Macintosh: Play Tetris from your terminal

March 10, 2009 / Updated: March 10, 2009 / Lena Shore

Did you know you can play Tetris from within your terminal? It’s a bored geek’s wildest dreams!

  1. Launch Terminal.
  2. Type emacs and press Return.
  3. Press Escape, then type x.
  4. Type tetris.

Use the arrow keys to rotate blocks and the space bar to drop blocks to play. When you are done, a highscore will be generated at /tmp. You can then exit emacs by pressing Control-X followed by Control-C.

Terminal Tetris

Terminal Tetris

Other games

I also hear instead of typing “tetris” you can type in any of these, but I haven’t tried them: doctor, hanoi, gomoku, blackbox, mpuz, 5×5, decipher, dunnet, lm, life, morse-region, pong, solitaire, studlify-region.

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Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

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