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Poy Poy is a multiplayer action game in which four players battle each other using various props, such as rocks, logs and blocks of ice in one of six environments. Combat consists of picking up the various props, and throwing them at your opponents. One could also pick up and throw the opponent's character directly. Each character has different strengths and weaknesses in terms of strength (ability to pick up heavier props and do so more quickly) and speed (agility moving about the play field). Players can also use special gloves that use psychopower to unleash different abilities. Each character has a glove with which they have a 100% synchronisation rate (they have the most aptitude for). In several environments, there are hazards that must be avoided by players, but some players with the proper abilities can use these environmental hazards against their opponents. Any of the three opponents can be CPU, humans, or any mix thereof (provided the players had the 4 player contoller peripheral for the Playstation).
In exhibition mode, players engage in three rounds of combat. Up to four players can participate at a time with use of the Multitap peripheral, otherwise computer-controlled players will fill any spaces.
Poy Poy Cup is the single-player mode in which three computer-controlled competitors try to defeat the player in each environment. Each victory gives the player prize money to be spent on upgraded equipment.
Some characters do not appear when you have not completed certain competitions. To unlock these characters, you need to compete in the easiest tournament and inevitably win. In this tournament, you will be forced to win every round, otherwise you will get a strike. You get 3 strikes, and if you use them all, you 'retire' and start the tournament again. If you manage to complete the tournament without having to retire, you will be displayed with a clip showing your character and the cash prize in the background. Once this happens, the characters will all be unlocked and usable in the other tournaments or just gameplay in general.
Harry - Chase1 > Chase2 > Chase3 > Wind Arrow > Wave Arrow
Bubba - Magic1 > Magic2 > Magic3 > Stealth > Ghost
Arnold - Hurricane1 > Hurricane2 > Hurricane3 > Tornado > Twister
Kool - Crush1 > Crush2 > Crush3 > Acid Rain > Cracker
Cindy - Hunter1 > Hunter2 > Hunter3 > Guard > Falcon
Mia - Shout1 > Shout2 > Shout3 > Earth > Quake
Joey - Hop1 > Hop2 > Hop3 > Escape > Guard Hop
Mike - Thunder1 > Thunder2 > Thunder3 > Finger Ray > Rainbow
Naomi - Bomb1 > Bomb2 > Bomb3 > Rail Bomb > Super Bomb
Steel - Seeker1 > Seeker2 > Seeker3 > Holy > Hitman
Wise - Knife1 > Knife2 > Knife3 > Kill Knife > Flash Wall
Lee - Poison1 > Poison2 > Poison3 > Black Ball > Dark Zone
Poison - Hale1 > Hale2 > Hale3 > Red Shock > Aurora
Kage - Star1 > Star2 > Star3 > Star Force > Speed Star
- Moai Land
- Stage Infinity
On almost every level, there is an enemy. The exception to this is Flatland. On Moai Land, there are Easter island heads, in Desert there is a tornado, on Park there is a dinosaur, on Stage Infinity there is the king, on Robots there is a robot and on Iceberg there are penguins.
The game was followed by Poy Poy 2, also released on PlayStation which featured similar gameplay to that of Poy Poy.