Tetris is a game satisfying one of the most basic human drives, that is, to create order out of chaos.
There are 7 differently shaped Tetriminos that fall into a rectangular Matrix. As the Tetriminos fall, you can rotate, move or drop them into their final resting place. If a row or more of cells is completely filled with Blocks, then the line or lines are cleared from the Matrix and points are scored. The more efficiently you clear lines from the Matrix (for example, in less time or using more simultaneous Line Clears) the better your score will be. Bonuses are given for simultaneous Line Clears, special actions called “T-Spins”, and achieving Back-to-Back high-point actions.
To change the game mode, press one of the game mode buttons on the Main Menu. To start a game, press the PLAY! button.
NOTE: In Trial Mode, only Marathon and Spring mode are enabled.
See how far you can go and how many points you can get! Clear the number of lines in the level goal to advance levels. Bonus lines are awarded for clearing multiple lines at once (as in a Tetris) or for special actions (like a T-Spin). The Tetriminos drop faster as the level number increases, so watch out. There are 15 challenging levels in all.
See how far you can go and how many points you can get within 10 minutes. Be sure to clear the level goal within 2 minutes - if you don’t, you have to do it over!
Reach the goal of 40 lines as fast as you can. Compete for the fastest time!
Once you have conquered Marathon, proceed to the next level in gameplay – Master! This game has instant-drop Tetriminos, so you have to be quick with your movements and rotations before the Tetrimino locks down. There are 20 challenging levels in all.
|Action||Points||Lines Cleared||Lines Awarded Towards Level Goal*|
|Single||100 x level||1||1|
|Double||300 x level||2||3|
|Triple||500 x level||3||5|
|Tetris||800 x level||4||8|
|EZ T-Spin||100 x level||0||1|
|EZ T-Spin Single||200 x level||1||2|
|T-Spin||400 x level||0||4|
|T-Spin Single||800 x level||1||8|
|T-Spin Double||1200 x level||2||12|
|Back-To-Back Bonus (Tetrises and T-Spins performed consecutively)**||0.5 x Action Total||0||0.5 x Action Total|
|Soft Drop||1 per line dropped||0||0|
|Hard Drop||2 per line dropped||0||0|
*Column does not apply to Sprint and Master game modes.
**T-Spins that do not clear any lines do not receive the Back-to-Back Bonus. However, they do not break a consecutive Back-to-Back sequence.
Score a combination, or “combo”, by performing consecutive Line Clear actions. A Tetrimino that does not complete a Line Clear cannot lock down between the consecutive actions.
|Combo Count||Bonus||Lines Awarded Towards Level Goal*|
|Combo 1||+ 50 points x level||0|
|Combo 2||+ 100 points x level||1|
|Combo 3||+ 150 points x level||1|
|Combo 4||+ 200 points x level||2|
|Combo 5||+ 250 points x level||2|
|Combo 6||+ 300 points x level||3|
|Combo 7||+ 350 points x level||3|
|Combo 8||+ 400 points x level||4|
|Combo 9||+ 450 points x level||4|
|Combo 10||+ 500 points x level||4|
|Combo 11||+ 550 points x level||5|
|Combo 12||+ 600 points x level||5|
|Combo 13||+ 650 points x level||5|
|Combo 14||+ 700 points x level||5|
|Combo 15||+ 750 points x level||5|
|Combo 16||+ 800 points x level||5|
|Combo 17||+ 850 points x level||5|
|Combo 18||+ 900 points x level||5|
|Combo 19||+ 950 points x level||5|
|Combo 20||+ 1000 points x level||5|
*Column does not apply to Sprint and Master game modes.
To change the key settings, select the KEYS tab on the Main Menu.
Press a control function key.
Press a key on your keyboard to reassign the function to that key.
Press the SET TO DEFAULT KEYS link to reassign the default keys to each function.
The following are the default keys for each function:
|MOVE LEFT||LEFT ARROW||Move Tetrimino left|
|MOVE RIGHT||RIGHT ARROW||Move Tetrimino right|
|ROTATE LEFT||CONTROL||Rotate Tetrimino counterclockwise|
|ROTATE RIGHT||UP ARROW||Rotate Tetrimino clockwise|
|HARD DROP||SPACE BAR||Hard drop the Tetrimino|
|SOFT DROP||DOWN ARROW||Soft drop the Tetrimino|
|HOLD||SHIFT||Hold the current Tetrimino in the Hold Queue|
|PAUSE||ESCAPE||Pause the game|
|HIDE||F1 (F2 for Windows)||Pause and hide the game|
To change the sound effects volume or music volume, select the SOUND tab on the Main Menu.
Press the appropriate – or + button to adjust the volume.
Press the SET TO DEFAULT SOUND link to reset the volumes to the default settings.
NOTE: To change the music selection, select the MUSIC tab on the Main Menu. Press one of the song buttons.
Upon purchasing Tetris Zone, you will receive a TetrisPass username and password via e-mail. You must login from the game to have full access to all of Tetris Zone, including unrestricted gameplay.
On the Main Menu, enter your username and password into the boxes in the top right corner and press the LOG IN button. You must be connected to the Internet for this initial login only.
If authentication is successful, the words “TRIAL MODE” on the Main Menu will change to your username followed by “LOGGED IN”. You will now have full access to the game.
After the initial login, the game will automatically log you in each time you start Tetris Zone. Logging in enables the game to automatically upload your latest scores to your account on the website. To log out at any time, press the LOGOUT link on the Main Menu.
TETRISES - Total number of Tetrises achieved by the player in the current game.
T-SPINS - Total number of T-Spins achieved by the player in the current game.
COMBOS - Total number of combinations achieved by the player in the current game.
TPM - Tetriminos Per Minute. The number of Tetriminos locked down divided by minutes of elapsed game time.
LPM - Lines Per Minute. The number of Line Clears divided by minutes of elapsed game time. This does not include bonus lines awarded towards the level Goal.
To download and watch recorded games, press the desired game mode button on the Main Menu.
Press the WATCH button.
Press the PERSONAL button to watch your best game (for the selected game mode). Press the TODAY button to watch the best game of the day. Press the ALL TIME button to watch the best game of all time.
NOTE: The PERSONAL button is unavailable in Trial Mode.
To watch the game you just played, press the WATCH button on the GAME OVER dialog box.
Flash player 8 is required to view the tutorials.
If you have any questions, you can e-mail our technical support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our feedback forums at community.tetris.com.