SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2 (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Shane Jury 30.11.2021

Review for SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2 on Nintendo Switch

Kicking off in 1991 as an MSX and Famicom Disk System game, the original Puyo Puyo from now-defunct developer Compile, delighted many with its quirky and colourful cast of characters for the time. Subsequent games in the series would see major involvement from SEGA; so much so that they purchased the rights to the franchise later that decade. Though the sequel in particular was solely made by Compile, it would achieve widespread recognition across Japanese arcades and console scenes alike. Puyo Puyo 2 would stay Japan-only for quite some time, finally reaching the west as part of the Sega 3D Classics Collection in 2016, albeit remaining untranslated, as it also would for the Nintendo Switch Online Super Nintendo service a few years later. Now under the SEGA Ages banner, how does this serving of Puyo fare?

Nailing the essential mantra of all puzzle games in its infancy; easy to pick up and play but hard to master mechanics, Puyo Puyo's gameplay is as rock solid now as it ever was. A static grid with continuously falling duo blobs, the player is tasked to connect 4 or more of the same colour to make them vanish and subsequently clear the grid. The flexibility in doing so lies in the blobs themselves as they can connect to each other vertically and horizontally, as well as individually dropping off the side of single stacks. It's a fun and unique puzzler system that gets especially frantic in multiplayer and versus CPU matches. Charming animated character portraits complete the package, though sadly their dialogue is untranslated.


As an adaptation of the Arcade version of the game, Puyo Puyo 2's content offering is, on the surface at least, very basic. We have the Arcade Mode; clearing each stage against progressively harder foes to reach the end level, and Endurance, which is basically the same but an Endless gauntlet. Versus Mode is self explanatory, and making use of an Online Match gives multiple opponent choices.

Screenshot for SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2 on Nintendo Switch

The biggest appeal of this Puyo Puyo 2 edition comes with the SEGA Ages feature inclusions. Not only with the usual Ages content like Difficulty settings, Custom Controls, Save States, Online Rankings, Background and display settings and a Music player, but also with the Puyo blobs themselves. Their range of colours in use at one time, their shade and design with choices of other styles in the series to use, and even a toggle-able Time Reverse feature that with a press of the shoulder button rewinds a blob duo placement at any point of play. These additions overall are quite substantial for the game, and turn what could've been another throwaway puzzle game on Switch into a top contender for any fan of the genre.

Screenshot for SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2 on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

The SEGA Ages line of classics expands its puzzler repertoire with another top tier title, and one that is well worth considering over its Switch Online SNES Counterpart. Lively and full of charm, despite being restrained to Japanese character dialogue, the Ages extra features both expected and new make this the defining version of Puyo Puyo 2.

Developer

M2

Publisher

SEGA

Genre

Puzzle

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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