When Puyo Puyo Tetris came out last year, I was ecstatic; having the chance to play both Tetris and Puyo Puyo in one game offers the best of both worlds for the puzzle genre. Having a Nintendo Switch copy of the game made it even more fun as I could play the game on the go if I pleased.
Almost a year since the North American version of the game was released on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, Sega has ported this fast-paced and vibrant puzzle title onto PC via Steam. Of course, before I go any further this by no means is a review of the game but instead my observations on the PC version of the game.
Visually, Puyo Puyo Tetris looks impressive — while my PC rig is mighty, it is worth noting that I did return to the Switch version of the game just to compare and contrast visuals. Of course, the PC version of Puyo Puyo Tetris offers the best version of graphics and more textures to the assets. Regardless of which version you choose to play, Puyo Puyo Tetris‘ colorful visuals and each of the characters look fantastic.
Looking at the game from a critical standpoint, if you are solely playing a match of Tetris the controls are still a pain when playing with a controller; the hard drop action is mapped to “up” on the D-pad. Nevertheless, like the Nintendo Switch version, this did not take away from the experience at all; however, if you do intend on getting the PC version, I would advise you play this game on your keyboard as the standard controls are a lot more comfortable to memorize. Of course, that is just my suggestion; whichever control scheme you decide to use, the game is still just as enjoyable on PC as it is with the previously released versions.
The game’s story, which is played in Adventure mode is still the same, while the narrative itself is not extremely deep, Adventure mode does serve as a fun introduction to the game and you can experience the adventure with three friends if you choose. A group of junior-high students, led by Ringo, are wrapped in as the protagonist of the game after the sudden appearance of Tetriminos invading their world and are soon whisked away to meet the Captain of the Starship Tetra, Tee and the King of Tetris. Both groups form an alliance and try to save the world and prevent Puyo Puyo‘s and Tetris from intertwining.
While I prefer the default controls, it is worth noting that Sega has added fully customizable control options into the Steam version. Which allows a lot more comfort for the player, to me I felt this was a smart move and adding this option in encourages more casual gamers of the puzzle genre in addition to accommodating veteran players who want to experiment with new controls.
Another positive I want to point out that further shows that Sega put a lot of love into the PC port is the mouse-friendly options. Typically, PC ports tend to get the short end of the stick from publishers nowadays with a good portion of PC ports being subpar to its console(s) counterparts and often these ports show that there was no love placed into them to accommodate PC gamers. Seeing as this game has been out for nearly four years, Puyo Puyo Tetris is a PC port that caters to the PC gaming community in every way possible.
On top of that, as an added bonus for PC gamers, you have the option to play with the original Japanese voice actors of the game, something not found in any other version that was released outside of Japan. Comparing both the English and Japanese voice actors, I did prefer the Japanese dialogue more so, primarily because during my time with the Switch version I found the English voice acting to be annoying during long gaming sessions, and I felt that specific character’s voice actors did not fit them well, which made listening to the voice acting at times unbearable.
While it is subjective of me to say that the PC version is the overall definitive way to experience this chaotic crossover pizzle title, I would not go as far as saying that the console versions are inferior. Sure, the PC version offers new features not found in the past releases, it further solidifies that Puyo Puyo Tetris is an all around great game. If you own a PC, enjoy puzzle games, Puyo Puyo Tetris is one you should highly consider. Even those, who own the consoles version like myself, if you do have a decent PC that can run this game I still recommend picking this version up solely because the customizable controls offer more replay value to this already fantastic game.
Specifications in the desktop PC used in this review:
Intel Quad-Core i7-7700K Processor, 4.20GHz, 120mm Liquid-Cooler, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 11GB GDDR5X, 16GB DDR4-3200 RAM.