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My first pico-8 game and as well Tiny-TV Jam submission. :D

This is the very known Tetris that everyone remembers back in the days when they had a Game Boy.
It differs a bit from the classic due to certain limitations of the compo such as 10x11 resolution... and time... and reasons.

Highscore is actually implemented but the numbers can be a bit hard to read.

Lastly, the music and gameboy movement can be toggled in pause menu.


changes in v1.2:

  • fixed music a-theme (thanks kittenm4ster)
  • fixed title screen theme

changes in v1.1:

  • added music b-theme
  • cleaned gfx sheet
  • discarded demomode
  • changed gryph "2" to not be easily confuse with "7"

Cart [#36254#] | Copy | Code | 2017-01-22 | Link


  • initial release

Cart [#35956#] | Copy | Code | 2017-01-17 | Link

tinytvjam tetris gameboy
P#35958 2017-01-17 21:10 ( Edited 2017-08-08 21:16)


This looks great! I only have one suggestion: having up on the dpad rotate the block.

P#35963 2017-01-17 22:10


This plays really well! Great job :D

P#35964 2017-01-17 22:26


Gameplay is based of the Gameboy version which doesn't rotate blocks with D-Pad Up.

Infact if I did a regular tetris version the D-Pad Up should work as instant fall, not rotate.

P#35965 2017-01-17 22:27


Nice one. The audio is spot-on (from my fading memory anyway!). Congrats! :D

P#35979 2017-01-18 00:51


Love it! awesome work

P#35982 2017-01-18 03:31


Omg those sound effects... 0_0

Nailed the rotation!

P#36080 2017-01-19 09:35 ( Edited 2017-01-19 09:35)


This is awesome! I am trying to do my own version of Tetris for the jam. But it will never be as good as this. ^^

P#36083 2017-01-19 10:50


I made my first PICO-8 game for the jam and was quite pleased with it (a really simple snake clone), but this is just.. wow.
I love it! :-D

P#36094 2017-01-19 14:43


Thanks everyone for the good feedback ;)

I've updated the game with an additional music: B-Type.
So now there's 2 musics to choose from the original.
Also decided to discard demonstration mode (It really doesn't add anything into the entry).
The entry is pretty much all ready!

@Liquidream: Should be, I've composed the sfx & bgm from listening the real gameboy tetris side by side.
@TastyEnchilada: At least yours have colors! :P
@add: Great! My first NDS homebrew was a snake clone too. It was called 5nake

P#36255 2017-01-22 04:07 ( Edited 2017-01-22 04:08)


This tetris rocks!

P#36315 2017-01-22 13:37


Amazing recreation of the sfx and music from the original!

I did notice (just going from memory) one small error in the music (A), in the middle section: the harmony is supposed to alternate between the i chord and the V chord every 4 beats, but you have it staying on the i chord through almost that whole section, it sounds like. Besides that, this is quite an impressive transcription!

P#36317 2017-01-22 13:55 ( Edited 2017-01-22 14:17)


This is brilliant. Really well done! A very faithful recreation.

P#36336 2017-01-22 14:48


@kittenm4ster: Well spotted! Did left on same chord because the 2nd part was too acute. When playing all together the 1st part sounded fine but the other sounded awful like an ambulance for some weird reason...
Couldn't find what was wrong because the notes did resonate properly with the original so thought it was Pico-8 mixer doing something funny (Pico-8 "PSG" has really poor audio quality and range).

Now when revisioned the music again by listening the whole score carefully i've noticed that actually my mistake is not from the 2nd part but from the 1st part: The bass started 1 octave higher at the very first beat (doh!).

So thanks for pointing that out ;)

P#36401 2017-01-22 17:49 ( Edited 2017-01-22 18:05)


i have replayed it , definitely one of the best cart of the jam

P#36453 2017-01-23 03:38


Awesome. Bravo!

P#36458 2017-01-23 06:44


Lovely game! I included it in my compilation video series of the Tiny TV Jam games, if you’d like to take a look :)

P#36594 2017-01-24 13:17


Really well done, I liked the use of TV rotation in this game. A lot of the other games it gets a little distracting after a while, but the way you did it here is a little less jerky and works really well!

P#36687 2017-01-25 23:06


Love this!

I attempted to add Music C (from the gameboy game as well) this evening, but I ran out of sfx to build it with. I think I maybe only needed 4 or so more or it could have fit. Too bad. Maybe it's possible with a multi-cart somehow? Or maybe with some trickery and writing to music ram or something?

P#43130 2017-08-08 21:06 ( Edited 2017-08-08 21:28)


I did find a couple of notes wrong in Music A and have it fixed locally in a cart (I was more than a little obsessed with gameboy Tetris for years...). How can I submit the fix to this thread?

P#43132 2017-08-08 21:16

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