A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game helps to improve pattern recognition, colors and shapes, and other puzzle solving skills. The online features also help to teach friendly competition and good sporting behavior.
Although the bulk of the game is more of an arcade style puzzler, the Adventure mode does introduce elements such as friendship and teamwork. Teamwork is emphasized even more in Skill Battle mode, with players forming unique teams of characters that use their combinations of abilities to gain an advantage.
Positive Role Models
Adventure mode introduces players to a variety of characters with a diverse range of personalities. There are lots of friendly, heroic characters, as well as some more quirky and mischievous characters. While there are technically "bad guys" in the game too, they're more cartoonish than "evil."
Ease of Play
Both Puyo Puyo and Tetris have been deceptively simple games to pick up and play while offering a strong challenge. Combining the two games adds a new layer to the difficulty, which can be both frustrating and entertaining at the same time.
Violence & Scariness
Characters do fight against each other, but only in puzzle battles. Characters will make complain, grunt, etc. when opponents drop extra pieces on them. Skill Battles also include health meters that get chipped away as damage as opposing players clear pieces from the screen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Although younger kids are not likely to understand, especially without context, the Adventure mode includes a few suggestive lines of dialogue and innuendo.
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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.
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.
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