Posted: June 23, 2014
Where can I begin?
This game is one of the most fun and addictive titles I've played in a while.
It's exactly what it says it is, a Puzzle Platformer. The puzzle aspect is quite simple; there are multicolored blocks that cascade from the sky, and your primary objective is to destroy them. Same colored blocks can connect, and chain for extra points. Massive combos result in massive amounts of points (buckle your pants, you're in for a massive amount of screen shaking.)
Now, the platforming part is where the fun begins. In addition to the puzzling, your next objective is survival. It's an endurance test. You'll need quick reflexes and lots of caution when blocks are falling from the sky - but that's not all you need to be wary of. Various stage hazards appear from time to time and vary from each world. Each hazard making the gameplay a ton of fun, as well as somewhat frustrating from time to time. A wise person will avoid letting hazards stack up. (Trust me.)
While the gameplay remains the same through each world, each world feels fresh as you play through them. As stated previously, each world adds new hazards, and you're in for a surprise every time. The graphics on each stage look great, and the music for each stage is even better.
In addition to solid gameplay, Super Puzzle Platformer has quite a few unlockables - various costumes that grant different bonuses and change how fast your character moves, how high they jump, and how strong their breaking abilites are. If you're feeling brave, there are also unlockable challenges that are both fun and, well, challenging. (They get pretty darn hard.)
This game even added some words to my normal vocabulary, I'll be calling things radical, jazzy, smokin', and nifty from now on.
Overall, I can't not recommend this game. Vibrant, colorful, retro graphics and a kickass soundtrack that are reminiscent of the Sega Genesis, simple and solid controls, with simple and great gameplay, as well as long lasting re-playability make this title shine. My only gripe would be the massive screenshake on very large combos. It can be pretty disorenting, but makes those combos feel worth it. I love everything about this game.
At the time of writing this review, I've only got a couple hours logged. But I'm extremely satisfied with this game, and I can't wait to log some more hours. 10 / 10.