Puzzle Fighter 2
Capcom has taken its Street Fighter II franchise and turned it into another addictive game. PF2 has the challenge and technique of Capcom's mega-hit series but in a different way than played before. Using the most popular characters from both DarkStalkers and SF2, this puzzle game pits one or two players in a battle of wits.
The game has eight characters: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Sakura, Morrigan, Felicia, Lei-Lei and Donovan are selectable at the Character Select Screen. Hidden characters include Gouki (Akuma), Dan and Devilot.
Like its fighting game counterparts. Puzzle Fighter II has combos, counters and super finishing moves. Each time you clear a number of jewels, the computer dumps a few special countdown jewels on your opponent.
These jewels count down from five to one then change into regular jewels just like those you would arrange yourself. With these, you can arrange amazing combos.
Special spherical jewels clear stacks of the same color when touching them. The bigger the stack of jewels that you have set up. the bigger the problem it's going to create for your opponent. Like-colored jewels stacked in blocks combine to form big-, germ jewels, thus giving more points when cleared. The key is to have a couple rows of jewels ready, and then unleash two or three combos in a row.
The Two-player Mode is where Puzzle Fighter II KOs other puzzle games. Playing the computer is fun, but it's not a substitute for fighting gamer-to-gamer. Frequently, just when it seems that defeat is near, combos can be pulled off that put you back in the game.
To make the game more like the series it borrows its concepts from, the fighters you select duke it out in the center of the screen, pulling off special moves when you clear a section of jewels. If you overkill an opponent, your character pulls off a super finishing move.
It's good to see Capcom straying from fighting games, and Puzzle Fighter II is a fantastic game. If fast puzzle action is what you crave, then Puzzle Fighter won't disappoint.
One of the best ways to trap your opponent is to set up two or more big sections of jewels. If you can clear both sections at the same time or in two moves, then your opponent will be hammered with countdown blocks. This can delay your opponent from making a move that would virtually destroy you.
The only loophole is if your opponent clears jewels at the same time as you do. the two moves cancel each other out. This is a way to save yourself from certain death, but your opponent can also avoid attack. The number of blocks that will drop on you is displayed at the top of your half of the screen.
It's smart to lay spherical jewels on top of countdown jewels of the same color, so that when the countdown is over, the row of blocks will disappear. This can be especially helpful if it clears a bigger section of adjacent jewels.
- MANUFACTURER - Capcom
- DIFFICULTY - Moderate
- THEME - Puzzle
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
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Combining characters from Street Fighter and Dark-stalkers with a Tetris-ish puzzle game, Puzzle Fighter II Turbo provides hours of addictive fun.
The object: Keep your side as clear as possible. There is a combo system in place that depends on how many groups of blocks you clear with a single drop.
The graphics feature cute super-deformed versions of the fighters. However, the sound effects can be annoying, with incoherent chatter from the characters.
For puzzle action, Puzzle Fighter has the goods--especially in the two-player mode. Fans of puzzlers and SF alike should check it out.
- Stack same-colored gems to form huge gems. Shatter the gems to send pieces to your opponent's side.
- Avoid big-hitting combos against; he can quickly bury your pieces, so keep your side clear.