05
Aug
12

Nyet for DOS

Tetris is one of the most well know computer/video games that there is, so it is no wonder that there are alot of clones around. We never had the original Tetris on our 386, but we did get a freeware clone of Tetris called Nyet made by David B. Howoth in 1988. We got it on the cover disk of a shareware magazine like we did for many of our games at the time. It quickly became a favourite game of my fathers as he really likes puzzle games. Nyet doesn’t have spectacular graphics or sound, but because of this it supports pretty much any PC hardware you can get your hands on. I had it running on an old XT machine, and appart from not having colour (it was a monochrome display) you couldn’t really tell the difference between it on the XT and a faster 386. It also runs fine on fast machines with out slow down utilities, so the timing code in the game is pretty good.

Gameplay is pretty much your standard Tetris. Difficulty doesn’t start out too hard but quickly ramps up challenging your quick thinking and reflexes.You can increase the scoring rate you have by starting on a harder level to begin with, but it is of course that much more difficult to survive.

My Dad got very good at it, and I have never been able to get even close to the same scores that he has. Me and my brothers used to watch him play it. Sometimes he would complain that we were distracting him too much. Usually we were waiting for our turn on the computer so we didn’t mind if he finished earlier.

There are many other clones of Tetris out there, but this is in my opinion one of the better ones. Sure it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of many of the others. But it plays extremely well, runs on pretty much anything (even windows!) and will challenge even the best players. Check out my Dad’s high scores in the gallery below, see if you can beat his scores. Be sure to use the same version of the game!

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