Freefall

aka: Tetris
Moby ID: 53601
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Description

An all-text port of Alexey Pajitnov's classic puzzle game 'Tetris', written entirely in the Inform 6 programming language.

In this variation, each of the falling blocks are made up of four separate hash marks arranged in the configuration of the Tetris pieces they represent. Upon hitting a surfice, the hash marks change into O's to indicate they are no longer moveable.

The gameplay resembles that of the original game, except for the width of the width of the playing field. Here, players must earn points by composing horizontal lines consisting of twelve blocks instead of the traditional ten. The game continues indefinitely as in most other variants, but this version does not keep track of individual lines or advance levels, and the speed of the shapes' descent remains constant throughout.

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Development

The first known example of "Z-machine abuse", a term used to describe the deliberate misuse of the Inform programming language. Inform was designed specifically for the creation of interactive fiction (text-based adventure games), so using it to create a Tetris port required the programmer to write clever, "abusive" code in order to achieve the desired effect.

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Freefall Racers
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Freefall 3050 A.D.
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Tetris: Axis
Released 2011 on Nintendo 3DS
Tromp
Released 1989 on Mainframe
Tetris 2
Released 1993 on NES, Game Boy, SNES
Magical Tetris Challenge
Released 1998 on Arcade, 1998 on Nintendo 64, 1999 on PlayStation
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Bastet
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  • Zarf's Interactive Fiction
    Andrew Plotkin's page of interactive fiction games he has created, including Freefall. A free download link is provided.

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Game added by Echidna Boy.

Game added December 2, 2011. Last modified February 22, 2023.