Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
- Genres : Puzzle
- Publishers : SEGA
- Developers : SEGA
- Players : 1 – 4
- Consoles : Nintendo Switch
- Languages : English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Release date : Dec 08, 2020
Today I propose you a little voyage through the country of the puyos and the tetrominos: Welcome in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2!
I would like to thank Koch Media for giving me the opportunity of testing this game. Thanks to them I was able to go back 20 years when I was doing Tetris marathons with my mom. In fact, I have found the cartridges again with the saves on them: we both were able to reach around 300 lings! Too many memories!
I would also like to thank my mummy for having accepted to test the multiplayer mode with me and live on Twitch! I really had a great time with you mummy =).
The game in 3 words or more
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 brings together two video game monsters: the famous Tetris that needs no introduction and Puyo Puyo, less known here in France, but very popular in Japan.
Tetris was created by Alekseï Pajitnov and Puyo Puyo by Kazunari Yonemitsu in 1991. Those two games are puzzle type games that look like each other by their basic mechanics: pieces/blocks fall from the top of the screen and you have to pile them up in a certain way to get rid of them. The goal is to never reach the top of the screen. In Tetris, you will have to create lines to eliminate the blocks when in Puyo Puyo you have to assemble them by colour.
The concept of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is to reunite those two games in the same universe to propose an original scenario, two duels opposing the two games, fusions of them or even allow you to play with one or the other, the old way, calmly.
A first version of this mix was already out on Nintendo Switch in 2017 a little less than two months after the release of the console. But at the time, I was head first in Zelda Breath of the Wild and as I just had bought the console, I didn’t have the budget for other games… In a nutshell the two months after the Switch got out are a black hole in which I was so absorbed by Zelda that I completely skipped this first opus… But be reassured, I am counting on catching up with this one!
An super complete game!
The concept of reuniting those two puzzle games had already made its proof in the first opus, this second version had nothing to prove apart from improving your game experience even more. And, god this game is really super complete!
The adventure mode
It proposes an “adventure mode” which is cute and more designed for children by its simple story, but don’t rely on the cute appearance of your adversaries! The game has in fact, an option that adapts the level of your adversaries to yours, promising you exalting Puyo Puyo and Tetris “combats/duels” from the first chapter on! Honestly, I was surprised by this option and the well balanced difficulty the adversaries gave me. It works so well that the boss from the first chapter literally blew me away because I wasn’t careful enough… fool me once blame on you, fool me twice blame on me 😛
Even though the “adventure” mode is not really long, it gets the job done and immerse us in the game’s universe lightly and with humour. What will interest the adults are the other games available in the game.
A quick game?
For the rest, the game gives the possibility to do a quick game of Tetris or Puyo Puyo from the title screen. And that’s what I did when I launched the game for the first time (I was too impatient to do anything else): a little Tetris marathon… I can tell you that I was lacking cruelly lacking of training! But what a pleasure!
I also launched a game of Puyo Puyo, but I have to say that the game ended very quickly without me understanding why… I had never played Puyo Puyo before even though it is quite intuitive… I must have some information missing. So I went exploring in this main menu.
The main menu
It proposes multiple choices like an adventure mode, solo, multiplayer or online but my eyes fell on the “lesson” tab. I was finally going to understand the rules of this mysterious Puyo Puyo and why my first game had ended so quickly. This part contains little animated tutorials and explains every game modes. They are split up in important parts allowing the player to assimilate the information at its rhythm by allowing you to go test them directly in single payer mode… Each game or game mode is detailed: Puyo Puyo, Tetris, Fusion or talent duels.
The different modes
The game gives directly access to the solo, multiplayer and online game modes. Each of those modes propose between 5 to 7 game types that are similar to each mode: from traditional “versuses”, to “exchanges”, “fusion” or even “Big Bang”. The game proposes different ways of playing that I loved discovering. I also think that the fusion mode proposing of playing at the same time with the pieces/blocks from Tetris and Puyo Puyo thanks to well thought out rules. Or furthermore, the exchange mode that, in the midst of the game will switch game multiple times during the game.
For the online mode, it will allow you to simply defy your friends online or any player on earth to know which of you is the best either in direct duel or with a scoring contest.
Each of your games will give you credits you can use them to buy new skins, music… to customise your avatar or your Tetris or Puyo Puyo blocks. A little nice plus that acts as a reward for the time you spend on the game. It is not really useful, but it’s always enjoyable to have this sort of little plus in a game.
In short, a gigantic content that promises hours upon hours of game with the ultimate aim to reach or to surpass your own record or the one of the online mode.
On a graphics, soundtrack and gameplay level
The game is very colourful with chibis/cartoon like characters that go perfectly to the game’s universe. The characters dedicated to the Puyo Puyo part of the game are more round like when the Tetris characters have more angles. I have the impression that this game gives voluntarily a fun aspect to Puyo Puyo when Tetris stays more of a mathematical game. It’s funny!
During the gameplay phases, each combo will give way to a small animation in the background that do not look aggressive on your game screen so that you can keep all the concentration you need. You can nevertheless, through the option menu, inactivate them if they are distracting you.
Concerning the gameplay, it is standard, easier to take in hand with the directional arrows than with the joystick (that made me do a lot of mistakes T-T). If the basic controls used by the game do not suit you, you can change them in the options for a more comfortable gameplay. For the rest, the game is fluid and the graphic or sound customization side doesn’t spoil anything.
Concerning the soundtrack, it is perfect for both universe and I found back with pleasure the original Tetris soundtrack and discovered the Puyo Puyo theme. The only thing that disturbed me was the exclamations of the adversaries when they do a nice move or get attacked. It distracts me! I am going to see if there is an option to ask them to play silently like at an international chess tournament XD.
But let’s get back to the adventure mode, it is entirely dubbed in English or Japanese, as you wish. Which is quite enjoyable!
To sum it all up, Puyo Puyo Tetrs 2 is a game with carefully done finishes that cleverly proposes a multitude of game modes to enjoy Puyo Puyo and Tetris to their fullest and even the two at the same time.
I’ll always stay unconditionally attached to Tetris, but I did like Puyo Puyo and more precisely the modes that combine the 2 games, I find them refreshing and they give me another challenge.
I am also overjoyed with the multiplayer mode that allowed me after about 20 years to play Tetris with my mother again (and even better she wants to play again =) ).
I enjoyed this game a lot and I can recommend it to you, even more if you are a fan like me of one of these puzzle games and that you also wish to discover the other. You will necessarily find your happiness amongst the numerous game modes the game proposes.