Tetris on the NES

You’ve never heard of Tetris – seriously. here is a brief description

“Tetriminos” are game pieces shaped like tetrominoes, geometric shapes composed of four square blocks each. A random sequence of Tetriminos fall down the playing field (a rectangular vertical shaft, called the “well” or “matrix”). The objective of the game is to manipulate these Tetriminos, by moving each one sideways (if the player feels the need) and rotating it by 90 degree units, with the aim of creating a horizontal line of ten units without gaps. When such a line is created, it disappears, and any block above the deleted line will fall. When a certain number of lines are cleared, the game enters a new level. As the game progresses, each level causes the Tetriminos to fall faster, and the game ends when the stack of Tetriminos reaches the top of the playing field and no new Tetriminos are able to enter. Some games also end after a finite number of levels or lines.

All of the Tetriminos are capable of single and double clears. I, J, and L are able to clear triples. Only the I Tetrimino has the capacity to clear four lines simultaneously, and this is referred to as a “tetris”. (This may vary depending on the rotation and compensation rules of each specific Tetris implementation. For instance, in the Super Rotation System used in most recent implementations, certain situations allow T, S, and Z to ‘snap’ into tight spots and clear triples.)

For me this game has never really been about graphics and audio – the NES version’s are bang average anyway it was about the gameplay. If you like Tetris you will love this game but most others will find it only offers limited appeal due to the lack of variation in the gameplay.

Score

I give this game a score of 55%

Cheats

Level 10:
Hold A and press Start when selecting a level to begin game play on level 10.

Extra points:
Allow the demonstration mode to run. Press Start while the screen is blinking after the CPU forms a Tetris. Begin a game to collect the points from the demonstration game.

GameGenie codes
ENEALYNN : Two-player interactive game!
APSEGYIZ : Need only complete 10 lines in game B
AISEGYIZ : Must complete 50 lines in game B
EASEGYIZ : Must complete 80 lines in game B
PASAUPPE : Faster ‘forced’ fall rate

Screenshots

 

Tetris screenshot
Tetris screenshot
Tetris screenshot
Tetris screenshot

Video

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