Welltris

aka: Alexey Pajitnov's Welltris, Welltris: The Soviet Challenge Continues...
Moby ID: 2121
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Welltris, which is the first Tetris sequel, is originally designed by Alexey Pajitnov (the creator of Tetris) with Andrei Sgenov.

It has the same gameplay concept as Tetris; simply all the player has to do is to rotate and maneuver the falling pieces into a proper position in order to form complete layers in the rectangular playground. But Welltris changes this rectangular arena into a four sided well with grid-like walls and bottom where the falling pieces can be moved from wall to wall within the well. Form the pieces into solid rows either horizontally or vertically on the bottom of the well.

Billed itself as Tetris in three dimensions.

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  • ウェルトリス - Japanese spelling

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21 People (9 developers, 12 thanks)

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Average score: 73% (based on 18 ratings)

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Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 46 ratings with 3 reviews)

My all-time favorite game!

The Good
I like Tetris, but don't really like it... Welltris is so much more engaging that Tetris. It is excellent for challenging your "spacial relations" skills - the 3D well is a genius game design, in my opinion! The challenge progresses as the right pace, and the game is designed to be fair. With the 3D approach, you have the ability to "fix" your mistakes by approaching them from a different angle... if you're fast enough!

The Bad
I like every aspect of it.

The Bottom Line
It's like playing Tetris from 4 sides at once.

Amiga · by Chris Solberg (2) · 2006

fun

The Good
i loved everything about this game. i had loads of fun with it.

The Bad
NONE

The Bottom Line
well for starters, it kinda looks like Tetris but when you start playing it, all the blocks start comming right at you & you have to put them like you do in Tetris but it's 3-d. i had loads of fun when my dad got it a long time ago. i wish i had it for myself. i miss playing it. it's so much better then regular tetris.

DOS · by Mesha Goodwin (1) · 2004

More strategy than tetris, and a lot more fun.

The Good
This is a soothing game for my wife, who liked tetris, but got bored. being able to move falling pieces down the 4 sides of the well for the most advantage is a great improvement. occaisionally you will get more than one line at a time. And every once in a while, you can clear a vertical and a horizontal at the same time. While it seems daunting when you first try it, it is actually easier than it looks. I have had times when i cleared a line I didn't see, because I was looking along the other axis. Also, if you get a piece climbing the side, it's not the end. You just can't move on that side for a few turns.

The Bad
There is no way to quit in the middle. you have to make yourself lose in order to quit. Your hand goes numb during a long, high scoring game.

The Bottom Line
If you like tetris, but are bored with its simplicity, take a trip down to the well. You won't regret it.

DOS · by Darryl White (9) · 2000

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Game added by Accatone.

Commodore 64 added by Quapil. Amstrad CPC added by Agamenon3. PC-98, Macintosh added by Kabushi. Amiga added by Xoleras. ZX Spectrum, Atari ST added by Martin Smith. Arcade added by Kayburt.

Additional contributors: formercontrib, Rik Hideto, Kayburt.

Game added August 6, 2000. Last modified February 13, 2024.