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Tetris Max

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tetris_max.img_.sit (988.79 KB)
MD5: cd62251cb5afff8a52cd9312263f80c7
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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Tetris_Max_68k_Project.sit (1.58 MB)
MD5: 7af49769b19b6d2d3d0f047090ef6e8e
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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Tetris_Max_PPC_Project.sit (1.15 MB)
MD5: 365d4a3a2de5c718f56f4e4c5ef53187
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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TetrisMax1.2.sea_.hqx (435.85 KB)
MD5: af6a0b00245c49c543b8771a1dd70882
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

The BEST Tetris game for 68k and PPC Macs (Fat Binary), built by an MIT student who was inspired by the success of Jewelbox.

The rise, success and fall of Tetris Max on Info-Mac and AOL has been chronicled by its author, who now develops Floppy Emu and other classic Mac adjacent hardware toys for a living.

Development stopped due to legal threats from The Tetris Company.


If you have the four disks of additional music, backgrounds, and piece shapes that were available to registered users of Tetris Max, please upload them.


See also: Tetris, Tetris Gold, Super Tetris 2 + Bombliss, Tetris Elements, Wesleyan Tetris

Architecture: 68k PPC


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by kpgalligan - 2020, August 21 - 3:13am

Watching the netflix show "High Score" that was mentioning Tetris. Remembered this game. In my freshman college dorm, in 1994/5, one guy had this on his mac. A few of us were seriously addicted. I consider myself a local "champion" because I kept up with the best of the group, and finally crushed everybody with one game. I hit whatever the max speed was, and was able to maintain row clearing for what seemed like indefinitely. After a while, when it was clear that the game wasn't speeding up, and I was *way* higher than the previous score, I just killed it. I'm pretty sure everybody was high, and it was one hell of a moment (that I'm sure nobody else remembers).

Tetris implementations are distinguished by the controls. Are they designed in such a way that, as you get used to them, your brain can basically play directly. The controls no longer exist in some sense. I've played a lot of Tetris since, and always, the interface is the problem. Tetris Max had a surprisingly direct and accurate interface. Perhaps I just needed to spend more time with other implementations, but whatever. Amazing.

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by mij9895 - 2020, July 25 - 4:35pm

I may have a good portion if not the complete set of the extras for Tetris Max 2.9. I don't have the original disks, but I do have the files. There are pieces files named 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Blurry, Floppy Disk, Grid, Jewel Box, Sport, and Tetris letters. There was extra music like Twilight Zone, Snap, Short Story, and a number of extra background files. Is that the extras that came on the floppies?

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by Xeriphas1994 - 2019, May 14 - 9:05pm

Tetris is hard to screw up, but I kept returning to this one because the difficulty curve was slightly smoother than other versions, which seemed to spike suddenly. Fair warning: the music may lodge permanently in your brain. :>

A near-identical Windows version existed, called Bricklayer.

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by ThinkIndifferent - 2017, December 20 - 9:31am

Video of this game:

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by ThinkIndifferent - 2017, November 28 - 4:41am

The disks did exist, the creator of the game provided me with copies for a video of the game but he requested I not distribute them (legal issues with Tetris) and will respect his wishes. If someone who owns the disks themselves want to share them, though, it should be fine.

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by Denus - 2014, June 11 - 12:15am

Nice game, runs perfectly on my CC.

Is there a way to remove the shareware notice nagscreen?
The game is registred according to the comments, but I don't see it.

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by Temporary Joe - 2012, May 30 - 9:57pm

A bit of a longshot and not really a huge priority request, although it is a rare item and would be unbelievably cool if it was uploaded, but does anyone have the Tetris Max additional disks?

The version here is registered, but according to The Macintosh Bible Guide to Games, there were more disks you could buy.

Registered users can even set Tetris Max to Autoplay--a mode in which the computer demonstrates what a truly weak player you are by effortlessly slamming pieces into place in rapid succession. Registered owners can also purchase a four-disk set of additional music, backgrounds, and piece shapes for $10.

Has anyone ever owned the extra disks, or at least heard of them?

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by someonebitmaleg - 2010, December 2 - 4:46am

Dammit! You little sneak, nmz! How'd you manage that?!

someonebitmaleg's picture
by someonebitmaleg - 2010, December 2 - 4:43am

Dude, your download bounced.

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by scott Praed - 2010, October 30 - 8:38pm

i Can't get the game to download

iig's picture
by iig - 2009, November 25 - 9:05pm

Awsome! i downloaded the older upload, That Gets My A!

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by Carl - 2009, November 25 - 7:38am

This one is registered already, you don't need a serial. Smile

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by iig - 2009, November 24 - 11:56pm

got the serial? anyone who can give me one gets my "A of Approval"