Sega isn’t slowing down in bringing their classic titles to modern day players on Nintendo Switch via their Sega Ages lineup. Developer M2 has been behind all of these given their excellent track record in the quality of their emulation and they’ve just released their latest pair of titles. Those being Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sega Ages Puyo Puyo 2. You can head here for our review of Sonic 2 and read on in this one to find out if you should indulge in some more Puyo Puyo on your Switch.
If you’re a fan of Puyo Puyo in the west then chances are this might be your first chance to play Puyo Puyo 2. That’s because this game has never been localized in English prior to now. Despite everything else I say in this review that may be reason enough for some to pick this version of the game up. For those who still don’t know what Puyo Puyo is then let me briefly explain it. It is basically a game similar to Tetris where you play against a CPU opponent or a real player and each of you have your own well on the screen. Puyos are little colored blobs that drop in pairs of two and you have to stack them and match pairs of fours to clear them from your screen. Every time you clear a group it will cause garbage to be dumped on your opponent. This can throw off the way they were stacking theirs or throw you off if it happens to you. One of the new features that Puyo Puyo 2 introduced is the ability to reduce the amount of garbage that will be dumped on you. In the last game when an opponent cleared a combo and sent the garbage over there was nothing you could do to stop it. Now when they do it if you clear a combo yourself at that same time then you’ll reduce the amount of garbage that gets dumped on you depending on how big your clear combo was.
As for what you can do in this game you have the option of playing the Arcade Mode, Endurance Mode, VS Mode, and Online matches. The Arcade mode pits you against different opponents randomly as you climb up the progression ladder towards the end. One of the disappointing things about the game I noticed here though was that the text wasn’t translated and so unless you know how to read Japanese you won’t know what it’s saying. The Endurance Mode is similar except the opponents are in a fixed order for you to defeat. VS Mode lets you play against another player locally while Online lets you play against others around the world. I like that this is an option but in my time reviewing the game I was unable to find anyone through matchmaking to play against so the population appears to be very small at this time. Outside of that you can view online rankings and watch replays of other players.
Of course most of the usual Sega Ages enhancements are present in Puyo Puyo 2 as well such as different display modes, some different colored wallpapers, display effects, and the option to change the color of the Puyos. There is also a music player in the options menu so that you can listen to all of the tunes in the game. One of the biggest and most useful features here though is the option to enable a rewind feature. This will let you rewind time a bit to get out of a mistake you might’ve made while playing against the CPU. Even though I’ve played Puyo Puyo games before I’m not great at them and so I really liked the ability to enable this.
Sega Ages Puyo Puyo 2 is another fine addition to the ever growing lineup of classic Sega games on the Switch. While I was disappointed that certain parts of the game were still in Japanese it wasn’t enough for me to not recommend this to fans of the series. If you’ve ever wanted to play the second entry this is the perfect time and thanks to new features like the ability to rewind your mistakes even new players can jump in and enjoy this one.
*Sega Ages Puyo Puyo 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch. Reviewed on Nintendo Switch. Review copy provided by Sega for this review.
Sega Ages Puyo Puyo 2$7.99
- First time Puyo Puyo 2 comes to the west
- Still has that same great puzzle gameplay the series is known for
- Rewind feature makes this more accessible
- Was unable to find anyone online to play against
- Some text in the game is still in Japanese
- Doesn't have much variety in modes to play