Tetris is a classic tile-matching puzzle video game that was first created in 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov, a Russian computer engineer. The game consists of a grid in which various shapes composed of four squares, known as tetrominoes, fall from the top of the screen. The player must manipulate these shapes as they fall in order to complete lines across the screen and clear the playfield.
The game’s popularity quickly spread beyond Russia and became a worldwide phenomenon, particularly after it was included in the Game Boy, a handheld gaming device created by Nintendo in 1989. Since then, Tetris has been released on a wide range of gaming platforms and has sold millions of copies.
Tetris is known for its simple yet addictive gameplay and its iconic soundtrack, which was composed by Russian musician Hirokazu Tanaka. The game has inspired countless imitators and spin-offs, as well as a variety of research studies on its effects on the brain and human cognition.
Today, Tetris remains a beloved classic in the world of video games, and continues to be enjoyed by players of all ages and skill levels.