Puyo Puyo is a classic puzzle game in which you must move little, coloured globs into groups of four to pop them. When I was growing up, there were three variations of this game available. There was the classic Puyo Puyo, but also a dedicated variation for each of the two major consoles of the time. Nintendo had Kirby’s Avalanche, as retheme of Puyo Puyo for the Kirby franchise. Sega, as part of their Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, had Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, which I think was the more successful of the two, simply from the fact that it seems to be more commonly remembered.
To get an idea of the gameplay here is a video. YouTube being YouTube, it’s not enough to provide a simple video, so this is an entire playthrough of the game for some reason:
I love the challenge of this game, when played against a human opponent of similar skill. I remember plying a lot of Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine against friends and developing staunch rivalries.
I love this game so much that I have many different editions of it including, a few years ago, importing the 20th anniversary edition from Japan, as it was not available in any English-speaking country.
There are people who claim that Tetris is the classic puzzle game. This is my Tetris!