Plug and play Tetris TV Games lets you play Tetris on your TV -- no console required. One controller is all you need! Put 4AA batteries in, connect it to your TV, and you're playing!
Like all great games, Tetris is easy to learn but difficult to master. In the middle of the 80's, while other video game companies were looking to make their games more complex, a lone russian mathemathecian/programmer invented a simple game that had you rotating colored blocks. It's simplicity was addictive and soon Tetris arcade machines were sucking down quarters here in North America. It was later ported to almost every platform available and sold ba-zillions of copies. Amazing (and ironic) that this was a simple 2D game with colorful blocks!
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- Unique Tetrimino controller lets you move the blocks in 4 directions PLUS rotate them -- no buttons required!
- Two player frenzy -- Plug in the second controller and Play head to head!
- 5 Tetris games included:
- Classic Tetris: Standard Tetris, just like you remember it! (1 player)
- Garbage Tetris: Game field starts with several "garbage" rows that must be cleared to go to the next level (1 or 2 players)
- Timed Tetris: X lines need to be cleared in X seconds with increasing lines and decreasing time at every new level (1 or 2 players)
- Hot Line Tetris: Six "hotlines" appear on the background and you only get points for lines clearing on a hotline. All other rows give you no points. (1 player)
- Battle Tetris: When one player completes 2+ rows at the same time, garbage rows are added to the opposing players game field. (2 players only)
1. Tetris is based on an ancient Roman puzzle called Pentamino
2. Over 86 million units have been sold worldwide to date, eclipsing sales of Michael Jackson's Thriller album (best selling album of all time at approximately 56 million copies)
3. The Tetris logo was designed by legendary record sleeve artist Roger Dean, who created famous album covers for rock giants Yes in the 1970s
4. The world's smallest game of Tetris took place under an electron microscope using 42 glass 'microspheres' at the Department of Physics of Complex Systems in Amsterdam
5. The world's biggest game of Tetris was created at Brown University in Rhode Island, USA, when the windows of the 14-story building lit up to form the shapes of the blocks. It was visible for miles.
6. Yuri Yevushenko, director of the Russian Academy in the 1980s, claims Tetris is so successful because "unlike American games it is not about murder, shooting or chasing; it is about building and order."
7. There is an online Church of Tetris website, which attracted hundreds of visitors per week
8."Tetris" is Russian for "4". (Each block in Tetris is made up of 4 squares.)
IMPORTANT NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: This unit is made for North America. It CAN work outside of North America if your TV can handle it.
• TV must be able to handle '60Hz NTSC'. Most TVs outside of USA/Canada are NOT NTSC) -- check the manual for your TV to be sure
• TV must have 'composite' inputs (also called 'RCA' inputs). See the picture HERE for what these connectors look like.
You must make sure your TV is compatible -- remember, this unit is made for USA/Canada.