, Mix, Chrono. Tetris Pop to be released worldwide for mobile devices. Expected Winter 2008.
Tetris Party Deluxe 2010 Wii, Nintendo DS Tetris Online / Majesco / Hudson Soft) Sequel to Tetris Party. Online players can compete with Tetris Party players (i.e., Tetris Party for WiiWare + Tetris Party Deluxe for Wii / Tetris Party Live for DSiWare + Tetris Party Deluxe for DS).
Tetris Party Live[23] 2010 Nintendo DSi Tetris Online / Hudson Soft A DSiWare title featuring several modes (Marathon, VS, Battle, and Duel Spaces). The focus of the game is multiplayer, where players can compete with other players around the world in real-time.
Tetris Battle[24] 2010 Facebook Tetris Online Similar in design to Tetris Friends, this game features competitive Tetris modes against friends or random people. Both direct "battles" and competitive 40-line sprints are included.
Tetris[25] 2011 PlayStation 3 Electronic Arts Features PS3 exclusive Power Ups, Shared Mode, and Team Battle.
Tetris: Axis 2011 Nintendo 3DS Hudson Soft Published in October 2, 2011.[26]
Tetris Stars[27] 2011 Facebook Tetris Online Free-to-play, this casual arcade "digging" style game features a social leaderboard with friends, mouse-based controls, and power up items.
Tetris Blitz[28][29] 2013 iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows Electronic Arts Each game completes in two minutes, Features exclusive Power Up of the Week, Bonus Blitz minigame, and online leaderboards.
Puyo Puyo Tetris[30][31] 2014 Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Sega Tetris versus Puyo Puyo. Puyo Puyo is the most played puzzle game in Japan, but is uncommon in the west. Puyo revolves around planning long combos (10+) and short combo harassment (3-4). Nice story mode with goofy dialogue from the Puyo universe.
Tetris Ultimate[32] 2014 PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS Ubisoft

Unofficial games[edit]

These games are not official Tetris products:

Title Year Platform Developer Description
EGAint[33] 1989 or earlier PC, MS-DOS Eric Ng Like "Standard Tetris" but with options of more/less complex dropping figures. Easiest level included 1 box figures. Hardest level included figures of up to 8 boxes, including "holes".
Blockout 1989 Mega Drive/Genesis
Commodore 64
Arcade
Apple IIGS
PC
Atari Lynx
California Dreams Object is to move and rotate polycubes falling into a well, viewed from the top, in order to make complete planes.
Frac4D[34] 1990 Max Tegmark A version in which the falling pieces are tesseracts that can be rotated in four dimensions.
KBlocks Linux A KDE4 game available with many Linux distributions using KDE.[35]
Wordtris Windows
Super NES
Game Boy
Players try to complete words found in the dictionary file.
La Bastille 2000 Linux Tech House, Brown University A version implemented on the 10-story tall science library building at Brown University, using Linux.[36]
Tetris 1D[37] 2002 Ziga Hajdukovic A joke version with a single column. The player is repeatedly given only the long piece, and only has one control key (to increase the falling rate.) 1D Tetris was included in the "Zero Gamer" Exhibition as a "game that tests the viewers' endurance in meditative inaction."[38]
Tetris Grand Master 3 2008 Nintendo DS MeRAMAN A remake of the arcade game Tetris: The Grand Master with additional features such as invisible blocks.[39]
NullpoMino 2008 Windows
Linux
Mac OS X
NullNoname Tetris fan game notable for variety of gameplay modes and customizability. NullpoMino gameplay videos of Mario and Luigi patterns were shown in the Yoasobi Sanshimai show.[40]
Not Tetris 2010 PC Maurice Guegan Adds physics engine behavior to the falling blocks.[41]
Twitch Plays Tetris 2014 PC twitch.tv The user-inputted commands of Twitch Plays Pokémon are used to play a worldwide game of Tetris, unbeknownst to many TPP players.[42]
Tetrizle[43] 2013 Android, Web Overfuns Goal of the game is to construct a picture from falling tetromino pieces.

It unites tetris-like pieces stacking and puzzle picture assembling gameplays.

Clones and unofficial variants[edit]

  • PicTiles is a variant of Tetris in which the tetrominoes are used to fill in pictures. The game is available as shareware for OS X (PPC and Intel) and was originally released in 2004 by Charcoal Design (website).
  • California Dreams released a Tetris variant called Blockout (website) in 1989. It is played in three dimensions from a top-down perspective. The basic mode uses standard tetrominos, which can be manipulated with three different degrees of rotation, in two directions (requiring six separate keys for rotating, in addition to the four movement keys and a key to drop a tetromino). Further modes in the game introduce extra dominos composed of blocks set above and below each other, and may have more or less than four blocks. www.blockout.de international championships
  • Eqtris ([2]) is a clone with numerous gameplay variations, including competitive and co-operative two-player modes, editable game pieces, and a mission-based Challenge Mode.
  • Gravytris (www.gravytris.de) is a freeware implementation of Tetris in OpenGL that implements the "chain-reaction" variant of gravity. Furthermore, it has a contemplative puzzle mode with complex tiles and no time pressure. Another game mode is color tetris where a strategic twist is introduced by adding colored subblocks to the tetris tiles effectively combining the games Columns and Tetris into one game. Other features: Online Highscorelist, 1-hour soundtrack, windows and Linux binaries, no installation required (single self-contained executable)
  • Bastet, short for Bastard Tetris, is a Tetris clone created by Federico Poloni. Running on the Linux platform, Bastet increases the game's challenge by using a mathematical formula to choose the worst possible tetromino to give the player, rather than selecting one randomly.
  • Vertris, is a simple cross-platform Tetris clone created by Andrés Rassol. It is covered under the GNU General Public License.
  • TetriNET is a popular variant playable on Internet with up to 6 players. On clearing lines the player receives special blocks that can be used to damage the field of the opponent or help a teammate. This imitation uses general Tetris inferences, but the main differential is its 12 by 22 play field dimensions.
  • Duotris is a Tetris clone produced by team Magnetics, which was released on Commodore 64. It featured classic 2D tetrominos and included a standard singleplayer mode, a two-player split-screen mode as well as a unique team mode in which both players filled up the same playing area.
  • Tetripz is also a freeware game for the PC, written by Mute Fantasies. It has a number of levels that alter the appearance of the game board (by spinning, warping or otherwise changing the traditional board). It is, according to the game designers, "playing Tetris under influence of LSD, but without the LSD." The row width is 11 blocks wide.
  • Tetanus On Drugs is a free software game for Windows and Linux, and it is also ported to Game Boy Advance ROM. The game was developed by Pin Eight, and, while not stated by its website, it is probably based on the earlier game Tetripz. Tetanus On Drugs plays on more traditional restrictions with a mode similar to The New Tetris.
  • Tetris Worlds (NHN Corp, 2005) is a Korean interpretation of THQ's original Tetris Worlds. In NHN Corp's game, a player can rotate floored tetriminoes up to 15 times. The game includes modes of play similar to THQ's Tetris Worlds but also includes Tetris clear, where users compete in terms of time to clear lines containing "star" mino; survival, where users compete against each other like in other versus mode games; Sticky; Cascade; and Rush mode. Rush mode uses Cascade gravity and has 100 to 150 unfilled rows that a player needs to "dig down" using line clears and attack or defend items. The first player to clear the bottom row wins. The game also features Single Player puzzle mode and has multiplayer support for up to 6 players in Tetris/Sticky/Cascade and a maximum of 10 players in Rush mode. It is playable at http://tetris.hangame.com/.
  • Emacs has a Tetris easter egg available by typing ESC-x then tetris (or pong)
  • Phony Ring two:five is a variant of Tetris in which the playing field is a ring. It is a PC game released in 2006 by Volatile Assembly (website) with the music highly integrated with the game flow.
  • Lockjaw is an open-source Tetris clone designed to accurately play like a range of popular Tetris games. It is largely customizable by the player.
  • "Triz" is a Tetris clone made for Symbian OS. One important note is that it does not show you the next piece.
  • Gnometris is a part of Gnome Games, and is installed by default with the Ubuntu distribution of Linux.
  • Java Tetris is a Java Tetris game that has more than 20 block types, a few new game modes, and a "Hardcore" mode where the game is played on a 125x125 grid.
  • Scrablet is a variant where the basic game of Tetris is combined with Scrabble. The game feature an inbuilt dictionary of over 20,000 words. Scrablet won the Champion (Games Category) in National Software Competition held in Singapore in 1991.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Faces at MobyGames
  2. ^ "Celebrating Software". Computer Gaming World. June 1991. p. 64. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Super Tetris at MobyGames
  4. ^ "IGN: Super Tetris". IGN. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  5. ^ Super Tetris 2 at GameFAQs
  6. ^ Super Tetris 3 at GameSpot
  7. ^ V-Tetris at Nintendo Life
  8. ^ Tetris II (Special Edition) at Generation MSX
  9. ^ Tetris Blast at GameSpot
  10. ^ "Tetris Blast Release Information for Game Boy". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  11. ^ http://gameboy.ign.com/objects/005/005986.html
  12. ^ Tetris 4D at GameSpot
  13. ^ "IGN:Kids Tetris". Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  14. ^ Sega Tetris at GameSpot
  15. ^ "Tetris with Card Captor". Gamespot UK. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  16. ^ "Tetris Elements for PC". GameSpot UK. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 
  17. ^ Tetris: The Grand Master 3 at GameSpot
  18. ^ "Tetris for iPod Review" at IGN Wireless
  19. ^ Official THQ site
  20. ^ Official Tetris Zone site
  21. ^ Tetris Friends Online Games
  22. ^ EA Mobile talks Tetris Pop Mobile
  23. ^ Hilliard, Kyle (2011-01-10). "Tetris Party Live review". gamesradar.com. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  24. ^ Tetris Battle on Facebook
  25. ^ Tetris at playstation.com
  26. ^ "Tetris: Axis Release Date". IGN. 
  27. ^ Tetris Stars on Facebook
  28. ^ Tetris Blitz at App Store
  29. ^ Tetris Blitz at Google Play
  30. ^ SEGA official Puyo Puyo Tetris trailer
  31. ^ Puyo Puyo screenshots
  32. ^ [1]
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  35. ^ KBlocks homepage
  36. ^ Shankland, Stephen (2000-04-18). "Brown students create massive Tetris game on building". cnet. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  37. ^ "Tetris 1D". 
  38. ^ "Zero Gamer the Exhibition". Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  39. ^ Caoili, Eric (2008-05-21). "Japanese homebrew games that will blow your mind". Joystiq. AOL. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  40. ^ "Yoasobi Sanshimai". 2011-10-06. Nippon Television.
  41. ^ Caoili, Eric (2010-07-21). "Not Tetris Features Maddening, Physics-based Twist". GameSetWatch. 
  42. ^ Hernandez, Patricia (February 18, 2014). "Thousands of People Are Playing Tetris Without Realizing It". Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  43. ^ "Tetrizle".