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Puyo Puyo Tetris Review

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Puyo Puyo Tetris

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Puyo Puyo Tetris is a puzzle game released for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in 2017. Featured as a crossover title between the east and the west’s most prolific puzzling titles, it doubles as both a crossover as well as a solid introduction for the Puyo Puyo newcomers in the west. While Puyo Puyo’s color-matching puzzle series has previously seen releases in America, many of them were quite limited due to its cult status.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Lack of marketing and lack of interest prevented many of the games from ever coming to the west. With that said, you may have played Puyo Puyo before in the form of Dr. Robotnik’s Mean-Bean Machine or Kirby’s Avalanche. However, regarding the crossover with Tetris, this would be Sega’s quickest way to garner newfound interest in their key puzzle series, which was originally developed by Compile in the 90s.

As someone who has little background in puzzle games, the long story short is I want to invite other players to try this game. I hope this review can serve as a guide for players eager to try Puyo Puyo. With that said, I’ll do my best to explain the game as a newbie Puyo Puyo fan myself!

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Story and Setting

Puyo Puyo Tetris features a Story mode that takes place over 7 chapters with 10 stages each. You’ll play as Arle, Ringo, Amitie, and other characters from the Puyo Puyo universe. In addition, you’ll play as original characters, like Tee and Ess, who come from the Tetris universe. For clarification, they’re not Tetris game characters.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Same voice actress as Morgana from Persona 5.

The story is simple and straightforward. With Tetriminos falling out of the sky, they begin wreaking havoc all over the Puyo world. But what drives the story most are the character interactions. You’ll find plenty of clever and humorous dialogue, along with some witty innuendo. Fans of Puyo Puyo will surely recognize the characters from the past few games released in America. But for many new players, it will serve as a warm introduction to the series and its warm and colorful characters.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Audiovisual

The game uses bright, colorful, anime-styled artwork. Originally used in Puyo Puyo Fever – released in 2001 as Puyo Pop Fever – it features the same quirky, chibi-styled artwork. Characters have several different poses to elicit their emotions. The backgrounds also feature vivid, colorful designs.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Puyo Puyo has some great music from simple catchy tunes to even some hard rock near the end. Plus the voice acting was surprisingly done quite well. If you enjoy the sounds of jelly sticking together, you’ll enjoy playing Puyo Puyo for sure.

Gameplay

As mentioned before, Puyo Puyo is a color-matching puzzle game. You’ll drop Puyos and try to make a stack of 4 or more to match with. It’s honestly not as hard as it sounds until you start trying to link chains together. Despite a tutorial feature, it’s not the best teaching tool for advanced mechanics. You may still very well find yourself completely lost all the way through the end of single-player mode.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

As with Tetris, you’ll play it like you may have played on Game Boy or other systems in the past. Clear rows of Tetriminos to progress. But the real curve comes from the different modes. You’ll not only play an alternating version where you must play Puyo Puyo and Tetris. Some missions even have a “Fusion” mode where you must play them both together at once!

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Additionally, Puyo Puyo Tetris features several multiplayer options. To go with the various game modes, you can also play with 2-4 players. You can even play online and make a profile. This profile will track your wins and losses.

Conclusion

Puyo Puyo Tetris offers hours of fun. The character designs, great music, and vivid art style are warm enough to disarm anyone new to Puyo Puyo. While puzzle games may not be for everyone, you would be hard-pressed to find a better entrance point.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Despite Tetris’ mainstream appeal, Puyo Puyo was definitely cultivated for the anime fan. If you love quirky dialogue, characters, and art style, then this will be a perfect fit for your collection. You won’t find dual-audio on any except the Steam version, however.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

With that being said, Sega recently released Puyo Puyo Champions in America. Unlike this title, however, there is no Tetris in the latter game. It’s strictly the core experience of Puyo Puyos. You’ll see the same characters as well as others from past Puyo Puyo titles. Similarly you’ll hear some music from past games like Puyo Puyo 2. On an additional note, Puyo Puyo 2 was recently released on the SNES library for Nintendo Switch Online owners.

Therefore, it depends on what you want. If you want a Puyo Puyo Tetris collaboration with a story mode, this is the right choice to make. If you enjoy more Puyo Puyo based action with some more characters and a more dedicated online and competitive mode, you may prefer the latter. Both games are completely worth your attention if you enjoy puzzle games, though. But with that said, Puyo Puyo Tetris will make a wonderful addition to your collection. You can pick it up on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, or Steam today!

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Thank you for reading our Puyo Puyo Tetris review! What game mode appeals to you the most? Who’s your favorite character? Let us know in the comments below!

8.5
Great
Puyo Puyo Tetris Review
Puzzles for beginners and veterans alike!
Puyo Puyo Tetris served as my introduction to Puyo Puyo. I was drawn to the character art style and I wanted to try something new. Familiarizing with Tetris was a cinch. But learning Puyo Puyo was a difficult learning curve. The tutorial's good intentions didn't exactly help me through the harder stages, keeping me busy for sometimes hours at a time. Despite some tough challenges, however, I pressed on for the catchy music, character designs, and even lighthearted dialogue which was laced with a trace of wit. With that said, I ended up becoming heavily drawn to this title and now I want to play more Puyo Puyo!
Pros
Great soundtrack
Addictive and challenging
Multiple modes for single and multiplayer
Cons
Puyo Puyo tutorials aren't much help

Rango has been gaming since 1993. He loves Action/Adventure, JRPG, and Platforming games the most. When he's not writing reviews, he competes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments.

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