How to win at Tetris

Built by a self-proclaimed Tetris master (all challenges accepted), this puzzle requires the user to mimic my choices.

detail of tetris puzzle

tetris panels

Each piece is numbered on the back and intended to be placed in order. A print on the front of the pieces helps the user find the “correct” placement — the choice I’d make. As the puzzle is being solved, a towering pile of garbage displaces an idyllic green meadow and clear blue sky. The user is meant to learn good strategy by physically making the correct moves (even though they’re being made at first for superficial reasons — piecing together the surface image).

I constructed this piece from digital prints bonded to balsa wood, and for a few days after I thought I’d permanently crippled my right hand from cutting it out.


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