Puyo Puyo Tetris was a revelation when it first launched. Giving us an unprecedented bridge between these puzzle franchises, Sonic Team created one of the smoothest gameplay crossovers we’ve witnessed in recent years. Originally released in 2014, it never received a western localisation until a few years later for PlayStation 4 and thankfully, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 has arrived in much timelier fashion. Bringing us a brand-new story and expanded gameplay, it still packs a winning formula that puzzle fans will adore.
Within adventure mode, Captain Tee and O of the Starship Tetra have been returned to the Puyo Puyo world once again by Ex, Guardian of Time and Space. Despite previously restoring both worlds to their separate states, a new force has begun merging them once more, creating chaos in the name of fun. Though our characters forgot each other after parting ways, this campaign reunites these familiar faces once more, introducing several new ones along the way.
You’ve got seven worlds to explore that are split between stages, including side missions. Most battles take place in versus mode, switching between Tetris and Puyo Puyo gameplay. Tetris should need no introduction to most players but Puyo Puyo works differently, aiming to link four matching Puyos to vanquish them. If you stack them carefully, you can chain combos or extra points, granting points bonuses and also sending trash to your opponent’s screen, filling up their play area. That also applies to clearing lines in Tetris and if your screen stacks to the top, that’s game over. Each stage awards up to three stars for hitting set criteria, such as winning within a specific time limit.
As a new addition, SEGA has also added skill battles, an RPG-style mode involving a team of three characters, who affect your stats like HP, defence, and attack points. Everyone holds specific skills that can influence gameplay, such as restoring health or sending out a stronger attack, though these are subject to a long cooldown. Once your HP is down, the last player standing wins and it makes for an excellent new addition. You’ll unlock new content upon completing stages, including new playable characters, stages and music tracks to pick from within additional modes.
Like its predecessor, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 lets you play both styles separately, though you’ve also got swap mode that switches between them within the same battle. Fusion mode also mixes the two into one board, with Tetrinimos sinking below any Puyos when placed. To call it an odd mix would be understating things and yet, SEGA has pulled it off remarkably yet again. It doesn’t feel like a concept that should work, but it remains just as addictive as before and there’s plenty of content to keep you entertained, one that’ll appeal to fans of both franchises.
Multiplayer is what will keep you coming back, though, allowing four players to join locally and online. Outside of the aforementioned modes, you can also choose party mode which adds power-ups to hinder your opponents and whoever holds the highest score at the end wins. Big Bang mode is also present, seeing you clear pre-set lines within a time limit. All of these can be played online too but you can also fight within a ranked Puzzle League option. Bringing us four individual leagues, this allows you to battle head-to-head with worldwide opponents for Puyo Puyo/Tetris fights, a mix of the two, and skill battles.
That’s not to say there isn’t anything else for solo players, though. You can take on AI opponents for one thing, but more interestingly, solo play also features a challenge section that offers more classic gameplay variants. This includes Tetris’ sprint and marathon modes, where you clear a set number of lines as quickly as possible and Puyo Puyo has similar options too, including a survival game which won’t stop until you’re defeated.
The only criticism we can really make is that not a lot has changed. That doesn’t mean Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a rehash of the original, but SEGA’s focus was clearly on the new adventure, which admittedly adds a lot of depth to proceedings. Many included gameplay options were present previously and whilst sequels will always have overlap, it feels a little too safe. However, SEGA have confirmed that additional content is being added in free post-launch updates. That will bring new gameplay modes, music, and even more playable characters, expanding an already high roster of 28.
It also boasts an improved visual presentation. Though the original was no slouch, there is a noticeable improvement here and everything looks that little bit smoother, backed up by a suitably energetic soundtrack. You can unlock several cosmetic options, too, including new player icons, alternative voice packs for each character and different designs for the Tetriminos and Puyos. These can be purchased via credits, which you obtain upon completing battles.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a worthy successor to the first game, expanding upon the original premise with additions like skills battles but retaining that same addictive gameplay puzzle fans will love. Providing a fantastic multiplayer experience both online and locally, fans will find plenty to keep them occupied. It isn’t entirely flawless and the lack of changes with bonus content feels a little too safe but it’s a minor criticism in the grand scheme of things. SEGA has done an excellent job here and it comes highly recommended.
Never thought that Dr. Eggman's Mean Bean Machine and Tetris would need a story, but hey, the story is (insert Last of Us 2 bad joke here hahahahahhahah give me Reddit Points guys)
Is it still possible to just remove the Puyo Puyo part from multiplayer games and just enjoy the best multiplayer Tetris on PS4?
Furthermore: are the differences between the characters actually explained somewhere? I still don't know which characters apply which skills in the previous Puro Puyo Tetris, and that's after 100+ hours of multiplayer...
The first one was a good game, but despite being decent at Tetris, I can't wrap my brain around Puyo Puyo. I just can't.
I'll stick with Tetris Effect for sp and Tetris 99 on Switch for multi.
@Bartig Yes, you can play Tetris completely separately and vice versa. As for the characters, you can edit teams from the options menu and select character info to check their individual stats
@Terra How does it use the dualsense?
This is the kind a game that I would love to try and play but not pay for it, in other words a perfect PSplus game or maybe the first one later
@Jaz007 It doesn't, sad to say. Not that it's a game which really suits it imo
Maybe on a sale, a new story mode doesn’t seem worth getting right away. I’m still good with just having the 1st game.
I'm good with the first one for local Tetris multiplayer. Who cares about that story mode and Puyo-Puyo?
Haven't played the first so this might be worth picking up on the PS5.
Although slightly disappointing that there is no 120fps performance mode or fidelity mode with raytracing
Just purchased on PS5, however cannot download and install. Just says Something went wrong CE-107880-4
Good one Sega
@skaarj217 My thoughts exactly.
Having a blast with Tetris Effect multiplayer modes on Xbox Game Pass though. This update can't come quick enough on PlayStation.
Tetris Effect in VR is the only way to go for me, looks fun but I don't need more Tetris in my life unless we can get some more Super Puzzle Fighter
@Digit2021 I got the same issue, did u managed to fix it ?
Haven’t been able to fix it, so bought something that doesn’t work. Might have to call Sony support
@Digit2021 sorted need to play the PS4 version. It works
How did you do that? I was sure this was a PS5 game since it was listed in the PS5 games. I'm just waiting for support to open to ask what CE-107880-4 means.
Could be something silly like PS5 version hasn't actually been released yet, even though store said it had. These issues with PS4/PS5 versions are bound to happen. PS4 didn't have these problems at launch because it couldn't play PS3 games.
Spoke to Sony support and looks like I fixed it. Downloading PS5 version now. They said there is a system update coming in 7 hours that should resolve this issue.
Otherwise go to
Did the latter and it is downloading the PS5 version now (as long as console is on or in rest mode)
@Digit2021 I’m sorry but what process did you do exactly to get the ps5 version to download? The link shows how to use the app to download but it’s greyed out for me.
Thanks homie. This is bugging me lol.
The app on phone didn't work. Went through the website playstation store and signed in on that. Selected My Playstation in top corner near the shopping trolley, clicked on Game Library, then it shows I have PS5 Puyo Puyo with an option to download.
Also sorry you have to select the website playstation store of your country, I just provided the Australian link.
It then downloaded the game at approx 1.84GB
Excellent. Worth the 20 minutes on the support with Sony. Also at least I also know there is a system software update coming very soon. I asked him if it's the same as always of Performance and Stability Improvements, got no response. Probably thought I was being a smart***.
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