Tetris has been a household name for a long time now. The game originally released back in 1984 and has been available in one form or another for just about every video game console since. Tetris is so successful that the franchise has sold over 425 million copies over its lifetime, making it one of the best selling paid-downloaded game of all time according to Henk Rogers, the man who brought the game to the West, in an interview with Venture Beat in 2014.
On the other hand, we have Puyo Puyo, or Puyo Pop in North America and Europe, which was released in 1991. It’s a popular puzzle game in Japan and does have the worldwide appeal Tetris has. For many, Puyo Puyo Tetris will be their first look into the world of Puyo Puyo. Lucky for you, we have tips for both Puyo Puyo and Tetris. Sega was also a big help in creating these tips since they created some well edited videos that will help immensely. It’s also easier to see these moves happening instead of just explaining them.
Puyo Puyo Tetris releases today in North America and April 28 for the rest of the world. It can found on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. The Switch version costs $10 more for a physical copy but comes with a set of keychains.
The main draw of Puyo Puyo Tetris is the battle mode where you’ll be trying to send lines to your opponent and destroy them. Sega was nice enough to put some tutorials up on their YouTube channel to give players an idea of how to do things like a perfect clear. Most players you run into online won’t be starting out a game with a perfect clear but maybe you can with this video.
One of the main things I’d recommend is taking advantage of the hold key. This will allow you to hold a piece until you are ready to use it. The perfect clear tutorial video said you’re guaranteed to get one of every piece every seven pieces so you will run into something you need eventually. You shouldn’t have to drop a piece in a place you don’t want. I’d recommend holding the straight line piece and building so you have a place to drop it on either side to guarantee you a tetris. A tetris is when you clear four lines at once, which is possible with the line piece. You always want to aim for clearing more than just one line at a time.
Speed is key in Tetris so you’ll want to pay attention to the soft drop and the hard drop. The hard drop will drop your Tetrimino straight down so all you have to do is position in and hit a button. This will become easier as you become more experienced but it is an important thing to learn. You can do the soft drop by just pulling down on the analog stick and it’ll move quicker than it does on its own.
T-Spins are flashy moves that are pretty hard to do. I still struggle mightily with them. What you have to do is create a “T” shaped hole and get the T-Tetrimino into it. The video will do a better job showing you and explaining it so I’ll leave it to that. The T-Spins will send more lines to your opponent than a Tetris will so that’s something to keep in mind. You can always practice these in marathon mode so you don’t have to stress against a live opponent. Sega also created a video showing us how to set up a T-Spin that can be more help.
In my experience, Puyo Puyo is a lot harder to jump into than Tetris is. Luckily, Sega blessed us with some videos for Puyo Puyo as well. The goal is create chains and in doing so, you’ll flood your opponent with garbage. This video shows you a variety of combos you can do. Obviously, if you check out the opponent, you’ll see they aren’t doing anything so it’ll be difficult to build up your pieces like that without have garbage sent your way. The main thing to takeaway is that you have to use a specific placement of your Puyos at the start.
The game comes with a tutorial mode so it’s best to check it out before you jump into it. This video shows you various “sandwiches” you can make to send over extra lines of garbage to your opponent. You want to clear multiple chains at once if you want a chance against your opponent so always build with that in mind. Just as you don’t want to clear single lines in Tetris, you don’t want to clear single chains in Puyo Puyo. This will take a lot of practice and that’s okay!
The harassment video will encourage you to watch your opponent while they are building. You don’t want to let your opponent create large chains against you so you need to check out what is going on there. You need to have a way to defend against this when you see a large chain about to happen. Hitting your opponent with a small chain will do incredible damage to your opponent and put a big rain cloud over their plans. It may feel dirty but it’s something you have to do.