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multiplayer-tetris-game-macIf there’s one game that everybody knows, it’s Tetris. Ok, Pong and Pacman don’t come far behind either, but Tetris is an undeniable all time classic.

Just thinking about all the hours I’ve spent playing, first on my old Mac OS 9, later on my cellphone, get’s me instantly nostalgic. Even the song has become a cult classic.

It’s not weird at all to see Tetris being revived from time to time, on the PC, on the Wii, or on the Mac.

Quinn – Multiplayer Tertris on Mac

The Mac – although labeled a ‘business computer’ by most – is home to a surprisingly great reincarnation of the game. Of course, due to rights, it’s not labeled Tetris, but Quinn.

All the original action is packed into the game, though. And a lot more as well.

Network Play

Quinn, labels itself a Tetromino game, and saying it’s just another Tetris clone would be a heavy understatement. Although it does the job perfectly, with slick colorful visuals and pretty fysics, the game was meant for more.

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In Quinn, you can take it and play tetris against a friend, to see who beats who in Tetromino skills. Quinn doesn’t feature any standalone servers though, so one of you will have to do the hosting. This means you’ll either have to play over the local network, or over the internet, in which case you locate the host via IP.

Tournament Play

You can also play out a tournament against a friend, on a single computer. You’ll then be dividing up the keyboard, and playing split-screen.

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Multiplayer Rules

There are several ways for the players to influence the game of others, and these multiplayer rules can be specified in the settings.

Random Rows is pretty self explanatory. This setting adds one or two randomly filled rows at the bottom of opponents’ boards after a player clears three or four rows at once. There’s also a hard mode in which the number’s raised by an additional random row.

Erased Rows is a variation of the above. Instead of creating rows at random, your send you own rows (excluding the final piece) over to the bottom of your opponents’ boards upon clearing three or four of them at once.

Shake Up is a real meanie. When this mode is enabled, Quinn will insert a number of gaps in each column of an opponents’ board, making it even more difficult for them to get those lines down.

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For fairness’ sake, distribution of extra rows or gaps is always the same for all players. However, depending on an opponent’s board, the results can deviate greatly.

So what do you think about this game? Or did you just wish this was a Windows or Linux game? Are you familiar with any multiplayer tetris game for Windows? Drop a comment below!

  1. Nathan Kline
    May 1, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I remember back in 2003 a buddy of mine made a game called Gefblog for OSX that was virtually the same except that each player was in a separate window. it had multiple game type similar to this one. We use to play 8-9 players at a time and with that many people games were frantic and fast. I remember it as one of the best multiplayer tetris clones ever. Too bad all I could find online about it was this comic http://www.subnova.com/comic/?comic=0021-Gefblog

  2. Stephane
    April 29, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    No link in the news?
    I found the website: http://simonhaertel.de/

  3. Alex
    April 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    http://c3p0.reverse.net/~sl/index.shtml

    there is a multiplayer for windows based on tetrinet for linux.

  4. Make Money On Line
    April 28, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I love tetris, so I be I will like Quinn because it looks like its the same thing thank you!

    • Simon Slangen
      April 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm

      Beware, it's extremely addicting! I kept playing it yesterday evening until my eyes dried out :-)

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