You may have seen some players who play Tetris very well - they do it so quickly that it is questionable whether they are still human. You can also improve your skills and play at a higher level; learn just a few basic tricks like T-Spin or Junk Avoidance and you'll be a star player in no time!
Step 1. Learn how to do a T-spin
In some versions of Tetris, the T-spin gives extra points. (Don't worry, this is lighter than it looks!)
- Install the T-slot. The T-slot must be exactly the same size as the T-piece with one block in the middle at the bottom and three horizontal blocks at the top. See the image at the beginning of this step for reference. Make sure your T-notch space at the bottom is only 2 blocks wide.
- Let the T-block slowly fall down. Follow him as he moves.
- When the T-block is near the bottom, press up to start rotating it. It looks impossible, but you can actually rotate the T-block under a canopy.
- T-spins can be worth 400 points. Clearing two lines with a T-rotation gives you even more.
- As the level and speed increase, you can rotate the element continuously to extend the amount of time it takes you to throw it. Learn to use both kinds of keys to rotate, both clockwise and counterclockwise, and remember to hold the l-block occasionally. You can customize the combo by leaving a 2 block wide groove on the side of the stack and then, when it has almost reached the top, insert items vertically into it. Play tricky and you can get up to 9 or more combos.
Step 2. Make tetris
"Tetris" is when you clear 4 lines at once. The easiest way to do this is to create 4 solid lines and leave a column 1 block wide on one side. Then, when the I-block (long and thin) comes out, use it to remove 4 lines at once. Tetrises help you gain points quickly and are a good weapon in two player mode.
Step 3. Determine your style of play
There are several ways to play Tetris, but here are 2 common styles for beginners:
- Horizontal: Most people start with this method, trying to make sure each piece is laid horizontally and not paying attention to debris, but focusing only on what is laid flat.
- Vertical: Some are experimenting with this after horizontal. This usually happens when they are comfortable with the trash and the terror it brings. They usually try to put all the elements upright, but they care more about filling the holes and not letting debris build up.
Step 4. Try to avoid debris
Debris is, simply put, holes formed in the die due to an improperly laid block. Due to debris, certain rows cannot be removed as they have holes and white spaces where the block should be. It's usually a headache to get rid of the trash, and this is one of the reasons why it was named that way. Typically, players try to keep the debris out, instead choosing to do something other than letting it spawn. Or sometimes, if they're confident they can clean it up, they'll let it show up and then get rid of it.
Step 5. Force yourself
Don't just restart a game that is going bad - try to keep it! If you can set your level right from the start of the game, try to pick one that is difficult for you without making the game insanely difficult. This kind of workout will make you better in no time.
Step 6. Compete with another player
A two-player battle is a common mode in most Tetris varieties. In this mode, you and your opponent will measure your strength in a battle of minds, determination and calculating keystrokes. The first player to reach the top (that is, blocks everything up to the top of the screen) loses.
Learn how to attack in 2 player mode. Lines are sent to the opponent's matrix when you remove two or more lines, make a combo or T-spin. When you send 2 lines to the enemy, he receives one, when you send three, he receives two, and when you send Tetris (4 lines), he receives all four. T-spins also do a funny amount of damage to the enemy, and so does the combo.
One thing that is almost never mentioned or implemented is double Tetris. He sends 10 (4 for the first tetris, 6 for the second if he follows one after the other) lines to your opponent, and given that the height of the matrix is 20 lines, then this is half of his matrix! In many cases, it is easy to defeat your opponent with one of these. This is how you do it. There is a retention queue in Tetris. You can press C or SHIFT (default) to place the item on your hold queue. When you get a little better at playing, you can set up a stack of at least 8 lines. Beware of risks, although if the opponent doubles or even regular tetris at that moment, you probably lost. While you are setting these 8 lines, you must HOLD one I-piece (stick), and when you get another, move. When one l-element falls and you have another one on hold, use one for Tetris, then press the hold button again to switch to the other, also using it for Tetris
Step 7. Train
You know when they say that if you practice it becomes easier to do it. The great thing about Tetris is that when you play it once, in a minute you will feel like you are already better. Just practice more and if you really enjoy the game, over time you will eventually find your own style of play.
Method 1 of 1: Tetris Friends Online Game Modes
Step 1. Marathon
a Tetris player cannot be called a Tetris player if he has never played a marathon in his life. This is where it all started. Basically, the marathon is a classic Tetris game mode, where different blocks fall from above, you have to rotate them and fit them into the holes so as to fill all the rows and remove the lines. The line is removed from the matrix (playing field) when the whole row is completely filled with squares. When a line is cleared, all elements above it move down one row to fill the empty space.
Step 2. Sprint
now that we have covered the marathon, all other Tetris game modes are based on it. The way to score points is the same, but different strategies are needed. Sprint is exactly like a marathon, the only difference is that you don't try to survive as long as you can (hopefully until level 16 when the game ends in Tetris Friends). Instead, your goal is to clear 40 lines as quickly as possible. You don’t worry about glasses or anything else, you just need to remove those 40 lines. There is a timer at the top of the screen that shows how well you are playing. In general, anything less than 2 minutes is a good indicator, anything less than 1 minute and 30 seconds is excellent, and if you can do it in less than a minute, then you are the best of the best.
Step 3. Survival
survival is very much like a marathon in which you have to clear lines to advance to the next level. The point is, however, that instead of clearing more lines each time, you should always clear 10, and instead of reaching level 15, you should have passed level 20 for this to be considered good play and 40 tokens. There is a catch, though. Once you have passed level 20, the bonus circle begins and all the blocks you have placed so far start to flicker and disappear. From time to time, items will be briefly shown. Therefore it is called survival. In order to really get far in the bonus circle, you must have an excellent memory and remember exactly where each element fell.
Step 4. Ultra
This is also a pretty classic Tetris game mode, in the old days only two modes were available, this, and of course, the marathon. In ultra mode, you have 2 minutes to score as many points as possible. Think of it as a time trial. This is a suitable mode for speed training. Speed is a big part of Tetris.
Step 5. 5-player speed competition
this is a mode in which you will play a lot at the beginning, and later, possibly, leave the game. The reason is that this is the first multiplayer mode that is available to you (and the only one if you do not have your own account). In it, you play directly with 4 other people and try to get them to breathe your dust, as you try to clear 40 lines faster than each individual one of them. It gets pretty hectic at times. By playing in this mode, you can get ranks (something like leveling up), and the higher your rank, the more difficult the competition.
- If after some time, as you started to get involved in Tetris, started seeing Tetris in a dream and trying to imagine how various objects on the street would be correctly put in Tetris, do not worry, you are not crazy, this happens to every serious Tetris player. Although usually only 3 times and it's actually FUN! It's just that your brain adjusts to the game.
- You can get a small handcrafted Tetris at any mall or store, they are usually done in black and white, but they also work wonders for an active workout.
- Even though the elements are constantly falling and the entire stack is pushed downward to fill the empty spaces, in fact, there is no gravity in Tetris. Sometimes you may notice a mino (small square) floating in the air with no elements around it, which usually appears due to clearing lines in a strange way. You can sometimes take advantage of this to do certain things. This is not a glitch, but just a specific algorithm used by Tetris.
- Training really leads to excellence, or it does it damn well.
The following arrangement of the control keys is recommended:
Up: SHARP FALL
Down: SOFT FALL
Left and Right: LEFT AND RIGHT
Z and X: CLOCKWISE AND COUNTER-CLOCKWISE ROTATION
- In the beginning, don't use ghost elements (turn them off) or hold queue (just don't press a key). It will be insanely difficult, but do it. Pretty soon, you will start to like the game and how easy it is. Instead of losing at 3rd level, you will start losing at 6th, then 8th, then 10th. If you have reached level 5 without ghosts or hold, then turn on the ghosts and start applying hold.
- If you are having difficulty with the T-rotation, try to identify the variations in the matrix that favor easy styling - everyone plays differently, but for me the most important are the variations. Once you identify them for your current game, it becomes easier to integrate them into your future games.
- You may be tempted to organize your room. Do it by all means! It is a good thing to do and it contributes to a clean living environment.
Find out what kind of Tetris you would like to play. It has many versions and varieties. Here are some free resources:
- Tetris Friends: This site is good to play, novice or average player, professional or legend. There are ghost elements, hard (instant) reset, customizable elements and ghosts, various game modes, leaderboards, queue hold, customizable control keys, and even real-time multiplayer. Multiplayer currently includes 5-player speed mode and 2-player competition mode.
- Play Tetris: Older version of Tetris, no hold queue, no extra points for T-spins, and a little more difficult to control given that it takes longer to register and the fact that they are not configurable. For one player only.
- Free Tetris: This one is very similar to Play Tetris, but with a large screen.