First Person Tetris: A Dizzying Twist On the Classic Puzzler

New Take on Tetris Available to Play For Free In-Browser

January 15, 2010 – In 1984 Alexey Pajitnov created Tetris, beginning a legacy. Twenty-six years later, the simple puzzler created by one man on a single computer has seen hundreds of re-releases on every system from computers to the Game Boy to the iPhone, and has more than stood the test of time. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a console, PC, or mobile gamer. If you’ve got an electronic device, then you can play Tetris.

But one thing that all forms of the game have in common, whether it be classic Tetris or underwater Tetris, is that the blocks always fall in the same direction: down. That all changed when gamers worldwide discovered First Person Tetris employs the same gameplay mechanics as any other form of the game. Get the falling pieces from one end of the screen to the other in such a configuration that they form lines which earn you points. However, the game takes a nauseating twist in the way the pieces are rotated, which is to say, they aren’t. Instead of the individual pieces being rotated, the entire screen is flipped around. Now pieces aren’t just falling down the screen, but left, right, and up as well. At first it’s a little bit hard to grasp, but the difficulty of the new concept quickly gives way to a feeling of queasiness. Every time you press the space bar your entire perspective changes. One minute you’ll be on the floor and the next thing you know your standing on the ceiling, then the wall. Needless to say, it gets intense when you change the laws of gravity four or five times a second. The whole concept is rather hard to explain in writing, so to really experience it you should click the link below to try it for yourself. It’s a free, in-browser game. No fees, no downloads. So, if you’re a fan of this classic puzzler, this is one game you have no excuse not to check out.

Play it here: First Person Tetris

Alexey Pajitnov, the mind behind Tetris