Saturday, March 18, 2023

Tetris-Related Ads

As noted in the first of three Tetris posts this week on Sunday, the Tetris film was debuting at a film festival this past Wednesday. This one is a compilation of ads, some of which I've already posted on the blog in the past under the publisher ad posts for Bullet-Proof Software, Nintendo, Spectrum Holobyte, and Tengen. They can also be found in said publishers' ad albums on Facebook and Google Photos, though one Game Boy ad below hasn't made it up anywhere else yet as it's a more recent acquisition that I need to add in a backfilling post. I'd assume not everyone visits the Facebook or Google sites though and because I wanted to have three Tetris posts this week, I'm putting all the ads from the various publishers I currently have that relate to Tetris, its sequels, and other puzzle games by Alexey Pajitnov all in one place. Some of the ads are for multiple games but if one of the Tetris games appears in it then I'm including it.

Bullet-Proof Software



Spectrum Holobyte



Wednesday, March 15, 2023

GamePro Special Feature: Bullet-Proof Software

As mentioned in the first Tetris-related post this week on Sunday, here is the brief GamePro article about Bullet-Proof Software (BPS). BPS is the publisher founded by Henk Rogers, the man who helped bring Tetris to everyone outside of the Soviet Union. The article is from GamePro's December 1990 issue and there are only a few paragraphs about the company itself. It also includes coverage of the Game Boy versions of Pipe Dream, which is a port of Lucasfilm Games' computer game, and Hatris.

Sunday, March 12, 2023

VG&CE: Alexey Pajitnov Interview and Game Reviews

A Tetris movie is going to be shown on Wednesday at the SXSW Film Festival and debut on Apple TV+ at the end of the month. It's actually more about Henk Rogers than Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov. Rogers, who founded Japan-based Bullet-Proof Software in 1983, traveled to the Soviet Union in 1988 and helped bring Tetris to the world. However, this post is primarily about Mr. Pajitnov. It features an interview with Alexey Pajitnov from Video Games & Computer Entertainment (VG&CE) magazine, along with the magazine's reviews of Tengen's NES Tetris, and the computer versions of its follow-ups, Welltris and Faces. In the past I've played the original Tetris (Commodore 64) and Tetris Effect (PlayStation 4) on the blog's YouTube channel, and I also own the Game Boy version and have tried a variety of Tetris releases but I never did play Pajitnov's other puzzle games. I'll add a couple similar posts during the week, one with a brief article about Bullet-Proof Software from GamePro and I'll put all the Tetris and related game ads I have into one post. The Tetris review is from the July 1989 issue, Welltris is March 1990, and the interview and Faces review are from November 1990.