Puyo Puyo Tetris is a nice crossover of Puyo and Tetris, developed by Sonic Team of all developer teams. This puzzle game hits many different platforms, but today we will be taking a look primarily at the Nintendo Switch version. I mean hey, who doesn’t play Tetris? Or Puyo?
Puyo Puyo Tetris, could have been a small little simple puzzle crossover game. But Sonic Team decided to go even beyond what it could have been. Including many different modes, and even a story mode. When you start up the game, the title menu will give you four options. Main Menu, for the bulk of what the title offers, or you can jump straight into Tetris, Puyo Puyo, or Fusion, which is the new versus crossover mode. The game has a Solo Arcade mode, which has single player modes, where you tackle CPU, and even do some special challenges. Multiplayer Arcade is essentially the same thing, but with your friends in local multiplayer with up to four friends in split screen or local wireless with another Switch. Arcade branches off into various different modes. Versus is the basic mode, just a simple classic versus match against computers or friends. Swap is an interesting one, you can play two separate games at once, with the new different games swapping out randomly. This can make for some chaotic fun. Party mode features items and infinite lives, staying true it’s name. Fusion is having a board with Puyos and Tetris raining down at the same time. Big Bang mode allows you to attack other players by clearing preset Tetris or Puyo as fast as you possibly can. Puyo Puyo Tetris also has some Lessons, which gives you some tips on how to play both games, and fusion. Which is good for the western crowd unfamiliar with Puyo Puyo. Of course the title also allows Online play. Having simple free play mode, joining your friends online, watching your saved replays of good games. Then we have Public League which is ranked play, featuring leader boards and a ranking system. The online is more in depth than you would expect to be for a title like this.
Adventure mode is the game’s story mode. Featuring several different acts, with several playable characters, switching between Tetris and Puyo Puyo. It starts out easy enough, but the more levels in an act, and the more acts you go through, the more of a challenge it becomes, which is nice. Don’t expect to much of a mix up from the multiplayer gameplay, but the Adventure mode helps you learn some of the basic mechanics of Puyo Puyo Tetris. The story here is fun and lighthearted. Clearly in the style of a Saturday morning cartoon mixed with an anime flavor. The setup is basically that multiverse portals have mixed over, causing Tetris and Puyo Puyo going into different words, Ringo and Tee meet each other, and exchange in the first Puyo Puyo Tetris battle. The game does take it’s time to tell it’s story, despite just being a puzzle game, which I did enjoy. It’s one of those games you just need to play yourself.
Puyo Puyo Tetris of course runs at 1080p 60fps in TV mode, and 720p 60 fps in handheld mode. No surprise to anyone there. I like the sprite animation of the game, it’s a nice mix between eastern anime style art, and western animation art. At least that is how I see it. It’s pleasant to look at, and puts you in a good mode. The music is happy and cherry, and always conveys a tone of having fun, regardless if you are sitting on your couch, your sitting in the lobby at university.
Puyo Puyo Tetris is a game I enjoyed more than I expected I would. It’s fun, and gives us a great crossover between Puyo Puyo and Tetris. Being probably the best Tetris game in a long while. I give Puyo Puyo Tetris a 8 out of 10. This will be a game I play for countless years while sitting and waiting in for a bus, or a train.