Introduction Tetris , a computer game made in Russia, requires the player to manipulate differently shaped blocks as they pile up at the bottom of the screen, trying to avoid three things: getting squashed (which causes you to lose); having gaps (more than one gap ends the game); and going over the top. Tetris was originally developed by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 (and released by Spectrum HoloByte for DOS and Commodore 64 in 1987), but it has gone on to spawn many Tetris-like games, Tetris variants , Tetris clones , Tetris-inspired games , Tetris derivatives , Tetris remixes , etc.
One of the more unusual takes on Tetris is Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game , a PC game released in 1997 by Interplay. Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game claims to be “a puzzle game for the thinking man, or woman!” and “the ultimate mind bender!” Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game adds several extra features to Tetris : graphically Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game is based on Tetris for Game Boy , as opposed to Tetris for DOS. Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game also allows the player to play Tetris either by themselves against an invisible, remedial AI; with one friend; or with two friends. Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game has a different set of music than Tetris for Game Boy , Tetris for DOS , Tetris , or Tetris Worlds . Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game’s music is based on the Russian song Troïka.