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'''''Tetris''''' for [[Windows 3]] is a port of [[Tetris]] developed by [[Dave Edson]] and published by [[Microsoft]] in their [[Microsoft Entertainment Pack For Windows]] in 1990. This port features 1 player mode, 2 player competitive mode, and supports starting anywhere from level 1-9, initial height levels, and next piece display. This version was technically a bootleg, as Microsoft obtained their publishing rights through Sphere, but Sphere didn't legally have the rights for PC publication.
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'''''Tetris''''' for [[Windows 3]] is a port of ''[[Tetris]]'' developed by [[Dave Edson]] and published by [[Microsoft]] in their ''[[Microsoft Entertainment Pack For Windows]]'' in 1990. This port features 1 player mode, 2 player competitive mode, and supports starting anywhere from level 1-9, initial height levels, and next piece display.
  
My first experience with this version of Tetris was on my family's Packard Bell 386SX computer my parents bought back in 1991. The PC was a showroom floor model and came with some demo software including the first Entertainment Pack. Although this wasn't the first version of Tetris I ever played, it was the first one I owned and where I practiced playing the game initially.
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My first experience with this version of ''Tetris'' was on my family's Packard Bell 386SX computer my parents bought back in 1991. The PC was a showroom floor model and came with some demo software including the first ''Entertainment Pack''. Although this wasn't the first version of ''Tetris'' I ever played, it was the first one I owned and how I initially practiced playing the game. I remember gradually getting better at the game and eventually bumping all the existing high scores off the list so it was just my name all the way down.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
I do not own this game, and it is unbeatable.
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I do not own this game, it is unbeatable.
  
 
==Review==
 
==Review==
 
* '''Overall:''' 3/10
 
* '''Overall:''' 3/10
 
* '''Best Version:''' Windows 3
 
* '''Best Version:''' Windows 3
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{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
* The game is a competent port of the original Tetris.
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* This is a passable port of the original ''Tetris'', having the options you would expect for a port of the time.
* This version includes a competitive 2-player mode.
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* This version includes a competitive 2-player mode, which is always nice.
 
* The game draws the Tetrominoes as vectors, so they scale to any screen size.
 
* The game draws the Tetrominoes as vectors, so they scale to any screen size.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* The game lacks any of the more interesting Tetris options. For example, if you drop a piece, you can't nudge it afterward, and you can't store a piece in reserve.
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* The game lacks any of the more interesting Tetris options. For example, if you drop a piece, you can't nudge it afterward, you can't store a piece in reserve, there isn't an AI to play against, cut scenes, etc.
 
* Keyboard input cannot be customized, and the second player's layout is both uncomfortable and too close the player 1.
 
* Keyboard input cannot be customized, and the second player's layout is both uncomfortable and too close the player 1.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
* Probably the worst part of the design, and what makes this port nonviable to skilled players, you can't choose which direction to rotate a piece.
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* Probably the worst part of the design, and what makes this port nonviable to skilled players, you can't choose which direction to rotate a piece. Up rotates a piece clockwise, and that's it.
* The game is media-challenged. There is no music or custom sound effects, and, with sound on, it uses the default Windows sounds. Graphically, it only supports 4-bit color, and the background tiles are poorly made.
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* The game is media-challenged. There is no music or custom sound effects. With sound on, it uses the default Windows sounds. Graphically, it only supports 4-bit color, and the backgrounds are poorly made.
  
 
==Media==
 
==Media==
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===Screenshots===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Tetris - WIN3 - Screenshot - 1-Player.png|Playing the game in single player mode.
 
Tetris - WIN3 - Screenshot - 1-Player.png|Playing the game in single player mode.
 
Tetris - WIN3 - Screenshot - 2-Player.png|Playing the game in competitive mode.
 
Tetris - WIN3 - Screenshot - 2-Player.png|Playing the game in competitive mode.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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===Backgrounds===
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These are the tiled background graphics used by the game.
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Level !! Image !! Notes
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|-
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| 1 || [[Image:Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 1.png]] || Simple, yet fits with the blocky nature of the game.
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|-
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| 2 || [[Image:Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 2.png]] || Dull and obviously tiled.
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|-
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| 3 || [[Image:Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 3.png]] || Very poorly tiled, but it's nice to have a non-black background.
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|-
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| 4 || [[Image:Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 4.png]] || Obviously tiled. Interesting concept of alternating color at collision points, but poorly executed.
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|-
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| 5 || [[Image:Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 5.png]] || The inner circle isn't centered properly, and the circles have unfilled black pixels between them.
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|-
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| 6 || [[Image:Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 6.png]] || Nice jagged almost 3D shape. My favorite, but still obviously tiled.
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|-
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| 7 || [[Image:Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 7.png]] || Nice contrast with bright colors, obviously tiled.
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|-
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| 8 || [[Image:Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 8.png]] || The coloration doesn't fit the game, but still a nice graphic.
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|-
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| 9 || [[Image:Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 9.png]] || Inverted embossed effect from the previous tile. Lazy.
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|}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/win3x/microsoft-entertainment-pack-for-windows mobygames.com/game/win3x/microsoft-entertainment-pack-for-windows] - MobyGames.
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/win3x/microsoft-entertainment-pack-for-windows}}
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris] - Wikipedia.
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris}}
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{{Link|TCRF|https://tcrf.net/Tetris_(Microsoft,_Windows,_1990)}}
  
  
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
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[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Action, Strategy, Adventure]]
 
[[Category: Windows Games]]
 
[[Category: Windows Games]]
 
[[Category: Windows 3 Games]]
 
[[Category: Windows 3 Games]]

Latest revision as of 10:14, 30 August 2019

About dialog.

Tetris for Windows 3 is a port of Tetris developed by Dave Edson and published by Microsoft in their Microsoft Entertainment Pack For Windows in 1990. This port features 1 player mode, 2 player competitive mode, and supports starting anywhere from level 1-9, initial height levels, and next piece display.

My first experience with this version of Tetris was on my family's Packard Bell 386SX computer my parents bought back in 1991. The PC was a showroom floor model and came with some demo software including the first Entertainment Pack. Although this wasn't the first version of Tetris I ever played, it was the first one I owned and how I initially practiced playing the game. I remember gradually getting better at the game and eventually bumping all the existing high scores off the list so it was just my name all the way down.

Status

I do not own this game, it is unbeatable.

Review

  • Overall: 3/10
  • Best Version: Windows 3

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • This is a passable port of the original Tetris, having the options you would expect for a port of the time.
  • This version includes a competitive 2-player mode, which is always nice.
  • The game draws the Tetrominoes as vectors, so they scale to any screen size.

Bad

  • The game lacks any of the more interesting Tetris options. For example, if you drop a piece, you can't nudge it afterward, you can't store a piece in reserve, there isn't an AI to play against, cut scenes, etc.
  • Keyboard input cannot be customized, and the second player's layout is both uncomfortable and too close the player 1.

Ugly

  • Probably the worst part of the design, and what makes this port nonviable to skilled players, you can't choose which direction to rotate a piece. Up rotates a piece clockwise, and that's it.
  • The game is media-challenged. There is no music or custom sound effects. With sound on, it uses the default Windows sounds. Graphically, it only supports 4-bit color, and the backgrounds are poorly made.

Media

Screenshots

Backgrounds

These are the tiled background graphics used by the game.

Level Image Notes
1 Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 1.png Simple, yet fits with the blocky nature of the game.
2 Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 2.png Dull and obviously tiled.
3 Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 3.png Very poorly tiled, but it's nice to have a non-black background.
4 Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 4.png Obviously tiled. Interesting concept of alternating color at collision points, but poorly executed.
5 Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 5.png The inner circle isn't centered properly, and the circles have unfilled black pixels between them.
6 Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 6.png Nice jagged almost 3D shape. My favorite, but still obviously tiled.
7 Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 7.png Nice contrast with bright colors, obviously tiled.
8 Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 8.png The coloration doesn't fit the game, but still a nice graphic.
9 Tetris - WIN3 - Background - 9.png Inverted embossed effect from the previous tile. Lazy.

Links

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