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Developer(s)Bullet-Proof Software
Publisher(s)Bullet-Proof Software
Video System Co. (arcade)
Designer(s)Alexey Pazhitnov
Platform(s)Arcade, NES, Game Boy, TurboGrafx-16

Hatris (ハットリス, Hattorisu) is a puzzle video game developed by Alexey Pazhitnov for Bullet-Proof Software. An arcade version was manufactured by Video System.[1]


In Hatris, the player must stack five hats of the same style to remove them from the board.

Hatris plays similarly to Pazhitnov's previous Tetris, in that game objects falling from the top of the screen must be arranged in specific patterns to gain points and to keep the play area clear. In Hatris, hats of different styles fall from the top of the screen and accumulate at the bottom. To eliminate hats from the play area, five hats of identical style must be stacked. Different style hats stack differently.


In Japan, Game Machine listed the arcade version of Hatris on their June 1, 1990 issue as being the eighteenth most-successful table arcade unit of the month.[2]

Entertainment Weekly gave the Game Boy version of Hatris an A and wrote that "There is, after all, a cure for Tetris addiction. It’s Hatris, a habit that's even harder to kick."[3]


  1. ^ Hatris at the Killer List of Videogames
  2. ^ "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - テーブル型TVゲーム機 (Table Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 381. Amusement Press, Inc. 1 June 1990. p. 29.
  3. ^ Strauss, Bob (May 24, 1991). "New Videogames". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc.

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