Nintendo Switch owners rejoice! We are starting to see some deals and price drops on games for everyone’s favorite portable console. This time around we are taking a look at Puyo Puyo Tetris. It’s been seen on sale at Best Buy and Gamestop for $29.99, stacked with Best Buy’s Gamer’s Club Unlocked it was irresistible! This version was played and reviewed for the Nintendo Switch, it is also available on the PlayStation 4.
Puyo Puyo Tetris is a combination of two games and its right there in the title. 2 puzzle games which are close enough in style that the fusion works. But different enough to grant them their own identities with their own complex situations in which strategy is key. The games work with a “tall” or vertical rectangle as the board. The puzzle pieces then fall down and you have to create combos. That’s where the similarities can be summed up. With Tetris the goal is to clear as many lines as possible and taking out multiple lines in one move nets the player extra points. The puzzle pieces are in different shapes such as a square or an L shape. Puyo Puyo too has the pieces dropping but the pieces are in sets of two kinda bubble looking icons and pop when 4 or more are connected. The idea here is to have the bubbles placed strategically enough that when you pop some, they land on corresponding colors for bigger pop combos.
Puyo Puyo Tetris has 5 core modes. Adventure, which is the game’s story mode, if you really wish to call it such. Solo arcade is just your standard single player modes.
You get Versus, in which you can go head to head with the CPU and pick either Tetris or Puyo Puyo modes. Fusion is as its name implies. A CPU battle where both Puyos and Tetriminos will fall. Swap is where the game will have both players on the same mode, meaning Tetris and Puyo Puyo. But with this mode the boards switch between the two throughout the battle. Party is an interesting one where there are items to explode and gain bonus points. Big Bang became my favorite and is where there are set patterns set with Tetrimino and Puyo Puyo where you just find just the right line to clear or combo to pop and gain the highest points, the fastest. Then finally, Challenge where you find even MORE sub modes. 3 for Puyo Puyo. Endless fever where you try to clear preset patterns within a time limit. Endless Puyo where you just try to go your longest. Then Tiny Puyo where everything is just smaller. Then 3 modes for Tetris. Sprint, where you try to clear 40 lines as quick as you can. In Marathon the player must clear 150 lines with the highest score possible. Or switch it to endless. Then Ultra where the player must rack up the highest score within 3 minutes
Multiplayer arcade is the offline multiplayer offerings which follow the standard modes bird obviously with a local player. That being on the same console using joy cons, or with up to 4 additional Nintendo Switch owners. Online offerings come with Ranked matches, where the players can pick which mode they wish to battle in, and unranked. Unranked just being an online offering to the standard modes. Then closed out by a mode called Lessons. Which as you can figure, are the tutorial and training modes. Definitely needed this bad boy for Puyo Puyo.
The bright colors that are expected from a Tetris game are all there. The Puyo Puyo art style compliments Tetris in a very nice way. Everything just pops. For the story mode, there are some anime style characters which admittedly look nice. It’s all very cute, however the game does, for whatever reason, have voice acting. Doesn’t really do anything for the game and is kinda annoying. I found myself skipping the cutscenes as they’re something out of a bad Saturday morning cartoon. Wacky cutscenes aside, even when the game gets chaotic it runs smooth and I didn’t experience any slowdown in either docked or portable.
The switching back and forth mechanics left me wanting more. You can play standard Tetris which is always a plus, as well as Puyo Puyo mode. The challenge of having to master a new puzzle game while playing and being bundled with Tetris, which for me is something I felt I’ve mastered, threw in enough of a curveball that it kept me hooked. There’s nothing like a game going online to humble you though. As taking this title online saw me getting pummeled in Puyo Puyo and Tetris modes. That said, this little package geniunely makes it feel like this is 2 games in 1. The many combos and possibilities left me having a hard time to put it down. Puyo Puyo Tetris is a title that has absolutely warranted a spot in my Nintendo Switch’s carrying case.