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Puyo Puyo 4
Import Review, only available in Japan
reading the third line you will be aware that this game has not been
released in the West. So in all honesty why review it? And more
importantly why should you read it? Many of you may be surprised that this
was a top priority purchase for me, more of you may be surprised to learn
that you have actually played a previous version of this game.
whether you are Sega or dare I say it? Yes! Nintendo led, you would have
been able to play "Dr. Robotniks Mean Bean Machine" or
"Kirby's Avalanche". Both of these games were Puyo Puyo, but as
is the norm all the typical Japanese characters were replaced with Western
Puyo 4, is obviously the fourth in the series and to be honest little has
time around you take control of a little girl in a short skirt and armour,
the Puyo Puyo circus has come to town. The circus is an exciting place for
a young girl, and she quickly becomes curious and enters the circus to see
all the friendly people in their circus costumes.
new feature for Puyo Puyo 4 is the special attack. Special attacks are
earned by pulling off successful combos, you can have a maximum of 3
special attacks stocked in each round. Special attacks vary depending on
the character, some make all the Puyo Puyo the same colour so the
disappear, whilst others remove whole columns of Puyo Puyo. In each area
of the circus you will encounter small groups of performers, the last of
which is a boss. By defeating the boss they decide to help you and you can
select which helper you desire before each round. It is important to know
your helpers as in the single player game they act as your special
attacks. Puyo Puyo is a good one player game, but it is most fun in multi
player mode, playing against human opponents is always best especially if
you pick a character with an excellent special attack!
special attack features injects some randomness into the bouts and can
cause rounds to last up to 20 minutes! Unlike other puzzle games like
Tetris or Columns, Puyo Puyo rewards you when you perform successful
combo's. Combo's are achieved by placing one Puyo Puyo, which then causes
a chain reaction making more Puyo Puyo collapse and forms groups of 4 or
more Puyo Puyo and disappear.
Image here shows that when the blue/purple Puyo Puyo reaches the bottom
the blue Puyo Puyo will disappear causing the yellow Puyo Puyo above them
to fall down, and form another group of 4 Puyo Puyo and so on. This simple
combination gave the opponent around 60 clear Puyo Puyo!
you look at the image the little character head beneath the 'star'
represents you special attack. The washer woman has a particularly
music and sound effects in Puyo Puyo 4 are oh kay. The music is good but
with bouts sometimes lasting up to 20 minutes they should have eliminated
the 3 second sound gap so the music appeared continuous. All the Puyo Puyo
characters talk and yell when you pull off successful combinations, but as
they are speaking Japanese you can not understand a word of it. Sometimes
they appear to shout 'Bananas are fat' but don't quote me on that.
game is in Japanese, and unlike many Japanese imports it features no
English Text, so the menus will confuse you to start with. Sega have no
plans to release this game, this is a shame as the game is definitely up
there with the best of the Dreamcast puzzle games. Those of you who can
play import games should try and check it out.
"An excellent game full of Fairies, Washer woman and Mermaids! Combine with some of the best game play mechanics available in a puzzle game."
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