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Tetris Tetris - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Tetris - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A puzzle game where seven different types of blocks continuously fall from above and you must arrange them to make horizontal rows of bricks. Completing any row causes those blocks to disappear and the rest above move downwards completing four rows at once is called a Tetris. The blocks above gradually fall faster and the game is over when the screen fills up and blocks can no longer fall from the top.

Tetris was produced by Atari Games in 1988.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Tetris was produced include: Xybots, A.P.B., Atari R.B.I. Baseball, Blasteroids, RBI Baseball, Cyberball, Vindicators, Toobin', Vindicators Part II, and Assault


Name Tetris
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10081
Class Wide Release
Genre Puzzle
  • Orientation: Horizontal
Conversion Class JAMMA
Game Specific Tetris Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Tetris Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 3-way (down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Rotate
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
  • Cabaret/Mini - Klax Cabaret factory conversio
Instructions Tetris Instructions Image
Bezel Tetris Bezel Image
Control Panel Tetris Control Panel Image
Side Art Tetris Side Art Image
PCB Tetris PCB Image

Game Introduction

You must arrange bricks to form rows without the 'wall' getting too high, or it's game over. You can rotate bricks so that they fit into the wall and once a row is complete it will disappear, thus lowering the wall. Eliminated rows will lower the number of lines you need to complete a level. Bricks fall faster in the higher levels and sometimes there are already bricks in the field that block your path. Often, when you try to make a Tetris four rows of lines that are removed at once, you end up waiting a long time for the long red brick the only way of completing a Tetris. It is interesting to note that every brick is made up of exactly four blocks.

Tetris KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.58 (8 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.06

Overall Like 4.43
Fun (Social) 3.86
Fun (Solo) 4.29
Collector Desire 3.29

Technical Rating: 3.50

Gameplay 4.57
Graphics 3.14
Originality 3.63
Sound/Music 3.14

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

If you tap the "rotate" buttons when the guy in the doorway is doing his "victory dance" a hook will reach out from the side and drag him away by the neck. If you do it when he is just dropping down to do the "Cossack Kicks", he'll dodge the hook the first time, but get caught by it on the return!

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The original designer is a Russian programmer called Alexey Pazhitnov, which is why the artwork has Russian buildings and dancers.

Gilman Louie was the first one to license Tetris from its developers in the Soviet Union.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Tetris Census

There are 14,898 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,153 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 409 known instances of this machine owned by Tetris collectors who are active members. Of these, 84 of them are original dedicated machines. 99 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 224 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 13 active VAPS members with a Tetris machines for sale. There are 14 active VAPS members with a Tetris circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 23 active VAPS members currently looking for Tetris. There are 4 active VAPS members looking for Tetris boards sets.

This game ranks a 82 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 32 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The game uses a 6502 microprocessor and two Atari Pokey sound chips. Game settings and the top six high scores are saved in EEROM Electrically Erasable ROM. The game only uses font-mapped graphics there are no sprite graphics.


Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright
  2. 3D Model (External): Conversion

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This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
8-Bit Beans 100 Brock St South, Whitby Ontario Canada 0
Bartari 101 Adams Ave, Scranton Pennsylvania United States Arcade Bar (Classic Videogame and Pinball)
Children: Only in daytime
Focus: Classic & Modern Games
Food: Yes
Alcohol: Yes
Payment Method: Coins

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2015 1 345.00 345.00
2016 1 230.00 230.00
2018 1 531.00 531.00
All Years 3 345.00 368.67


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