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Kevtris (ColecoVision)

Kevtris ColecoVision Funny startup screen

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Description

Kevtris was the first Colecovision game to be developed for almost ten years, and it was a natural choice to start with a game that was simple to implement, yet had been released too late to be officially ported to the Coleco console; namely Tetris.

Despite being an early home-brew, Kevtris features both colourful graphics and background music, as well as three different game modes for both one and two players as well as handicaps. Apart from the normal Tetris game mode, there is the zero-out mode, where you have to clear a set number of lines to win a game, and the builder mode, where the blocks don't fall automatically, giving you all the time in the world to plan your moves.

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Kevtris ColecoVision Head to head
Kevtris ColecoVision In the builder mode, you have to drop blocks manually
Kevtris ColecoVision Finished zero-out
Kevtris ColecoVision Nice fit

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The Press Says

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Atari HQ Feb 16, 1997 8 out of 10 80

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Development

Kevtris was made with no proper documentation of the Colecovision, based mostly on reverse-engineering. Only afterwards did the programmer find out that the graphics and sound chips were standard parts which had been fully exploited and documented by programmers on other systems such as the MSX.

Release

Kevtris was originally released in a limited series of 100 numbered cartridges. Nowadays, the game is released for free on the internet, though you would have to burn your own EPROM in case you want to play it on your Colecovision.
Игги Друге (40002) added Kevtris (ColecoVision) on Nov 29, 2006