Sega Ages Puyo Puyo 2

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Classic puzzler has a new home but shows its age.

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Straightforward puzzle game with a few small cutscenes between rounds. There's not much of a purpose or point, other than to beat the opponent.

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Over 30 different characters to choose from, but it's more for cosmetic presentation than anything else. There are short descriptions for each, but no deep character development.

Ease of Play

Basic gameplay and controls are easy to pick up and play, though there's a small learning curve to get the hang of the game's nuances. Boosts in speed over time increase difficulty, giving players less time to react.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sega Ages Puyo Puyo 2 is a puzzle game available for download on the Nintendo Switch. This is a re-release of the original arcade game, with a few extra features, modes, and options added for accessibility. This includes options such as customizing the Puyo colors to make them easier to see. Though the focus is on competition, it's a friendly sort of competition with no in-game violence. There are numerous cartoonish characters for players to choose from, acting as on-screen avatars, but these characters have no real development outside of short bios at the selection screen. Parents should be aware that there's an online component available for players to find other real-world opponents, but the lack of in-game chat should keep younger players safe from offensive language or content.

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What's it about?

SEGA AGES PUYO PUYO 2 is another blast from the past, bringing the classic puzzle game to the Nintendo Switch in all its nostalgia- fueled glory. Players match up colorful jelly-like "Puyo" that drop from the top of the screen. The more you clear from your screen, the more you drop on your opponent's side. Can you keep your Puyo from overflowing and outlast the competition? This release faithfully re-creates all three play modes of the original arcade release (Single, Double, and Endless), with a few new features to tweak the gameplay. You can fix your mistakes on the fly with the new DVR-like "Time Rewind" function, and choose your custom Puyo colors to stand out from the crowd. You can also take on friends in local play on one Switch or take on all comers in online competition.

Is it any good?

It's been more than 25 years since Puyo Puyo 2 first debuted in Japanese arcades. Now the classic and quirky puzzle game comes to a whole new generation of gamers in Sega Ages Puyo Puyo 2. The game's presentation and gameplay remain faithful to the original release, which can be both good and bad. On the positive side, Puyo Puyo 2 has a lighthearted and all-ages take on the puzzle genre, with cute characters and controls that are easy to pick up and play. But it's hard to deny that the game is also starting to show its age. The "vintage" screen mode highlights this by making the game appear even more dated. And while the controls are simple to learn, there's still a bit of a learning curve to understand just how the gameplay unfolds. This can be frustrating for younger gamers, especially early on.

While Sega Ages Puyo Puyo 2 mainly stays true to the original, that doesn't mean a few additional features haven't been tossed in for good measure. The most obvious of these is the "Time Rewind" feature, which gives players the chance to roll back moves and correct earlier mistakes. While it's a helpful tool for understanding the mechanics of the game and for fixing accidental "oops" moments, it's also an easy feature to abuse, removing any consequence and challenge from a match. The game also includes battle modes for both local and online matches. This gives players a chance to put their Puyo matching skills against other human players, whether it's that friend sitting on the same couch or a stranger on the other side of the globe. Online matches seem stable for the most part, though some moments of lag can interrupt the flow of the occasional match. While Sega Ages Puyo Puyo 2 is fun, especially if you haven't played it before, its outdated play won't keep you busy for very long unless you're a big puzzle fan.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about classic gaming. What is the appeal of retro games to modern audiences? Do you prefer a faithful reproduction of the original, or the addition of new features and upgraded graphics and sound?

  • How can puzzle games help players improve skills like problem-solving and thinking under pressure? Why are many puzzle games best suited for all ages?

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