Papertris from Paper Games and Flynn’s Arcade pays homage to some of gaming’s puzzle classics. Check our Papertris review!
Papertris from Paper Games and Flynn’s Arcade pays homage to some of gaming’s puzzle classics. In case you’re wondering which games I’m talking about, they’re Tetris and Puyo Puyo. We’re closing in on the 40th anniversary of the launch of Tetris, which ignited a puzzle frenzy unlike no other. The game uses puzzle pieces known as Tetrominos, which are composed of four squares joined together in a variety of puzzle pieces.
Puyo Puyo got its start way back in 1991 on the MSX2, along with a separate version for the Family Computer Game System. This was followed by an arcade release in 1992 and a Sega Mega Drive launch by the end of the year. The Sega Mega Drive is the name by which a particular console is known in the rest of the world. It’s the one you probably know as the Sega Genesis. In Puyo Puyo, you’ll be playing against a human or AI-controlled opponent as you move around sets of colored blobs as drop them onto the playing field. You have to move the order of the groups of blobs so that you can match four or more of the same color to make them disappear.
It’s now 2023, and Papertris aims to give us a budget hand-drawn twist on things. The indie dev’s kids – ages 2 and 4 – helped design the game, and they even provided the art used in the game. You’ll control the puzzle action with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you rotate each puzzle piece up with the A or X buttons or down with the B or Y buttons. While puzzle pieces fall down at a steady pace, you can also decide to fast drop a piece by pressing up on the left analog stick or the D-Pad.
You need to match at least three pieces of the same color to make them disappear. You can set things up to perform combos so that when you remove a group of colored pieces, others fall to make a different set of colored blocks disappear. There are 12 different cube colors to play with. On top of that, there are also five different power cubes that can make a difference. Things get interesting when you start to play through levels with more than one layer of blocks. This can lead to some very interesting combos that will allow you to destroy a wide range of blocks with some crazy combos.
One of the Power Blocks will have an arrow pointing down, which means it will change the color of all blocks on the column that you place it on. Another one will start a countdown when placed. Once it reaches zero, it will explode as it destroys all blocks below and on top of it, as well as to the left and the right. There’s another Power Block with a cross symbol that will morph into a random block of one of the colors on the playing field.
You can play one of the three different options in Papertris: Challenge Mode, Versus Mode, and Endless Mode. Challenge Mode will have you go through a series of set challenges with a steady difficulty curve. In Versus Mode, you’ll take on an opponent as you try to outperform and outsmart them with your expertise. As for Endless Mode, as its name suggests, you’ll be aiming to get the highest score possible by setting up combos and getting more and more points based on your overall performance.
Papertris is a budget puzzle game that pays homage to some of the classics in the genre, specifically the beloved Tetris and Puyo Puyo series. It was created by an indie dev and his two kids, who helped with the designs used as the game’s art. You can play through the Challenge Mode and complete the different objectives, or dive into Endless Mode as you try to get as high a score as possible. There’s also a Versus Mode so that you can showcase your skills. Papertris is out on Nintendo Switch for $4.99.
This Papertris review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Flynn’s Arcade.