PuyoPuyo Tetris or Hardcore Puzzling with a JRPG Overtone

First off all, we all know Tetris. We all do, right? For most of us, it started on the GameBoy back in the day, right? Fewer of us know Puyo Puyo, also known as Puyo Pop the west, a kinda similar puzzle gaming series, but the focus there is to have four drops of the same colour together so they disappear. So what about we combine both? Sounds crazy, is a bit crazy, but Puyo Puyo Tetris manages to do it successfully … to a degree.

Why to a degree? Well, contrary to what everyone would have guessed, Puyo Puyo Tetris isn’t exactly a game you just play to relax – it is pretty brutal actually. Even on lower difficulties, you don’t have much time, and there are hardly any proper solo modes – you face a human or an AI opponent most of your time with the game.

If you’re new to either Puyo Puyo or Tetris (is that even possible?), there is a nice and handy tutorial, covering everything from the basics to the pro stuff. Afterwards, you can play one of the many solo or multiplayer modes, but you shouldn’t. Why? You’ll get your ass kicked, that’s why! Sure, you can play either or, but the most fun is to be had if both types change from time to time or if they are combined – yes, combined! And it can be pretty confusing to just jump into it.

Puyo Puyo Tetris also comes with a more or less hidden tutorial that introduces you to all the different possibilities, the Adventure mode. Imagine playing both games with the quirkiness and the craziness of JRPG dialogues and the accompanying upbeat soundtrack. Now, the big question is – will you survive listening hours of often high-pitched voices yelling at you while everything is colourful and on speed? If you think you recognise one of the voices, you’re right – JRPG veteran Erica Lindbeck is in here as well. While she is not as great here as when she was voicing Tales of Berseria’s crazy witch Magilou, it’s still a voice you’ll recognise (even more so when you played also Persona 5 and Nier: Automata, where she also appears).

Oh, and one more thing – Puyo Puyo Tetris’ Adventure mode is far from easy. Chances are you’ll need a few tries to clear some of the first 10 stages, and it can get frustrating at times. But if you fail at one stage, you’ll get the option to advance anyway … although that’d be cheating, wouldn’t it?

After mastering Adventure Mode (or at least after getting started there) and after unlocking some of the the game’s many customisation options, you should be ready to explore the depth of Puyo Puyo Tetris – there are many different modes, although sadly only a few are proper solo modes. If you like multiplayer action, you can play locally and online, and the crazy Party mode where items change the game really shines here.

Now, Puyo Puyo Tetris is a good game for puzzle fans, but there’s a small problem – the pricing. 20 quid for Puyo Puyo and Tetris feels maybe a bit too much, and that’s just the PS4 pricing – the game is even a tenner more for the Switch! Sure, there’s plenty of content and your brain goes crazy at times, but unless you need your puzzle fix right now, it won’t hurt to wait a bit.

Rabidgames is puzzled: This game offers quite some content, but it can also be very frustrating. It is odd that game that looks like a casual game is pretty hard, but if you can get past that and past the manic Adventure mode cutscene madness, the last puzzle to solve before getting the game is the inexplicably high price …

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