Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 review for Xbox Series X
Puyo Puyo or Tetris, here is the question. This week I bring you the analysis of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, from SEGA, a curious mix of two similar games in an arcade challenge full of action, color and joy. Because sometimes video games remember their basic essence and try to get us back to the roots of fun without further ado. Therefore, after my experience last week, I’m going to break down everything that Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 has to offer for young and old alike.
Tetris is a well-known game and little remains to be explained about it. However, Puyo Puyo is another fear. You may already know this arcade full of colors and slime, but yes like me this is your first contact, I will try to explain to you what it is. Puyo Puyo is a bit similar to the crown of the columns. In essence, we have to combine four puyos of the same color to make them disappear. However, if we want to score higher, the ideal is to try to generate chains of puyos where by combining some and making them disappear, others join the chain and the screen is cleaned. Seen like this, it’s very similar to what Candy Crush offers, but with no life or time limit. Ultimately, this is a full price game with no micropayments.
New adventure, old friends
With this little presentation, I think we can get down to business and discover today’s game. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 offers a campaign mode where you can discover who is behind the union of dimensions which aims to unite the world of Puyo Puyo with that of Tetris. As you might have seen from the name, this is part two, so this craziness has happened before. Thus, our protagonists, who seem not to remember the events of the past, find themselves and cross their own ways of playing. This way, with a very young Shonen vibe on Saturday morning, the duels begin.
Just say duel, I thought of Yu Gi Oh, because these are the vibes that this game’s campaign brings to me. A bunch of friends, bad guys who aren’t that bad either, and a game that unites them all. A game that not only brings people together, but seems to be the hub of that reality. In a few words, The Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 campaign is relaxing and entertaining while providing addicting gameplay. You may have used more words than expected, but there you go. The story, without going into a spoiler, revolves around finding the person responsible for merging the worlds, so we are going to fight against each other in friendly, and not so friendly, duels until we found the culprit.
Arcade beat, addiction guaranteed
As I commented, the duels are based on the play of puyo puyo or tetris, or both. This way, the story puts us in fights where we will have to play in one of the two disciplines, but the rival can play in the opposite direction. At the end it all boils down to holding out longer than the rival and, ideally, making combos to complicate your life. Well, every combination we throw, beyond the simple lines, will add difficulty to the enemy screen. In addition, the game modes are quite varied, which makes the confrontations in unexpected situations.
The chapter’s final bosses, for example, will feature the Battle of Feats mode, where we have to finish the health bar while we keep ours from reaching zero.: besides that the screen does not fill us and we lose. This game mode also incorporates a system of evolving and customizable aids that add skills to the duel. From healing, to sending penalties to the opponent, there is a bit of everything. However, in the normal course there will also be a good handful of playable modes.
Among the possible modes we have the aforementioned battle of exploits and the versus where each enemy chooses discipline. However, there is also the alternative mode, where we will have to play simultaneously a tetris duel and a puyo duel which are exchanged every few seconds. Party fashion, for its part, it brings additional elements to the board, which are activated by making a line with them and launching penalties at the rival. It’s the typical way that gives you more divorce than joy, but I highly recommend it. Finally, I want to comment fusion mode. A mode that mixes puyos and tetris on the same board, forcing us to combine movements to make lines while eliminating puyos. Although this is more difficult than it looks, since the tetris pieces pass through the puyos when they fall, but do not destroy them.
The arcade in the living room
All of these modes except Campaign are available in the local and online multiplayer. It’s great to have so many ways to play in the living room with family and friends. Since they can be connected up to four players to measure your back and have a great time. If you don’t have family or friends, you can always go for the online mode. Even if I warn you already that this is not a place for the weak. Online gamers know it all and have no mercy. However, being complete strangers, winning or losing against them will not end the friendship or marriage. The chickens entering by those leaving.
Being two arcade games, no matter how many modes we add, they are still the same games. So I invite you to take a look at the in-game store. No, I’m not talking about micropayments, but about an in-game store where you can invest the money you earn while gambling. Among the products we have alternative shapes and colors for tetris and puyos, as well as avatars and other cosmetics to represent us online. There is something for everyone, even Sonic icons to replace slime puyos.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a fantastic arcade game full of colors, good vibes and fun. The main campaign story won’t exactly earn an Oscar, but it’s a good excuse to spend a few hours. On the other hand, it’s a great game for kids and adults alike because it offers adjustable challenge and incredibly positive vibes. It’s hard for me to understand the game, the truth is I had a lot of fun alone and with my wife.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
- Cool and arcade feel
- Many game modes
- Personalization system
- For all ages
- It can be repetitive
- Campaign mode is not going to win an Oscar