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Released: 1989

Genre: Puzzle

Format reviewed: Game Boy

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Bullet-Proof Software Inc

Submitted by: Lee Richards

Tetris on the Gameboy is tough.  It gets faster quicker than most other versions and the play field is shallower too.  That should make it hard core but quite the contrary Tetris on the Gameboy is the quitessential casual game – it requires no previous experience to play and can be played whenever or wherever you like just so long as it’s not too sunny and you have batteries.

Tetris on the original Gameboy is the game that proves by it’s very existence the futility of trying to divide the world into two camps – the core gamers and casual gamers.  It’s existence let’s us see past the hyperbole of marketers and offers us a very real experience upon which to base our own opinions.

It is for this reason amongst many others cited by legions of others online who have meditated on Tetris that we should see Tetris on the Gameboy as probably one of the most important pieces of code in gaming history.

That which is truly great is most apt to defy and confound categorisation.  That which is truly great communicates its essence uniquely to the essence of each and every one of us.  Tetris on the Gameboy is truly great.

Thank you Mr. Alexey Pajitnov for the invention, Bullet-Proof Software Inc. for the interpretation and Nintendo for the platform and pack-in.

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