Tetris Payout

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Tetris Payout
Developer(s) BWB
Publisher(s) Barcrest
Release date(s) January? 1990
Platform(s) Arcade
Gameplay Info
Next pieces 11
Playfield dimensions 10 × 15 (plus 3 rows vanish zone)
Hold piece No
Hard drop No
Rotation system

Tetris Payout is a skill with prize machine published by Barcrest.

Reskinned versions of the game were published under the titles Prize Tetris and Blox.


The aim of the game is to score as many points as possible within the time limit (about 2 minutes, further research pending). The game has two modes:

  • "Practise" mode, which allows the player to practice at a reduced cost but without any prizes, and
  • "Skill With Prizes" mode, which gives the player a payout for sufficiently high scores.

The playfield is 18 rows high, but locking a piece above row 15 (partial lock out) will result in the game ending. The top out line is not marked.

The game provides 11 previews, however many operators would tape over the preview pane in order to make it harder for players to win consistently.


Scoring is based on the height of the cleared row or rows, with higher rows scoring more points up to the tenth row. There appears to be more than one scoring table (further research pending). Rows from the 11th row and above do not score points.