Also available on 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One
I'm a passionate Tetris fan. Let's get that established first and foremost. Of all the games I downloaded on my 3DS, my favorite honestly is probably the Game Boy Tetris from the Virtual Console. My favorite multiplayer NES game is Tengen Tetris. My favorite time-wasting browser game site is Tetris Friends. I LOVE Tetris. As for Puyo Puyo, I don't have a whole lot of experience with it. The only game that I own - and naturally the one with which I have the most experience - is Puyo Pop on my Neo Geo Pocket Color. Tetris alone was enough to sell me on this, but the crossover with Puyo Puyo added an interesting element that intrigued me.
Puyo Puyo Tetris offers a variety of ways to play. You've obviously got your local multiplayer - that's my favorite way to play Tetris. There's also an online multiplayer option if you want to embarrass some kids in another country. What I've spent the most time on, however, is the Adventure mode. It's your typical single player experience. Being a puzzle game, it's a stupid, nonsensical story, but the super cute art style for the characters makes it an enjoyable enough experience. Those characters are exactly why I kept playing through all 100 levels; I wanted to unlock all of the characters for use in multiplayer. It doesn't matter, really - your character doesn't give you any kind of bonus or advantage - but it's a neat little cosmetic thing that I felt compelled to collect.
In addition to characters, you get coins for clearing levels. These coins can be used to buy different art styles for your Puyos and Tetriminos as well as new voice packs for the characters. They don't really change the game in any major way, but they add a neat little bit of customization for the aesthetics. It just gives a nice little extra to reward you for playing the game.
I've not messed around with the online multiplayer too too much just yet, but what little I've played worked very well. It didn't take long to find a game, and I didn't experience any lag or connection drops. I have played a decent amount of the local multiplayer, and it's absolutely fantastic. It works well, it's very responsive, and it's an enormous amount of fun.
In terms of game modes, you've got a wide array offered to you here. Obviously you've got your standard Tetris and standard Puyo Puyo, but you've also got a few variations. Swap has you playing both Tetris and Puyo Puyo with the boards switching every 30 seconds or so. The most hectic is fusion; you have Puyos and Tetriminos falling at the same time. To clear a space, you either have to connect four Puyos or a line of Tetriminos; a line filled with a mix of Tetriminos and Puyos won't clear it. It's definitely the hardest game mode, but the challenge also makes it the most rewarding.
Puyo Puyo Tetris is one of the greatest puzzle games released in recent years, at least in my opinion. It's casual enough to allow for good pick-up-and-play gameplay for short bursts but addicting enough to eat up hours with ease. While the Japanese (and importers) have an array of platform options, Americans will need either a Switch or a Playstation 4. Personally, given the portability of the Switch, I think that's the better platform choice since Tetris is great for killing time in a waiting room or on a metro, but however you play it, you need to play this game.
My Rating - 5 Neps
I'm Mr. Deck
And I like to play video games. I like to collect video games. I like to talk about video games, and I like to write about video games. During the day, I teach history at a high school in central North Carolina; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.