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Puyo Puyo (Japan, Rev A)


Puyo Puyo (c) 10/1992 Sega / Compile.


An incredibly addictive and original puzzle game in which players must form chains of four or more beans (known as 'Puyos') of the same colour, causing them to disappear. The player can hinder his or her opponent (either the machine, or a second human player) by forming Puyo combinations; this is because whenever a player forms a successful chain and removes some of his or her Puyos, 'junk' Puyos fall into the opponent's play area, and as Junk Puyos are transparent, they cannot be used to form a chain and can only be destroyed when a nearby chain is created.


- TECHNICAL -


Sega System C2 hardware


Main CPU : 68000 (@ 8.948862 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM3438 (@ 7.670453 Mhz), SN76496 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), UPD7759 (@ 640 Khz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 2048


Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 1


- TRIVIA -


Puyo Puyo is Japanese onomatopoiea for the sound that a rather plump person might make.


For fanatics, here is the full cast :

Silvana

Skeleton

Blue Ghost

Mummy

Dragon Woman

Goby Captain,

Small Foot

Dark Elf

Scorpion Man

Johnny

Zombie

Witch

Elephant

Lord

Devious

Max Minotaur

Lulu

Dark Prince

Carbuncle


Puyo Puyo was originally released by Compile in 1991 for the MSX2 under the name Puyo Puyo. It was soon followed by a version for the Nintendo Famicom Disk Drive called 'Puyo Puyo Disk Drive' (featured characters from the 1989 RPG Madou Monogatari, also made by Compile). Puyo Puyo only really became popular when it was released as an arcade game in 1992. This was the first version that included a one player story mode, in which the human player plays against computer opponents of increasing difficulty. This feature was an immediate success because it allowed players to play by themselves. Future versions of Puyo Puyo for home systems also included this feature (see 'Ports' section for more info).


- SERIES -


1. Puyo Puyo (1991, MSX2)

2. Puyo Puyo Disk Drive (1991, Nintendo Famicom Disk)

3. Puyo Puyo (1992)

4. Puyo Puyo 2 (1994)

5. Super Nazo Puyo - Ruruu no Ruu (1995, Nintendo Super Famicom)

6. Super Nazo Puyo Tsuu - Ruruu no Tetsuwan Hanjouki (1996, Nintendo Super Famicom)

7. Puyo Puyo Sun (1996)

8. Puyo Puyo Da! (1999)

9. Puyo Puyo 4 - Puyo Puyo Party (1999, Sega Dreamcast)

10. Puyo Puyo Fever (2003)

11. Puyo Puyo Fever 2 (2005, Sony PlayStation 2)

12. Kidou Gekidan Harouza Haro Ichiza - Haro no Puyo Puyo (2005, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)

13. Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary (2006, Nintendo DS)


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Sega Mega Drive (1992)

PC-9801 (1992)

Sega Game Gear (1993, "Puzlow Kids")

Nintendo Famicom (1993)

Nintendo Super Famicom (1993, "Super Puyo Puyo")

NEC PC-Engine Super CD-ROM2 (1994, "Puyo Puyo CD")

Nintendo Game Boy (1994)

FM Towns Marty (1994)

Sony PlayStation (2000, "Puyo Puyo Box")


* Computers :

Sharp X68000 (1994)

PC [MS Windows 95] (1995)


* Others :

Mobile phones (2001)