Ice Blocks

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Ice Blocks
Margin time96
Target points120
OffsettingYes (Continuous)
All clear bonus Preset 4-chain

Ice Blocks (こおりづけ, Koorizuke) is a ruleset featured in Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary and Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary.

Gameplay

Ice Block rules uses a combination of Tsu rule (only pairs, 96-second margin time) and Fever rule (Continuous offset, 4-chain All Clear bonus) traits. However, what separates Ice Block from other gameplay rules is the eponymous Ice Blocks. Instead of sending Nuisance Puyo, players send frozen-over color Puyo to their opponents. The ice fractures over the course of three "turns," after which the Puyo can be used as normal. An ice block will immediately break if it is adjacent to a cleared set of Puyo.

Ice Blocks drop using a preset, character-specific color pattern. These 5x6 patterns can be viewed on the character select screen.

Order of Operations

  1. The player places their currently controlled pair.
  2. The game checks for chains.
  3. Any ice blocks in the player's field are fractured.
  4. The game checks for chains.
  5. Ice blocks waiting in the Nuisance tray are dropped if a chain was not made in step 2 or 4.
  6. The player is disqualified if their third-from-left column is filled.
  7. Return to step 1.

In short, the game does not check to see if a player has lost until after their ice has been fractured. This often leads to instances where a player's field is clogged but a lower set of ice completely shatters, starting a chain that brings the player's Puyo out of the elimination zone.

Difficulty levels (needs verification)

Very Easy
Slowest automatic drop speed.
Easy
Slower automatic drop speed.
Normal
Standard automatic drop speed.
Hard
Faster automatic drop speed.
Very Hard
Fastest automatic drop speed.