724: Hell

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There's also a Katamari level where everything is just slightly bigger than you, and a Mario level with a star just out of reach.
Title text: There's also a Katamari level where everything is just slightly bigger than you, and a Mario level with a star just out of reach.

[edit] Explanation

Tetris is a game where the player has to manipulate falling blocks into forming complete rows. This comic is a play on this, presenting the player with a version of the game with a curved bottom that renders forming rows nearly impossible. Hell is a religious concept of a posthumous punishment for wrongdoers, depicted in many religions as eternal torment.

The title text presents similar situations where frustration is likely to occur. Katamari Damacy is a video game in which the player controls a sticky sphere which grows by assimilating objects smaller than itself. Super Mario is a long-running franchise of platforming games; in most of the games which utilize a 3-dimensional engine, levels are completed by collecting large, golden stars.

Also see comic 888: Heaven, which presents an opposing situation in which the game is trying to help the player win.

There is a playable version of this comic at geekosystem, which, unsurprisingly, is frustratingly difficult (but not impossible) to play.

[edit] Transcript

[A basic Tetris screen is depicted, with a next piece indicator, score and top score, and level listed as 01. The bottom of the pit is curved into a semicircle. A square and L piece are sitting crookedly in the pit; an S piece is falling.]
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Discussion

That playable version is actually quite fun. My best was 22 pieces on the screen (screenshot). Shine (talk) 18:20, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

Guess what, this is actually scorable. The trick is to form a solid base with your blocks, and play normal tetris over that. 116.76.175.236 13:56, 21 October 2012‎ (UTC)

I'm not sure if saying the hell came "cannot be won" is worth saying. Keep in mind, the regular game of tetris can't be won either. 70.31.159.230 01:29, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

"In Soviet Russia, game wastes time with you!"?! 31.111.2.74 23:28, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

If Heaven was #888, why wasn't Hell #666? --Quicksilver (talk) 02:39, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

Super Mario Bros with a star just out of reach - reference to Tantalus? 108.162.242.120 03:23, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
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