DescriptionTetris is one of many conversions of the famous block-stacking game, this one is based on the 1988 coin-op version produced by Sega. The goal is to place pieces made up of four tiles in a ten-by-twenty well, organizing them into complete rows, which then disappear. As rows are cleared, the pace of the game increases and the background changes, and the game ends if the stack reaches the top of the well.
In addition to a standard endless mode for one or two players, the game also includes a "time trial" mode for one or two players, where the goal is to get as many points as possible in three minutes. There is also a "doubles" mode, where two players work together to fill lines in an extra-wide well, each controlling their own pieces simultaneously.
The game offers a number of standard options: setting the starting level, how much "garbage" is at the bottom of the well when the game starts, and whether the next piece is visible. There are also optional "item blocks," which are special flashing pieces that give an extra bonus if they are used to clear a line.
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Legal IssuesSEGA produced this Mega Drive conversion of their hit arcade version in anticipation of being able to win the rights to the home versions from Nintendo in court. The game had been manufactured and was ready to ship, but SEGA did not end up winning the legal battle, and they were unable to be sold. The cartridges were left to rot in a warehouse and, ultimately, were presumably destroyed. A handful of copies have, however, found their way into the open market.
RarityThe Megadrive (Genesis) version of Tetris is one of the rarest and most sought after games and the game is honored as such in the 2008 Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition. Less than 10 copies are known to exist. There are, however, numerous bootlegs of Chinese origin floating around.
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