Advertisement

Torus


  • Currently 4.3/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 4.3/5 (99 votes)
| Comments (17) | Views (20)

TorusArtbegottiImagine for a moment that you're in Missouri, and you're playing a game of Tetris. Then, imagine that you're still playing Tetris, but you're somewhere other than Missouri. That's the feeling you'll get when you play Torus, a Tetris-based game by Ben Joffe. Instead of stacking and eliminating bricks on a flat surface, you're now building a cylindrical tower of blocks, because Dorothy, you're not in Missouri anymo—shoot, it's Kansas, isn't it?

Rather than moving your piece back and forth, Torus is played by rotating the ring-shaped base that your piece will fall upon. The [left] and [right] arrow keys rotate the base, while the [up] and [space] keys rotate the piece, and the [down] keys drop the piece faster ([WASD] can be used as an alternative). As in "old-fashioned" Tetris, your goal is to drop pieces that form complete lines, which are removed from play. Unlike old-fashioned Tetris, Torus likes to sneak in irregularly-shaped pieces, like the tetrominoes you're used to with an extra or missing -omino. Traditional mode lets you play at increasing speeds until you reach the top of the level. Time Attact [sic] mode challenges you to score as many points as you can in three minutes, and Garbage mode requires you to reduce the random stack of blocks to a height of three as quickly as possible.

While it's missing some bells and whistles (like sound effects, namely bells and whistles), and the name might be a bit of a misnomer (wouldn't true toroid Tetris wrap from bottom to top?), Torus makes use of Javascript and the Canvas element of HTML5, the next version of the venerable HTML that is the foundation of the Web. Unfortunately, HTML5 isn't yet supported by all the browsers, but it will be very soon (so upgrade your browser if you're still using an old one!). While making a step into the future(!) of gaming, Torus pays homage to a classic with its own unique twist.

Play Torus

17 Comments

Anonymous May 4, 2010 9:58 AM

Yay for cylindrical Tetris!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Mystify Author Profile Page May 4, 2010 12:40 PM

I think the lack of an edge makes it easier.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
littlefish May 4, 2010 1:36 PM

Good twist, but where is the challenge?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Buttons Author Profile Page May 4, 2010 2:08 PM

What is it with topologically-challenged Tetris-naming?

"Woe to those who call toroidal Tetris 'Tetrisphere' and cylindrical Tetris 'Torus'." -Isaiah 5:20

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
cevgar May 4, 2010 3:36 PM

Wait a minute, isn't this...? Yep, same Torus Joffe release 4 years ago, but now all shiny and HTML5ish. Awesome.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Bizarro Author Profile Page May 4, 2010 4:22 PM

I like this. The only problem is the random non-tetris pieces that I would get. I actually don't entirely hate them, but they are the same color as the normal pieces, so when I am concentrating on the cylinder and just seeing the piece based on color, I make mistakes or am surprised more often.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
atomic May 4, 2010 5:29 PM

Interestingly, since it's coded in HTML5, the iPad loads this game in Safari, but since there's no interface to control the movement of pieces, you can't do anything. :P

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
atomic1fire Author Profile Page May 4, 2010 5:32 PM

The game is old, but pretty entertaining.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

It looks lovely and plays well. The extra gameplay modes are definitely needed to create a challenge

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Hidden May 4, 2010 5:56 PM

Wait... How did you know I was in Missouri???

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
StephenM3 Author Profile Page May 4, 2010 6:49 PM

Garbage would be the most interesting mode to me, but I absolutely hate not being able to see the columns on the back of the cylinder. Why are they invisible in that mode, but not the others?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

does anyone else ewxperience exteme lag when playing this game? and I mean the old dull version.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Missouri, home to a large swath of the Ozark Mountains, is one of the most topographically diverse states in the Midwest. Kansas is of course proverbial in its flatness and, as it turns out, is "considerably flatter than a pancake."

Also, nice game! Though I object slightly to the purity of the Tetris set being sullied by shapes of three or five blocks.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

And that random, malevolent 1-piece! o_o

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Tobberian Author Profile Page May 5, 2010 12:15 PM

HRUMPF!
1-pieces that goes inside closed holes.. and a bit lagy when at top, nice looking at least.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
V2Blast Author Profile Page May 6, 2010 5:33 AM

Seems easier than normal Tetris, but is just as addictive... And so I must stop myself.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
lycyfyrsam Author Profile Page November 20, 2012 8:15 AM

& millions of years later, as if from the eocene to the pleistocene, it's still great. still needs music though.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
659 Views
3 Comments
Caves Online> Johnny123 An online platform game that pits you against the "ghosts" of players who've run the course before you. Use the arrow keys to jump, dodge and collect gold as you avoid lava pits, skeletons and the ever-sliding view.  ...
311 Views
1 Comment
Primary Max> Lori.h Play around in Max's clone lab and test out his new machine by solving puzzles. Use your clones as stepping stools and button pushers but make sure they get back, as you find your exit, to prevent a time paradox.  ...
372 Views
0 Comments
Manor Memoirs> starchild Scarlett has just moved into an old, decrepit manor, looking for inspiration for her new book. But who can write in a house that's falling apart? That's where you come in. As a seasoned interior decorator/garage sale organiser, you will do your best to raise money to renovate the old place. Manor Memoirs is a wonderfully sweet hidden-object/time management hybrid that's guaranteed to make you smile.  ...
2,003 Views
14 Comments
History Museum Escape> Dora Trapped overnight in the history museum, if you want to escape you'll need to solve puzzles and craft some pretty darned clever tools in this short but sweet game also available free for iOS and Android.  ...

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Mystery Trackers: Blackrow's Secret

Browser game of the week

Gridland

Mobile game of the week

History Museum Escape

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Popular on JiG


The Room

Virtual Villagers: Origins

Submachine 9: The Temple

Surgeon Simulator 2013

The House 2

Papa's pastaria

Fireboy and Watergirl 4: The Crystal Temple

Fireboy and Watergirl 3: The Ice Temple

Moonchild

The Royal Trap

Loren the Amazon Princess

1931: Scheherazade at the Library of Pergamum

Magical Diary

Heileen Series

Visit our great partner: maxcdn!

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2014 JayIsGames.com. All Rights Reserved.