The first mobile game was introduced back in 1994. It was a pre-installed mobile game of Tetris, on a mobile phone called the Hagenuk MT-2000. That was a phone designed and manufactured in Denmark by the Hagenuk corporation.

In 1997, Nokia released Snake for a few selected phone models, with the first appearance in a Nokia 6110. Snake immediately gained popularity among users of the mobile phone because of its ease of access, simplicity and suitability for all ages. The mobile game continues to be evolved and added to various devices even today.

Tetris was, in fact, developed much earlier but for computers. Tetris was created as a simple tile-matching game, built on a simple premise of matching “tetriminos”, or geometric forms, as they descended from the top of the screen. It was created by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 for the Electronika 60 computer. It was then added as a mobile game much later, in the mid-1990s.

In our next update, we will take a closer look at the start of Tetris, and how the “mind game” took over the world around the turn of the century.