Tetris is a popular arcade puzzle video game that involves matching similar tiles. Russian computer engineer Alexey Pajitnov designed and programmed this game in Soviet Union. The game was first released on 6th June, 1984. Pajitnov was then working in Moscow for the Academy of Science of the USSR. The game's name originally derived from "tetra-", the numerical prefix and "tennis", the favorite sport of Pajitnov. All the pieces in the game have four parts.

This entertainment software is the first to be exported to the United States form the USSR. Spectrum Holobyte published Tetris for Commodore 64 or C64 and IBM PC. This game uses the 4 element case of polyominoes known as tetrominoes. Various popular puzzle games have been created using polyominoes since 1907.

Tetris Photo Many variants of the game have been created and they are available for almost all the computer operating systems and video game consoles as well as for other devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and portable media players. Tetris is also available on other products including an oscilloscope as Easter egg. The game has inspired various Tetris serving dishes as well.

During the 1980s, different versions of this game were popularly sold for the arcades and home computer platforms. A handheld variant of Tetris was launched in 1989 for Game Boy and since then, this game has been counted among the most popular puzzle games ever. Tetris was declared to be the greatest video game ever by the 100th issue of the Electronic Gaming Monthly. IGN ranked the game at the second position in their list of 100 all time great video games in 2007. In the year 2010, Tetris was declared to have sold over 100 million copies only for cell phones since 2005.

Tetris Gameplay

The game pieces are shaped like tetrominoes and are known as the Tetriminos. Each of these geometric pieces is made of 4 square blocks. The game consists of a playing field down which the Tetriminos fall in a random sequence. The rectangular playfield is known as the "Matrix" or "Well". The player has the task of arranging the Tetriminos in a way that they will create a horizontal line containing ten blocks without any gaps. The Tetriminos can be moved sideways and rotated 90 degrees to manipulate them so that there are no spaces between the blocks. Once a player successfully creates a horizontal line with ten blocks, the entire line disappears and the blocks that are placed above that line falls into the vacated space. The game advances to a new level once the player clears a given number of lines. The Tetriminos come down the playfield at an increasing speed as the player progresses to more advanced stages. A game of Tetris is over if the player fails to clear the lines in time and the Tetriminos reach the playing field's top, preventing the entry of new pieces. Some variants of the game end once the player successfully builds a definite number of lines or completes a particular number of levels.

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