'Tetris' Gets a Daily Game Show In The Form Of 'Tetris Primetime'

'Tetris' Gets a Daily Game Show In The Form Of 'Tetris Primetime'


  • Since being created by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984, "Tetris" has sold more than 202 million copies
  • "Tetris Primetime" is a new game show from N3twork steaming nightly for players of "Tetris"
  • Every night players have a chance to win a piece of a $5,000 prize pool in "Tetris Primetime" hosted by Millen Baird

With over 202 million copies sold, "Tetris" is about to evolve with the times once more.

Digital Trends reports that a daily mobile game show might even add to the popularity of “Tetris,” if that’s even possible. N3twork, the company behind the official mobile app of “Tetris,” updated it and added a daily game show with cash prizes called “Tetris Primetime.”

The beloved puzzle video game created by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 has been a mainstay on video game consoles and computers generation after generation. Aside from being bundled with the original Nintendo Game Boy in 1989, there’s also a battle royale version, where 100 players square off to be the last player standing.

“Tetris Primetime” is broken up into timed rounds with each having a score goal. The player needs to reach the goal to advance to the next round. If a player hits a score goal before the timer runs out, they enter a “Frenzy Time!” a bonus mode that lets a player score double points.

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If a player doesn’t hit the score goal, they can keep playing, but they will get “garbage” added to their game. Some garbage can be cleared, and some cannot. A player who survives all round is declared the victor and will make the final leaderboard. Even if players don’t make it that far, they might still win some money.

There are four game modes available for the new “Tetris” that can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android phones: Solo Marathon, Tetris Together, Tetris Royale, and Tetris Primetime. Once you’ve picked Tetris Primetime, you’ve taken your first step.

The game will stream nightly at 7:30 p.m. in 16 countries (Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, Russia, Chile, the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Germany), with plans to add more in the future. The 7:30 p.m. start time will be based on “anchor cities” like New York City, Moscow, Berlin, London, and Perth, Australia. Players will start based on those time zones.

Every night players have a chance to win a piece of a $5,000 prize pool. To win actual money in the game, you need to be over the age of 18 and playing in a region that allows cash prizes. Prize draws come in three forms: Getting past a certain round, making it to the end and being a winner, or getting above a certain level in the leaderboards.

Prizes will be announced before the game starts daily. The longer you survive, the more money you can win. New Zealand actor Millen Baird hosts the show nightly, which will feature previews of that night’s game as well as highlights from the best plays of the day, notes Digital Trends.

Rotating a set of “tetriminos” (a.k.a. the geometric forms seen in “Tetris”) has never been more appealing than it is with “Tetris Primetime.”

Tetris A visitor plays the 1984 video game Tetris during an exhibition preview featuring 14 video games acquired by The Museum of Modern Art in New York, March 1, 2013. Photo: Getty Images/AFP/EMMANUEL DUNAND