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aka: Tetris: L'implacable casse-tête vidéo des blocs a empiler., Tetris: The relentless building block video puzzle.

Description official descriptions

This version of Tetris is one of many conversions of the famous block-stacking game and was included with the Game Boy upon its release in several territories. 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, the background changes, and the game ends if the stack reaches the top of the well.

The game is very similar to Nintendo's own NES version of the game, featuring the same "Type A" endless and "Type B" set-clear modes. The game also features a 2-player versus mode that can be played with two Game Boys, two copies of Tetris, and a Game Boy link cable. Clearing lines in this mode will cause the other player's stack to rise, with the goal being to make the other player lose.


  • テトリス - Japanese spelling

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Credits (Game Boy version)

6 People

Original concept, design and program by
Executive Producer and President of NCL (uncredited)
Executive Producer and President of NOA (uncredited)
Producer (uncredited)
Sound Composer (uncredited)
Game Designer (uncredited) [ゲームデザイナー]



1001 Video Games

Tetris appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


After playing the Game Boy version of Tetris for a while, Liam Jordan submitted Zen and the Art of Tetris to GameSpot, an article about why "life is like a game of Tetris."

Doctor Spin

The theme to the Game Boy version of Tetris was turned into a EuroDance single, and released by Doctor Spin in the UK which reached #6 in 1992. Doctor Spin was a pseudonym of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Nigel Wright.

References in film

  • In The Simpsons, the Strong Arms of the Ma TV episode airing in 2003, the family goes to Rainier Wolfcastle's bankruptcy garage sale and Homer buys too much stuff. Bart says "There's no way all this junk is going to fit in that car". Homer replies "Now, don't worry. This is what all those hours of playing Tetris was for." The music theme from the Game Boy version begins to play and Homer pictures his family as different shaped pieces. He begins to pack the trunk with different items he bought and then twists his kids and Marge rotating them to fit them in seats among other items. He shuts the car door, dusts his hands off and says "Perfect!" Marge replies "But there's no room for you." and Homer says "Doh!".
  • In the 2008 film The Wackness a graduate can be briefly seen playing the game during the graduation ceremony at the start of the film.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1991 - Best Game Boy Game in 1990
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – Best Game Boy Game
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #14 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

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  • MobyGames ID: 42121


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】.

Nintendo 3DS added by Michael Cassidy.

Additional contributors: Zack Green, Scaryfun, formercontrib, vedder, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto, FatherJack.

Game added September 20th, 2009. Last modified May 3rd, 2023.