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Puzzle Fighter Preview: Puzzle & Fighters

The Basics

  • Name: Puzzle Fighter
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Price: Free, with IAPs

The Details

  • Installed size: 355mb
  • Best played in short-medium sessions
  • Minor bugs experienced
  • Playable Offline: No

What is Puzzle Fighter?

Capcom’s Puzzle Fighter is a spiritual successor to the classic Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo which brought competitive puzzle gaming to arcades and consoles in 1996. Puzzle Fighter tasks players with eliminating blocks in the puzzle portion of the game, as their character fights in the fighter portion. Each block means more damage to their opponent, and certain combinations will triggers special attacks like Ryu’s Hadoken.

Puzzle Fighter is played 1 on 1 in either online player versus player mode, or against the AI though the game’s missions mode. As players win matches they obtain chests with new cards that let the obtain new characters and power up their existing arsenal. Of course chests can also be purchased by taking advantage of the game’s in app purchases.

Puzzle Fighter gameplay

Recommendation

Puzzle Fighter is a bit of a disappointment in its current state. Capcom has unfortunately decided to go with stylized 3D characters that do not look anywhere near as good as 2D sprites. That would be a bigger problem if players had any reason to look at the fighting that is going on above the puzzle board.

That is what it comes down to. Puzzle Fighter is a competitive puzzle game with some fighting window dressing. Players try to eliminate blocks in the most efficient way possible to chip away at their opponent’s health. Everything beyond that feels frivolous, but unfortunately it isn’t. Fighters and their abilities can be leveled up, increasing their abilities. That means that those who have played this game for a long time or those who spend significant amounts of money have a clear advantage over others. This is the norm for chest & card games, but those games need compelling gameplay to succeed. Puzzle Fighter just has a fairly basic puzzle game. In the end users get none of the enjoyment of the fighting portion game, but still need to deal with the disadvantages of having characters that can be leveled up. The core puzzle game is not bad, but everything that is added on top of it ends up doing more harm than good.

Puzzle Fighter is currently in its soft launch phase and available in a limited number of countries.

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Note: This preview reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.
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