Geek Trivia

What Is The Most Ported Video Game Of All Time?

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Answer: Tetris

Tetris is second only to Vodka as one of Russia’s most prolific exports. The brainchild of Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris was released in June 6, 1984 and has gone on to be one of the best selling games of all time.

The popular block-stacking game was the first piece of entertainment software to be exported from the USSR to the United States. It was originally available for the IBM PC and the Commodore 64. From that humble beginning, available for only two early personal computers, Tetris went on to be ported far and wide.

Ports of Tetris are available for nearly every computer system, video game console, and portable gaming system as well as cellphones, PDAs, graphing calculators, MP3 players and even stashed away as an Easter Egg inside software (like uTorrent) and non-gaming hardware like oscilloscopes. In addition to direct ports of the game between operating systems there are numerous official and unofficial variations and clones of Tetris floating around.

With that kind of wide spread porting and market penetration (in the last decade alone over 100,000,000 copies of Tetris have been sold for cellphones alone) the chances that you’ll ever find yourself far from a place to play Tetris are very slim indeed.