Released on: December 8 2020 (Consoles), PC (March 23 2021)
Available Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, XBOX Series X/S, XBOX One, PC
Price: $53.49 CAD ($39.99 US)
In 2020, Nintendo held a showcase where they showed off a bunch of upcoming games for the end of the year, and in 2021. Some notable games announced at the showcase were: Disgaea 6, Monster Hunter Rise, Monster Hunter Stories 2, and Puyo Puyo Tetris 2. There were many other games that I’m forgetting, but those were the ones that stood out for me. I’m a massive fan of Disgaea, Monster Hunter Stories 2 looks enticing, and my review of the Monster Hunter Rise demo explains my thoughts and excitement more thoroughly. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 was a game I forgot came out. I saw some Youtubers playing it, which not only reminded me that Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a thing, but that it released.
I was surprised to find out Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 released already. It flew under my radar for a bit. I waited for a sale, since I already had Puyo Puyo Tetris, but grabbed it when it went on a reasonably hefty discount. Does Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 set up its blocks for a double combo?
Our story centers around a young magician named Ringo, who happens to be nearby when a starship crashes near the magical academy she attends. The captain emerges from the ship and introduces himself as Tee. He explains that… hey, wait a minute. Didn’t we see this before? Yeah, I seem to remember the first thing that happened in Puyo Puyo Tetris being that Ringo and Tee meet either near or on the Starship Tetra. It turns out there are nefarious characters that are disrupting the Puyo Puyo and Tetris universes, causing events to repeat or go haywire. It’s once again up to our Puyo-wielding magician and the Tetris starship captain to save the day.
The events of the story are not the only thing familiar. My opinion of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2’s Adventure Mode is pretty similar to Puyo Puyo Tetris’. This time, however, I found it less charming, since I already played through Puyo Puyo Tetris’ story. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 offers mostly the same, with a few more characters and different scenarios.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2’s graphics are identical to Puyo Puyo Tetris. A few more customization options were included in this package, but the art style did not change. This is not necessarily bad since a consistent art style helps distinguish a game series from others. What I am pointing out, though, is that Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 does little to separate itself from Puyo Puyo Tetris. I could easily forgive people who mistake the second game for the first by visuals alone.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 fares better in the musical department, as it adds more tracks to its library. That said, all of the previous songs are back as well, so if players had a favorite when playing Puyo Puyo Tetris, they would like its inclusion in its sequel.
I’ll be honest here; I’m finding it difficult to resist the urge to copy the gameplay section of my Puyo Puyo Tetris review and paste it here. Still, I don’t think it would be fair to exclude the new things Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 does add. I mentioned earlier that Adventure Mode has a few different scenarios compared to the first game. The most significant addition to this comes in the form of Skill Battles. Skill Battles has the player select three characters and their mode of play (Puyo Puyo or Tetris) to take on either a player opponent’s three characters or a boss in the Adventure Mode. The characters can gain experience points to level up via the Adventure Mode.
The player can then go only to take on the new raid bosses, where they and three other players team up online to take on a hyper-powerful enemy. Skill Battles is a neat idea. It adds another dimension of gameplay to the classic Puyo Puyo and Tetris games. I do think it is unbalanced since either player will lower the other’s hit points rather
quickly. It then becomes a case of “who launches their combo the fastest” with none of the counterplay traditional Puyo Puyo or Tetris battles.
One feature I forgot to mention in my Puyo Puyo Tetris review is the four player mode. As the name implies, four people can duke it out in a battle royale. This is a nice touch for those in a puzzle game-loving friend circle, as it creates good old fashioned chaotic fun.
By now, it should be pretty evident that my biggest issue with Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is with how similar it is to its predecessor. While I do understand that there is only so much a sequel can do different to avoid alienating its previous iteration; I wish Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 felt more like a new game than a piece of downloadable content.
The newest feature, raid bosses, require an online connection to play. To
play multiplayer games online using the Nintendo Switch, the player needs a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Without one, huge parts of the game are inaccessible, making Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 feel more like an incomplete package than a new game.
Speaking of similarities, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 has the same issues as the first game. I still recommend adjusting the screen brightness to compensate for vision issues/photosensitivity. As mentioned earlier, the graphics are nearly identical to Puyo Puyo Tetris. The same game modes are there, with the few exceptions being Skill Battle and the four player versus mode.
I’m honestly unsure what I was expecting from Puyo Puyo Tetris 2. I thought they might have added more things to Puyo Puyo Tetris to keep it fresh, but as is, I found myself disappointed with my purchase. Those who own Puyo Puyo Tetris should skip its sequel. Those that never played Puyo Puyo Tetris, however, I would recommend Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 once the game’s price drops. I would honestly prefer Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 be a downloadable upgrade than a standalone. Those looking for a more in-depth review of both games should check out my review of Puyo Puyo Tetris.