Who knew that combining two classic puzzle games could be so fun? With Puyo Puyo Tetris, Sonic Team and Sega mix block puzzler Tetris with the gelatin-matching Puyo Puyo for an excellent puzzle game that surprises with its deep gameplay and excellent multiplayer modes, making it an entertaining experience for all ages.
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Developed by Sonic Team / Published by Sega
Available on the Nintendo Switch and the PS4. Reviewed on the Nintendo Switch.
*Review code provided by Sega
Puyo Puyo Tetris’ plot is a simple one. Characters from the Puyo Puyo universe love battling and popping Puyos, and Ringo – a girl from the Puyo Puyo world – inadvertently wishes for excitement and is transported with her friends to a spaceship where the crew battles with Tetris. Looking to get back home the two crews battle and end up crashing the ship back in Puyo Puyo world, and now they must team up to get everyone back to where they belong.
It’s a simple and silly plot full of colorful anime characters pointing at each other, arguing and ultimately getting along through the power of Puyo Puyo and Tetris battles, and while it’s ultimately superficial, the story is a good time – especially for younger players, and makes for a fun backdrop to the single-player campaign.
Story aside, Puyo Puyo Tetris is fantastic. It’s a mix of both games, and allows players to compete against each other using both Puyo Puyo or Tetris gameplay styles, or even a combination of both for some epic fun. In the standard Versus mode, after selecting a character, players can choose from either style and duel against each other, clearing blocks or Puyos in order to send garbage to the opponent and fill up their screen to cause them to lose. Creating combos and clearing multiple lines at once causes more garbage to be generated in the opponent’s screen, so it’s a race to clear stuff the quickest and create the biggest combos to send the opponent packing.
If players want to mix it up and try something different, players can play a Swap mode where they deal with two screens – one featuring Puyo Puyo and the other Tetris – at once. They do switch between each other in intervals however, so it’s manageable. There’s also Party mode, which adds infinite lives and powerups to the mix; Big Bang Mode, where players race to clear preset patterns as fast as possible to damage the opponent; and Challenge mode, which is a mix of special single player modes designed to test your skills. Some are better than others, but there’s something here for everyone.
Then there’s Fusion mode, which actually mixes both games into one, with both Puyo Puyo and Tetris blocks in play at the same time. This gameplay mode is slower and trickier to play, as new mechanics come into play, with unique shaped Puyo blobs and Tetris pieces that replace Puyo placements as they are heavier and sink to the bottom, but it’s still pretty entertaining. Some matches in this mode take way too long however for my liking, but that’s just my experience.
What’s great about the game is the multiplayer, as up to four players can join in on the fun in local or online matches. On the Nintendo Switch, this makes for excellent on the go competition as four players can join in on one screen. It makes for the perfect on-the-go party game, and it’s simple enough to pick up and play by just about anyone.
Then of course there’s also the single player campaign that features one on one battles with the A.I and a variety of challenges as players experience the story. The single player adventure can get a bit repetitive as you’ll be completing the same types of missions over and over, but with multiple stars to collect based on how you perform, there’s quite a bit of replay value here as well.
Overall, Puyo Puyo Tetris is a superb mix of two beloved puzzlers that delivers with its highly addictive gameplay, creative gameplay modes, and solid multiplayer. While the story isn’t that entertaining and some modes aren’t as great as others, Puyo Puyo Tetris is a game that will keep you and your friends entertained for hours.