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Tetris Original

Play The Original 1984 Tetris Online, Absolutely Free

Ever wanted to experience the original Tetris, the game that started it all? Thanks to the Tetris movie, you can.

Sure, there are other emulators floating about but we have to tip our hat to this online version of Alexey Pajitnov’s original 1984 puzzler, Tetris. Well, we can’t quite wrap our heads round Taron Egerton’s ‘tache but that’s a small price to pay.

To commemorate the release of Apple’s Tetris movie, The Tetris Company has placed online a recreation of the Electronika 60 version, complete with green screen and ascii-character blocks. Yes, you can forget about your fancy colours, this is the game as its creator saw it.

And, you know what? It’s ever bit as entertaining as its snazzier-looking ports. What should have been a quick two minutes, checking that the site did what it claimed, turned into a good half-an-hour of Tetromino wrangling.

It’s not a pixel-perfect port, and we’re getting a good chuckle out of people pointing out the differences on Twitter. But, compared to an actual emulated version, it’s pretty damn close. And if you’ve watched – or are about to watch – Apple’s Tetris movie, it’s well worth firing up.

You can check it out here but be prepared to lose a good chuck of your day. As for the movie? It’s available on Apple TV right now and, instead of having alien blocks threaten the world, delves into the real-life drama surrounding the game. You can take a look at the trailer below. That ‘tache, though..

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