Moby ID: 42118
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One of many conversions of the famous block-stacking game available for Nintendo's home console, this one is based on the 1988 coin-op version produced by Atari Games. 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 game ends if the stack reaches the top of the well.

The game features a standard endless mode, as well as a two-player competitive mode where players race to complete each level. There is also a "cooperative" mode where both players play within the same well, working together to complete lines. Both the competitive mode and the cooperative mode can also be played with the computer.

The game offers standard starting-level and garbage options, several different background music themes, and cute little Russian dancers to congratulate you between levels.


  • Tetяis - Alternative spelling

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16 People (12 developers, 4 thanks)

Project Leader
Video Graphics
Special Thanks to
Original Concept and Design
  • Academysoft-Elorg
  • Atari Games
Licensed by
  • Mirrorsoft Ltd.



Average score: 89% (based on 7 ratings)


Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 21 ratings with 1 reviews)

My favorite adaption of the falling blocks

The Good
The music is very nice to listen to and has a very nice quality for 8-bit standards. I always play with either Theme B or Theme A on and it really adds something to the game. I also liked how the music goes faster if you are about to lose, just to get you on your toes a little bit more.

It doesn't matter which version of Tetris you have, the game is always a lot of fun. You can play it for days and it will never bore you. This is mostly because of the simplicity, everybody can stack blocks, but the longer you play the harder it gets. A brilliant formula if I ever saw one.

Breaking your (or other people's) high-score is a lot of work, but also very exciting when you finally pull it off. I especially took great pleasure in beating the highscores the previous owner left on the cartridge. He was a good, but I am a little bit better.

The Bad
The game often refuses to save my new highscores which is a little annoying. Sometimes it saves them and sometimes it doesn't.

Theme C is not that amazing.

The Bottom Line
Tetris is just a really good game, one that has seen numerous adaptions and spin-offs. Making a Tetris game seems like a trick to me, it is guaranteed to be good. The NES may refuse to save your highscores every once in a while, but aside from that this is a pretty nice puzzle game to play. It never grows old.

NES · by Asinine (957) · 2011



The NES version of Tetris was available in two different releases, one by Tengen and one by Nintendo. After an extensive legal battle, it was decided Tengen did not have the rights to distribute Tetris for the NES and was ordered to cease distribution of the game. All of the unsold copies are believed to have been destroyed making the Tengen release of Tetris one of the more uncommon NES games.


It's not uncommon for versions of Tetris to incorporate musical motifs from Russian classical and folk melodies; in most versions, a rendition of Korobeiniki (here present in a somewhat mutated form as Troika) is part of the metric Tetris standard. Sometimes however there is musical padding brought in from other sources. While trying to discern the musical origin of another piece of music here, Bradinsky, I found the answer staring back at me from the credits, in the form of Brad Fuller. (It wouldn't surprise me to find that Loginska, another musical composition in this version, is dedicated to programmer Ed Logg. Finally, Karinka is just a mush-mouthed manhandling of the traditional melody Kalinka.)


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Most Lawsuits


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Game added by j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】.

Arcade added by Pseudo_Intellectual.

Additional contributors: Servo, Alaka, GTramp.

Game added August 29, 2009. Last modified October 1, 2023.