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TetRAM (DOS)

TetRAM DOS TetRAM is loaded

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TetRAM is a small, memory-resident (TSR) Tetris game: working around the single-tasking nature of DOS, it loads itself into RAM and can be started later at any time. The first commercial Tetris had already included such a feature, but this version achieves other goals: a tiny memory footprint (4KB plus change), and the ability to play without suspending the background program.

When invoked (from a 80x25 text-mode screen), the program greys out the current background, and starts a Tetris game on top of it. The familiar rules apply: falling blocks can be moved, rotated and arranged to create solid horizontal lines across the pit; full lines are eliminated, and the pile must be kept from growing all the way to the top.

The game keeps count of completed lines, and the more you score - the faster it gets. Meanwhile the background program continues to run, and can even receive input, except for the four cursor keys used by the game.

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TetRAM DOS TetRAM is loaded
TetRAM DOS Now you can play Tetris at the DOS prompt...
TetRAM DOS ...Or with some ASCII art for a background.
TetRAM DOS ...Or in your favorite file manager.

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kudos 2 vileyn0id_8088 (17313)
Feb 27, 2015

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Despite being coded in 1997, TetRAM was released at the InScene 2000 demoparty in Belgium, where it won second place in the 100KB Game compo.

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  • Download TetRAM (get this freeware game at scene.org (source code included))
vileyn0id_8088 (17313) added TetRAM (DOS) on Feb 26, 2015