It is undeniable that Tetris is one of, if not the best puzzle games ever made. It has been around for decades and still holds up to this day. With dozens of failed iterations littering the past, is it even possible to expand on the perfect formula?
Puyo Puyo Tetris is effectively two games in one. Tetris, and Puyo Puyo; a Japanese colour matching game. It uses a similar game board, but the rules are very different. You don’t clear lines here, but a match three “Puyos” of the same colour. It sounds easy, but the difficulty and advanced techniques use combos and multipliers that occur when other Puyos are cleared.
The tagline states “Frantic Four-Player Puzzle Mashup!” however it also includes a substantial adventure mode with 100 stages with every other stage featuring a fully voiced cutscene. There is simple 2D character art with speech bubbles, but the amount of dialogue is huge! It reminds me of “Saturday morning” cartoons, akin to the Power-puff girls in almost all aspects. However some of the voice acting and the characters themselves are borderline obnoxious, and I can imagine many will skip past the story to play the game. The adventure mode helps sell the concept of the game. Someone has opened a portal between the worlds of Tetris and Puyo Puyo, forcing them to merge together. It is up to you to try and figure out what is going on.
The difficultly curve is very gentle, and steadily increases. More modes and twists to the gameplay are added, from the bog standard mode to puzzle, swap and fusion. The latter being one of the weakest implementations. Luckily, the designers were well aware of the frustration that this could cause and added a skip option once you lose four times in a row. My personal preference is Tetris, so I enjoyed those stages, but really struggled with Puyo Puyo and therefore always dreaded stages where I was forced to play it. I feel many people will fall into this predicament too, so the skip feature is again lauded and welcomed.
Adventure mode will take at least eight hours to complete and attempting to three stars could double it. Every mode can be played in the Solo arcade or in multiplayer. You can imagine how frantic these matches will be.
There is a lot of game for your money, and you could argue it’s at the very least two games in one. The gameplay is solid and the additional modes and multiplayer is perfect for a group of player. Fans of either franchise should give it a try, but the story mode may rub some people up the wrong way.
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