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7:30 PM on 01.28.2015

A new Tetris Grandmaster has been born

Kevin Birrell, who goes by the alias of KevinDDR, has joined the few, the proud, the Tetris Grandmasters. He is only the sixth person in the world to ever accomplish this feat, which should already give you an idea as to...

Patrick Hancock

3:00 AM on 01.08.2015

AGDQ 2015: This man plays Tetris better than you do anything

This, kids -- this is what happens when you sell your soul to the devil in exchange for Tetris immortality. There simply has to be some sort of higher power at work, or some kind of black magic in play. Otherwise, ...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 12.28.2014

Gameboy Tetris being taken off the 3DS eShop at the end of the year

[Update: Looks like Tetris Axis is also getting yanked. We can guess that the retail version of the game is also going the way of the dodo. Interested parties would do well to snatch it up quick.] Nintendo UK's Twitter accoun...

Jonathan Holmes

10:48 AM on 09.30.2014

Yes, a Tetris sci-fi movie is currently in production

Mega entertainment company Threshold Entertainment has the green light from The Tetris Company to create a live-action Tetris movie. That alone is crazy. But Larry Kasanoff and Jimmy Ienner are planning on turning the puzzle ...

Dale North


1:45 PM on 08.21.2014

Watch Assassin's Creed and play other Ubisoft games at PAX Prime

Ubisoft seemingly takes the same approach to all of its PAX showings -- theater presentations of Assassin's Creed, and playable demos of its other upcoming games. PAX Prime 2014 in Seattle next week is no different, except fo...

Brett Makedonski

10:30 AM on 08.21.2014

Puyopuyo Tetris will be landing on Xbox One and PS4 this December

If you're a Tetris fan you might be interested to hear that Puyopuyo Tetris will be headed to both the PS4 and Xbox One this December in Japan. The game was previously available on the 3DS, Vita, Wii U, and PS3, so this ...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 07.22.2014

Look, this version of Tetris is Ultimate and on the 3DS

Ubisoft announced yesterday that the newest edition of the venerable Soviet-origin puzzle game will be coming to Nintendo 3DS this fall. You too can build for the motherland again with six modes and an exclusive single-player...

Brittany Vincent

6:00 AM on 06.05.2014

Ubisoft announces Tetris Ultimate for PS4, Xbox One, PC

Ubisoft revealed it's dropping Tetris Ultimate on PlayStation 4 and Xbox On this summer. The falling block puzzler will then spin around come autumn for a PC release. This year marks the franchise's 30th anniversary, and crea...

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 PM on 05.31.2014

Get stuck in the metal with this 17-minute tribute to video games

What's more metal than a 17-minute instrumental medley featuring some of your favorite video game tracks? Anything Nathan Explosion touches, but that's beside the point. This impressive project was three years in the making,...

Brittany Vincent

6:00 AM on 04.30.2014

Alexey Pajitnov's Marbly receives a major update

Popular iOS puzzler and Tetris follow-up Marbly isn't doing too bad on the App Store, having been played 3 million times by 300,000 players in the last year or so. The newest update adds 1000+ new puzzles to the fold in the ...

Brittany Vincent



Art Hawk: Tetris photo
Art Hawk: Tetris
by Jonathan Holmes

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I had the opportunity to interview with the creator of Tetris a few years ago about the research on his game's ability to help curb the kind of intrusive thoughts and flashbacks commonly associated with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. More recent studies have show that it can also help with cravings for food and alcohol. Ever since then I've wondered what Tetris does to the brain that helps prevent it from getting stuck in fight or flight mode, obsession with potential threats, or unwanted thoughts in general. It's certainly not the most relaxing game ever made, though there is something oddly comforting about its cold, methodical, relentless demands for optimal spacial organization.

What is it about the repetitive analysis and processing of new blocks into a collection of old blocks that helps us to remain in control of our feeling/thought patterns? As always, Art Hawk has the answer!

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1:30 PM on 01.16.2014

Ubisoft is making Tetris for Xbox One and PS4

The Tetris franchise turns 30 this year and Ubisoft is the latest company to take on the classic puzzle game. There's a new version in the works for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that'll be released digitally at some point. Poss...

Jordan Devore



Puyopuyo Tetris is exactly as it sounds, and I dig it photo
Puyopuyo Tetris is exactly as it sounds, and I dig it
by Dale North

Sega is showing off its new puzzle game Puyopuyo Tetris here at their already super busy TGS 2013 booth. As a fan of both games, I gave this cross-up a spin on the 3DS. Puyopuyo Tetris is also coming to the Vita and PS3 as well as the Wii U, with a motion control scheme set for the latter. 

After choosing a character, the game asks which of the famed puzzlers you'd like to play. I'm much better at Puyo than Tetris, so I went in confident. In a classic competitive match, the other game you did not choose ends up being your opponent's game. This had me setting up combos and matching colors to send obstacle lines (complete with cute/angry little Puyo faces) to the computer opponent's Tetris board. And in turn, his line clears sent random blocks to mess up my beautifully laid chain stacks. 

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1:00 PM on 08.18.2013

Cryptic Sea EP contains post-modern puzzler Volta

Cryptic Sea (best known for Gish and Hockey?) just released a new set of games for Mac, Windows and Linux for a paltry $3. I haven't gotten that deep into the collection yet, but by far the most striking entry in Cryptic Sea...

Jonathan Holmes

7:30 PM on 08.05.2013

Tetris meets monster battling in Tetris Monsters

What genre or style of game hasn't been mashed up with Tetris yet? What about monster hunting role-playing? Let me check the list... nope! Doesn't look like it! You're clear to go! The latest Tetris variant is Tetris Monster...

Tony Ponce



Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out photo
Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out
by Tony Ponce

Super Mario Crossover, the pixel-for-pixel recreation of Super Mario Bros. that features a selectable cast of NES stars, was all set for the big 3.0 update this past June. It was unfortunately delayed a month, but it is now available for your pleasure. Head on down to developer Exploding Rabbit's site to give the new revision a spin.

New to 3.0 are the levels from Super Mario Bros. Special, a Japan-only port / remake for the NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1; a difficulty system that drastically alters level layouts; and more skins for levels and characters to make them look like various other games on the NES, SNES, Game Boy, and so on. More tweaks and skins are planned for the future, but this is likely the last big update.

Exploding Rabbit is now hard at work on Super Retro Squad, which follows the style of Super Mario Crossover only with original characters and levels. While originally looking like an NES game, the graphics have been beefed up to a more detailed 16-bit style, though it looks like there may still be skins to "downgrade" the look to 8-bit and handheld styles. The game will also feature four-player online and local co-op. You can check the new screens below.

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0 Released [Exploding Rabbit]

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