Puyo Puyo Tetris, first impressions

Puyo Puyo Tetris Xbox One

My copy of Puyo Puyo Tetris arrived today from Japan! After the rather dull and plain Tetris Ultimate, I was excited to check out the eccentric and energetic Tetris (and Puyo Puyo) game from Japan.

The first thing worth noting is that the game comes with a manual. Not just a slip of paper, but a full blown instruction manual, something that’s a rarity these days (not that I think they’re useful. I buy all of my games digitally anyway).

Puyo Puyo Tetris manual

puyo puyo tetris manual

So far Puyo Puyo Tetris is an absolute blast to play! I’ve been enjoying the “story mode” which features some lengthy, strange cut scenes in between each match. Yep, that’s right, this Tetris game has a story! Each cut scene is actually pretty lengthy, and I have absolutely no clue what’s going on but I’m enjoying it! You’ll face a variety of opponents and different challenges as you progress and you can earn 1-3 stars from each level depending on how well you do.

There’s also a variety of VS modes which can be played with 1-3 computer opponents, local co-op (which can also involve CPU opponents if you like) and online play (which I haven’t tried yet). Every mode is a blast to play, and it’s interesting that one person can be playing Tetris while the other is playing Puyo Puyo as you battle it out (there’s even a mode that uses both Tetris pieces and Puyo Puyo pieces at the same time!).

I’m definitely looking forward to playing more Puyo Puyo Tetris, and I definitely recommend picking it up over the U.S. release of Tetris Ultimate. It’s a far superior game! Also, it’s pretty cool to get some Japanese achievements 🙂

puyo puyo tetris achievement



My copy of Puyo Puyo Tetris arrives tomorrow!


After seeing the quicklook on Giant Bomb and realizing that current gen consoles aren’t region locked, I immediately went over to Solaris Japan and ordered a copy of Puyo Puyo Tetris from Japan. As many were, I was a bit underwhelmed by the recent release of Tetris Ultimate here in the states, but was immediately sold once I saw the Japanese game. The game offers a unique style (very Japan) and a twist on the gameplay with the Puyo Puyo integration.

If you don’t know anything about Puyo Puyo, I invite you to check out Giant Bomb’s quick look, it’s quite entertaining! Can’t wait to play it after it arrives!

I had never imported any video game before, but Solaris Japan made it quick and easy. I was able to pay using PayPal, and after selecting the quickest shipping option the total came out to just over $60 which seems pretty reasonable. The game shipped quickly (the day after I ordered it I believe) and everything has gone smoothly so far. It’s scheduled for delivery tomorrow by DHL, so hopefully I’ll be able to pop it in and give it a try before heading into work tomorrow night.