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The Perfect Puzzle
Sega brings us a game of pure gameplay in a mashup between the blob-dropping Puyo Puyo and the classic block dropper Tetris in what is poised to be a super balanced, sometimes very frustrating, competitive puzzle game.
With very careful gameplay mechanics Puyo Puyo Tetris seems to have come up with a whole new set of rules to combine two seemingly similar, but fundamentally different gametypes. There are many modes featuring different iterations of this combination; 4 player offline and online co-op is also a blast to play!
|Original Name||ぷよぷよテトリス スペシャルプライス|
|Official Release Date||Nov 19, 2015|
|CERO A (Free)|
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|Average rating:||(5 out of 5)|
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I've been a fan of Tetris since the original Nintendo Gameboy, and a fan of Puyo Puyo since the Super Famicom, and this title brings both games together beautifully.
Up to 4 players can go head-to-head, and it's fast-paced FUN!!
Don't be afraid to import this title, as the Japanese Menu's are fairly easy to navigate, and translations of the menu screens are easily found online.
Tetris is the quintessential puzzler for gamers everywhere. Even if you have never played a videogame in your life, you have probably heard of Tetris. From the moment it was packed in with the Game Boy back in 1989, it cemented itself as the king of puzzle games. Puyo Puyo, largely unknown by Western gamers, is a puzzle-game centered around VS gameplay. Known as Puyo Pop in North America, or probably best known in the form of Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, it was a game that I had never experienced. Famous for its anime-styled characters, it seemed interesting enough. After having played through the Adventure Mode, and gotten a feel for all of the different game modes, this is what I have to say:
General First Impressions: 10/10
When you start up Puyo Puyo Tetris, you will encounter a black screen with Japanese text. Shortly after you will hear a sound, not unlike one that you would encounter during a PSN connection error. There is nothing to fear however, I have been informed that it is simply your save data being loaded. Once you get past the load screen, you will be greeted by the familiar “SEGA”, this time in a female anime-character's voice. Finally you will arrive at the colorful title screen, where you will hear a very good remix of Korobeiniki, the theme from the Game Boy version of Tetris.
A lot can be learned about a game from its main menu. You only get one first impression, and for most games, the main menu is the first interaction a gamer will have with it. Puyo Puyo Tetris' main menu is colorful, with a tile-based interface. While everything is in Japanese, various translations exist online and are easy to memorize. Also, the different tiles contain pictures as well, making it that much easier to understand the various options. Overall, the game presents itself well, and the production quality is high.
Story Mode: 8/10
Story mode is something of a staple to the Puyo Puyo franchise, with its cast of interesting and quirky characters. However, it is a fairly new concept for Tetris. In addition to the standard cast of Puyo Puyo characters, they have anthropomorphized the tetrominoes. They range from a humanoid dog engineer, to a giant robot with a tetromino on its chest. Throw them together with everyone from Puyo Puyo, and you have a roster of 24 playable characters, and a number of others that are only in Adventure Mode.
The format of the Adventure Mode itself is as follows. It is split into 7 chapters, each containing 10 stages. Stages can be timed challenges, score challenges, etc, or they can be VS the CPU in a variety of game modes. The one thing about Adventure Mode, is it forces you to play a little bit of everything. For example, you might be great at Tetris but awful at Puyo Puyo. Well, many stages require you to create a big chain in Puyo Puyo, or reach a large score. In order to get past these stages, you will have to work on your Puyo Puyo skills. Personally, I noticed that the Puyo stages were the ones I ended up failing the most. After you finish the first 7 chapters, an additional 3 will unlock. These are the DLC chapters from the PS3/360 versions, included at no extra charge. While I couldn't understand / follow the story, the different challenges and stages were enjoyable and offered an incentive to play single-player.
Puyo Puyo Tetris is not the game you want to use as an example of the PS4's graphical ability. The entire game is a 2D anime-styled affair. At the same time, it is difficult to penalize it for that fact. All of the characters are very nicely drawn, and the animations and backgrounds are vivid and colorful. It almost feels strange to play a game like this in today's day and age. Having said all of this, the art style and graphics are very fitting for the game.
The music, sounds, and voices in Puyo Puyo Tetris, are top-notch. Each character has voice acting, with both a standard and alternate voice. As you create combos in Puyo Puyo, or clear lines in Tetris, your character will say different things. Also they will react to getting garbage blocks dumped on them by their opponent. Overall, the voice acting is entertaining, and each character has a distinct personality.
The background tracks are also very good. They range from remixes of the Tetris theme, to many other upbeat tracks. You can choose the background music for a VS match, and there are dozens of options. Team Sonic definitely did a good job with the sound design in this game. It even comes with a Sound Test menu, where you can listen to all of the different background tracks you have unlocked, and figure out which ones are your favorites.
Puyo Puyo Tetris really shines with its gameplay. It combines the core mechanics of both Tetris and Puyo Puyo in several unique ways. Of course you can play your standard 40-Line tetris, or Marathon Tetris, just as you can play your Endless Puyo or Puyo Fever. However, it's more than just both games thrown onto one disc. There are unique modes that balance both forms of gameplay.
Of course, the first is VS mode. In this, you can play Tetris v. Tetris, Puyo v. Puyo, and Tetris v. Puyo. The two very different puzzle games aren't combined in any significant way, but it's a fun way to test your Tetris skills against a Puyo Puyo player. There is also a Party Mode, which is essentially VS, but with item blocks. Creating a combo, or clearing a line with an item block causes negative effects on your opponent.
Second is the Swap Mode. In this mode you will be playing both Tetris and Puyo Puyo, alternating every 25 seconds. If your stack reaches the top of the screen in either Puyo mode or Tetris mode, you're out. One interesting thing is that you can set up a combo into one mode, and have it dump garbage on your opponent in the other. So you can set up a falling I-Block in Tetris, right before the switch to Puyo Puyo, and it will continue to fall after the switch. You can then score a Tetris while playing Puyo Puyo, and pull off some pretty ridiculous combos. It adds an extra layer of strategy, which is quite fun.
Finally, we have PuyoTetMix. This is a very interesting game mode, but there is quite a bit going on. Essentially it combines Puyo Puyo and Tetris into a single playfield. It's a bit difficult to explain, but essentially, Tetris pieces sink to the bottom and Puyos rise to the top. So you have to both clear Tetris lines, as well as create Puyo combos. Garbage blocks are in Puyo form, and can actually be crushed and destroyed by falling tetrominoes. This makes you think about using the tetrominoes in different ways. It can definitely get a bit chaotic, but I enjoyed the Adventure Mode segments that utilized PuyoTetMix.
If you are a big fan of Tetris and Puyo Puyo, you can probably get your money's worth by playing solo or against the CPU. Having said that, the multiplayer modes are very addictive, and add a lot to the longevity. This game features both Offline and Online multiplayer, with the Online play limited to PS Plus subscribers.
I have seen people playing online, and they are quite competitive. You might be startled by how good they are. I have played several matches, and in each case I didn't last very long. Another thing to note is that I have a lot of trouble finding a match during US hours. The only time I was able to get matches easily was early morning New York time. Just keep in mind that most of the people who play this game are located in Japan.
Thankfully there is a Offline Multiplayer mode, allowing you to play with up to three friends or CPUs. I had the opportunity to play this game with a friend, and it kept our interest for several hours. There is even an option to set up teams, where garbage blocks will only fall on your opponents, not your teammates. It is highly addictive and can be a great party game for several friends.
-Replay Value is based on how much you like Puyo Puyo and Tetris. You will finish Adventure Mode in a few hours time, so be prepared to spend a lot of time just playing around in the different modes, and against other humans.
-Puyo Puyo Tetris Special Price Edition has been released. It is exactly the same game, but at a cheaper price.
-You can select from many different cosmetic options for the background, the tetrominoes, and the Puyos. Most of them need to be unlocked by clearing stages in Adventure Mode or by purchasing them with in-game points. This gives you an incentive to play more in order to unlock everything.
-The PS4 is region-free, so buying a copy from Japan poses no issues.
-Compared to Tetris Ultimate, the alternative version of Tetris on PS4, this game offers 100x more features and fun. While it's definitely a bit more expensive, you get what you pay for.
The joining of Puyo Puyo and Tetris only serves to strengthen both games. While many have purchased and played both franchises to death, this game is more than the mere sum of its parts. By amalgamating these two very different games, Sega has created something entirely new. Buy it if you are in Japan, or import it if you are elsewhere.
worth my time every second.
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