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Oh, Tetris. You lovable, yet frustrating puzzle game of shapes and blocks. How many times have I screwed up a level because I came out, willy-nilly, when placing that L-shaped piece? Like many of you reading this, I could never stop playing. Try as they might, I didn’t imagine anything would make Tetris better…
What’s that? They merged Puyo Puyo and Tetris? And they’re doing it again? Well, apparently there is a way to make Tetris better. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 once again combines Sega’s jellybean looking Puyo Puyo with blocky Tetris, adding a dash of plot to create a fun, challenging, and adorable puzzle game that fans of each franchise can enjoy. Tag along with Ringo, Tee, and O as they recruit friends and battle enemies to save the world! By playing Puyo Puyo and Tetris, of course.
The game lets you choose from multiple different modes. If you’re in the mood for a bit of story with your puzzles, you can play in adventure mode. You’ll move from stage to stage, each one harder than the last, meeting new characters and learning about what’s causing mayhem. If you’re just looking to play, you can choose solo mode and select from any number of modes, from infinite play to 1v1 against the computer. If you’re looking to play with friends, you can compete against up to three players in the online mode in either Tetris, Puyo Puyo, or both!
The gameplay is pretty simple if you’ve played either game before. Puyo Puyo has you matching different Puyos by color. Make a group of four or more of the same color and they disappear, giving you points. Tetris, naturally, has you carefully stacking different shaped blocks to form solid lines. If you form a solid line, it disappears and you get points. In either game, hitting the top of the screen is a loss. If you’re new to all this, don’t fret! There’s a lesson mode that will teach you to play quick, fast, and in a hurry.
There are also times when Puyo Puyo and Tetris will be combined. You may be playing Puyo Puyo while your opponent plays Tetris or vice versa. I will admit that this sometimes feels unfair when you’re playing Tetris against someone playing Puyo Puyo as the former tends to be a little more challenging than the latter, so the matchups can sometimes be frustrating.
Thankfully, online play Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 has also received a huge boost from its predecessor. It runs much more smoothly and allows for up to four people to play together. Sadly, taking your puzzle-busting skills online isn’t cross-platform between different versions, so keep that in mind if you’re hoping to get your puzzle on with friends.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 has adorable graphics and characters, challenging gameplay, and plenty of modes to play, either by yourself or with friends online or off – as long as you’re all on the same platform. It has all the fun and frustration of both of its namesake games with the added bonus of combining them together into a sort of super puzzle. Who knew beans and blocks would go so well together?