Remember Tetris? In the early 1990s, I had the privilege of working at Spectrum Holobyte as a game artist in the PC video game industry. It was a time of great innovation and creativity in the gaming world, and I was lucky enough to work on some groundbreaking projects, including several Tetris spinoff games.

The Tetris creator himself

One of the most exciting parts of my work was collaborating with the legendary Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris. Together, we worked on games like Welltris and Faces, which were inspired by the classic puzzle game but added new twists and challenges for players.

Working with Alexey was a true honor, and I was constantly amazed by his creativity and imagination. He had a unique way of looking at the world and approaching game design that was both innovative and inspiring. I learned a lot from him during our time together, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside such a legendary figure in the gaming industry.

Welltris for MS DOS
Faces - Tetris Game

Tetris was for kids at Blue Planet Software

But my work on Tetris didn’t end there. Later on, I worked as an animation consultant on Kid’s Tetris, a game developed by Blue Planet Software, which was owned by Henk Rogers, the main character of the new Tetris movie. It was a great experience, and I was thrilled to be part of such an innovative project.

As an animation consultant, my role was to help create the visual design and animation for the game, which was geared towards younger players. It was a challenging task, but one that I was excited to take on. I worked closely with the development team to create colorful, engaging visuals that would capture the attention of young players and keep them coming back for more.

Looking back on my time working on Tetris and its spinoff games, I feel a deep sense of pride and accomplishment. It was an exciting and challenging time in the gaming industry, and I feel lucky to have been part of it. The lessons I learned during that time have stayed with me throughout my career, and I am grateful for the experience.