Tetris passes 100 million paid mobile downloads

January 20, 2010

(AP) -- Tetris is the best-selling mobile game of all time, with more than 100 million paid downloads on cell phones around the world.

That's according to the companies behind the 25-year-old game, which plan to formally announce the milestone on Thursday.

Created by a Soviet programmer in 1984, Tetris rode to popularity on the Game Boy in 1989. Millions of people have continued to play it since, on gaming consoles and over the Web, as well as on .

The game's neat interface, simple controls and addictive nature make it especially well-suited for mobile gadgets. These include the as well as simple cell phones.

Blue Planet Software licenses Tetris to EA Mobile, a unit of video game company Inc.

Explore further: Sega Puts The Sonic Into Panasonic Mobile Phones


Related Stories

Sega Puts The Sonic Into Panasonic Mobile Phones

May 20, 2005

Panasonic today announced that it has secured the rights to feature SEGA’s blockbuster game, Sonic The Hedgehog, on its new series of mobile phones. As previewed on SEGA’s booth at the E3 premier game show in the US, ...

Women's mobile gaming love not enough

July 11, 2006

No longer just the domain of teenage boys, video games lead to big profits for many companies, and manufacturers of mobile game players are no exception. In fact, more women are playing games on their mobile phones than men, ...

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 20

April 23, 2009

Twenty years ago Japan's Nintendo Co. launched the Game Boy, the iconic handheld video game player that spawned characters from Super Mario to Pokemon and sold 200 million units worldwide.

'Tetris' still a videogame star at age 25

June 2, 2009

It was spring in what was then the Soviet Union when a mathematician in Moscow with a penchant for puzzles created a "Tetris" computer game still going strong 25 years later.

Electronic Arts acquires Playfish for $275 million

November 9, 2009

(AP) -- As its packaged video games business lags, Electronic Arts Inc. has snapped up Playfish Inc., the creator of popular social networking games such as "Who Has the Biggest Brain" and "Pet Society," for $275 million ...

Recommended for you

The ethics of robot love

November 25, 2015

There was to have been a conference in Malaysia last week called Love and Sex with Robots but it was cancelled. Malaysian police branded it "illegal" and "ridiculous". "There is nothing scientific about sex with robots," ...

Nevada researchers trying to turn roadside weed into biofuel

November 26, 2015

Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed—curly top gumweed—was ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.