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The Soviet Union is crumbling, and so the most brilliant scientific minds have hatched a final master plan of world domination to save the republic. Their plan is the construction of a gigantic infernal machine, superior to all other weaponry. For the plan to succeed, vast quantities of steel beams are required. But the proletariat have become drunk on the smell of freedom and will only produce small twisted shapes of metal. Your job is to combine these feeble parts into large sturdy beams, so that the diabolical plan can be realized.

Chetiry is a new puzzle game for the Atari 2600 console. The objective is to combine falling shapes of 4 squares (tetrominoes) into continuous horizontal lines of 10 squares, which will remove them from the grid. "Chetiry" is a loose translation of the Russian word "Four".

Game Features

  • Four different game styles (described below)
  • Selectable in-game tunes
  • 20 Difficulty Levels
  • Pause feature
  • Toggle Shape Preview on/off
  • Toggle Fast Drop on/off
  • High scores saved to cartridge

Game Styles

  • Marathon: In this game style, the game continues until the grid overflows. The game difficulty will increase each time 10 lines are removed from the grid.
  • Sprint 25: In this game style, the objective is to remove 25 lines from the grid. The game difficulty does not increase beyond the level that is set in the menu. The game will finish when all 25 lines have been removed.
  • Sprint 40: This game style is similar to SPRINT 25, with the objective to remove 40 lines from the grid.
  • Ultra: In this game style, you have 3 minutes to score as many points as possible. The game timer is shown at the top of the screen, and the game will finish when the timer reaches zero.

MelodyAdditional Information

Cherity is a Melody-enhanced game and features the ability to save high scores to the cartridge. Includes cartridge and full-color, eight-page manual. Available in NTSC and PAL television formats--please select above.

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Chetiry BoxChetiry Box

If you'd like a boxed copy of Chetiry, please select "Box Upgrade: Yes" at the top of the page before adding Chetiry to your cart. Our boxes are professionally printed and include a box insert to hold your Chetiry cartridge in place. We want you to play our games, so we have not sealed or shrinkwrapped the boxes in any way, allowing you easy access to the game cartridge and manual.

These boxes are the same size as boxes Atari produced for their games "back in the day". They look great sitting on a shelf with your other boxed homebrew games, or alongside games from the classic Atari 2600 library. We only have a limited number of boxes for each game, and there is no guarantee they will become available again once our supplies are exhausted. Click on the images to the right to see larger photos of the box.

Number of Players 1
Controller Joystick
Cartridge Size 32K Melody Enhanced
Programming Chris Walton, Zach Matley, Fred Quimby
Game Graphics Nathan Strum
Label, Manual Design Nathan Strum
Dan Wolak on 03/04/2023 05:59pm
Chetiry is hands-down the best 2600 port of Tetris available. If you are a big fan of the game, you should definitely pick up this version. There are 4 different game modes and 4 tunes to choose from that are definitely inspired from the classic game. What really blew me away it's that the game even has a built-in save key to save your high scores! Brilliant. I wish more games included this bonus for those of us who don't have an Atarivox or save key yet.
Alexander Krook on 09/14/2022 09:07am
Recieved my copy yesterday, played it and i like it very much. Lovely Sovjet label too. 5 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
SmittyB on 09/26/2020 10:31am
You might think a 2600 version of everyone's favourite falling block game would be little more than a gimmick, something to play for 5 minutes and then put away, but Chetiry is as good as or better than Nintendo's offerings.
The gameplay feels natural to anyone familiar with those other versions, and the soundtrack is fantastic.

It's a battle of wits in this Sunnyvale mind game!
William Kebler on 05/26/2020 12:03pm
This is a must have. It's really fantastic. From the music selection, game play, and that it logs high scores with out a save key! It's great!
Adam Oldham on 03/31/2019 08:14am
I've always been a huge Tetris fan sitting with my Gameboy years ago for hours on end. Since getting back into Atari, it's once of the things I wished I had.

Then I stumble on this. This game is fantastic. It has all the music as best as it can do with the TIA chip on the 2600. It has multi-colored blocks, good increases of speed and has most of the different sub-game variations. To top it off, it has storage for a running scoreboard that is just icing on the cake.

Controls are top notch with the joystick, this rivals the Gameboy and NES versions of the game!
Brian Rittmeyer on 09/16/2018 09:55pm
Tetris is a game I've always associated with Nintendo, and for good reason. Problem is, I've never really gotten into Nintendo. Now, thanks to Chetiry, I can not only associate it with Atari, but play it, too!
Chetiry ranks as among the best homebrew games available.
I was hesitant for a while. I was concerned that "chunky" graphics, and the speed of gameplay, would be an issue - that as a result, games would be too hard, end too fast. That turned out not to be the case.
The game looks, sounds and plays great. It's everything you'd want in a Tetris game. And the music is very impressive, with a few choices of tunes to play, or none at all - but when you can have music in a 2600 game, you have music in a 2600 game!
As always the cartridge, label, manual and service from AtariAge are impeccable. Chetiry is highly recommended for anyone who likes Tetris.
Who needs a Nintendo? Not me!
David Sherwin on 08/17/2017 11:28am
Chetiry is far and away my favourite game on the 2600 and one of the best Tetrominos out there for any vintage home console system.

Everything's a 'wow' in this game, from the amazing title screen (an intricate St. Basil's Cathedral), to the solid gameplay, and to the outstanding music. I really can't say enough about the game's amazing music, which is a high for the platform and an absolute wonder given the game's limitations.

A must-own for the 2600 owner who loves puzzlers and wants the best for his or her system.
Jordan Fanning on 05/24/2013 01:17pm
Chetiry aka Tetris is an absolute great port from the NES to the Atari 2600. The music sounds a bit staticy, but otherwise spot on with the original.
The title screen is amazing and must have taken some work to get it looking that great. I don't know if I have ever seen such a detailed title screen.

The game itself is right up there with the original. Only I think it is more fun, but probably just because I'm able to play such a great and fun game from my childhood NES, on my favorite system of all time, the Atari 2600.

I love discovering what the 2600 is actually capable of, and after reading books on the system it's amazing that it was capable of playing games period.
Games like this, 'Thrust' and 'Princess Rescue' really show the true depth in which the 2600 is capable of operating.
This system truly continues to amaze me and it will be a cold day in hell the day I don't have an Atari and a backup system somewhere in my house.

Another great homebrew breathing new life back into a system that refuses to die. What a great story the 2600 holds and continues to tell.

Highly recommended.
DJT on 04/13/2013 06:55pm
An unbelievably advanced game in and of itself for such a basic system! A faithful port of a classic! Proof that good games only need one button! The graphics are great! High score saves!!! The music is so good and true to the original! Easily the best version of this game!
Jeff Rothkopf on 11/20/2012 02:49pm
Amazing adaptation! I've seen some Tetris clones on classic systems, but nobody has done as good a job as Chris did on this one. My hats off to you!
Trent on 11/04/2012 11:18pm
Chetiry is an excellent homebrew for the Atari 2600. It's a very nice clone of Tetris with many different options. The colors are amazing and the music is also amazing with the limitations of the system. It also has the ability to save your high scores. To launch the missile at the end of the game, It takes a huge amount of points. You will need some practice to ever see that scene. If you like Tetris, this is the game for you! I highly recommend this game for an Atari 2600 homebrew. It's worth it and you won't be disappointed.
AJ Williams on 10/24/2012 10:14pm
Proletariat Always Wins!

Chetiry is basically a clone of the original falling block puzzle game that tops all puzzle games. If you don't know what game I'm talking about, shame on you! The basic premise is you drop oblong groups of four blocks into a pit. The pit is ten blocks in width, and you remove material by filling in horizontal beams. Yes, it's the same Soviet mind game that took the world by storm in the late 80s. The Proletariat is a crafty little bunch, and as the game progresses, their manufacturing grows more efficient as they churn out the little pieces at faster and faster rates. Pile the twisted steel pieces up to the top and it's Game Over for the Soviet Republic! You cannot win at this game, however build enough beams and you just may be able to launch a missile at Game Over, to send the western capitalists a fitting farewell gift!

Here in this homebrew game you won't find a piece queue like the newer variants. Yup, you've got to stack 'em in the same order they throw 'em to you, in true old school fashion. Use the coveted "I beam" to clear four lines at once to maximize your score.

There are several modes. Marathon is the traditional "endless" mode, where you keep dropping until they hit the ceiling, getting faster as gameplay progresses. In 25 and 40 lines mode, you are filling up 25 or 40 lines for high score. In "Ultra" mode, you try to achieve the highest score possible within the time limit. Just like in the official versions, there is also a "piece preview" setting which can be toggled by setting the left difficulty switch.

The graphics in this game are gorgeous. I'm not an expert when it comes to designing Atari games, but it blows my mind that they were able to fit so many different colors on a single scanline. Each block has it's own unique color, and the castle on the main title screen is breathtaking! No telling how long they spent just designing the title screen alone.

There is a nice variety of theme music found in the game. The title and menu screen music tracks are borrowed from the original 8-bit unlicensed version of the game. Background music "A" and "B" which are played during the game are borrowed from the official 8-bit handeheld version. My personal favorite music tack is the "C" music, and currently it's origin escapes me, but I could have sworn I've heard it before. Sadly, there's no TIA chiptune rendition of the original 8-bit Nutcracker Suite this time around.

Additionally, the game features an internal high score table save feature, something I've not seen before in any VCS game. Toggle the power switch, or pull the game cart out of the Atari and shelve it for a few weeks (but it's simply too addictive to put away), and you will be pleased to know that all your high score data will be retained for future enjoyment when you get ready to play it again!

Overall, this game is top notch, looking and sounding much better than most commercial releases. I give it 5 out of 5 joysticks for overall best falling-block puzzle available on the Atari VCS.

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