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Torus is an impressive 3D Tetris game powered by HTML5

As far as Tetris goes, most variations look quite similar. You're usually looking at a "wall" of bricks directly from the front. Torus takes that notion and throws it away; as you might have guessed from the name (or screenshot), this Tetris clone is played on a ring-like 3D surface. You rotate the ring itself with the arrow keys, while a Tetris-like piece slowly (excruciatingly slowly, in...

RetroMash is a Tetris-Space Invaders mash-up -- Time Waster

Do you enjoy 8-bit music? How about retro classics, like Space Invaders and Tetris? If so, RetroMash is just the game for you. It's an interesting mash-up: Blocky-looking space invaders drop down from the top of the level; you have a cursor that looks like a Tetris block. You must place the cursor so space invaders "fill" all of the available spots in it, and then click to make the space...

Challenge your friends in Crack Attack -- a fun, furious, and free Time-Waster

As you can gather from the title, Crack Attack is not a Flash game. It's a time waster that you have to download; we don't see too many of those around here. Having to download a game is a pretty hefty barrier to entrance, so a downloadable game has to be really good for me to cover it. This one is. In fact, my girlfriend (a leading authority on Crack Attack) goes so far as to describe it as...

Tetris becomes the most-downloaded mobile game of all time

Not everyone is into gaming -- but there are a few title which have a certain timeless, universal appeal. You'd certainly have to count Tetris among that group. The block-flipping sensation created by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 is still every bit as fun today as it was when my friends and I were addicted to playing it on the Gameboy's miniscule black-and-green display. Today, EA Mobile is set...

First-Person Tetris messes with your mind - Time Waster

If you're a fan of Tetris (who isn't?) you've no-doubt lost hours to the fabled game. Due to the cult status of the original and its sequels means I've rarely found a variant I've wanted to play. Today's time-waster changes that and takes the classic game to an all-new, mind-blowing level. First-Person Tetris presents you with a moving piece, and you then rotate the screen around it to eliminate...

Libra is a balance puzzler with a Tetris twist - Time Waster

Ah, Libra - the zodialogical symbol of balance. And in Libra the game, that's precisely what you're out to achieve! Each level presents you with an array of blocks with different Tetris-inspired shapes. They're also made of different materials, which gives them different weights. You can never exceed the maximum weight difference indicated on the scale. If you do, it's simply a matter of...

Tuper Tario Tros. is a Mario and Tetris mash-up! - Time Waster

What do you get if you combine two of the three greatest-selling video game franchises of all time? Other than a stupid name, you actually get quite a fun and playable game! Tuper Tario Tros. looks just like the beginning of a NES or SNES Mario game: you run, you jump, you crush unwitting Koopas... UNTIL -- shock! horror! -- you reach an unscalable wall! Mario can only jump three bricks, not...

Phytrix: a Tetris-Meets-Match-3 Time Waster

Phytrix is another entry into the venerable genre of falling block games. Pieces in various shapes and colors descend from the ceiling, and your objective is to rapidly organize them so that three or more blocks of the same color are touching, which makes those blocks disappear. Yes, it's two classic games - Tetris and Match 3 - rolled into one. That's not all, though. Each level of Phytrix has...

Tetris'd - reverse Tetris Time Waster

I've seen a ton of Tetris variants in my day, and Tetris'd is a wild one. It's not even a puzzle game: it's a platformer, with Tetris blocks as the platforms. You play a tiny, acrobatic person (a ninja, maybe?) who can jump and climb on the blocks as they fall, and the object is to survive for as long as possible without getting squished or falling off the board. The controls are tricky: there...

Don't try this at home - Tetris tribute on tiny wheels

Every once in a while, someone actually sneaks something cool into the YouTubes. Tetris lovers of the world, unite! via @arnteriksen ...

Stereogram Tetris: magic eye Time Waster

Stereogram Tetris needs a disclaimer: not everyone's going to be able to play this game, and those who can might get a headache from it. Remember those magic eye posters, where a secret image was revealed if you could unfocus your eyes the right way? This is Tetris inside one of those. If you can see the hidden 3D images, you can't even see where your pieces are. I'm not sure it's healthy to...

Equanimity is like Tetris on a teeter-totter - Time Waster

Tetris-style games that involve arranging falling blocks have seen a lot of variations. Game-makers have tried adding odd pieces, weirdly-shaped game boards and bombs, just to name a few. In Equanimity, the twist is physics-based: the board is a balance beam, and you lose a life for every piece that falls off. The pieces don't interlock, though, like in Tetris. They're various geometric shapes,...

25 Years of Tetris: Time Waster Retrospective

Today is a historic day. Not only is it the 65th anniversary of D-Day (and my grandfather, a US Naval Captain was there), It is the 25th anniversary of the greatest puzzle game of all time: Tetris. In honor of Alexey Pajitnov's awesome creation, I've tracked down some awesome ways to play Tetris on your PC or Mac -- for free. Tetris 1989 (www.tetrisfriends.com) -- Although Tetris might have...

Sirtet puts a new twist on Tetris - Time-Waster

David Friedman has a habit of posting clever ideas and concepts to his blog, Ironic Sans. Every once in a while, someone will take one of them and build a working model. That's what happened with Sirtet, a new kind of Tetris that's played one square at a time. It's an interesting idea, and it turns out it's a pretty good game, too. If you're familiar with Tetris, you should have no trouble...

Build the highest tower with 99 Bricks - Time Waster

Wrapping your mind around a simple game like 99 Bricks is harder than you might imagine. The object of the game is to build the highest possible tower using only 99 pieces. Sounds easy enough, but you're playing with Tetris pieces and distinctly non-Tetris physics. If you screw up, you don't just leave gaps that you could have used to score points, you cause your whole tower to wobble and...