Last Updated on February 8, 2023 by Corinne Schmitt
This printable Tetris board game is a great activity for kids or adults. It is fun to play a screen-free version of Tetris and is perfect for taking along on family vacations.
WHAT IS TETRIS?
Tetris is a tile-matching puzzle video game. It is what many people call a “classic” video game and is still hugely popular.
Some scientists believe that playing Tetris is actually good for the brain! Nothing better than being given permission by professionals to play video games, LOL.
The basic object of the game is to use the game pieces to create as many horizontal lines of blocks as possible.
Today you can play Tetris on almost any electronic device. You can even buy retro video games with Tetris loaded on them. Young children enjoy playing wooden block Tetris games. Diehard fans can even find Tetris t-shirts and gifts.
HISTORY OF TETRIS?
The game of Tetris has a very unique and interesting history. It was invented by a Soviet software engineer named Alexey Pajitnov in 1984.
Pajitnov named the game Tetris by combining the Latin word “tetra” –the numerical prefix “four” and the word tennis which was his favorite game.
Tetris was the first software created in the Soviet Union to be sold in America.
SCREEN-FREE TETRIS GAME
I love to see video games transform into board games that can be played anytime and anywhere. This screen-free Tetris game is just played on a paper game board and can be printed off at home.
It takes many elements from the original game and modifies them so it can be played without electronics.
HOW TO PLAY A PRINTABLE TETRIS BOARD GAME
The first step is to print off the Tetris game board and all the puzzle pieces. I like to laminate the game board so it can be reused over and over again. The puzzle pieces are printed on white cardstock so they are sturdier and easier to play with.
BASIC RULES FOR TETRIS BOARD GAME
The rules are pretty standard and basic for this screen-free paper Tetris game.
- Place all the game pieces in a bag or pile and shuffle them up well.
- Draw the top piece and place it on the game board.
- Proceed to try and fit all the game pieces on the board.
- Pieces can be rotated in any direction but they cannot be flipped on their backside.
SCORING FOR TETRIS BOARD GAME
There are two ways to score this game.
- The first way is to count all the white spaces left on the board when you can’t fit any more game pieces on the board. That number is the final score.
- The second way to score the game is to shift the game pieces downwards manually as the bottom rows are filled. Count the number of rows you are able to delete off the bottom and that will be your score.
Any way you decide to score this will end in a fun time. Print off a game set for everyone in the house and compare scores.
GET THE PRINTABLE TETRIS GAME
Just fill in the form below to access the printable tetris game.
Fill in the form above. After you submit the form, you’ll receive an email from “Wondermom Wannabe” with a direct link to the printable. If you do not see the email in your inbox within a few minutes, check your spam folder.
The most likely place will be in your computer’s Downloads folder. You can also select “Downloads” in your browser menu to see a list of your downloads, then simply select “Show in folder” below the file name to see where it is stored on your computer.
You’ll need a program that supports PDFS, like Adobe Acrobat (which is free). Open the program, click File > Print. Select your printer and set the number of copies you want to print. Double check your print preview, then click print.
MORE PRINTABLE FAMILY FUN
If you love playing games and having family adventures together be sure to check out these other fun family printables:
- State License Plate Game
- Printable Nerf Targets
- Printable Tangram Objects
- Treasure Hunt Clues for Kids
- Printable Riddles for Kids
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