Guideline compliant game differences

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The following table lists differences in game rules among games believed to follow the Tetris Guideline published by The Tetris Company (not), at least until Tetris Guideline 2 comes along.

A blank cell denotes a yet unchecked element.

Tetris Friends Tetris Party Tetris Online (Japan) Tetris Evolution Tetris Zone Tetris: New Century iPod Tetris Tetris Gold Tetris DS Tetris Black Tetris Deluxe Tetris The Grand Master Ace Tetris The Grand Master 3 Tetris Advance Tetris Kiwamemichi Tetris Worlds (PS2, Xbox, GCN, PC) Tetris Worlds (GBA) The New Tetris Tetris Best Tetris Best 2 Tetris Perfect Tetris at tetris.com Official Scratch Tetris NullpoMino Tetrinsanity
Hold piece Yes (except 1989/n-blox) Yes (standard modes) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Destroys tetriminoes Yes Yes No Togglable Destroys tetriminoes Hold piece
Next pieces shown 5
4(Survival)
1(1989/n-blox)
6
3(Local 3/4 Player)
2 to 6
6(For CPU Player)
2 3 3 3 3 6 3 4 3 3 6 or 1 6 6 3 3 6 0 to 7, adjustment hidden 0 to 7 3 1 any 0 to 7 Next pieces shown
Lock delay cancel using down key No No Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No If soft drop is set to lock No No No selectable no Lock delay cancel using down key
Maximum soft drop speed 0.5G Native + Value Native + Value 0.5G 0.5G Native + Value 0.5G 1G 0.5G Native * 20 Native * 20 selectable Maximum soft drop speed
Togglable hold piece No No No No Yes (by changing control settings) No No No No No No Yes Yes Arcade mode only Yes No No Yes, toggle hidden No No No hold Yes Yes Togglable hold piece
Togglable Infinity No No No Infinite, Extended, Classic (Single Player only) No Yes No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes (GC, Xbox) / No (PS2, PC) No No No No No No infinity yeah no Togglable Infinity
Togglable ghost piece Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ghost No Yes No ghost yeah no Togglable ghost piece
Togglable hard drop No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No Togglable locking No Togglable locking No No yes No Togglable hard drop
Togglable wall kicks No No No No No No No No No ARS, ARS2 Classic (TGM) Yes No No No No No (TBRS wallkicks) SRS/ARS toggle, hidden TPRS/SRS toggle No No (modified ARS) yes 0...10 Togglable wall kicks
Standard Mode infinity limit 15 movements? (except 1989/n-blox) 15 movements? 7 rotations or 6 movements Selectable 15(Marathon/Challenge)
10(Master)
No(Sprint)
No 128 8 rotations or 10 movements No No No Infinity Infinity Infinity 15 1 second any infinity Standard Mode infinity limit
Maximum G less than 20G less than 20G 20G 20G 20G 7G 20G 7G 1G 20G 20G 20G 20G (but with post entry delay) 2.36G 2.36G less than 1G (but 20G can be enabled) less than 1G less than 1G (but 20G can be enabled) 20G 1/60G (1 second) any less than 1g. Maximum G
ARE No Yes No Sprint:No
Others:Yes
No No, but ignores player's input for a little time No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No, but short processing fall No Yes Yes (takes time to redraw playfield) Yes (takes time to redraw playfield) Yes (takes time to redraw playfield) No No togglable Yes, takes time to redraw play field ARE
Tetris Friends Tetris Party Tetris Online (Japan) Tetris Evolution Tetris Zone Tetris: New Century iPod Tetris Tetris Gold Tetris DS Tetris Black Tetris Deluxe Tetris The Grand Master Ace Tetris The Grand Master 3 Tetris Advance Tetris Kiwamemichi Tetris Worlds (PS2, Xbox, GCN, PC) Tetris Worlds (GBA) The New Tetris Tetris Best Tetris Best 2 Tetris Perfect Tetris at tetris.com Official Scratch Tetris NullpoMino Tetrinsanity
Line limit mode 40 (called Sprint) No (except standard 150-line marathon) 40 (called Time Attack) 40 (called Race) 40 (called Sprint) 40 40 No 25 (called Line Clear) 40 40 No No No No No No 150 (called Ultra) No No No No No Selectable no Line limit mode
Limited total time (Ultra) mode 2 mins No (except Shadow mode, 3 mins) 10 mins (called Challenge, level timer exists) 1,3,5 mins 10 mins (called Challenge, level timer exists) 3 mins 3 mins No No 2 mins 3 mins No No 2 mins No 2 mins
reset after level up
2 mins
reset after level up
3 mins (called Sprint) No No No No No Yes no Limited total time (Ultra) mode
7-bag randomizer (Random Generator) Yes Yes No (8-bag)
Yes (For CPU Player)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes History 6 Rolls Yes Yes No (square mode)
No, but bag-based (fusion mode)
Yes (all other modes)
No (square mode)
No, but bag-based (fusion mode)
Yes (all other modes)
No (63-bag generator) Yes, togglable No (6-bag generator, no I), togglable Yes, togglable Yes No, uses TGM randomizer with 6 tries Yes, togglable Glitched (Z surplus) 7-bag randomizer (Random Generator)
Top out Line at 22 Line at 22 Line at 22 Line at 22 Line at 22 Line at 22 Line at 22 Line at 22 Line at 22 Piece at 20 Piece at 20 Piece at 20 Line at 22 Piece at 20 Any part of a piece above 20 Spawn blockage Spawn blockage Spawn blockage Spawn blockage selectable Spawn Blockage Top out
Standard marathon mode max level 15 (Marathon) / 21 (Survival) 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 20 15 15 15 999 99 20 15 15 No levels No levels No levels No levels No maximum level No levels togglable no levels Standard marathon mode max level
Level advancement requirement 5*Level Lines (Marathon) / 10 Lines (Survival) 10 Lines Variable Points Variable Lines 5*Level Points (Marathon, Challenge) / 10 Lines (Master) 10 Lines (Marathon) / 4 Lines (Extra) Variable Lines 5*Level Points 10 Lines 5*Level Points 10 Lines (But "Lines" is not true lines) 10 Lines Drop or Clear Variable Lines 10 Lines (Home mode) / Drop or Clear (Arcade mode) 5*Level Points 5*Level Points No levels No levels No levels No levels 10 lines No levels selectable no levels Level advancement requirement
T-spin recognition 3-corner T (except 1989/n-blox) 3-corner T no kick 3-corner T nerfed kick (will register on a triple) 3-corner T no kick 3-corner T nerfed kick (will not register on a triple) 3-corner T no kick 3-corner T no kick 3-corner T nerfed kick (will register on a triple, no visual effect differences) Single Player: 3-corner T nerfed kick (will register on a triple, no visual effect differences)
Multiplayer: 3-corner T
3-corner T nerfed kick (will register on a triple, no visual effect differences) No Clear a line using a T, with final action being rotation No 3-corner T no wall 3-corner T no wall Immobile Immobile Immobile Immobile No selectable immobile T-spin recognition
Twists of pieces other than T recognised No No No Some (square mode)
None (all other modes)
Some (square mode)
None (all other modes)
All All (+100÷fall time) All, increases grade (+4) All (+400) No No All, togglable All, increases grade (+4) Twists of pieces other than T recognised
Back-to-Back recognition Tetris/T-spin (except 1989/n-blox) Tetris/T-spin Tetris/T-spin Tetris/T-spin Tetris/T-spin Tetris/T-spin Tetris only Tetris/T-spin Tetris/T-spin Tetris/T-spin No No No Tetris only Tetris only No No Triple/Four/Spin (increases grade) No Tetris/T-Spin No all Triple/Four/Spin (increases grade) Back-to-Back recognition
Known guideline version  ? 2006? 2005? 2006 2006? 2005 2005 2005 2002? 2005 2002 2002? 2002? 2002 (it even defines the guideline itself) 2002 (it even defines the guideline itself) 1999 (before the Tetris Guideline) None None None  ? None Yes, but unknown no. Known guideline version
Tetris Friends Tetris Party Tetris Online (Japan) Tetris Evolution Tetris Zone Tetris: New Century iPod Tetris Tetris Gold Tetris DS Tetris Black Tetris Deluxe Tetris The Grand Master Ace Tetris The Grand Master 3 Tetris Advance Tetris Kiwamemichi Tetris Worlds (PS2, Xbox, GCN, PC) Tetris Worlds (GBA) The New Tetris Tetris Best Tetris Best 2 Tetris Perfect Tetris at tetris.com Official Scratch Tetris NullpoMino Tetrinsanity
Release date (month 'year) Mar '09? Oct '08 Jun '07? Mar '07 Feb '07 Sep '06 Sep '06 Sep '06 May '06 Mar '06 Mar '12 Dec '05 Mar '05 Nov '03 Nov '03 Nov '01 Nov '01 Jul '99 Jan '17, updated Mar '17 Jun '17, last updated Aug '17 Aug '17 '14 Feb '17 '12 aug '17 Release date (month 'year)
Platform category PC Stationary Console PC Stationary Console PC Stationary Console Handheld Gadget Handheld Gadget Handheld Console Handheld Gadget Handheld Gadget Stationary Console Arcade Handheld Console Arcade, Stationary Console Stationary Console, PC Handheld Console Stationary Console PC (Internet, Flash) PC (Internet, Flash) PC (Flash) PC PC (Internet, Flash) PC (Java, OpenGL) PC Platform category
Move sound Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No selectable Move sound
Spin sound Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Selectable. Spin sound
Line-specific clear sounds All w/ voice for non-single line clears Tetris, T-Spin, Combo, and All Clear All w/ voice for non-single line clears Yes All w/ voice for Tetris & T-Spin Tetris only Tetris only All Tetris only All w/ voice No All All w/ voice Tetris only Tetris, twist, lines containing squares No No No Tetris only No all, selectable twist Line-specific clear sounds
"Kalinka" song Yes, only in Arena Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes (late unlock) Yes Reversed Yes No No importable no "Kalinka" song
"Katjusha" song Yes Yes No Yes (as part of medley) No No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No importable no "Katjusha" song
"Korobeiniki" song Yes Yes No Yes (as part of medley) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes, only in Arcade Yes Yes Yes Reversed Yes Yes (3 versions) No importable Yes, fast, :35 "Korobeiniki" song
Other songs ...a lot. NES Tetris name type screen, Tetris-ex music (adjustable volume) Reversed NES Tetris name type screen, Reversed Tetris-ex music The New Tetris Mayan song, SWEAT - Snoop Dogg vs David Guetta, The Archies - Sugar, Sugar Tobu - Roots Can import any song Five reversed songs Other songs
Tetris Friends Tetris Party Tetris Online (Japan) Tetris Evolution Tetris Zone Tetris: New Century iPod Tetris Tetris Gold Tetris DS Tetris Black Tetris Deluxe Tetris The Grand Master Ace Tetris The Grand Master 3 Tetris Advance Tetris Kiwamemichi Tetris Worlds (PS2, Xbox, GCN, PC) Tetris Worlds (GBA) The New Tetris Tetris Best Tetris Best 2 Tetris Perfect Tetris at tetris.com Official Scratch Tetris NullpoMino Tetrinsanity
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