Puyo Puyo (video game)

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Puyo Puyo
Front cover of the Mega Drive version.
Developer(s) Compile
CRI Middleware
Tokuma Shoten
  • JP Bothtec
Series Puyo Puyo
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single player, 2-player versus

Puyo Puyo (ぷよぷよ Puyo Puyo?) a puzzle video game released in 1991 by Compile for the MSX2.[3] Since its creation, it uses characters from Madou Monogatari. It was created by Masamitsu "Moo" Niitani, the founder of Compile, who was inspired by certain elements from the Tetris and Dr. Mario series of games.

The game was released by Tokuma Shoten and Technosoft on the same day of the MSX2 release under the name Famimaga Disk Vol. 5: Puyo Puyo (ファミマガディスク Vol.5 ぷよぷよ Famimaga Disuku Boryūmu Faibu: Puyo Puyo?) and as part of the Famimaga Disk series for the Family Computer Disk System. A year after the MSX2 and FDS versions, Sega released an arcade version, which heavily expanded the previous versions by including a one-player story mode and a two-player competitive mode. An English-translated version was created and released internationally which replaces the original voice work, changes many of the characters' names, and removes the wings of the Harpies (which are called Dark Elves in the English version).


Main article: Puyo Puyo (series)

Original version[edit]

Endless Mode[edit]

The Player must continually match puyos to get the highest score they can.

Mission Mode[edit]

The player must complete 52 missions requiring the Puyos on the field to be eliminated by using limited pieces.

Arcade-based version[edit]

Game modes[edit]

The main game of Puyo Puyo is played against at least one opponent, computer or human. The game itself has three modes, Single Puyo Puyo, Double Puyo Puyo, and Endless Puyo Puyo.

Single Puyo Puyo[edit]

In this mode, the player takes on the role of Arle Nadja, a 16-year-old female spellcaster that has the pleasure of foiling Satan's plans. Satan wishes to take over the world, and Arle stands in his way. Arle must first however battle her way through 12 opponents before facing Satan, and unlike Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, with the exception of Rulue, they are not under Satan's control, nor were they created by him (for Rulue, she fell in love with him). Once Arle has beaten Satan, the world is saved, so she can return home.

As in all main Puyo games, the story mode consists of playing Puyo matches against a fixed sequence of characters in one of three courses. The characters faced are listed below.

Double Puyo Puyo[edit]

In this mode, two players play against each other. In exactly the same fashion as before, by out-chaining one another, the player tries to fill up their opponent's grid. Since the rules of sending so many garbage blocks made games short-lived, no matter how many chains are sent, Compile added the rule of Sousai in Puyo Puyo TSU and onwards. This enables players to counter opponents' attacks with chains of their own, sending any garbage blocks back to them as a result of overflow.


Arle Nadja (アルル・ナジャ Aruru Naja?)
Voiced by: Reiko Kurusu, Kotono Mitsuishi (CD)
The heroine to the series; she loves Carbuncle/Kaa-kun (her pet) more than anything. She is also a sorceress, and can manipulate fire, ice, and lightning among other things. During chains, she yells "Fire", "Ice Storm", "Diacute", and "Bayoeen", all of which were spells available to her in the Madou Monogatari series. Renamed "Silvana" in the English arcade version.
Carbuncle (カーバンクル Kābankuru?)
Arle's beloved pet, one Satan tries to steal away from her. A fun-loving, curry-eating, bunny-like creature that turns out to be one of the strongest players of Puyo Puyo later in the series. He is more of a helper in Puyo Puyo. He is called Has-Bean in Mean Bean Machine.

Beginner levels[edit]

Skeleton T (スケルトン-T Sukeruton T?)
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba
A skeleton that takes a liking to herbal tea (He sometimes calls it a potion which will make him virtually invincible.) His skills are among the weakest, and is usually one of the first opponents that you face. Has a bit of a temper. Known as "Skeleton" in the English arcade version.
Nasu Grave (ナスグレイブ Nasu Gureibu?, lit. "Eggplant Grave")
Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa
An eggplant who wears square glasses. He mainly bounces up and down, as his stubby legs cannot run that fast. Likes to call people "eggheads". Known as "Blue Ghost" in the English arcade version.
Mummy (マミー Mamī?)
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa
An Egyptian mummy who seems to be over-wrapped in bandages. He tries to control greater power.

Normal levels only[edit]

Draco Centauros (ドラコケンタウロス Dorako Kentaurosu?)
Voiced by: Yūko Mizutani
A female human-dragon hybrid who wishes to be the greatest rival to Arle, not just in Puyo Puyo. She, like a dragon, possesses the ability to breathe fire (shown in Puyo Puyo Sun). She has quite a fiery temper, and aggressively challenges other girls to beauty contests. Renamed "Dragon Woman" in the European arcade version.
Suketoudara (すけとうだら Suketōdara?, lit. "Alaska pollock")
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono
A large fish with muscular arms and legs. He is very proud of these and tries to use them in any way he can. For some reason, whenever he's around, nearby people begin to crave fish. Named "Goby Captain" in the English arcade version.
Sukiyapodes (スキヤポデス Sukiyapodesu?)
Voiced by: Yūko Mizutani
A fierce sciapod with a baby face. Renamed "Small Foot" in the English arcade version.

Normal and difficult levels[edit]

Harpy (ハーピー Hāpī?)
Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki
An angel creature who sings off-tune, high-pitched songs. She is renamed "Dark Elf" in the English arcade version, and additionally has the wings removed from her sprites.
Sasoriman (さそりまん Sasoriman?, lit. "Scorpion Man")
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba
A guard dressed like a scorpion. He is usually happy, except when he is defeated. Goes by the literal translation of his name (Scorpion Man) in the English arcade version.
Panotty (パノッティ Panotti?)
Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka
A sprite who plays panpipes. He likes to see people dancing to his music. Renamed "Johnny" in the English arcade version.
Zombie (ゾンビ Zonbi?)
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka
A zombie which looks like he was put together with spare parts.
Witch (ウィッチ Witchi?)
Voiced by: Konami Yoshida
A witch dressed from head to toe in blue. She also gets the giggles at random moments, and she has the ability to summon comets.
Zoh Daimaoh (ぞう大魔王 Zō Daimaō?, lit. "Great Elephant Demon King")
Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri
An Indian elephant with a mighty strength. He's provoked easily, as if insulted. Named "Elephant Lord" in the English arcade version.
Schezo Wegey (シェゾ・ウィグィィ Shezo Wigwyi?)
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue
A 180 year-old swordsman who longs for Arle's magic powers, though that lust for power is mistaken as a lust for Arle herself. Renamed "Devious" in the English arcade version.
Minotauros (ミノタウロス Minotaurosu?)
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
Rulue's bodyguard. He is a humanoid bull with a scar over one eye. Renamed "Max Minotaur" in the English arcade version.
Rulue (ルルー Rurū?)
Voiced by: Yumi Tōma
A skilled martial artist that has a liking to Satan, and will do pretty much anything he says. She is jealous of Satan's obsession with Arle. Renamed "Lulu" in the English arcade version.
Satan (サタン Satan?)
Voiced by: Kazuki Yao
The comical villain of the Puyo Puyo series. He, like Draco, has dragon horns and cape wings. He wants to make Arle his fiance and reclaim his former pet Carbuncle. He is known as "Dark Prince" in all English releases.


Sega systems[edit]

Sega had re-released Puyo Puyo for the Mega Drive on December 18, 1992 and the Game Gear on March 19, 1993 in Japan. Interestingly, the Game Gear port of Puyo Puyo contains an English version named Puzlow Kids; this version appears whenever the game cartridge is used in a North American or European system.


A port was released by Compile for the PC-9801 on March 19, 1993, the same day the Game Gear port was released.

Family Computer[edit]

Tokuma Shoten had re-released their version Puyo Puyo for the Family Computer itself on July 23, 1993, which added a 2-player competitive mode.

Super Famicom[edit]

Banpresto released a version for the Super Famicom under the name Super Puyo Puyo (す〜ぱ〜 ぷよぷよ Sūpā Puyo Puyo?) on December 10, 1993.

Game Boy[edit]

A port to the Game Boy was developed by Winkysoft, published by Banpresto and released on July 31, 1994 under the original name.


NEC released their version of Puyo Puyo for the PC Engine's CD-ROM² on April 22, 1994 titled Puyo Puyo CD (ぷよぷよCD Puyo Puyo Shī Dī?).

FM Towns[edit]

CRI Middleware released their version of Puyo Puyo for the FM Towns in December 1994.

Other ports[edit]

The game was also ported to Amiga by request of Amiga Power magazine and was featured on a cover disk under the name Super Foul Egg. It was then ported to RISC OS on Acorn by Owain Cole (and featured on an Acorn User cover disk), and finally ported to Java. In late 1995 it was ported to the Apple IIGS by Bret Victor.[4]

Rebranded ports[edit]

Before being branded as Puyo Pop internationally, the first game saw release outside Japan in 1993 as Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine for the North American Sega Genesis and European Sega Mega Drive as well as the Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System (in Europe and Brazil), and two years later as Kirby's Ghost Trap (European SNES version) and Kirby's Avalanche (North American SNES version).


The Mega Drive version was a bestseller in Japan for 4 months.[5] The Mega Drive version was re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan on December 2, 2006, while the arcade version was released on April 12, 2011. The arcade VC release features online play.

The N-Gage version of Puyo Puyo stories becomes different, however. The character's colour is different from the original. The stories about Arle save the world from Satan's grasp turn into a little girl (Arle's counterpart) that lost her way home. The characters are nameless and some opponents in some stages are replaced (though Schezo, Minotaurus, and Rulue don't appear in the N-gage version, they're replaced by the stronger version of Sukiyapodes and Harpy with different colours).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "[セガハード大百科] メガドライブ対応ソフトウェア(セガ発売)". Sega. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  2. ^ "[セガハード大百科] ゲームギア対応ソフトウェア(セガ発売)". Sega. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  3. ^ MAWS - showing resource: puyo
  4. ^ http://worrydream.com/iigs/#puyopuyo
  5. ^ Official Japanese Mega Drive sales chart, September 1993, published in Mega (magazine) issue 12, page 12

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Preceded by
Streets of Rage 2
Japanese number-one Mega Drive game
June–September 1993
Succeeded by
3×3 Eyes