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Play Tis here, with the source code in the background.

Tis is a self-contained Tetris® clone in 4 kB of pure JavaScript (ECMAScript 5). This includes code to generate the necessary HTML markup and inline CSS.

Tis can be embedded into any web page by simply adding a <script> tag. It can then be invoked as an easter egg using the Konami code.


Tis has nearly all of the features you might expect from a modern Tetris:

  • All seven tetromino shapes.
  • Block movement and rotation.
  • Key repeats.
  • Soft and hard drop.
  • Ghost piece.
  • Lock delay.
  • Bag-of-seven random generator.
  • Animated line clearing.
  • Look-ahead to the upcoming block.
  • Wall kicks.
  • Infinite levels, with corresponding speed increase.
  • Score, depending on level and number of lines cleared at once.
  • Animated game-over screen.
  • Sound effects.
  • Music with two treble voices and a bass voice.

Missing features

  • Points for T-spins and split line clears.
  • A hold area.
  • Multiple look-ahead.


Simply grab tis.min.js from this repository, put it on your webserver somewhere, and put the following just before the </body> tag in your HTML:

<script src="/path/to/tis.min.js"></script>

Visitors of your web page will now get a nice surprise when they type the Konami code.

Implementation notes

To keep the code at least somewhat sane, it relies on UglifyJS for variable renaming, brace removal and more such niceties. However, there was still plenty to be done by hand. This section describes some of the tricks used.


  • Extracting common parts of HTML and CSS into strings, for example the string '<div style="margin:'.
  • Using pc instead of px in the CSS; one pica is 16 pixels.

Game data

  • The music is encoded as a string of characters, where each character represents both the pitch and the duration of a single note.
  • The tetromino shapes in their respective orientations are encoded as bitmasks, but because we can't efficiently encode bytes above 127 in UTF-8, they are encoded in base-64 instead.
  • Wall kick tables are encoded as a string, where each character encodes a single x and y offset.
  • Tetromino colours are encoded in a single string of #fff-style hex values (without the # of course), separated by the character 9. We use a digit because it doesn't require quotes when passing to Array.split().
  • Sound effects are encoded as a single number, packing a few bits for decay speed, a few for initial frequency, and a few more for another frequency that kicks in after 1000 (1e3) samples.


  • Names of global objects (window, document) and of frequently used fields/methods are stored in variables to make access shorter.
  • Instead of document.getElementById(...), use the fact that element IDs are also registered on the window object: window[...].
  • Because var declarations are costly, do them only once at the top-level scope, and reuse variables as much as possible. This does make it difficult to safely invoke functions.
  • Inline as many functions as possible, because function is an awfully long word that cannot be shortened.
  • Let undefined be the desired initial value of variables as much as possible, so we don't need to initialize them.
  • Be aware of the for(i in a) syntax as an alternative to for(i=0;i<n;i++). However, this isn't always shorter, because the traditional for loop lets you put more stuff inside the initialization, condition and increment part.
  • Put assignments inside expressions where possible: instead of x++;y=2*x write y=2*x++.
  • Instead of x>=0&&x<4, write !(x&~3). This works even if x is negative.
  • Use ~~(a+b) instead of Math.floor(a+b) to cast to integer. 0|(a+b) also works.
  • For somewhat arbitrary constants, 9 is better than 10, 99 better than 100.
  • switch/case is extremely verbose, especially if you need break (i.e. almost always). Just use if/else if instead.
  • There is even one goto-like label, to break out of two for loops at the same time. This is the only thing labels in JavaScript can be used for.


An embeddable Tetris clone without dependencies in 4 kB of JavaScript







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