Play Tetris… On a Pumpkin?!

Play Tetris… On a Pumpkin?!

Taryn Williford
Nov 6, 2012

Halloween is long over, but you'll still see pumpkins and gourds displayed on porches and stoops as long as the fall season sticks around. We only wish the neighbors' pumpkin decor was as geek-cool as this one featuring 128 LED lights and a fully functioning game of Tetris that's controlled by a joystick stem.

Nathan at HaHa Bird obviously thought the standard Jack-O-Lantern needed a little refresher, so he set out to turn his Halloween gourd into something a little geekier:

One of my habits is to write down all the crazy, fleeting ideas I have, then go back to review later rather than judging right off the bat, or even worse, forgetting them. Earlier in the month I was looking through that idea notepad and found "Make Tetris Pumpkins" from sometime last year. My original plan had been to make forms to shape pumpkins into Tetris pieces as they grew, then stack them together for Halloween. Since Halloween was only a few weeks away and it was too late to start growing pumpkins, I thought "Why not make a pumpkin you can play Tetris on instead?"

12 hours, 313 solder joints and 128 LEDs later, Pumpktris was born. It's geeky, modern and completely playable, with the pumpkin's stem removed and re-attached as a joystick. The high score so far? 9800 points.

There's a bunch of coding, wiring and otherwise hi-tech stuff involved, but the result is well worth the time if you know what you're doing. To see the full-how-to (with lots of photos and a video of Pumpktris in action), head to HaHa Bird.

(Images: HaHa Bird)

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