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Klassisch puzzlig – das ist Puyo Pop Fever! Ein typisches Game, das man locker eine Stunde am Stück spielen kann, ohne dass es einem auf die Nerven geht. Unterschiedliche Spielmodi, nette Präsentation, einfache Bedienung und ein gelungener Mehrspielermodus runden das Knobel-Paket ab – eine Empfehlung an alle Freunde einfach zu durchschauender Geschicklichkeitskost, die außerdem kein Problem mit merkwürdigem japanischem Figurendesign und nervender Sprachausgabe haben.
As a puzzle game Puyo Pop Fever is very enjoyable and with the game being priced at just £19.99 (we've found it for as little as £14.99 online) it's difficult to criticise the game. That said it's a shame the game doesn't offer anything extra over older versions of Puyo Pop Fever. The split-screen mode isn't very comfortable and the ad-hoc game only supports two players, which is disappointing when the DS version of the game supports eight players. Still it's a very enjoyable and addictive game and with a sub £20 price tag it's recommended for puzzle fans that haven't purchased Puyo Pop Fever on another format.
All in all though, Puyo Pop Fever is a pretty standard affair. If you’re a connoisseur of block games or are just on the market for one and don’t particularly care which, then this one is certainly as good as the next. The kid-friendly theme belies the fact that this is a game for all ages. The only reason to recommend the PSP version over, say, the GBA version, is the unique split-screen mode, but unless you actually are a kid, you’re going to get a sore neck and a bumped head trying to play it.
This version of Puyo Pop feels like nothing more than a last ditch attempt to squeeze some money out of a game that has been converted to every platform available in the last two years. It adds nothing - unlike the 8 player mode offered by the DS. Graphically it looks fine, but not impressive and when your opponent goes into Fever Mode it even starts to suffer from slowdown. It's fun in multiplayer but sharing a PSP is a bit too awkward for regular play and expecting people to have access to more than one copy of the game, as well as more than one PSP is a bit too much.
A solid, deceptively intricate puzzler that is best enjoyed against human opposition.
I always feel a bit sorry for the makers of puzzle games, because no matter what they do, their efforts are always going to get compared to the gold standard - Tetris. And in possibly the laziest intro to a review ever, I'm going to do exactly the same thing. Because, y'see, Puyo Pop Fever is not only very Tetris-esque, which immediately draws unfavourable comparisons, it's also nigh-on indistinguishable from every other version of Puyo Pop ever - and Sega have been churning these out for years on every format from the PSP to your microwave oven. Consequently, I'm a bit limited on anything new to say really as it's all been said before. Oh well, let’s have a go anyway.
As far as block or blob-based puzzlers go, Puyo Pop Fever is perfectly adequate, but the PSP happens to have a few better alternatives: Lumines offers a more classy experience, while Koloomn is a more original title, and one that will take every brain cell to master. If you're after a straightforward falling blob puzzler, look no further, but there's very little here that you won't have seen before.