I’ve been a fan of Tetris since playing it on the original Game Boy back in the early 90’s, and I’ve loved Puyo Puyo ever since I played Kirby’s Avalanche back in ‘95. I would’ve never thought I’d see the day when both of these heavy hitters would come together in a massively fun game appropriately titled Puyo Puyo Tetris, which will appeal to fans of both and puzzle games alike.
Most already know about Tetris being a game where you use various shaped pieces to fit them together and form lines without spaces to clear them, and Puyo Puyo where you combine blobs of the same color to make them disappear. Both of those mechanics still apply here, but there’s also some new twists such as Fusion where both Tetris and Puyo Puyo pieces will fall and you have to clear them according to their separate rules, and a Swap mode that switches back and forth between the two games as you play.
As with Tetris on versus mode and Puyo Puyo, you’ll have to face off against an opponent where every time someone clears a line, grey blocks or puyos will land on the opposite side for you or your opponent that you’ll have to clear lines to remove. Get too many on your side or get too close to the top of the screen and it’s game over, but vice versa means you win and move on to the next match.
There’s plenty of matches for you to take on too, thanks to the many game modes here. And if you’re new to either game or both, there’s a Lesson Mode that has you covered with tutorials on how to play. Starting off with Adventure Mode, you get to play through a silly and zany story mode that features new and old characters from the previous Puyo Puyo titles (it was awesome seeing Amitie and some of her friends again since my 2005 Puyo Pop Fever DS days) you’ll meet and play matches against. The voice acting is cute but a bit hammy, though that’s what makes it enjoyable and funny. Solo Arcade allows you to play different kinds of game modes against CPU controlled opponents, and Multiplayer Arcade is the same except now you can play against people in local or online multiplayer.
You also earn credits when playing that you can use to unlock stuff such as new characters to use as your avatar, character voice packs, and other neat stuff. With so many different modes and ways to play, including a mode where power ups come into play, you’ll be racking up credits in no time to unlock all the goodies here. If you’re looking for a cute and fun puzzle game, Puyo Puyo Tetris won’t disappoint. Featuring colorful and funny characters, so many ways to play, and stuff to unlock, you’ll have your hands full of blocks and blobs for quite awhile.