I love Tetris. It’s one of the rare games I have played off and on for the past 20 years. But, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think it could use a little extra something to mix it up from time to time. And sure enough, mixing it with fellow puzzle classic Puyo Puyo (Puyo Pop in the West) makes for an exceedingly fun puzzler.
Good – Many Ways to Play
Puyo Puyo Tetris is actually more like a puzzle game collection than a single mixing of the two games. You can play normal Tetris or normal Puyo Puyo; you can play versus with one person playing Puyo Puyo and the other Tetris; you can even play both games at once, switching between them at set intervals. But that is far from all the game has to offer: There are other modes crossing over the two games—like where both Tetris blocks and puyos drop on the same screen and the Tetris blocks can squish the puyos as well as the game’s story mode (which we’ll talk about at length a bit later). It also has a variety of online and local versus modes.
Good – Online and Portable
While available on the Wii U, 3DS, and PS3, Puyo Puyo Tetris is pretty much the perfect game for the Vita—especially if you also own a Vita TV. Versus matches against the computer usually last no more than three or four minutes so they are perfect for on-the-go-play. But if you’d rather play against real people at home, you can connect to the net wirelessly and play any of the game modes quickly and easily. There is also a built-in ranking system; so you should never find yourself playing against someone who is far better than you.
Good – A Cute Little Story
I have to say, when I thought about Tetris games, the last thing that ever crossed my mind was “you know what this needs? a story.” Even further from my mind was the idea of making the Tetris blocks into anime-style characters. However, as the Puyo Puyo series has had a story and characters since the beginning, it's easy enough to understand why both were included in Puyo Puyo Tetris.