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Tetris is a very popular stacker game that originated in the 80's. If you didn't know how to play, now's a good time as any, read on.

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    Find a Tetris game. Tetris is available on many mediums, like PC, mobile devices, Nintendo Switch, or even the oldschool GBA. A quick search on your search engine or your local store should be able to find one for you.

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    Start the game on the lowest level. Tetris games provide a Marathon Mode that lets you pick your level, which will determine how fast the tetrominos fall. The game will increase the level every 10 lines that are cleared to give you a challenge.

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    Move the tetrominos. You can move them left and right, and you can rotate them in both directions. (up is clockwise, and You can also speed up their fall (known as "Soft Drop" used with the down button or s) or you can immediately set it down (known as "Hard Drop" used with the space bar).

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    Understand the different tetrominos. There are seven different types of tetriminos: the I, O, L, J, S, Z, and T tetriminos.

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    Complete lines to gain points and raise the level. When a line of blocks is created, the entire line disappears, points are rewarded and the stack is pushed down. 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 the I-tetrimino.

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    Check upcoming pieces and plan for them. This will become easier the more you play, don't rush yourself.

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    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.

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    Sometimes, the up button can be pressed to rotate it. However, this depends on the version of the game.

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    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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