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Tetris
Box artwork for Tetris.
Developer(s) Alexey Pajitnov, Vadim Gerasimov
Publisher(s) Various
Distributor(s) 3DS Virtual Console
Designer(s) Alexey Pajitnov
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Puzzle
System(s) Windows, NES, Game Boy, Commodore 64, Apple II, BBC Micro, Amstrad CPC, TRS-80 Color Computer, Sega Genesis, MSX, PSP, WonderSwan Color, Sharp X68000, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Nintendo 3DS
Players 1-2
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Tetris (Russian: Тетрис) is a puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov in June 1985, while working for the Dorodnicyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science of the USSR in Moscow. He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix "tetra-", as all of the game's pieces (known as Tetrominoes) contain four segments, and tennis, Pajitnov's favorite sport.

The game (or one of its many variants) is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, as well as on devices such as graphing calculators, mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs and even as an Easter egg on non-media products like oscilloscopes. It has even been played on the sides of various buildings, with the record holder for the world's largest fully functional game of Tetris being an effort by Dutch students in 1995 that lit up all 15 floors of the Electrical Engineering department at Delft University of Technology.

While versions of Tetris were sold for a range of 1980s home computer platforms, it was the hugely successful handheld version for the Game Boy launched in 1989 that established the reputation of the game as one of the most popular ever. Electronic Gaming Monthly's 100th issue had Tetris in first place as "Greatest Game of All Time". In 2007, Tetris came in second place in IGN's "100 Greatest Video Games of All Time".

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