Originally, the game was a Russian tile matching puzzle that was engineered and programed by Mr. Alexey Pajitnov. It came out on June 6, 1984. The game also has the historic distinction of being the first game coming from the then, USSR to the United States. It was published by Spectrum HoloByte for the then Commodore 64, and the IBM PC. It uses tetrominoes, four element special case of polyominoes.
From there the game went to other platforms including arcade. This simple game that calls for observation, strategy planning to place the shapes so that they fit as they slowly descend fro the top of the screen so that each piece leaves no open spaces, was and still is a major hit amongst video game players. There are contests, fan sites, and more still dedicated to the game and its variations. It has no wild special effects, violence, blood and gore, just spatial relationships that calls for the player to be quick in their analysis of the screen and applying the puzzle pieces to gain the next more difficult levels.
So popular was the game that in 2007, Electronic Gaming Monthly’s 100th issue stated that Tetris was the “Greatest Game Of All Time”. The game has sold 100s of millions of copies over the years and is now a top favorite for the smartphone markets.
In the game “Absolute Tetris”, we have a version of Tetris that stays faithful to the original but with a 3D twist. The game is played just like the 2D version but has an environment that is 3D instead. It has a floating frame that is immersed in a flow medium with the addition of sci-fi elements. Now the gameplay calls for the falling game puzzle pieces to be aligned and blown up as they are arranged in even layers. As this is achieved, the player gains points. Each level will have various falling speeds as well as bonuses. The goal is to gather as many points as possible.
There are two characters in the game named, Pryamish and Krooglish. They follow the player throughout the entire game.
This is just one of the many alternative versions of Tetris on the market and developers are working on many more. The reason being, people just can’t get enough of Tetris.
The challenging part of it is the time allowed to make a decision. The shapes are simple, the operation is simple, but the challenge is in how quick one can observe the shapes as they descend from the top of the screen, and then be able to place them so that a straight line of shapes forms at the bottom. The cool thing about Absolute Tetris are the two main characters that you use to blow up the tiles that align and give you more space to play. That, and the lively animated background that is serene and colorful.
The makers of this version of Tetris didn’t go overboard and with it available for mobile, even more people are enjoying the game, on Android especially.
So if you’re a die hard Tetris fan, or are looking for a simple, fun game that is intellectually challenging, then this is the game for you.