[Beyond PlayStation] SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2 Review
Puzzle game SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2 is the newest in the great line of classic titles on Nintendo Switch. Check our SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2 review!
The sequel to the original Puyo Puyo returns in SEGA AGES for Nintendo Switch™!
Stack and chain your Puyo combos to negate the Garbage puyos sent by your opponent. Swap between Single Puyo Puyo, Double Puyo Puyo, and Endless Puyo Puyo game modes for more Puyo fun.
If you aren’t familiar with Puyo Puyo 2, don’t feel left out. I don’t remember it either as it never got a big boost in North America. Most of you will remember Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, which was the Puyo Puyo formula morphed for North American audiences. But in Japan, Puyo Puyo was huge. In more recent years, as walls have come down between the in the NA and Japenese markets, we have seen more versions of Puyo Puyo come over here, including the great Puyo Puyo Tetris, and the first batch of SNES titles for the Nintendo Switch Nintendo Online subscription included Super Puyo Puyo 2!
The base gameplay of Puyo Puyo is similar to Tetris, where you have blocks falling from the top, except instead of shapes made of 4 blocks, you have two blocks of different colors, and sometimes they can be of the same color. When you place blobs of the same color beside each other, horizontally or vertically, they will gel together. When you get four or more to connect, then they disappear. Your goal is to place the blobs as they fall in a way that will allow you to make them disappear without any stack ever reaching the top of the screen.
The puzzle formula feels different when playing Puyo Puyo 2 because you needed to account for colors and for creating paths that will make it possible to land the one Puyo that will allow you to set up a combo that will send plenty of garbage Puyo into your opponent’s playing field. When removing blobs from the board, you might find that those above it will drop down and, if you planned things right, you will have another group of four Puyo come together to keep the combo chain going. It’s an addictive gameplay loop, that is simple to learn, but much harder to master.
For a bit, I honestly struggled to get past the second level. I beat the first opponent with relative ease, but the second character was always playing so much better than me. I quickly realized while playing that my opponents were taking their time setting up for chain combos, which ended up generating way more garbage blocks to dump on me than I could defend from. This, as you can imagine, really screwed up my plans since up until that moment, I was playing a pretty clean game, just trying to keep my screen empty. I wasn’t able to generate the garbage blocks to send over to my opponent’s field. This is the secret to Puyo Puyo 2: don’t play a clean game! Create a mess with the intent of landing some combo chains to really screw your opponent’s plans.
Since Puyo Puyo 2 arcade never made it over here, I obviously never tried it before. Still, having played other Puyo Puyo games, I can confirm that SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2 plays and feels like a Puyo Puyo game, with precise controls and no delay. In the settings, you can tinker with how the game is displayed, opting for the normal mode, fit, full screen, dot by dot, and even a mode making it look like you’re playing on an arcade cabinet. Since it’s a port, it also has a bonus feature that allows you to reverse time so that you can go back and fix your mistakes. It’s a nice addition, but you need to turn it on before going in if you want to use it. You can also enjoy some local or online multiplayer, which is a good thing to have for a puzzle game.
SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2 is a great port of the arcade game that adds some great new features on its jump to the Nintendo Switch. I had a ton of fun with it, and I can certainly see how it’s gameplay mechanics can make this a very addictive experience. It’s a great port and another great game in the SEGA AGES series.
This SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2 review is based on a Switch copy provided by SEGA