If you are a fan of puzzle games then you have probably heard of a little one called Tetris before. Tetris is a household name much like a Mario or Pac-Man in my opinion and over the Tetris has made its way to many different gaming platforms. If I asked if you had heard of another puzzle game called Puyo Puyo you might not be as familiar with it as neither was I until I saw it. You see when I was a kid I played a game on my Sega Genesis called Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine that infuriated my then young self over and over again. Little did I know that that game was actually using the things known as Puyo Puyo’s. Now Sega has decided to take both of these puzzle properties and mash them together to bring us Puyo Puyo Tetris. The question is are both of these puzzle IP’s as good together as they are apart?
Upon starting the game up you’ll quickly find that Puyo Puyo Tetris has a ton of content to offer you. Adventure Mode is a story mode featuring characters from Puyo Puyo and Tetris. Solo Arcade allows you to play various modes against the CPU. These modes include Versus where you play either Tetris or Puyo Puyo, Swap that has you playing a Tetris board one moment and then switches to a Puyo Puyo board the next, Party which brings power ups into the mix, Big Bang which has you trying to rack up a high score faster than your opponent in order to deplete their energy bar, and finally Challenge mode which allows you to pick from six different challenges to try and beat. Fusion Mode is the new main mode of the game that mixes Tetris and Puyo Puyo together and tasks you with trying to figure out how to really stack them together to avoid getting a game over. Fusion took me awhile to learn but I’ve come to like it a lot. Other modes like Swap and Party are among my favorites as well.
All of these single player modes are fantastic and provide plenty to do even if you don’t have a lot of time to play. I should also mention that if you’ve never played either of these puzzle franchises before there is a Lessons option on the Main Menu that will teach you how to play Tetris, Puyo Puyo and both of them mixed together so don’t let inexperience turn you away from this great package. I myself have played both of these puzzle games before and I found the Lessons to be helpful so be sure to check them out. The Adventure mode will also help you get more comfortable with the game as you play through different stages alongside various characters all of which are fully English voiced. The Puyo Puyo characters end up having to team up with the King of Tetris to prevent their worlds from merging together. The writing here is nothing special but I didn’t really expect it to be. The voice work is kind of hit or miss as sometimes the lines are delivered really well and other times they come across as not interested.
One of the other issues I have with the game is that the AI sometimes feels a little cheap. Whether playing in Adventure Mode or some of the various modes against the CPU it just seemed to me like the AI gets these random spikes in difficulty where everything starts going right for them and very wrong for you. I can say one area where you won’t get frustrated with the AI at all is when you play multiplayer. Multiplayer in Puyo Puyo Tetris is where you’ll probably have the most fun whether it be locally or online. Almost all of the modes I mentioned above are playable in local multiplayer with support for 1-4 players. The exceptions are the Adventure mode and Challenge Modes. Playing Party, Swap, Fusion, or one of the other modes locally with friends is a ton of fun and is sure to deliver plenty of laughs and jabs to the arm. Online multiplayer lets you play Puzzle League which is a ranked mode where you’ll battle others to increase your rank. I will say be prepared to probably get your butt handed to you as people in Japan have had this game for quite awhile and are likely to be far more experienced. Free Play lets you create rooms and play the various modes against other players while a replay function allows you to watch replays that others have uploaded.
Rounding out the package is a few various things under the Options & Data tile. Here you’ll find your stats, a Theatre option that lets you watch story scenes and listen to audio and finally the Shop. You can buy new skins for the Puyo’s and Tetris blocks here as well as new voices for the characters. All of this comes in just a $30 package on the PS4 which is pretty incredible value in my opinion. The game has 43 trophies as well that will test the skill of any trophy hunter out there.
Combining two different but similar puzzle games was risky but Sega managed to pull it off to create a fantastic puzzle package. Puyo Puyo Tetris has something for you whether you are a fan of just Tetris, Puyo Puyo or looking for a twist like the Fusion Mode. The sheer amount of content you get in this budget priced package is astounding and is not to be missed by anyone who calls themselves a fan of puzzle games.
*Review code provided by the publisher