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Play the Game


Tetris in Javascript and jQuery using Lodash and HTML5 canvas. The game was built by Jhun de Andres & Aaron Careaga as a pair project in Module 4 at the Turing School.

Tetris Turing School Jhun de Andres Aaron Careaga


Clone repository and install dependencies:

$ git clone
$ cd tetris
$ npm install


Fire up a development server:

npm start

Once the server is running, you can visit:

  • http://localhost:8080/webpack-dev-server/ to run the application.
  • http://localhost:8080/webpack-dev-server/test.html to run the test suite in the browser.

To build the static files:

npm run build

To run tests in Node:

npm test


We chose to build Tetris to better understand object oriented JavaScript and push our Mocha testing abilities. With 3 models, 7 pieces, and 4 rotations, the logic behind the game was really difficult. A few sections of the codebase we are most proud of include the use of higher order functions, unit level test coverage, and navigating deeply nested objects.

Partial Functions & Refactoring the Block Model

Tetris is entirely built of single blocks. Each shape is comprised of four blocks that shift coordinates on the board grid. To stack shapes and clear rows on the grid, each block must detect the collection it's within relative to other pieces.

Functions to move the block down, left, and right must first check whether the space is available. A lot of the logic is repetitive given you are just adding or subtracting 1 from each block's X or Y value.

For example:

Block.prototype.moveDown = function() {
  if (this.canMoveDown) { this.y++ };
  return this;
Block.prototype.moveRight = function() {
  if (this.canMoveRight) { this.x++ };
  return this;
Block.prototype.moveLeft = function() {
  if (this.canMoveLeft) { this.x-- };
  return this;

Using partial functions, we were able to refactor the code from 18 movement related functions down to 6. This allowed us to future-proof the model from bugs when the grid size changed.

function Block(board, x = 5, y = 5, color = "#000000") {
  this.board  = board; = true;
  this.x = x;
  this.y = y;
  this.height = 1;
  this.width = 1;
  this.color = color;

  this.canMoveRight = this.canMove.bind(this, this.blockIsAtRightSideOfBoard, this.isThereABlockOnTheRight);
  this.canMoveLeft  = this.canMove.bind(this, this.blockIsAtLeftSideOfBoard, this.isThereABlockOnTheLeft);
  this.canMoveDown  = this.canMove.bind(this, this.blockIsAtBottomOfBoard, this.isThereABlockBelow);

  this.blockIsAtBottomOfBoard    = this.isAt.bind(this, +1, compareGreater);
  this.blockIsAtLeftSideOfBoard  = this.isAt.bind(this, -1, compareLess);
  this.blockIsAtRightSideOfBoard = this.isAt.bind(this, +1, compareGreater);
  this.isThereABlockOnTheRight   = this.onBottom.bind(this, +1, 0);
  this.isThereABlockOnTheLeft    = this.onBottom.bind(this, -1, 0);
  this.isThereABlockBelow        = this.onBottom.bind(this, 0, +1);

  if (this.canMoveDown)  {this.moveDown  = this.move.bind(this, 0, +1);}
  if (this.canMoveLeft)  {this.moveLeft  = this.move.bind(this, -1, 0);}
  if (this.canMoveRight) {this.moveRight = this.move.bind(this, +1, 0);}


Our Tetris codebase is released under the MIT License.


Classic tile-matching puzzle game.




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