Introduce me to…
Puyo Puyo Tetris is, as its name suggests, a fusion of the block busting, shape spinning brilliance of Tetris, and the blob popping addiction of Puyo Puyo.
Together, these two classics meld together to create an unforgettable experience that fans of both franchises will adore.
With a metric tone of local and on-line competitive and co-op game modes, there has never been a better home for this Sega puzzler than the Nintendo Switch.
Lets take a look why this is the ultimate combo for anybody looking for an on-the-go puzzler fix.
Explain Puyo Puyo
In Puyo Puyo, there are multi coloured blobs, or Puyos, that fall from the top of the screen that slowly fill a playing field. It’s your job to rotate and place them on top or next to each other to connect them together.
Connect 4 Puyos or more of the same color, either vertically, horizontally or a combination of both, and the Puyos will pop, giving you a delicious serving of points.
By thinking ahead, Yes I know it’s hard, you can create situations that will lead to chain reactions. Like setting off a stick of dynamite in a firework’s factory, you can pop loads of the little colored blighters by, for example, popping 4 blue ones to drop 2 green blobs on to another 3 green blobs.
Seeing half the screen of Puyos explode in color is extremely addictive, so much so, that I’m going to stop the review here and go play…
Explain Tetris (Really?)
Tetris – everybody has played it right? Right? NO? What you been doing? Living on a remote Pacific island or something?
OK, ok I’ll explain it to you. Quickly.
Tetris is a game that tasks you with manipulating different shaped blocks that fall from the top of the screen to fit together on a playing field.
Once these blocks have cemented themselves in place, completed horizontal lines are destroyed and points are scored. Simple right?
Additionally, you can, like any good puzzler, combo blocks together in such a way to cause a cascade reaction. A destroyed line then commands the above blocks to collapse down. This leads to even more destroyed lines. This is the way to score big pints
The game is over if the blocks on the playing field ever reach the top of the screen.
The game Modes
Puyo Puyo Tetris comes with five modes to sink your teach into.
Each of them can be played with up to 4 other players both locally and on-line.
Don’t have enough humans to make up the number? That’s ok, I understand.
Fortunately for yo,u there’s a robust AI that will make up the numbers. And in all likely hood kick your ass.
Cant beat the AI?
Simple solution: Get more friends.
So lets take a brief look at each game mode.
Virus mode is where the traditional action of player vs player puzzling takes place.
Here you and sack full of friends can face off to be the last player standing.
Battle take place using Tetris, Puyo or a combination of both. Who uses what is completely up to the player.
But how does this work? Well, I’m glad you asked.
You destroy lines as normal. But instead of these lines being marched off to digital oblivion, the obliterated blocks and pulverised Puyos get sent to another players screen.
This fills up your opponents playing field, making it harder for them to win and ultimately kicking them from the game.
It a great mode, that can with a great combo, be ended in an instant.
Party mode is essentially exactly the same as versus mode except there are a load of power ups thrown in. You know, to mix things up a little bit.
These Power ups come in loads of fruity flavours and can both help you, by say, destroying lines, or hinder you, by speeding your game up for 10 seconds.
After throwing insults and power ups at each other for 10 minutes, your points are compared and the player with the most is the winner. Arms held high in triumph.
Unless of course you have managed to eliminate everybody else like the bad ass that you are. In that case, the game ends early and you win by default.
Swap mode gives each player 2 fields to play on: one Tetris, one Puyo.
As you play, the game randomly jumps between the two game types.
A player is out when one of the fields has been filled.
Fusion mode is really where it’s at.
This is where Puyo Puyo Tetris brings both games and combines them together to create something, something absolutely brilliant.
Both Puyos and Tetris blocks fall randomly, and you have to score points. Somehow.
How might this work? Well let me enlighten you.
It’s actually simpler than you might first think.
Imagine Tetris block as rock, and Puyos as water. Whenever a Tetris block falls onto Puyos it sinks through them. The block will do this until it hits more Tetris blocks or rock bottom.
And thats it. Puyos float on Tetris block. Tetris blocks sink.
In this way you can get some epic combos on the go. And it’s fantastically fun.
Adventure mode has you playing all the different modes, on different difficulties against the computer with a rudimentary story playing out In the background.
At the end of the day, you buy a puzzle game to play a puzzle game, not to have a story attached to it.
But don’t write it off yet. Adventure mode creates a compelling narrative structure that will help guide you through all different modes Puyo Tetris has to offer. And if that wasn’t enough, adventure mode comes with a collection of unique challenges. Some of which should have been main mode in their own right.
For example there’s Endless Fever, Endless Puyo mode, a Sprint mode which tasks you with completing a number of levels as quickly as possible, Marathon Mode which is the traditional last as long as you can mode, and ultra mode.
It’s an juicy diversion, full of succulent sweetness, from the infinite possibility of the multi player modes.
And interestingly, adventure mode isn’t just for fun.
By playing through the various story missions, you unlock credits that can be spent on a plethora of in-game merchandise. Shop offers deals on art styles – fancy old school Gameboy graphics? – voice, and music packs.
It’s not going to light the puzzle world on fire, but at least Adventure mode offers something extra for the lone player.
Puyo Puyo Tetris is a wonderful mash-up of of the most famous, enduring, and endearing puzzle games of all time.
With its huge array of multi player options it fits Nintendo’s Switch perfectly.
If you’re a fan of ether game type or just looking for some solid multi player puzzle action, Puyo Puyo Tetris is a must Own.