Tetris for Android

EA's had Tetris in the Android Market for some time now, and a free version recently soft-launched. Today, EA's officially announced the ad-supported version. And it's the same excellent gameplay you've come to know. Tap to rotate, slide to move, drag down to drop slowly, and flick to send pieces crashing downward. The in-game ads aren't terribly intrusive, though we could do without the interstitials, which should look familiar if you've ever played Words with Friends.

Full presser and download links are after the break.


One of The Best-Selling Mobile Games of All Time is Now Free for the First Time Ever

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—(August 29, 2011) — EA Mobile™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) and the world’s leading mobile games publisher, along with Blue Planet Software, Inc., the company that manages the exclusive licensing rights to the Tetris® brand, today announced that it will publish a free* version of the Tetris game set to launch exclusively on Android™ smartphones. Published on over 50 platforms and available in more than 185 countries, the Tetris game is one of the most-played video games in the world and has been embraced by hundreds of millions of fans globally. The free version of Tetris joins the recently launched SCRABBLE Free as EA’s second free offering on the Android platform.

“Tetris is one of the most distinctive, well-known and popular video game franchises in the world and it gives EA the opportunity to grow its already-expanding customer base on the Android platform,” said Bernard Kim, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EA Interactive. “Tetris has a strong legacy in the mobile gaming world and we’re excited to bring a free version of Tetris to yet another great platform.”

The free version of Tetris features new and improved visuals, the famous Tetris music and fan-favorite marathon mode that will challenge even the most seasoned of Tetris veterans. With touch screen controls, longtime fans and newcomers alike can control their game with their fingertips and slide, rotate and drop their Tetriminos into place to clear lines and rack up points. The free version of Tetris also lets players track their stats so they can keep the competition going and improve their high score.

“The Tetris brand is more relevant today than ever and we are thrilled to bring the game to yet another platform,” said Henk Rogers, President and CEO, Blue Planet Software, Inc. “Now, with the free version for Android users, fans can fall in love with the Tetris game all over again.”


Reader comments

EA officially rolls out free version of Tetris


This would be even more awesome if it supported multiplayer, and either by Internet, lan or Bluetooth and heck tetris on my Ti83 even supported multiplayer .

I am not paranoid but why does this app need to directly call phone numbers and need my fine (GPS) location?

Jesus, some of you people really need to learn about what the permissions are for. Better yet, get an iphone, its dumbed down for you.

So you're saying an app being able to dial a 1-900 number is absolutely nothing a user should be concerned with....nothing? Especially when that app is a game? Maybe some of you people need to realize that the typical user is not going to take the time to know how 20+ permissions can affect their phones.

says not compatible with my phone, I've put this game on every phone I've owned this really sucks. I do have an older phone MT3G updated to froyo again with the boring bus rides to work again.

any help with his would be appreciated, thanks

EA has separate, region-locked versions. If you're in the web market, make sure you're looking at the right one.

Yeah, apps making their own calls and not stating to who and why would be a pretty big red flag. Not gonna blindly trust it just cause it's from a well known developer like EA. Too bad, otherwise I would have tried it.

Honestly, I'm not worried that EA has covertly programmed its app to stalk me and call tolled numbers in the background, but I agree that the permissions are wonky and probably unnecessary. Hopefully they're just a relic of bad programming and will be removed. And speaking of bad programming, I can't help but wonder how a game that dates from 1984 and retains nearly identical gameplay manages to be 9MB large. It doesn't even /look/ that good. >.>

In any case, I really like Tetris, and I hope they'll release an updated paid version soon. I'm not sure I'd pay $3 for it, but I'd probably snap it up if it went on sale.