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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.


Tetris Game Boy A classic move
Tetris Game Boy Starting with height level 5
Tetris Game Boy Chose your game type
Tetris Game Boy And so it begins...

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Alternate Titles

  • "Tetris: The relentless building block video puzzle." -- Tag-lined title
  • "Tetris: L'implacable casse-tête vidéo des blocs a empiler." -- French tag-lined title
  • "テトリス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

So ... many ... falling ... blocks ... Kartanym (12706) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
It's fun that lasts. optrirominiluikus (118) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
A classic must-have for the gameboy. Jim Fun (243) unrated

Critic Reviews

N-Philes 2002 10 out of 10 100
Electric Playground Nov 01, 1996 10 out of 10 100
Retro Game Reviews Mar 24, 2019 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Nintendo Life Aug 04, 2009 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Video Games Mar, 1991 96 out of 100 96
RPGFan Apr 01, 2016 95 out of 100 95
Tilt Sep, 1990 19 out of 20 95
Digital Press - Classic Video Games May 01, 2005 9 out of 10 90 Feb 19, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec, 1989 31 out of 40 78


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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)

雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60599) added Tetris (Game Boy) on Aug 19, 2009
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