Tetris: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Our part one article with the first seven things you didn’t know about Tetris really puzzled your mind. Now, we have returned to reveal the top eight things on our list with part two! Read on to find out everything you didn’t know about your favorite digital puzzle game; you might just learn something new!

Number Eight: Cheat Codes. There exists only one algorithm for the “perfect game”: a single game that could be played infinitely. The secret? We will never tell. Although, you could probably find it if you really love to play.

Number Seven: Sound Effects. There is a certain tune most often associated with the game. In fact, it is probably playing in your head now that you are thinking of it. This song is an altered version of a common Russian folk song, Korobeiniki, of a girl haggling prices with a peddler.

Number Six: The Tetris Effect. After long nights of Tetris-binging, you may have noticed that you might experience dreams of the game. This can happen with any puzzle game featuring repeating patterns and colors. No, you aren’t going crazy; it is called the “Tetris Effect”.

Number Five: Brain Training. Tetris isn’t just a fun and addictive game, it can actually keep your brain in peak condition. The part of your brain that plays the biggest part in memory, attention, awareness, language, and consciousness is called the cortex. By regularly playing the game, you can cause the cortex to thicken in size.

Number Four: Better than Counseling. Because of its brain-enhancing capabilities, Tetris has been known to aid in relieving the stress of many sources. After a traumatic experience, playing this puzzle game can reduce negative thoughts as well as ease the struggles of post-traumatic stress disorder. It can also help you to lose weight, get sober, or quit smoking.

Number Three: Better than Plastic Surgery. In addition to helping to ease mental struggles, there could also be some cosmetic purposes for playing Tetris. Because of the vast concentration required, the game has even been known to help fix a lazy eye.

Number Two: The Smallest Game. People are known to do some crazy things with their gaming obsessions, including trying to play possibly the nerdiest game of Tetris ever. This game in particular was also deemed to being the smallest ever played, upon requiring an electron microscope and 42 glass microspheres. Talk about concentration!

Number One: The Sequel. You may not have heard of it, but the success of Tetris actually sprouted a sequel. It was released in 1989, and went by the name of “Welltris”. The concept was essentially the same as Tetris but in 3D. The idea didn’t really take off, but it sure is cool!