A pair of cool retro cufflinks.
: Те́трис, pronounced [ˈtɛtrʲɪs]
) is a tile-matching puzzle video game
, originally designed and programmed by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov
. It was released on June 6, 1984,
while he was working for theDorodnicyn Computing Centre
of the Academy of Science of the USSR
He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix tetra-
(all of the game's pieces contain four segments) and tennis
, Pajitnov's favorite sport.
was the first entertainment software to be exported from the USSR to the US, where it was published by Spectrum HoloByte
for Commodore 64
and IBM PC. The Tetris
game is a popular use of tetrominoes
, the four-element special case of polyominoes
. Polyominoes have been used in popular puzzles since at least 1907, and the name was given by the mathematician Solomon W. Golomb
in 1953. However, even the enumeration of pentominoes is dated to antiquity.
The game (or one of its many variants) is available for nearly every video game console
and computer operating system
, as well as on devices such asgraphing calculators
, mobile phones, portable media players
, Network music players
and even as an Easter egg
on non-media products likeoscilloscopes
It has even inspired Tetris
and been played on the sides of various buildings.