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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a puzzle game available on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Windows based PCs. The game's a sequel to the first Puyo Puyo Tetris game and brings back a lot of characters in a new story, with both classic and new game modes once again combining the two different puzzle games into a single experience. The game has basic, easy to learn controls, though the gameplay can quickly become challenging for even skilled players. Players compete in puzzle-based battles, clearing pieces from the play area to the detriment of opponents, expressed by onscreen characters' actions and sounds. Skill Battle mode takes this a set further by giving teams health bars that must get whittled down to win. Finally, while the game's Adventure mode is cartoonish and light-hearted, there are some lines of dialogue that are suggestive in nature in a tongue-in-cheek way, with innuendo targeting older players' humor.
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What's it about?
PUYO PUYO TETRIS 2 once again unites two puzzle powerhouses in one wacky package. When the worlds of Puyo Puyo and Tetris begin to merge once more, it's up to a cast of outrageous characters from both realms to join forces and discover the source of this new convergence. Players will take on friends and foes alike in quirky puzzle battles, either matching up and popping colorful Puyo or lining up and clearing out Tetrimino pieces. You can save the world in the plot driven Adventure mode, or take on friends in ranked or casual online multiplayer matches. Can't decide if you're in the mood for either Puyo Puyo or Tetris? Why not play both, switching games mid-play in Swap mode or mixing both games simultaneously in Fusion mode. Or you can pick your custom team of characters and take on the brand new Skill Battle mode, where teams of three characters work together and use game changing special abilities to whittle down their opponents' health bar in this blending of RPG (role-playing game) adventure fighting and the quick thinking puzzle solving. Play the game you want the way you want and enjoy this second chapter of franchise fusion fun.
Is it any good?
Building on the success of the first game, which smashed two of the most popular puzzle games in the world together into an amazing game, this sequel provides lots for players to explore. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is smart enough not to reinvent the wheel, keeping modes that made the original game popular. The Adventure mode features a brand-new story revisiting the goofy cast of characters from the previous game, along with a few new faces and extras to unlock, battling it out in increasingly difficult matches as the plot unfolds. Adventure mode is colorful and cute, but also a nonsensical time sink. Big Bang mode is back, testing players' abilities to clear pre-set patterns faster than the opponent, while Fusion and Swap modes keep players on their toes by combining both Puyo Puyo and Tetris gameplay into single matches.
New to the series is the almost RPG(role-playing game)-like Skill Battle. Players create teams of three characters, all of which have their own unique sets of stats and special skills. Teams battle against each other, chipping away at each other's health bars and casting game changing spells to alter the course of the match. Players can also equip Item Cards to further customize their teams' potential. There's a lot more setup here than with the other game modes, but it makes for a deeper and much more rewarding experience when players' finely tuned teams take out the opposition. While the computer makes for a challenging opponent, the game really shines in multiplayer mode. Outside of the single player Adventure, all the other game modes can be played in local or online play for two to four players. It's great to get some friends or family together in the same room for a puzzle party, and even the online play feels a lot smoother and more stable than the previous game. Overall, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 does a great job of improving on the original game, welcoming newcomers to the quirky crossover while giving returning fans something to come back for as well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about puzzle games. What are some skills that puzzle games can teach kids? How can puzzle games help to change how we view challenging tasks in the real world?
What's the appeal of bringing together different properties in ways fans might not expect? What are some examples of other games and characters that have crossed over into other titles, and what are some crossovers you might like to see?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Subjects: Math: geometry, shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, spatial reasoning, strategy
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Sega of America
- Release date: December 8, 2020
- Genre: Puzzle
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs, Robots, Science and Nature
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Suggestive Themes
- Last updated: December 8, 2020
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