Puyo Puyo Tetris has been kicking around for a while and it features a brilliant blend of 2 puzzle greats. Now, there's finally a sequel!
It may have released just a few years ago in the west but Puyo Puyo Tetris has been around since 2014 in Japan. For the unfamiliar, it combines the classic line-forming puzzler Tetris and the match-4 chain-making Puyo Pop to offer a highly competitive formula that you can enjoy no matter which of the 2 games you prefer. Making multiple simultaneous lines in Tetris or setting off massive chains in Puyo Puyo is extremely rewarding stuff, especially when you see the result of your skills dump a whole load of garbage in your opponent's playfield. On top of all that, there's a wide selection of modes and a charming cast of characters that features chums from Puyo Puyo's past as well as new Tetris-themed folks who are just as entertaining to listen to within the hilarious dialogue scenes and during the exciting matches.
So, what does Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 offer that's new? Well, not much. First of all, the only substantial content that's added is Skill Battle mode. In this mode, you assemble a team and deploy character-specific abilities in order to come out on top. The additional layer of RPG elements definitely complicates things but not so much that it takes away from the fun. In fact, if you want something more complex then this mode acts as the perfect supplement to the established gameplay formulas. Overall, it's a pretty nifty addition.
Seeing as Puyo Puyo Tetris has been around for so long and this sequel has "2" in its title, the fact that there's only 1 new mode is quite disappointing. To be fair, the Adventure mode features a new story that's very charming and full of laugh-out-loud moments yet it's still basically the same experience once you strip away the new characters and dialogue scenes. The only substantial difference is that the AI gets quite tricky to beat as you progress. I had an easy breezy time through the first chapters of the campaign then started to have a significant challenge which I appreciated but after that, the opponents became too frustrating to overcome so I just gave up. Plus, playing online and with friends is much more enjoyable so I ended up preferring Puyo Puyo Tetris 2's multiplayer component.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is essentially a carbon copy of the first game except it has a new mode and a different story-based adventure. Because of that, I can't help but feel like it could have been DLC instead of a brand new separate game.
- + Same great competitive puzzle gameplay that's even more fun with friends
- + Story has plenty of hilarious scenes
- + Skill Battle mode is kind of cool
- - Besides Skill Battle, there are virtually no new modes or content
- - The AI can be quite frustrating