Tetris 101 with Jonas Neubauer

How to Play Tetris


  1. Get a Tetris game to play.Tetris is available on almost all electronic mediums, you can try it on your computer; a GBA or Nintendo DS work too.
  2. Start the game on the lowest level.As you play the game levels will go up, but you need to start at a low level to help you practice.
  3. Move the tetrominoes left and right with the arrow keys or buttons.Try to move the tetrominoes to get them to move together.
  4. Understand the different tetrominoes.In traditional Tetris games there are seven different types of tetrominoes:
    • I-blocksare useful for getting 'Tetris', that is competing four lines at once.
    • O-blocksfor filling large gaps.
    • L-blocksfor filling medium-sized holes.
    • J-blocksface the opposite direction as L-blocks.
    • S-blocksfor filling small holes.
    • Z-blocksface the opposite direction as S-blocks.
    • T-blocksare also for filling small holes.
  5. Use the action button to rotate the tetrominoes to fit holes.These can range from the A button, X button, space bar, enter key or even something else, depending on your particular Tetris game.
  6. Complete lines to gain points and raise the level.The more lines completed at once, the more points gained. Completing the maximum number of lines at once, four, is known as a 'Tetris' and can only be pulled off with straight, long rectangle tetrominoes.
  7. Check upcoming pieces and plan for them.This will become easier the more you play, don't rush yourself.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    What is the hold button for?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    In some newer Tetris games, you can use the hold button to store a tetromino in the hold slot. Once there is a tetromino in the hold slot, press the hold button again to switch it with the current tetromino.
  • Question
    Is there a way to change a tile by turning it over or sideways to fit an opening?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Sometimes, the up button can be pressed to rotate it. However, this depends on the version of the game.
  • Question
    Can I play Tetris on Windows 7?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you should be able to get a version that will work on Windows 7.
  • Question
    What is the goal of the game?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The goal of the game is to get the highest number of points in one possible run. The game might get too hard after a while, but practice makes perfect!
  • Question
    What are all of the controls that I need to use?
    Community Answer
    You will need rotate left and right, soft drop, left and right, and in some forms of Tetris, hard drop and hold.
  • Question
    Where are the control keys on an iPhone?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It changes from app to app, but the one made by EA has 2 control modes. However, the tap controls are inconsistent, and most other games use swipe. Swipe controls are: swipe down to push the block straight to the bottom, tap to rotate, swipe up to store or press the store box, drag down to pull down, and swipe left and right to move left and right.
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  • Getting an "I block" can help you compete four rows at once.


  • You may easily become addicted and spend all your time playing Tetris, resulting in your to-do-list being neglected.

Things You'll Need

  • A computer
  • A Tetris game
  • or a game on your phone

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