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Official Tetris Board Game Rules

Buffalo Games Tetris offers a unique twist on the classic Tetris formula, transforming it into a head-to-head strategy board game for 2-4 players. Here's a breakdown of the rules:

Objective: Be the first player (or team) to fill your Matrix tower with Tetriminos (Tetris shapes) and complete specific scoring challenges to win the game!


  • Game board

  • 4 Matrix towers (one for each player/team)

  • Tetrismino pieces (made of durable plastic) - These come in the classic Tetris shapes (I, O, T, S, Z, J, L)

  • Achievement cards (detailing scoring challenges)

  • Player tokens (for 4-player games)

  • Instructions


  1. Place the Game Board:  Put the game board in the center of the playing area.

  2. Assemble Matrix Towers: Each player or team takes a Matrix tower and places it in front of them. The Matrix tower has a grid where Tetrimino pieces will be placed during the game.

  3. Shuffle Achievement Cards:  Shuffle the deck of Achievement cards and place it face down within reach of all players.

  4. Starting Player (Optional - 4-Player Game): If playing with 4 players, decide on a starting player using a die roll or another method.


The game is played in turns, with players taking the following actions:

  • Draw a Tetrimino: On your turn, draw one Tetrimino piece from the bag (without looking). This is the piece you'll be trying to place in your Matrix tower.

  • Rotate and Place: You can rotate the Tetrimino piece in any direction before placing it in your Matrix tower.  However, once you place it, it cannot be moved or rotated again.

  • Fill Rows and Complete Achievements: The goal is to strategically place the Tetrimino piece to complete horizontal rows in your Matrix tower and fulfill the requirements on the Achievement cards.


  • Completed Rows: Completing a horizontal row with Tetriminos scores you points according to a chart on the game board. Points increase as you complete more rows at once (e.g., 1 point for a single row, 4 points for a double row).

  • Achievement Cards:  These cards display specific challenges for bonus points.  For example, an Achievement card might ask you to cover specific bonus icons on your Matrix tower with matching Tetriminos, complete a row with a specific Tetrimino type, or connect Tetriminos in a certain way.  If you manage to fulfill the challenge on the card during your turn by placing the Tetrimino, you discard the card and claim the bonus points listed.

Playing Continues:

  • After placing your Tetrimino and scoring points, the turn ends, and play proceeds to the next player in clockwise order.

  • Draw a new Tetrimino piece from the bag at the beginning of your next turn.

Winning the Game:

The game continues until one player (or team) manages to completely fill their Matrix tower with Tetriminos, leaving no empty spaces. Additionally, they must have completed at least one Achievement card. That player (or team) wins the game!

Additional Notes:

  • Multiplayer (2 vs 2 Teams):  With 4 players, you can form teams of two. Players on the same team take turns playing, working together to fill their shared Matrix tower and complete Achievement cards.

  • Fast-Paced and Strategic:  Buffalo Games Tetris offers a fun blend of quick thinking and strategy. You need to consider how to place Tetriminos to maximize points from rows and complete Achievement card challenges before your opponent.

  • Multiple Difficulty Levels:  The game can be adjusted for different difficulty levels. Beginners can focus on just completing rows, while experienced players can try to strategically fulfill the Achievement cards for higher scores.

So grab your friends or family, choose your favorite Tetris shapes, and get ready for a head-to-head Tetris battle with Buffalo Games Tetris!

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