Puyo Puyo 7
|Puyo Puyo 7|
|Release date(s)||July 30, 2009 (DS), November 26, 2009 (PSP/Wii)|
|Mode(s)||Single player, 2-player versus|
|Distribution||DS Card (DS), UMD (PSP)|
Puyo Puyo 7 (ぷよぷよ7 Puyo Puyo Sebun?) is the seventh installment in the Puyo Puyo series released on Nintendo DS on July 30 and November 26, 2009 for PlayStation Portable and Wii. This game is endorsed by Erika Toda, following on from Sega's use of female Japanese stars to promote the series.
The staple gameplay mode, Great Transformation (だいへんしん Daihenshin?), allows characters to take on child or adult forms, giving smaller or bigger puyo respectively.
The game opens with a storm of Puyo falling down unto Earth, flooding a high school in its wake. Ringo Andou, a student who witnesses the flood, trembles until Arle Nadja appears. She teaches Ringo how to play Puyo Puyo and fight the many enemies with her skill. Arle soon finds herself being endangered and runs off, and Ringo sets out to find her, encountering old and new friends and rivals, using a special ability: she is able to transform into an adult or a child while playing the game, affecting the Puyo size in the process.
After a match with Klug, Ringo decides that in order to solve the problem, she must travel to seven power spots of the planet, encountering the strongest opponents. During the trek, she discovered that Arle has become possessed by a new adversary, Ecolo. When Ringo comes upon the newly transformed Dark Arle, she defeats her, reverting her to normal. Ecolo decides to bury the universe in Puyos just for amusement. Ringo, Arle, and Amitie team up with her to save the day. Ecolo is defeated, and everyone is unharmed.
While 14 characters from previous series appear, five new characters debut:
- Ringo Andou (あんどうりんご Andō Ringo?)
Voiced by: Asami Imai
- Ringo is the intelligent main protagonist of the game. She lives in yet another different universe to Arle and Amitie, and is taught how to play the game of Puyo by Arle when a horde of them flood her school. Her name means apple.
- Maguro Sasaki (ささきまぐろ Sasaki Maguro?)
Voiced by: Yūki Ishikari
- This Suzuran Shopping District's resident is the son of a fishmonger and Ringo's friend. He is very fashionable, but also quite weird. He has purple hair that covers his eyes. Being the fishmonger's son explains his name, which means tuna. He is never seen without a Kendama, which he wears around his neck, and his animations frequently feature it.
- Risukuma-senpai (りすくませんぱい Risukuma-senpai?)
Voiced by: Kenichi Ono
- Risukuma is an older student at his school and a former science club member. Three months ago, the science club room blew up after an experiment went wrong, and he is now in the middle of renting the physics club. He has the head of a teddy bear, and resembles a bear as well. His name is a portmanteau, with risu meaning squirrel and kuma meaning bear; senpai is an honorific for a senior.
- Dark Arle (ダークアルル Dāku Aruru?)
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki
- Arle possessed by Ecolo. She corresponds to Doppelganger Arle from Puyo Puyo~n.
- Ecolo (エコロ Ekoro?)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida
- The main antagonist of the game, and the one responsible for flooding Ringo's world with Puyos. He is equivalent to Popoi from Puyo Pop Fever. He has a question mark on his head, and is able to shapeshift into shadowy versions of the characters.
There are five modes of gameplay used in Free Battle games:
- Puyo Puyo Great Transformation (ぷよぷよだいへんしん Puyopuyo Daihenshin?)
- The main focus of the game. There are two transformations, Mini (ちび Chibi?) and Mega (でか Deka?), with each character having representations of each. The Transformations refer to the grid size, not so much the character representation.
- Puyo Puyo Fever (ぷよぷよフィーバー Puyopuyo Fībā?)
- This is Fever mode. It is identical to the mode in 15th Anniversary.
- Puyo Puyo 2 (ぷよぷよ通 Puyopuyo tsū?)
- This mode emulates the gameplay of Puyo Puyo Tsu.
- Puyo Puyo (ぷよぷよ Puyopuyo?)
- This mode emulates the gameplay of the original Puyo Puyo.
- Mission Puyo (なぞぷよ Nazo puyo?)
- In mission mode, the player is given a task which they must complete before their opponents. This mode is named after the Puyo Puyo spinoff game released in 1993.
The story mode focuses mainly on Great Transformation, but has a small number of other modes in addition.
The first three modes are also available for multiplayer games over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
- Green Puyo= 1 player
- 1.Story (Adventure mode) 2.School (2 types of tutorials ans edit mode) 3.Endless(1.Big Puyo 2.Normal Endless 3. Quick Drop 4.Fever 5.Missions 6. Mix) 4.Free Battle with warious modes
- Red Puyo= Everybody
- 2 players and mutiplayer with 5 modes
- Yello Puyo
- Purple Puyo
- Options, Sound Test, Save and Load
- When Klug enters Deka Transformation mode, he turns into Strange Klug, the result of his possession by his book, previously seen in Puyo Puyo Fever 2.
- Amitie's Deka outfit resembles her Puyo Pop Fever outfit.
- Arle's Deka outfit is a combination of her Puyo Puyo~n and Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary outfits.
- Arle and Carbuncle are separately playable for the first time since Puyo Pop Fever.
- Skeleton-T has two personifications by his side: one to represent Deka, and one to represent Piko. When he enters Transformation mode, either one of these two characters takes his place.
- Risukuma and Feli's Deka outfits resemble servants. Risukuma resembles a butler, while Feli's resembles a maid. However, both are considered senior students.
- When Dark Arle enters Transformation mode, she does not transform at all. Rather, her robe changes color depending on which mode she enters, Red for Deka and Green for Chibi. (Carbuncle does not transform either.)
- Ecolo can shapeshift into Ringo when outside Transformation mode, and can transform into either a shadow Feli for Chibi or a shadow Klug when he enters Transformation mode.
- There is another version of Carbuncle who appears alongside Dark Arle in her animations.
- When the game is finished, a player can see a cameo appearance by classic Puyo Puyo characters Harpy and Witch by re-entering Stage 1 of Act 3 and choosing to play as Amitie.
- 1UP.com. "Puyo Pop Returns: News from 1UP.com". Retrieved December 24, 2010.
- "ぷよぷよ7 - キャラクター". Sega. Archived from the original on 2011-02-13. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
- SEGA's Puyo Puyo 7 site Official site
- SEGA's "Project Ringo" teaser site - now links to SEGA's Puyo Puyo 7 site. Trailer no longer works
- Puyo Nexus Wiki's Puyo Puyo 7 page Has information on Puyo Puyo 7 that might not be fit for Wikipedia's standards.