Man Makes Playable ‘Tetris Pumpkin’ [Video]

Finally, someone has made a playable Halloween pumpkin version of the classic video game Tetris.

Plugged In reports that Nathan Pryor, is the someone in question, and he carved, soldered, designed, and programmed a playable Halloween pumpkin, controlled by the pumpkin’s stem.

Pryor detailed the impetus and process for making his incredible creation on his his blog, HaHaBird.

“Earlier in the month I was looking through that idea notepad and found ‘Make Tetris Pumpkins’ from sometime last year. My original plan had been to make forms to shape pumpkins into Tetris pieces as they grew, then stack them together for Halloween. Since Halloween was only a few weeks away and it was too late to start growing pumpkins, I thought, ‘Why not make a pumpkin you can play Tetris on instead?’ “

The video (see below) shows the pumpkin, dubbed ‘Pumpktris,’ in action with various people trying it out as the classically recognizable from the game plays in the background. Tetris is a tile-matching game developed in the early 1980s that appeared initially on a variety of platforms, but became most famous as a game for the original Nintendo.

On Pryor’s website, he reports that the playable pumpkin Tetris game includes 128 LED lights, 256 pieces of heat-shrink tubing, 313 solder joints and that it took 12 hours of work over the span of a week and a half. Oh, and the high-score so far is 9,800. If that high score is going to be beaten, it will have to be done soon. The pumpkin is the real deal, and like all carved Halloween pumpkins, its lifespan is limited.


Someone in the comments section asked Pryor if he was worried about litigation from Tetris’ parent company.

“I don’t think they have much to worry about,” Pryor wrote.”Nature will shut it down in a couple of days when it starts to rot.”

How does this make you feel about your Halloween pumpkin this year?