Japanese player Keroco manages to blast through 40 lines in a dizzying 19.68 seconds.
We at The Escapist think we’re pretty good at Tetris, but hardcore Tetris speedrunners like Japan’s Keroco leave us mere mortals in the dust. Keroco has recently smashed the Tetris speed record, using the preferred open-source cross-platform Tetris clone for competitive speedrunners: “NullpoMino“. Keroco managed to finished the game’s “40 line clear” mode in just 19.68 seconds. Be sure to check out the video to the right, which, contrary to what it may look like, is running at normal speed.
Tetris is the game that put Nintendo’s original GameBoy on the map, originally being designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov in the Soviet Union. NullpoMino has a variety of play modes, including classic marathon, versus battle and clear mode, the last of which being the most popular for speedrunners such as Keroco.
The video is kind of mesmerizing to watch, and it’s amazing when you look into some more of these hardcore Tetris players and just how fast and efficiently they can clear the screen.
I’m sure a lot of you have heard of The King of Kong, a documentary detailing the battle for the world Donkey Kong record, but there’s actually a similar documentary out there on the life of competitive Tetris players, called Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters.
All I can say is, these guys must be really good at packing suitcases.