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Tetris - DOS


Game is con­trol­led by the same keys that are used to playing un­der MS DOS. For full­screen press 'Right Alt' + 'En­ter'.


If the game e­mu­la­ti­on spe­ed is low, you can try to in­cre­a­se it by re­lo­a­ding this pa­ge with­out a­ds or cho­o­se a­no­ther e­mu­la­tor from this table.

Other platforms:

Unfortunately, this game is cur­rent­ly available only in this ver­si­on. Be patient :-)

Game info:
Tetris - box cover
box cover
Game title: Tetris
Platform: MS-DOS
Author (released): Spectrum Holobyte (1987)
Genre: Puzzle Mode: Single-player
Design: Alexey L. Pajitnov, Vadim Gerasimov, Aryanto Widodo, ...
Game manual: manual.pdf

File size:

7 kB
Download: TetrisSH.zip

Game size:

106 kB
Recommended emulator: DOSBox

From StrategyWiki, the video game walkthrough and strategy guide wiki:

   Tetris (Russian: Те́трис, pronounced [ˈtɛtrʲɪs]) is a Russian tile-matching puzzle game, originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov. Spectrum Holobyte's version was the very first commercial release of Tetris in the United States. It was published in 1988 for the following home computer platforms: Apple II, Apple IIGS, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Commodore 64, Macintosh, and MS-DOS. In most cases, these versions were designed from the ground up. Only in the Commodore 64's case was the Mirrorsoft release sold instead.
   Along with the version developed by Spectrum Holobyte's European sister company, Mirrorsoft, it was originally released under bogus licensing. However, contracts were later made between Andromeda Software (the sublicensing party), and Elorg, which secured the legality of the products.
Tetris (DOS version by Spectrum Holobyte)
   Tetris (DOS version by Spectrum Holobyte)
The Spectrum Holobyte releases are notable for the various Russian themed backgrounds whose display changes with every level.
   Tetris is played on a 10 by 20 grid referred to as the Well, or the Matrix. Shapes called Tetriminos fall from the top of the Matrix and come to rest at the bottom. Only one Tetrimino falls at a time. At first the Tetriminos fall rather slowly; as the game progresses, they will fall faster and faster.
   All of the Tetriminos which fall and stack on top of one another are referred to as the stack. Although the Matrix is only 20 blocks high, in some versions of the game, Tetriminos are not limited to the top of the Matrix and can go over the uppermost row. The game is over when Tetriminos are forced to overlap at the top of the stack.
   There are seven different Tetriminos that can appear throughout the course of the game. These seven pieces represent all of the various ways that you can arrange four contiguous squares. A good understanding of the seven different shapes is required in order to achieve high scores and long periods of play. In general, the seven pieces are referred to by the letters they most closely resemble: I, O, T, S, Z, J and L.
   The simplest goal of any Tetris game is to clear a line from the screen. This is accomplished whenever Tetriminos are arranged so that they fill a horizontal row within the Matrix. As the pieces fall, your goal is to move and spin them so that they line up evenly at the bottom of the Matrix. To clear a line, every square of the row has to be filled.
   In general, the more lines that you clear simultaneously, the more points you will obtain for the accomplishment. Clearing one line at a time produces the least amount of points. Clearing two or three lines with a single piece earns the player a considerably higher score. The most lines a player can clear with a single piece is four, by placing the I piece vertically. This is known as getting a Tetris.

More details about this game can be found on StrategyWiki.org.

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Game controls:

All DOS games were controlled directly from the PC keyboard. Some newer DOS games also used a mouse or other more advanced game peripherals for control. However, each game was controlled by different keys. You can find a detailed description of how to control this version of Tetris in the attached game manual. An overview of basic keyboard commands and keyboard shortcuts to control this game is summarized in the following table:


or 4 or J

Move the falling block to the left.

or 6 or L

Move the falling block to the right.

5 or K

Rotate falling block 90° counter-clockwise.

or 2 or Space or ,

Drop the falling block to the bottom.


Show/hide next block.

or 8 or I

Speed up the game / level up.




Sound On/Off






Show/hide Level.


Show/hide description of background picture.




Boss key


This ver­sion of Tetris was de­sig­ned for per­so­nal com­pu­ters with o­pe­ra­ting sys­tem MS-DOS (Mi­cro­soft Disk O­pe­ra­ting Sys­tem), which was o­pe­ra­ting sys­tem de­ve­lo­ped by Mi­cro­soft in 1981. It was the most wi­de­ly-used o­pe­ra­ting sys­tem in the first half of the 1990s. MS-DOS was sup­plied with most of the IBM com­pu­ters that pur­cha­sed a li­cen­se from Mi­cro­soft. Af­ter 1995, it was pu­s­hed out by a gra­phi­cal­ly mo­re ad­van­ced sys­tem - Win­dows and its de­ve­lop­ment was ce­a­sed in 2000. At the ti­me of its grea­test fa­me, se­ve­ral thou­sand ga­mes de­sig­ned spe­ci­fi­cal­ly for com­pu­ters with this sys­tem we­re cre­a­ted. To­day, its de­ve­lop­ment is no lon­ger con­ti­nue and for e­mu­la­tion the free DOSBox e­mu­la­tor is most of­ten used. Mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on about MS-DOS operating system can be found here.

Available online emulators:

5 different online emulators are available for Tetris. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic features of each emulator available for this game Tetris are summarized in the following table:

Emulator Technology Multiplayer Fullscreen Touchscreen Speed
Archive.org JavaScript YES NO NO fast
js-dos JavaScript YES YES NO fast
js-dos 6.22 JavaScript YES YES NO fast
jsDosBox JavaScript YES NO NO slow
jDosBox Java applet YES YES NO fast

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