Our favorite games of 2019

The end of 2019 is nigh, which means it's time for us to take stock of this year's crop of games. And it's been quite a year -- not quite the heights of 2017, to be sure, but still more than we here at Engadget can reasonably play between all the gad...

‘Tetris 99’ gets a team battle mode

Tetris 99 is one of the best reasons to grab a Nintendo Switch Online membership. The free game pits 99 players against one another in crowded and tense matches. But the game isn't just about endurance; by clearing lines of blocks, players push their...

Sivak+Partners’ Yellow Brick Chair brings abstract appeal to furniture design

Almost like something you’d make in a 3D version of Tetris, the Yellow Brick Chair breaks down the elements of seating and reinterprets it using the lens of abstractionism. Not only does it play with the very idea of what a chair should be, but its daring use of sharp forms made out of soft cushions also creates a visual contrast that’s definitely eye-catching. Combined with that energetic yellow hue, the Yellow Brick Chair gives a lot of mixed signals, but in a way that really grabs one’s attention. I honestly wonder what sitting on it would feel like. Minecraft fans? Here’s one for your gaming den!

Designer: Sivak+Partners

Commercial Turns Real World Stuff into Game of Tetris

I’ve always enjoyed playing Tetris. It’s just one of those games that keeps your mind occupied 100%, and is a great way to kill time sitting on a train or airplane. There have been countless games over the years which expand on the block-stacking game dynamic. Now, we have a TV commercial that works like a game of Tetris too.

This clever spot was directed by Oggy Cheng for Hong Kong storage company BOXFUL envisions everyday possessions as Tetris pieces. From books, to teapots, to cups, to bicycles, to laundry, the commercial sees every object as an item to be smartly and efficiently stacked in order to cram as much into a small space as possible.

I like how they even snuck in an original Nintendo Game Boy as one of the items being stacked – though it should have been playing Tetris on its screen too.

‘Tetris 99’ will get an offline multiplayer mode later this year

Nintendo has been slowly expanding how and where you can play Tetris 99. In February, the company released the battle royale game as an online exclusive for Switch. A few months later, Nintendo offered downloadable content, so users could play the ga...

‘Tetris Royale’ brings massive battles to phones worldwide

Just a few weeks after its 35th birthday, Tetris is getting a new look. A Tetris battle royale game is coming to mobile. N3TWORK and The Tetris Company Inc. announced that they've partnered to develop Tetris games built for mobile devices worldwide -...

‘Tetris’ turns 35 this week. It’s still the best puzzle game of all time.

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Tetris Played on an Mechanical Display: FlipTris

Most of us know Tetris from the Game Boy version and that theme song is forever stuck in our heads. But when you play the game on a mechanical display, the sound it makes also very satisfying.

A geek going by the name sinowin rigged up a small computer with a joystick and connected them to an old school elongated flip-disc display. These screens were used before LCD screens were large and affordable, mostly for signs, like arrivals and destination times at airports or train stations.

Listen and enjoy as as 210 small plastic discs flip back and forth to recreate the falling tetrominoes. It’s pretty calming, like ASMR.

This is an awesome way to play one of our favorite classic games. Who needs millions of tiny pixels that silently turn on and off every second, when you can have these things making sounds instead.

Sit back and relax to the sounds as those tetrominoes fall, but don’t get too relaxed or you won’t get the high score. They should definitely make this an hour-long video so that people can enjoy the tippity-tapping sounds for longer.

[via Boing Boing via Gizmodo]