Play Tetris on your Mac – For Free, Right Now!

Do you enjoy playing the classic game Tetris? Did you know that it is already on your Mac, and that you can play it right now?

You do have to feel comfortable using the Terminal application (found in Application/Utilities/Terminal.app) and typing a few simple commands. But if you follow these very easy instructions, you can play Tetris!

1) Launch The Terminal.app
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2) Type in emacs and press the enter key
tetris13) Within emacs, hold down the Esc key and press the X keytetris24) Type tetris and press entertetirs35) Use the arrow keys to move the pieces!tetris4You can also play a game called snake! Just type “snake” instead of “tetris” at step #4!

Enjoy!


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  • Nice, but ‘comfortable using the Terminal’ warning notwithstanding, there is no mention of how to quit tetris or emacs. After a search, I was able send a quit command using ctrl-x ctrl-c but that returned a ‘do you want to save game data’ message that wouldn’t accept any response. Of course quitting terminal terminates the emacs process, but a more graceful way of exiting emacs would have been appreciated.




  • In your directions, “Type Tetris and press enter” you need to change the command to lower case. e.g. “tetris”. Your picture shows it correctly however.