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Video Game: Wesleyan Tetris

The Tetris equivalent of Platform Hell.

Blocks will appear, disappear, and slide around at random. Your moves will be punctuated by rimshots, raspberries, and ridicule. ("Oh my God, that's the best move I've ever seen!") Need an "I" piece? Here, have a donut piece. And no matter how many times the "Next Shape" window lies to you, it's accurate enough that you'll have to keep watching it like a gullible hawk.

Surprisingly, this is not only playable but fun. The trick is that clearing a certain number of rows opens up a new level with a (mostly) clean slate. The pressure to slam home as many pieces as you can before the playfield shifts—and maybe even cut off the announcer mid-taunt—gives the old Falling Blocks routine a different edge.

Randall Cook never found a publisher for his game, but a polished beta that leaked became a cult hit in the Apple Macintosh community. It's still around today, and runs on today's operating systems under Mini vMac Emulation.


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