Tech History

January 29, 1988

Tetris Enters Into the US

Tetris basic game.gifThe computer game Tetris makes its first appearance in the United States as a PC game.”Tetriminos” are game pieces shaped like tetrominoes, geometric shapes composed of four square blocks each. A random sequence of Tetriminos fall down the playing field (a rectangular vertical shaft, called the “well” or “matrix”). The objective of the game is to manipulate these Tetriminos, by moving each one sideways (if the player feels the need) and rotating it by 90-degree units, with the aim of creating a horizontal line of ten units without gaps.

“Tetriminos” are game pieces shaped like tetrominoes, geometric shapes composed of four square blocks each. A random sequence of Tetriminos fall down the playing field (a rectangular vertical shaft, called the “well” or “matrix”). The objective of the game is to manipulate these Tetriminos, by moving each one sideways (if the player feels the need) and rotating it by 90-degree units, with the aim of creating a horizontal line of ten units without gaps.

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