Created in New Zealand, the country that brought you King
Kong and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy comes Tritus II
for Windows XP PC's. Shown in the photo on the right, Tritus II
is a combination of Tetris, Pac-man and Pong. This
game is free software and is released under the
GNU General Public
License. The game has a total of 80 levels.
2. How to download the game
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The download size is approximately 1.8 megabytes. If
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3. How to play the game
When you are at the screen with the blue water at the bottom, press
one of the Cursor Keys to start playing in the middle well.
If you do not start the game before five seconds, the game will be
taken over by computer players. If this happens, press Escape
to return to the Main Menu, where you can choose to start a new
There are three sets of keys:
Keyboard Player One uses the Cursor Keys: Left,
Right, Up and Down.
Keyboard Player Two uses Z for Left, C for Right,
Left Shift for Up and X for Down. For this player
it is best to activate Up with your left hand and the
remaining keys with your right hand.
Keyboard Player Three uses the Numeric Keypad: 4 for Left,
6 for Right, 8 for Up and 5 for Down.
WARNING: Keyboard players should be careful not to press any of
the special Windows Keys as this will interrupt the game.
To play with up to three joysticks, simply plug the joysticks into the
computer. Like the keyboard, each joystick uses four buttons: Left,
Right, Up and Down. When holding the joystick, the Left and Right and
Down buttons are activated by the left hand and the Up button
is activated by the right hand. It may take some experimenting to
find which buttons activate which moves.
3.1 Tile Mode
You start the game in Tile Mode like any other Tetris game. If
you have never played Tetris before this will help you: In Tile Mode,
you are given tiles and the idea is to complete lines. Press Left
and Right to move your tile. Press Up to rotate your tile clockwise.
When you have found where to to put your tile, press Down to slam it
down quickly. When you run out of room in your well you enter
Pong Mode which is unique to Tritus II.
3.2 Pong Mode
In Pong Mode you have a bat and a two balls to clear your well of
tiles. When your well is clear enough of tiles, you can go back at
any time to Tile Mode by pressing Up or Down. If you miss a of the
balls you will be also be forced back into Tile Mode so aim your bat
carefully not to miss them.
The winner of the game is the last player left alive. In rare
situations where the last two players die at the same time, there can
be two winners, otherwise there is only one winner. If you go into
Pong Mode at the right time, you can turn a losing position into a
winning position. To go into Pong Mode, slimply fill the top of your
well with tiles until there is no room left at the top.
NOTE: Only one player may be in Pong Mode at one time and
Pong Mode is only available while the indicator light above your
well lights up. Pong Mode is only available while three
players are still alive so you cannot rely on Pong Mode
to save you after one player is dead.
3.3 The Victim
At all times one player is known as The Victim. The player who
is The Victim has the word VICTIM: and a timer indicator at the
bottom of their well. The player who is The Victim attracts
pushup-ups from the other players, so that every time another player
completes one line, the player who is The Victim gets pushed up by
one. As The Victim you will get tired of being pushed up by the other
players, so when your timer runs out you can get revenge on one of the
other players by choosing the next Victim. Here is a table showing
how each player can choose the next Victim:
<--- Left Player --->
<--- Middle Player --->
<--- Right Player --->
Press Left to choose the Right Player.
Press Right to choose the Middle Player.
Press Left to choose the Left Player.
Press Right to choose the Right Player.
Press Left to choose the Middle Player.
Press Right to choose the Left Player.
You can remember this table by imagining that the screen wraps around
from left to right and right to left.
NOTE: You can reduce the time spent as The Victim by completing
lines, the more the better.
3.4 Completing lines in Tile Mode
While you are in Tile Mode, completing lines causes tricks to be
played on the other players. Here is a table showing how many lines
you need to activate the various tricks:
Pushes up The Victim by one.
The player who is The Victim can tell who generated the pushup-ups
Red push-ups come from the Left Player.
Green push-ups come from the Middle Player.
Blue push-ups come from the Right Player.
This information can be useful for The Victim to tell which
player to get revenge on when The Victim's timer indicator
Creates Slimers for both other players. Shown in
the image on the left, Slimers are little monsters that
eat your tiles and turn your well into a mess.
NOTE: You can kill Slimers by dropping tiles on them in Tile
Mode, or by hitting them with a ball in Pong Mode. Killing
Slimers in Pong Mode has the bonus result of pushing the tiles of
your entire well down by three lines.
Causes one of the following random tricks:
Invisibility Mode turns the other player's wells invisible for 10 seconds.
Reversal Mode swaps the left/right controls of the other players
for 10 seconds.
Fancy Tiles Mode gives the other players some nastier five-pointed tiles,
instead of the regular four-pointed tiles.
Crazy Mode allows you to put your bricks in other
player's wells, a trick that if used well can severely annoy the
other players. In Crazy Mode, whenever two player's tiles touch
each other they both explode. This allows players to defend
their wells against attacking players. The player who activated
Crazy Mode is protected from attacks from other players, while
the other players are unprotected and must act defensively. In
Crazy Mode the screen wraps around from left to right and right
to left, like choosing the next Victim. This allows for all
players to be able to attack each other.
Pushes up both other players by three lines with
the following tower:
Mystery: You will have to play the game to find out this one!
Note that it is only possible to complete five lines when you are using
Fancy Tiles (five pointed tiles) so it doesn't happen very
often in the easy levels.
NOTE: This table is only valid for the first 10 levels.
Higher levels have different tricks that vary from level to level.
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4. Version history
Version 1.0 First stable release.
Version 1.1 Fixed a bug involving a missing DLL file
Version 1.2 Fixed some minor bugs.
Version 1.3 Changed the in game menus to use the mouse
rather than the keyboard.
Version 1.4 Re-added keyboard support for the in game
5. What about the original Tritus?
Tritus II is the sequel to the game Tritus that was developed for the
Amiga Computer in
1993. It it sold hundreds of copies worldwide so hopefully this new
free version will do even better. Fans of Tritus will enjoy Tritus II
as it has all the features of the old version plus more, including: