Review: Puyo Puyo Champions (Nintendo Switch)
- Release Date (NA): May 7, 2019
- Release Date (EU): May 7, 2019
- Release Date (JP): October 25, 2018
- Publisher: Sega
- Developer: Sega
- Genres: Multiplayer, Puzzle
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- PEGI Rating: Three years and older
- Also For: Computer, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Single playerLocal MultiplayerOnline MultiplayerCo-operative
A great competitive game at an unbelievably low price.
green, red, blue, yellow, and purple. Each falling colored segment (pair) consists of 2 Puyos of the same or a different color. By moving and rotating each pair, you can line up the colors to create chains and pop your Puyos. The pairs can even be rotated between columns of Puyos, and you position a pair horizontally with one Puyo hanging off an edge, it will fall to the Puyo below it. It seems simple enough, but chains alone are not going to make you victorious. This is where the combo system and the Nuisance Queue come in. If you pop a chain and the resulting rearrangement of surrounding Puyos create another chain, then it results in a combo (popping 2 chains simultaneously does not count). The bigger your combo, the more Garbage Puyos you send to your opponent's Nuisance Queue, and eventually their board. These white Puyos can quickly fill up your board if you are not careful.
Puyo Puyo Fever
The character you play as will affect the Puyo patterns that you receive. Each character also has a Fever Type: Uses Small Chains!, Strongly Balanced!, Reverses Fever!, Aims for Fever!, Attacks Fast!, and Big Chains or Nothing!.
Do you like eSports style tournaments? You are in luck; the Tournament option allows you to partake in 1 vs. 1 battles with up to 8 other players. Win to keep climbing up the brackets, and you will soon know who is the best of the best...
Nevermind, it turns out that there is still more to cover!
In the Theatre, you can view and manage your replays, listen to music in a full-blown sound test menu, and watch the credits. The Audio menu offers many things to listen to, including 46 BGM tracks, 51 SFX, and 888 voice clips (24 characters with 37 clips each). In the My Replays and Downloaded menu, you are able to play, delete, and favorite your saved replays.
+ complete customization over the gameplay mechanics
+ battling others online and locally
+ different Puyo designs to choose from
+ good soundtrack
+ smooth 1080p 60 FPS gameplay
+ great for beginners and pros alike
- only having one replay posted online at any given time
- no button mapping, just predefined control schemes
With bright, colorful menus and gameplay presented in 1080p 60 FPS, a good soundtrack, lots of Puyo designs to choose from, and fluid animations, there is nothing bad to say about the presentation.
Running at a smooth 1080p 60 FPS with full control over the gameplay mechanics, I have no complaints. The Handicap and Comeback Assist options allow beginners and pros to play together on a level playing field. With two different rulesets and many different modes, there is something for everyone. Online multiplayer never lagged for me. If you have a decent connection and use the Opponent Net Speed filter, then you will never encounter any lag either
Completionists will keep coming back to earn any remaining medals, and everyone else will come back for the fun local and online battles.
out of 10
(not an average)
$9.99 USD. Yes, you read that right. A game like this should cost about $20, but it only costs $9.99! With fully customizable gameplay, two rulesets, and many different modes, I cannot believe that this game costs so little. If you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription and want more games with good online play, you cannot go wrong with Puyo Puyo Champions. The only reason to not buy it is if you have CFW and do not care about the Online features.