Tetris needs no introduction, but Puyo Puyo does. It depends on where you are in the region. However, it is gaining international popularity outside of Japan, facing challenging sports. If it wants to share the platform with sports like Street Fighter, Rocket League, or Fortnite, the little bean buster still wanted a more robust drive.
So it makes sense for both the Puyo Puyo adventure and the sequel to the surprise puzzle mash-up that launched the franchise internationally. Instead of, you know, Sonic games, Sonic Team now makes Puyo Puyo Tetris 2. Puyo Puy Tetris 2 is a follow-up to 2014’s platform game that bridges the two arcade puzzle titans gap.
When it first came out, Puyo Puyo Tetris was a big success. Sonic Team created one of the smoothest multiplayer crossovers we’ve seen in recent years. They did this by creating an unparalleled bridge between these puzzle franchises.
Despite being released in 2014, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 did not get a western localization until a few years later for PlayStation 4. Luckily, it has arrived even sooner. It also has a winning recipe that puzzle enthusiasts can enjoy, with a brand-new narrative and extended gameplay.
It’s a nice place to read about all the different game modes—for example, the signature Swap mode, where you switch between all play styles. And the more complex Hybrid mode, where you switch between Tetriminoes and Puyos on the same screen. If you’re a seasoned player, these aren’t tough at all. But I appreciate the ability of beginners to lower the complexity if they’re having trouble with either of the tasks.
Fans and veterans would want to try Adventure mode and see if they can ace each level with a three-star rating. But there are also ways to reach a four-star rating. To put it another way, winning 100 percent does not always mean you’ve completed the mode.
The all-new Talent Combat mode helps you build a squad of three characters. They have to use special skills during a match. It introduces some light RPG mechanics into the puzzle battling. It allows you to restore fitness, increase your attack, or decrease your defense.
There are also skills with which you control the pieces you have—for example, rearranging your jumbled Tetriminoes for a fast Tetris clear or shifting all of your Puyos to the same color to pop a massive amount of garbage blocks in a single jump, given that the vast majority of the characters have been nothing more than cheery mascots up until now. You may be enticed to shake things up a little, mainly because some have only useful abilities in Tetris or Puyo Puyo.
Sonic Team developed and released Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, a puzzle video game. It’s a follow-up to Puyo Puyo Tetris. However, this collaboration with Puyo Puyo has built not one but two such encounters. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is now available on PlayStation 5, offering single-player entertainment and competitive online fights.
Making several lines at once in Tetris or triggering big chains in Puyo Puyo is incredibly satisfying, mainly when you see your skills dump a ton of garbage on your opponent’s playfield.
In addition to the current plotline, the game features new modes such as Skill fights, which enable players to easily alter the game by using character-based abilities and objects. It was also confirmed that it was a better multiplayer mode. The most significant feature of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is the local multiplayer mode.
In different modes, up to four people can compete. Versus Mode is a traditional head-to-head match in which you can select between Tetriminos and Puyos. Swap Mode alternates between two boards, one Puyo Puyo and Tetris, during gameplay. To list a handful, this includes attack buffs, improved dropping level, and searchlights.
Although the two puzzle modes appear unique, they operate exceptionally well as strategic puzzle games with clear benefits and drawbacks. You can compete to fall, raise, and remove far more Puyos or Tetrimino rows and uncover your competitor with garbage. Fortunately, beginners do not have to put themselves at the hands of online multiplayer immediately.
Aside from a reasonably detailed Lessons tutorial, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 has a pleasant, comprehensive, single-player Adventure campaign. The campaign eases you into all of the game’s diverse play styles and modes.
Fusion of Two Titles
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is an excellent fusion of the two titles. It is sometimes switching them up with rounds that turn between the two. Fusion is also available, a return from the first game, and mixes tetrominoes and Puyos in one bucket. It’s an unusual game style that’s curiously unsatisfying, with Puyos acting as the junior partner.
After that, you’ll be pitted against a series of insanely fast AI opponents who can combo you to death in under a minute. We wished we were kidding when we said this. Only by skipping steps would you be able to advance. They beat us in fourteen seconds on one point. We had to save a replay to see what had happened.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2’s tremendous goodwill up to that point vanishes in a heartbeat. Any incentive to reach the best possible ranking scale on all aspects was extinguished as well. So, unless you like being beaten endlessly, the replayability is limited. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a worthy successor to the original game. It’s generally excellent with more of the same. Before you get into the third world, that is.
Pros And Cons
- It is mostly addictive
- Excellent crossover in gameplay mechanics
- 100% in story missions will be a long time in the making
- You’ll love the fast-paced gameplay and excellent tutorials if you like visual novels.
- The adventure mode model can be picky to navigate.
- The obstacle is virtually insuperable during the last half of the campaign
- Streams can take up a good portion of space if left on by default
- A script such as it is extra
- It doesn’t use either of the Dual sense features
Fight For The Power
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is excellent, but it raises the stakes with an unnecessarily violent AI implementation. It causes the mission phase in the opening period a hassle to enjoy. The adventure mode in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 does not have an exciting plot.
However, it’s an excellent way to know the game’s diverse cast of characters and some of its more unique mechanics. The SS Tetra is pulled into “our” universe, jeopardizing the dimension separating the veil. Ringo (Puyo Puyo) and Tee (Tetris) must band together with their mates to save all realms.
The story is depicted as a map of various destinations and daunting enemies to battle. Battles are usually determined by one of the main character’s two-match games. However, this isn’t always the case. It didn’t bother me anymore to grab Puyo Puyo as a new player. After winning, you’ll collect credits that you can use to purchase new avatars or Tetrimino and Puyo templates in the store.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure how in-depth Skill Battling is. Most hardcore players adhere to the basics like ‘Puyo Tsu if it is a worthwhile improvement to the rulesets.’ I didn’t want to use my talents because Experience Fights only made up a small part of Adventure mode. It is because I’m always capable of pulling off strong chains that immediately knock out (KO) an enemy. The game will have to be put through its paces.
Good News for the Players
The good news is that Sega has much free post-launch content planned for the title, including new characters. They can give Skill Battles a lot more variety. It also appears just in time for the new console update, enabling PS4 and Xbox One owners to migrate for free to the next-gen models, even if you’re scratching your head as to what third-gen features a puzzle game might need.
The long-term is now available online, making it easier to join a friend’s game. The graded play has been divided into leagues. Players concerned with balancing in Puyo Puyo or Tetris may focus solely on their leagues. Both the classic Puzzle League, which contains all modes (though players can filter the modes they are matched for), and the Skill, as mentioned earlier, Battles league, are still available.
If stomping by a seasoned Japanese player right away, you should start each League with lower points. It means you’ll be paired with players who have similar ability levels as you. You’ll be able to score more points by defeating higher-ranking players (you can also leave an unsporting match-up). If all else fails, you can still practice in Solo Modes, and play local multiplayer for up to four teams. It takes classic solo trials like Tetris’ Ultra and Sprint modes to see where you rank on the leaderboards.
Skill battles are a lot of fun, and I’ve been playing with my partner for a long time. It is the main event online, but I expect it to be crowded with unbearably powerful players who struggle to place the first blocks before anything else is finished, with unique abilities being used to optimum effect.
I can’t help but think that this game mode should have had its campaign. You will learn how to merge characters and learn about their assets. It’s now only one of the available modes in a game essentially the same as its predecessor with a few changes and a new tale.
The one snag is that there will be no cross-platform play. It’s surprising not to have this introduced as cross-platform play is becoming the trend. Particularly with popular multiplayer games like Fortnite, Rocket League, and Brawlhalla. It is a global launch (although the PC version is expected early next year). It’s spanning several platforms and generations.
Unfortunately, it does not seem that many people are interested in the online Puzzle League. Many of my efforts to launch a game have failed miserably. At the time being, I’ll stick to local multiplayer, which is so much fun. I don’t mind not fighting randoms on the internet.
The subscription price for Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is well worth it. It’s a fun game to pick up and play when you’re in the mood for some fights against the CPU, running an infinite match in solo play, or going to bed grumbling over your significant other. Somehow it gains all the pace buffs and sacrifices your flawless Tetris.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 doesn’t need to start from scratch; it’s the same fun and innovative jam of two of the greatest drop-puzzle games ever, with a good dollop of classic and modern content. The verdict is still out on whether the latest Skill Battles will shake things up. Regardless, this is a beautiful puzzle bundle for groups or professionals. Ideally, it is a perfect way for beginners to experience the wonder and Skill of professional mystery matches.
In the end, I’m glad Sega didn’t make so many changes to the gameplay in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2. It takes a lot of skill to get two very different puzzle games together to make it sound normal. Even if the fundamentals are enjoyable, there should have been a little more material.
If you already own the predecessor, you’ll be paying for a new game, Skill Wars, and a hopefully wider gaming community. Of course, you are the only one who can decide if it is worth the money. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a fun puzzle game if you don’t have the original. It will keep you entertained for years, particularly in local multiplayer.