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NES High Score Club 3rd Season Week #6 - Tetris (Tengen)


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Enough brawling - it's time to exercise your mind! It's time for Tetris!


Post a score and let's get this thing rolling!


Please post any tips you may have - best tip gets 1 bonus point! Only scores for games played from the beginning will count! No continues! Please play 1 Player - Level 0 - Handicap 0.


And if anyone has a link to the manual, please post it.


This week's competition ends next Tuesday (October 23) morning at approximately 9:00 am PST.


This week's scores:


73,937 vdub_bobby (+10 pts)

45,601 Artlover (+8 pts)

39,521 gdement (+6 pts)

25,321 Blackjack (+4 pts)

21,816 LarcenTyler (+2 pts)

14,916 PressureCooker2600 (+1 pt)



Twin Galaxies High Scores


No scores! You could be the first!



Overall standings:


1. PressureCooker2600 (32 pts)

2. gdement (23 pts)

3. vdub_bobby (22 pts)

4. LarcenTyler (20 pts)

5. rjchamp3 (18 pts)

6. Artlover (14 pts)

7. theKLT (10 pts)

8. Blackjack (10 pts)



Game Info


Coin-op released by Atari Games in 1988; ported to the NES by Tengen and released in 1988.


Other platforms: Everything has some kind of Tetris port, I think.


Related games: Welltris (1989-Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX Spectrum), Faces (1990-Amiga, DOS), Super Tetris (1991-Amiga, DOS), etc.





We played Tetris (the Nintendo version) almost exactly a year ago. Here are the tips from that thread:

The A and B buttons rotate the pieces in different directions (A = clockwise, B = counterclockwise. Or vice versa.) If you learn to rotate both ways you will never have to rotate a piece 3 times. At the faster levels it makes a big difference.


Obvious, but go for all Tetrises (4-line combos) - they give the most points.


The classic technique is to build a solid mass of blocks, leaving room for the straight-line piece on one side or the other. The variation on this I use is to leave room for the straight piece in the middle, since that is where new pieces drop. When the pieces are falling quickly and your screen is almost filled it can be the difference between losing and getting a Tetris!

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Look for a ROM labelled "unlicensed." I found it very easily earlier today. And the gameplay is undoubtedly close, but it almost certainly isn't exactly the same, and the same for the scoring. Make sure you are playing the correct version of Tetris. The graphics are obviously different; here are some screenshots to help you out.


Nintendo version (this is the wrong one! Do not submit scores if you are playing this version!):



Tengen (unlicensed) version:


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