‘Tetris’ is the most famous game of all. If sales are your metrics of choice, Tetris has sold more than 170 million copies compared to each toy and computer platform you can imagine.
It was created by Russian computer engineer Alexei Pashitnov with his friends Dmitry Pavlovsky and Vadim Gerasimov and ended up as the first computer game from Russia be released in the West in 1986.
Pajitnov took the inspiration from a five-block pentomone toy puzzle with as a child, solving a now-known tetriminos in his game design.
Selecting ”Tetris” as the Game Boy launch title was an inspired choice for a device meant to be played in short bursts, Tetris let gamers pick up their Game Boy, crush some lines and put the game down only to jump back in later.
Tetris may have achieved legendary status largely thanks to the Game Boy, but the game was available on computers and in the arcade for years before Game Boy existed.
Henk Rogers, who now runs Tetris and first revealed the game to CES in 1988, reported that it all when he turned Nintendo to the idea of launching Game Boy with Tetris included, if you want to sell the Game Boy to the little boys, then pack it Mario. But if you want to sell Game Boy for everyone, pack it Tetris.
Tetris is just seven different tetriminos, falling from the top of a screen to the bottom at an increasing speed. They can be rotated and need to be arranged in complete lines, otherwise they’ll pile to the top of the screen and ending game.