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Tetris The Absolute The Grand Master 2 PLUS (commonly referred to as "TAP") is an upgrade that was given away free to owners of TGM2, which added a few new modes, among other changes.

Game Modes


This mode plays like Normal Mode from Tetris The Absolute The Grand Master 2. See that article for more details.

  • RAM Locations
    • 06064BF1: Current internal speed value (16-bit)
    • 06064BE0: Current Lock Delay value
    • 06064BE1: DAS counter


This mode plays like Master Mode from Tetris The Absolute The Grand Master 2. See that article for more details.

Note that for the purposes of description, the two types of GM (green and orange) are referred to as GM1 and GM2 respectively.

Topping out during the "M-Roll" results in the M Grade. Surviving the entirity of the "M-Roll" results in the GM1 (a green line is displayed on the ranking screen). In addition, clearing at least 32 lines rewards the GM2 Grade (orange line displayed). The ranking prioritizes GM1 over GM2, regardless of clear time.

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This mode features speeds similar to the original TGM, with one important gameplay addition to keep the game interesting: rising garbage during play, as in Sega's Bloxeed. An internal counter is incremented every time a tetromino is played without clearing lines; once this counter reaches 13 - floor(level / 100), a row of garbage rises from the floor of the playfield, and the counter resets. The garbage follows the fixed pattern shown below, looping every 24 rows:

  • RAM Locations:
    • 06064C30: Number of tetrominoes played without line clears
    • 06064C31: Position in garbage sequence

There is no grading system, medals, or ranking system in this mode. If you reach level 999, the credit roll will start, but locked tetrominos will not become invisible. Surviving this roll is not required to see the "Excellent!" message.

Speed Timings

  • Gravity speed timings are the same as those of Master mode.
Level ARE
Line clear
000 - 999 25 16 30 40

T.A. Death

T.A. Death mode is identical to Master Mode in gameplay, but the game begins and remains at 20g throughout (similarly to the 20g Mode code). However, how quickly a tetromino is given out, how quickly a tetromino will lock into place, and other values that determine the speed of play steadily change as levels are cleared.

T.A. Death is possibly the most famous mode ever featured in a TGM game. A video originally called Death 800, which features a player breaking level 800, has floated around the Internet under the name Tetris Japan Finals, making the TGM series famous throughout the world. This video is very popular and was singlehandedly responsible for introducing most western players to the TGM series. (This video is available to watch on YouTube. [3]) Arika currently hosts a much better Gm rank Death Mode video: Death-Gm05.


Only the M and Gm grades are achievable. The conditions are as follows:

  • If the player reaches 500 with a time greater than 3:25:00 the timer will stop, the credits will roll and the player is given an "Excellent!" but no grade.
  • If the player reaches 500 under (or equal to) 3:25:00, the M grade is given and the game will continue to 999.
  • Gm is awarded at 999 regardless of time or score. The game does continue through the credits, but winning or losing at that point has no effect.


Though Death Mode has a fixed gravity of 20g, there are 4 other timings that shape the flow and speed of play.

Level ARE
Line ARE
Line clear
000 - 099 16 12 10 30 12
100 - 199 12 6 10 26 6
200 - 299 12 6 9 22 6
300 - 399 6 6 8 18 6
400 - 499 5 5 6 15 5
500 - 999 4 4 6 15 4

Some repercussions of this are that there is no time penalty for clearing singles instead of tetrises from level 100 through 299. Also, as these values decrease, the options for tetromino placement are gradually reduced, becoming a subset of what was once possible in 20g.


Doubles is a two player cooperative mode that puts both players in one well that is 14 units wide instead of 10. In TAP, it is selectable from the menu. In TGM2, it was accessed one player holding down the start button on his/her side while the other player pressed the other start button to join in. In TAP, one credit pays for both players.

Each player has a separate level counter, and both players must reach level 300 for the win. Though the level counter does not stop at every x99 as in standard modes, the final 299 does require a line change to 300. If one player reaches 300 before the other, he enters 20g for the rest of the game. It is quite difficult to survive for long with 20g in such a wide well, so winning requires a fine degree of coordination between the players so that they reach 300 synchronously.


The versus mode in TAP works in a very similar way to that in it's predecessor, TGM. Each player has their own field, and clearing two or more lines in their field will cause garbage lines to be sent to the bottom of their opponent's field. Unlike the multiplayer modes in other Tetris games, the garbage holes correspond to the location of the line clearing piece. This means that the usual playing style of the series, of leaving a column down the right for Tetrises is not as beneficial, because if both players do it then any garbage sent will line up with the opponent's Tetris hole. Alternating sides, or using other pieces to clear lines will send garbage that is more difficult to the opponent to clear. Oddly enough, the versus mode in Bloxeed' and Dreamworld's DuelTris worked in a similar manner.

All of the four single player modes can be played in Versus mode. The first player picks a mode, and starts as if playing alone. When the second player pushes their respective start button (assuming there is a credit) they will be asked if they want to challenge the other player. If they choose 'yes', then the other player will lose their game, "Here comes a new challenger" will scroll across the screen, and versus mode will start in whatever mode the first player was playing in. Normal, Master and Death use their respective speed curves for each player. TGM+ mode has garbage rising automatically from the bottom, in the same way it does on single-player. To prevent unwanted versus games, the first player can press their start button, which will cause "no more challenger" to display on the opposite field. Pressing the start button again cancels this effect. If a second player starts while "No more challenger" is displayed, then it will skip the challenge menu and go straight to the mode select.

For versus there is a default target level of 200, and a default time limit of 2:40:00. The target level can be changed in the game setup (in 100 level increments), with the time increasing or decreasing by 1:20:00 for every 100 levels. If a player tops out their field, then they lose. If neither player tops out their field in the allocated time limit, then the winner is the player with the highest level. If a player reaches the target level then the game ends and they are declared the winner. By default, the overall winner is the first player to win two games. Again, this can be changed in the game setup.


Each player has a green bar to the side of their field. With each piece placement, this bar increases slightly. When the bar is filled, the next piece the player receives will be an item piece. The shape of the piece is retained, but the appearance of the individual composite blocks will be different, depending on the item. The piece is placed normally, and the item is used automatically when a line containing part of the item piece is cleared. Again, Bloxeed was the inspiration here. Many of the powerups, like the 16 ton weight, and the delete even, are based around the ones in Bloxeed. But unlike in Bloxeed, DuelTris, and Tetris DS, the entire piece counts as the item, instead of just one block of it.

Items can be turned off by each player holding their respective start buttons as Versus mode is initiated.

Medal Conditions

Medal Bronze Silver Gold Notes
AC (All Clear) Make 1 Bravo Make 2 Bravos Make 3 Bravos
RO (Rotation) Rotations/Tetromino >= 6/5 from level 0 to 300 Rotations/Tetromino >= 6/5 from level 300 to 700 Rotations/Tetromino >= 6/5 from level 700 to 999
ST (Section Time) Approach section time record (<10 seconds slower) Approach section time record (<5 seconds slower) Beat section time record Death ST records reset to the default 42 seconds every time the machine is switched on.
SK (Skill) Master: 10 Tetrises
Death: 5 Tetrises
BIG: 1 Tetris
Master: 20 Tetrises
Death: 10 Tetrises
BIG: 2 Tetrises
Master: 35 Tetrises
Death: 17 Tetrises
BIG: 4 Tetrises
RE (Recovery) Perform 1 "Recovery" Perform 2 "Recoveries" Perform 4 "Recoveries" To perform a "Recovery", have 150 or more blocks in the playfield, then clear until <=70 blocks remain.
CO (Combo) Make a 4 combo.
BIG: Make a 2 combo
Make a 5 combo.
BIG: Make a 3 combo
Make a 7 combo.
BIG: Make a 4 combo
Single line clears keep the current combo active, but do not add to it.


Unlike the first game in the series, score is completely unimportant in the main game modes. The only mode where score counts for anything is Normal mode. The algorithm is actually different from from the previous version TA, with an added reward for fast play among other changes. The equation is:

Score = ((Level + Lines)/4 + Soft + (2 x Sonic)) x Lines x Combo x Bravo + (Level_After_Clear)/2 + (Speed x 7)


  • Level is the current level you are on.
  • Lines is the number of lines you just cleared.
  • (Level + Lines)/4 is rounded up.
  • (Level_After_Clear)/2 is rounded up. Importantly, Level_After_Clear is different from (Level+Lines) for edge cases like reaching 300 in Normal mode, 500 when being torikan-stopped in Death mode, and reaching 999 otherwise.
  • Soft is the cummulative number frames during which Down was held during the piece's active time. Note that this means manually locking pieces already on the ground will increase the Soft value by 1.
  • Sonic is the size of the single greatest sonic drop during the piece's active time. Note that this is non-cummulative.
  • If the previous piece cleared no lines, Combo is reset to 1. Otherwise and its Combo value is:
    Combo = (previous Combo value) + (2 x Lines) - 2
    Example: A double-triple-single combo will have combo values 3, 7, and 7 respectively.
  • Bravo is equal to 4 if this piece has cleared the screen, and otherwise is 1.
  • Speed can be no less than 0, and is otherwise equal to:
    Speed = Lock Delay - Active Time
Where, Lock Delay is the number of frames of lock delay given out for that particular level, and Active Time is the number of frames the piece was active (which is a minimum of 1).

It should be noted that Normal mode multiplies line clear scores by 6. Also, the player is given a time bonus of 1253 x Seconds where Seconds is the amount of time in seconds, rounded up, that the clear time is below 5 minutes.


  • Item Mode: When selecting either Master or TGM+ mode, hold B and C, then press Start while "READY" is still on-screen. The "NEXT" text should pulsate to indicate that the code was entered correctly. This code causes item blocks to appear like in regular 2-player versus mode play, only all attacks are sent to yourself.

The following codes should be entered at the title screen, and only work in Normal Mode and Master Mode. They disqualify your score from appearing in the rankings.

Key: L = Left, D = Down, U = Up, R = Right


Forces maximum gravity.

  • Big Mode: LLLLDCBA

All tetrominos are very large, simulating a 10x5 well.


The ghost piece function does not disappear after level 100.

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Arcade releases: Tetris The Grand Master | Tetris The Absolute The Grand Master 2 | Tetris The Absolute The Grand Master 2 PLUS | Tetris The Grand Master 3 Terror-Instinct
Console releases: Tetris with Cardcaptor Sakura Eternal Heart | Tetris The Grand Master Ace
PC releases: Jewelry Master
Topics: Arika (TGM) Rotation System