Tetris, a popular tile-matching puzzle, was more than just any other video game that revolutionized the entire mobile gaming industry, as we know today.
Most people assume Snake on the Nokia 6110 to be one of the first mobile games. But it all started with Alexey Leonidovich Pajitnov, a Russian puzzle-loving software engineer who created Tetris as entertainment software in the Soviet Union to be smuggled out to the US in 1984.
The game became an immediate and a massive hit on the Game Boy by the year 1989. People called the Game Boy and Tetris duo a perfect fit for each other. It was this version that got the players most hooked to, in the real sense.
Shortly after that, Hagenuk MT-2000 was launched in 1994 as the first mobile phone to possess gaming capabilities. The Snake came out three later after Tetris came pre-installed on the Hagenuk MT-2000 device. However, both Snake and Tetris are the predecessors of the hyper-casual game genre today.
Hagenuk phones did not do well in the market back then, which is why not many people know about this. However, it will still go down as the mobile gaming pioneer in history.
And this very year marked the beginning of today’s most profitable and thriving industry. Tetris transformed the face of handheld gaming forever. Game Boy must have done well even without Tetris, but it is hard even to imagine a better-suited platform for the game or a better game for the platform.
The game proved great for short yet intense gaming sessions. Tetris was a creation that caused people to lose their sleep, skip their work, and even alter the way they perceived the world around them.
Tetris speedily became one of the biggest-selling games on the planet. It is safe to say that handheld gaming would never be the same again. Tetris still remains to be one of a universal game in the world. From consoles to smartphones, its availability is unimaginable.
Each action in the puzzle allows the player to continually solve a part of it, make the rows and columns disappear, and work on unfinished tasks. Each moment in the game has the same level of satisfaction and thrill.
One game that was accidentally created transformed the gaming industry by choice. Who knew Tetris could be as addictive as popping bubble wraps! Several block games you will find on the app stores today hold the same appeal as Tetris. Block games are based on similar addiction, rules, and gameplay. Tetris transformed the gaming experience for players, as well as the industry. It introduced a never-ending game for the players and a game-changing idea for the developers.