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©Compile 1991
©LMS Recordings 1991
©NEC Avenue Ltd 1991
Release : 1994-04-22 (¥5600)
SuperCDRom² NAPR-1038
Puzzle / Action Game
The classic Puyo Puyo finally arrives on the PC Engine system! Here is the port of Compile and Sega's popular Tetris-inspired puzzle arcade game originally released in 1992. The gameplay probably doesn't need much of an introduction - multicolored gelatinous beans, called Puyos, fall from the top of the screen in pairs, and the player has a limited amount of time to rotate and stack Puyos and make sure they fit together. If the player matches four or more Puyos of the same color, they disappear and any Puyos located right above them will fall down, setting off potential chain reactions. Each level is designed like a duel where two opponents attempt to subdue each other in an intense Puyo battle - each successful combo or chain releases garbage Puyos to the adversary's side, and if one player's stack reaches the top of the playfield, it is game over. The game features several play modes - a Story Mode when the player battles a slew of enemies, a Two Player versus mode and a no time-limit solo mode.
Puyo Puyo (Fc) Super Nazo Puyo (Sfc)
Non-direct relation : Madō Monogatari (Sfc)
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Puyo Puyo Arcade Puyo Puyo was first released for the MSX and Famicom System in 1991 (see Puyo Puyo for more information) - but the game really enjoyed its moment of glory when Sega joined the fray and decided to work with Compile to release an arcade game instead (picture on the right). The game was released in 1992 and became a huge commercial success. It was ported to several home systems, such as the Megadrive (1992), FM Towns (1992), Super Famicom (1993), Sega Game Gear (1993), PC Engine (1994),Game Boy (1994) and Sharp X68000 (1994). Two other versions that exclusively appeared in the west are worth mentioning - Sega's Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (1993) and Nintendo's Kirby's Avalanche (1995), two Puyo Puyo clones using Sega and Nintendo characters. The sequel Puyo Puyo Tsū (a Japanese pun on 'Puyo Puyo Two', the Kanji 通 (Tsū), also means 'expert' or 'connoisseur) followed in 1994 in the arcades - the game is a lot clearer and improves upon the gameplay mechanics put forth by its predecessor. The game was, of course, a success and it was converted to countless home systems, such as the Megadrive (1994), Game Gear (1994), Saturn (1995), Super Famicom (1995), PC Engine (1996), Game Boy (1996) and Wonderswan (1999) to only name a few. The arcade game Puyo Puyo Sun (a Japanese pun on 'Puyo Puyo San', which means 'Puyo Puyo 3') then followed in 1996 and was ported to several home systems, such as Saturn (1997), Playstation (1997), Nintendo 64 (1997), PC Computer (1998) and Game Boy Color (1998). Puyo Puyōn (another japanese pun on 'Puyo Puyo Yon' which means 'Puyo Puyo 4') followed in 1999, but for the Sega Dreamcast, Playstation (1999), Nintendo 64 (1999) and Game Boy Color (2000). The Puyo Puyo series is still quite strong today, but after Compile's demise in 2002, Sega obtained the franchise rights and Sonic Team continued Puyo Puyo's design and development. They however rebooted it, and Puyo Puyo Fever released in 2004 had entirely redesigned characters and radical changes in the gameplay (such as the addition of the fever mode). Countless other games and spin off exist - the ones worth mentioning are the Nazo Puyo series (which borrows the 'Mission' mode from the first Puyo Puyo), Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon (a Rogue-like dungeon adventure game) and, of course, the Madō Monogatari series (well, they were technically released before the first Puyo Puyo, but these RPGs/Dungeon Crawlers have been associated with the series since then).


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Puyo Puyo is one of my favorite Tetris wannabees (with the excellent Puzzle Bobble). In truth, I've never been a fan of Tetris, and I've always found the game to be pretty bland and quite boring (sorry). But with Puyo Puyo, Compile introduced the concept of 'duel' which took the Tetris genre to a whole new level! They also threw in a collection of ridiculously cute characters as well as a brillant story line, and a really catchy soundtrack. Compile has blessed the video game world with amazing shooters and yet, they have also managed to create other monumental classics such as Puyo Puyo. This version can be quite difficult though, the game becomes very challenging very fast, and some of the opponents are tough as hell to beat.

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