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Tetris
System(s): PC-8801, PC-88 VA, PC-9801 M, PC-9801 U
Publisher: Bullet-Proof Software
Developer:
Licensor: Elorg, Andromeda Software
Genre: Puzzle































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
PC-8801
JP
¥
PC-88 VA
JP
¥6,800



PC-9801 M
JP
¥? ?
PC-9801 U
JP
¥? ?



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Tetris (テトリス) is a tile-matching puzzle game based around falling blocks. The name is derived from combining the Greek numerical prefix tetra- (the falling pieces contain 4 segments) and tennis.

Tetris was originally created by Alexey Pajitnov; he developed the first version of the game for Soviet Elektronika 60 terminal computers. Bullet-Proof Software produced home computer versions for the PC-8801, PC-88 VA, PC-9801 M and PC-9801 U in Japan.

Gameplay

Versions

While Bullet-Proof Software would become synonymous with the Tetris brand in Japan over the next few years (acquiring the license to produce home console and handheld ports of the game in 1989), these Japanese home computer versions mark the first time the company touched the Tetris brand.

In this case, BPS sub-licensed the Tetris brand from Sphere Inc. and Andromeda, and while it shares a similar Russian branding to its Western computer counterparts, BPS' entries are entirely different versions of the game, with more in common with the 1986 IBM PC version from Russia.

These versions of Tetris use Russian folk music similar to copies from Atari Games around this period.

Production credits

PC-8800 series versions

Original concept by Alexey Pazhitnov.
Original design and program by Vadim Gerasimov.
  • Producer: Yasuaki Nagoshi
  • Scenario Update: Yasuaki Nagoshi
  • Programmer: Bob Rutherford, Mr. X
  • Music: Goblin Sound
  • Sound Effects: Goblin Sound
  • Graphics: Hans Janssen
  • Quality Assurance: Takahiro Koseki, Shinichi Kitami
Special thanks to the staff at B.P.S. and B.P.S. Users Group
Source:
In-game credits

PC-9800 series versions

Original concept by Alexey Pazhitnov.
Original design and program by Vadim Gerasimov.
Japanese version
  • Scenario Update: Yasuaki Nagoshi
  • Producer: Yasuaki Nagoshi
  • Programming: Bob Rutherford, Richard C. Rogers
  • Graphics: Hans Janssen
  • Music: Hiroshi Taguchi, Hisashi Zero Yotsumoto
  • Sound Effects: Hiroshi Suzuki
  • Quality Assurance: E.S.P. Rogers, Yoshio Tajima, Shinichi Kitami, Thomas K. Otaka, Takahiro Koseki, Shunichi Nanto
Special thanks to the staff at B.P.S. and B.P.S. Users Group
Source:
In-game credits

Physical scans

PC-8801 version

PC-8801, JP
Tetris PC8801 JP Box.jpg
Cover

PC-88 VA version

PC-88 VA, JP
Tetirs PC88VA JP Box.jpg
Cover

PC-9801 M version

PC-9801 M, JP
Tetris PC9801M JP Box.jpg
Cover

PC-9801 U version

PC-9801 U, JP
Tetris PC9801U JP Box.jpg
Cover

References

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