The unlikely but brilliant mash-up between Puyo Puyo and Tetris is back, and it’s just as good as ever.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a sequel. The characters you know and love make a return, along with some new faces. The same game modes return too, and there are a few new ones thrown into the mix. If you’ve played the first Puyo Puto Tetris, you’ll feel right at home here.
Those playing Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 solo will probably find themselves gravitating to Adventure, the game’s story mode. Here, you’ll be introduced to the game’s colourful cast of characters, all beautifully animated. They’re fully voiced in English too, which is a nice touch. Although the over-the-top acting might grate on your nerves after a while – these are very lively characters. The narrative is humorous and interesting though, if you care for it; but you’re more likely to simply want to get on with playing. Thankfully you can skip through dialogue if you wish.
In Adventure mode, you’ll play a mixture of Puyo Puyo and Tetris. In other areas of the game, you’ll get to choose what you play, but not here. It’s therefore a good place to start if you’re not as familiar with one of the games as the other. It starts off easy – perhaps a little too easy if you’re a seasoned player – but it serves as a solid introduction to the world of Puyo Puyo Tetris.
Outside of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2‘s Adventure mode, there’s a wealth of game modes to jump into. Without even needing to navigate the game’s main menu, you can dive into a basic game of Tetris or Puyo Puyo from the start screen. It’s a great option if you’re looking to kill 10 minutes before moving onto something else. But enter the main menu and you’ll find a plethora of things to do. You can take the action online if you wish, or compete against a friend locally. Or you can keep the action to yourself and take on the CPU in a variety of modes.
Whether you’re a fan of Puyo Puyo or Tetris, you’ll find something to love in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2. Though of course, you’ll enjoy the game more if you like both. Just as in the first game, they’re combined in fun and interesting ways, but it’s always seamless. You and your opponent could be playing different games, but somehow it just works. Well, most of the time, anyway.
Some of the modes on offer do work better if you and your opponent are playing the same game. Take the ‘Big Bang’ mode, for example. You’re challenged to place pieces in a specific place in order to clear a patterned board, but it’s a very different experience depending on what you’re playing with. But in most other games, it works surprisingly well. Particularly in ‘Fusion’ mode, a game that sees you play with both Tetriminos and Puyos.
New to Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is the Skill Battle mode, which attempts to introduce RPG elements to the game. Like other modes, clearing lines or puyos will send garbage to your opponent’s screen, but in this mode doing so will cost your opponent HP. When their HP meter reaches zero, they lose. Each character you can play as has their own HP, MP, attack and recovery stats – and by playing through Adventure mode, you can improve them. It’s a formidable battle if you’re matched against an equally-skilled opponent, but it can be over too quickly otherwise, not giving you time to appreciate the RPG-style features.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is undoubtedly more enjoyable if you have a player two to compete against, but the fact you can access the same modes against the CPU is a boon. There’s also a hefty tutorial mode, teaching you how to play both games through a series of lessons. Though obviously more useful for beginners, there are also tips for experts, so even if you’re a dab-hand at both games, you might learn a new technique or two.
Just like the first game, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a joy to play. Whether you love just Puyo Puyo, or Tetris, or both, you’ll find something to enjoy here. Beautifully presented with over-the-top characters, larger-than-life animations and a bright and bold colour palette, it’s a game that’s impossible to play without a silly smile on your face. Apart from when you’re losing, that is. But you’ll always pick yourself up and play again – it’s too infectious not to.