All Of the Tetris Block Names In One Handy List

Georgia Stone
Feb 16, 2024 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Nov 27, 2020
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Over the last two decades, Tetris, an enticing and challenging puzzle video game, has won the hearts of several players.

But according to recent studies, it is seen that Tetris is beneficial in eradicating the early stages of post-traumatic stress disorder. Launched in 1984, it was the most excellent game of its time.

Tetris derives its name from the Greek word 'tetra' meaning four, and the designer's favorite sport, Tennis. The game is simple yet challenging as random sequences of tetrominoes fall in the field. A tetromino is a geometrically shaped block of four squares connected orthogonally, i.e., at the edges and not the corners. Players manipulate these tetrominoes to form horizontal lines of blocks without leaving a gap. There are seven Tetris blocks. They are I, O, T, S, L, Z, and J. These Tetris blocks have exciting names on social media which you may like. Let's have a look!


Tetris Block Names

Colorful Tetris blocks

1. L-shaped Tetris Block is a mid-game vital piece. The L-shaped block has been named out "verse J", "right L", "final Kaf", "right gun", "backward-blue", and in some hilarious instance "orange Ricky". Also known as loser block or corner piece, orange Ricky is a fun name because the block comes in myriad colors and not only in orange.

2. S-shaped Tetris Block is the most finicky tetromino, which only a seasoned player can place to usefulness. It is devoid of flat surfaces; therefore, it is a challenge to place them ideally. The various names for S block are "inverted Z", "right zigzag", "mirror Z", "right skew", "right snake", and "Rhode Island Z".                                            

3. J-shaped Tetris Block eliminates the L block's shortcomings and usefulness and improves the block designs. Amongst its funny names such as "inverse L", "gamma", "left periscope", "left elbow", "backward resh", one that is eye-catching is "blue Ricky".

4. I-shaped Tetris Block is the most useful tetromino as it aids in four-line clear (Tetris) seamlessly possible. From names like "stick", "the slim jim", to "slim dandy", "thin Lizzy". "Hero" is the apt name for this tetromino.                                                              

5.Z-shaped Tetris Block has similar problems to the S tetromino, but using some specific rotational system, the pairs of Z and S can be beneficial. But one funny name for tetromino is "Cleveland Z".                                                                                                   

6. O-shaped Tetris Block or the square block forms a reliable foundation for the Tetris game. It can be placed anywhere to build a pyramid or in the corner to create a four-line in an open field. This shape is termed square, zero, circle, sun, box, or the most interesting, 'Smashboy.'                                                       

7. T-shaped Tetris Block is by far the most essential piece for this video game. An interesting name for this block is 'Teewee.' Other names include The Tetris up-down-left-right, WASD, ted, triangle, arrow, small stairs, pyramid, TNT-yellow, and tire.


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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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