Puyo Puyo Tetris

Game review by
David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Popular puzzler mash-up confuses, leaves newcomers in cold.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Characters tease, one-up each other incessantly. Some get their looks, fashion sense, intelligence openly mocked.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters only talk to each other as an excuse to solve more puzzles.

Ease of Play

Limited tutorials, learning curve will take time to get used to.

Violence & Scariness

Characters get bopped by blocks, items on their heads after losing a round.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Puyo Puyo Tetris is a puzzle game. It's a crossover mash-up between the Puyo Puyo series and Tetris franchise. Players have to match colors (Puyo) and clear lines of carefully assembled random blocks (Tetris). There's a story mode, though it serves mainly as a means to run the gamut of a number of modes and twists on the familiar action. There's no inappropriate content, although the lack of tutorials could frustrate some players.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byanonymousg February 27, 2018

Great game, but suggestive comments make it questionable for kids.

So, for those of you unfamiliar with this particular installment in the Puyo Puyo line up, this game was originally exclusive to Japan due to licensing issues b... Continue reading
Adult Written bySave_Screen August 26, 2020

Easy to play, hard to master

I play this game on a regular basis. I was introduced to the series when I had played Puyo Puyo Tsu on the SNES virtual console on the Switch. I loved the game... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byFrozen447 March 4, 2021
(I’ve completely ignored the campaign, because I never played it in the first place)
I love the puyo puyo games, and combining Tetris with it creates a game tha... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 13, 2021

Innuendo in a chapter

Chapter 9 is filled to the brim with innuendos.
That's it.

What's it about?

Although there's a story in PUYO PUYO TETRIS in adventure mode, it's a minor plot designed to act as a break among all the puzzle-solving. The main focus is on clearing lines, matching colors, and improvising as bricks and blobs come at you faster and faster. Much of the game's emphasis lies on fusing different elements between both game series in a healthy amount of game modes, such as Swap, which bounces back and forth between Tetris and Puyo Puyo at random intervals, or Party, which drops random items into the game field.

Is it any good?

This puzzler will keep you guessing because thinking about it too much holds back what made it so special in the first place. As a mash-up of now-familiar and decades-old series, just putting these two games together is almost enough. The game's at its best and shines when you play against other human players. There's a healthy variety of modes that introduce new parameters and objectives (Versus, Party, Swap, Fusion, Big Bang), but the core game itself remains largely the same, as it should. And thankfully, when playing the single-player story mode, the game grants concessions to people who are still grappling with the learning curve of either Puyo Puyo or Tetris -- if you're stuck on any single level after a couple of tries, it lets you skip ahead and continue on. That doesn't help you learn how to play the game any more, but it at least lets you keep trying in a number of ways as you hone your core skills.

In practicing against the computer in the different modes, it's odd that if you lose, it makes you sit and watch the rest of the game play itself out as the AI tries to outdo itself and win. You can be sitting for multiple minutes, watching the computer play itself and have no way of skipping past it. It's also difficult to figure out when you're sitting there watching to see why the computer is doing what it's doing to pick up on new strategies; the in-game tutorials are also too basic to help you learn tactics and focuses solely on the controls. As such, introducing play to newcomers is rather lacking. It assumes you already love both series (which makes sense), but in practice, it winds up keeping you from being able to pick up as much as possible as quickly as possible. On the other hand, Tetris is Tetris and Puyo Puyo is Puyo Puyo. It definitely delivers on combining these two but could have done so a little more smoothly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why series of games that haven't changed much are introduced as new products. Why not just go back and play the original? 

  • Are there two different series of other works -- games, books, movies, and the like -- you'd like to see a crossover between? Why? What do you think would be the logistics involved in arranging such a thing? 

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