Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is the latest entry in the new series that mixes two beloved puzzle franchises. Read on to hear more about this release in our Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 review!
In Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, players will experience a brand-new hilarious story filled with an eclectic cast of characters in Adventure mode and develop new strategies for play utilizing special item cards in Skill Battle. Read on for more!
For most players, the Puyo Puyo franchise still feels relatively new here in the West, although it has always been very popular in Japan since the early 1990s. As the name suggests, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a mashup of the Puyo Puyo puzzle series and the beloved and always popular Tetris. The first Puyo Puyo Tetris released in Japan on December 4th, 2014 for the 3DS, Wii U, PS Vita, and PS3, with the game later getting a PS4 and Nintendo Switch release in 2017. I had a lot of fun playing Puyo Puyo Champions last year, so I was definitely up for giving this puzzle mashup sequel a go.
Mixing two games can often be hit or miss, but when you’re giving it a second go, as is the case for this sequel, a dev team has usually managed to perfect the formula. I was very impressed by how well the two different games seamlessly mix up to give us a very fun puzzle experience. Although every option is a variation on the same core concept, there are a few different modes available, either in single-player, local, and online multiplayer, my personal suggestion would be to start with the Adventure Mode, which is the single-player campaign, in order to learn the basics, so that you can be ready to take on the other variations.
There are six different game modes that can be played either alone against the CPU or in couch/online multiplayer. This is a great set of options for puzzle fans, and I’ve been having a lot of fun playing Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 with my daughters in all of the multiplayer options. I’m a huge fan of Tetris, and the Adventure Mode made it possible to enjoy that along with a healthy dose of Puyo Puyo fun. This mode follows the story of the different characters you’re introduced to – with some returning from the previous entry in this new sub-series. Depending on where the storyline is taking you, things will switch between Puyo Puyo to Tetris and back, based on what is needed.
In classic multiplayer, I loved how each player can play Puyo Puyo, and the other can go with Tetris, and even though they are two different games, the core concept makes it easy to see why they mix together: perform combos, and you’ll be sending back garage blocks or lines to your opponent’s side, which makes for a very hectic and fun experience.
In Swap, you’re playing board switches from Tetris to Puyo Puyo every few minutes. Not only do you have to be sharp and wise when playing, but you also have to keep track of the two games at once! This one is certainly very different from the rest. You’ll always need to be thinking one step ahead because a single mistake could end your run.
In Big Bang, each player begins with a Puyo Puyo or Tetris game board specifically designed so you can place only a few pieces to try and create a big chain reaction that can send a lot of garbage blocks to the other side to slow down your opponent’s progress. Just be careful, because they’ll certainly be aiming at doing the same!
For Puzzle League, you can fight other players to try and improve your ranking so that you can climb up the leaderboard. Because you’ll be competing against every other player around the world, I’d suggest that you don’t play this one until you’ve gotten a lot of experience in the other available gameplay modes so that you can have a good shot at improving your standing in the global ranking.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 introduces a new mode titled Skill Battle in which you can deplete the HP of your opponents by using skills and by completing a ton of combos. You will even use a team of characters that each has their unique skills. It was, by far, the most fun multiplayer mode in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 and the one I spent the most time playing with my daughters. You can read more about the quirks and how this game works in the announcement of this new game mode on the PlayStation blog.
I’m a huge fan of Tetris and of couch multiplayer games, so playing puzzle mashup Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 was a lot of fun. My daughters and I enjoyed the time we spent on this game, and it’s one we’ll be returning to from time to time, thanks to all of the content it offers and the very fun gameplay mechanics. This makes it an easy one to recommend to gamers looking for a new puzzle game to take on Sony’s consoles.
This Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 review is based on a PlayStation 4 code provided by SEGA.