The team behind Tetris in the States, that includes Alexey Pajitnov, the original designer and creator of Russian gaming sensation, has given the game a new lease of online life.

A revamped site, the "Tetris Friends" portal, offers a new take on the classic puzzle game with both single player and multi-player options aimed at newcomers and old hands.

For those that sign up, there's also high-score leaderboards, personal profiles, avatars, unlockable items and an image gallery to share all things visually Tetris with other fans.

The 100% free site that brings "America's favorite casual game to the Web", is live in beta now at