Puyo Puyo

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Puyo Puyo
The Puyo Puyo logo.
DevelopersCompile (1991-2000)
Sonic Team (2001-present)
PublishersCompile (1991-2000)
Sega (1992-1994, 1999-present)
Platform of OriginMSX2
First gamePuyo Puyo (1991)
Latest game???

Puyo Puyo (ぷよぷよ Puyopuyo) is a series of tile-matching video games created by Compile. Sega has owned the franchise since 1998, with games after 2001 being developed by Sonic Team. Puyo Puyo was created as a spin-off to Madou Monogatari, a series of first-person dungeon crawler RPGs by Compile.

While the first game was created for the MSX2, the second game, a retooled version for Arcades, made Puyo Puyo successful.

Primary Gameplay

The objective of the game is to defeat all opponents in a battle by causing the third spot from the left in the top row (which is depicted with a red X in later versions of Puyo Puyo) to become occupied by something that does not immediately leave. The Puyo are round, slime-like creatures who, in most variations of the game, fall from the top of the screen in pairs, triplets, or tetrads. The piece can be moved, dropped, and rotated using the controller or joystick. The piece falls until it reaches another Puyo or the bottom of the screen.

When four or more Puyo of the same color line up adjacent to each other, they disappear. Puyo connect horizontally or vertically, but not diagonally; the whole group doesn't need to be a line, but can be any tetromino or larger.

The Puyo above those that are cleared fall onto other pieces or the bottom of the screen. Simultaneous Pops (同時消し Dōji Keshi, simultaneous erasing) are created when more than one group is formed at a time.

A Chain is made when falling Puyo cause a new group of Puyo to Pop, making a chain reaction. For example, grid 7 will form a 2 Chain, grid 8 will form a 3 Chain, and grid 9 will form a 5 Chain.

When a Chain is achieved, Nuisance Puyo (お邪魔ぷよ Ojama Puyo, Hindrance Puyo) are sent to either clog the opponent's screen or to cancel out (offset, 相殺) the Nuisance Puyo sent by the opponent. Nuisance Puyo are translucent pieces that disappear when Puyo are popped next to them. If multiple groups of Puyo are cleared in succession due to a chain, the amount of Nuisance Puyo will increase based solely on the number of steps in the chain. Nuisance Puyo are cached above the opponent's playing field, and do not fall until the attacker's chain concludes, and then the defender puts down a piece. Nuisance Puyo block the opponents' playing fields, and can cause them to lose if one is placed the third spot from the left in the top row.



Title Publisher(s) Platform(s) Release date
Puyo Puyo (1991)/ ぷよぷよ (ベータテスト1991) Compile MSX October 25, 1991
Tokuma Shoten Famicom Disk System
Tokuma Shoten Family Computer July 23, 1993
Puyo Puyo (1992)/ ぷよぷよ (1992) Sega Arcade October 1992
Sega Mega Drive December 18, 1992
Sega Game Gear March 19, 1993
Compile PC-9801 March 19, 1993
Banpresto Super Famicom December 10, 1993
SPS X68000 March 25, 1994
Banpresto Game Boy July 25, 1994
Bothtec PC-9801 May 28, 1995
Bothtec Microsoft Windows August 2, 1996
Bothtec Macintosh December 28, 1996
Nazo Puyo/ なぞぷよ Sega Game Gear July 23, 1993
Nazo Puyo 2/ なぞぷよ2 Sega Game Gear December 10, 1993
Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux/ なぞぷよ: アルルのルー Sega Game Gear July 29, 1994
Puyo Puyo (1992) CD/ ぷよぷよCD Compile PC Engine CD-ROM ??/??/1994
Compile Turbografx
Puyo Puyo Tsu/Puyo Puyo 2/ ぷよぷよ通/ ぷよぷよ2 Compile Arcade September 1994
Compile Mega Drive December 2, 1994
Compile Game Gear December 16, 1994
Compile PC-9801 October 27, 1995
Compile Sega Saturn October 27, 1995
Compile Super Famicom December 8, 1995
Compile PC Engine CD-ROM² (released Puyo Puyo Tsu CD) March 29, 1996
Compile Windows 95 November 15, 1996
Compile PlayStation (released Puyo Puyo Tsu Kettaban) November 15, 1996
Compile Game Boy December 13, 1996
Bandai WonderSwan March 11, 1999
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color July 22, 1999
Nazo Puyo/ なぞぷよ Compile PC-9801 November 11, 1994
Super Nazo Puyo: Rulue no Roux/ スーパーなぞぷよ: ルルーのルー Banpresto Super Famicom May 26, 1995
Super Nazo Puyo 2: Rulue no Tetsuwan Hanjouki/ スーパーなぞぷよ2: ルルーのてつわん はんじょうき Compile Super Famicom June 26, 1996
Puyo Puyo Sun/ ぷよぷよSUN/ ぷよぷよ3/ ぷよぷよサン Compile Arcade December 1996
Sega Saturn February 14, 1997
Nintendo 64 October 31, 1997
PlayStation (released Puyo Puyo Sun Kettaban) November 27, 1997
Microsoft Windows April 17, 1998
Game Boy Color November 27, 1998
Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon/ わくわくぷよぷよダンジョン Compile Sega Saturn April 2, 1998
PlayStation March 8, 1999
Puyo Puyo~n/ Puyo Puyo 4/ ぷよぷよ〜ん/ ぷよぷよ4 Sega Dreamcast March 4, 1999
Compile Nintendo 64 (released Puyo Puyo~n Party) December 3, 1999
Compile PlayStation December 16, 1999
Compile Game Boy Color September 22, 2000
Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Wars/ ぷよぷよ外伝: ぷよ戦争 Compile Game Boy Color August 27, 1999
Puyo Puyo DA!/ ぷよぷよDA! Compile Dreamcast December 16, 1999
Compile Arcade December 26, 1999
Arle no Bouken: Mahou no Jewel/ アルルの冒険: 魔法の宝石 Compile Game Boy Color March 31, 2000
Puyo Puyo Box/ ぷよぷよBOX Compile PlayStation December 21, 2000

Sonic Team/Sega

Title Platform(s) Release date
Minna de Puyo Puyo/ Puyo Pop/ みんなでぷよぷよ lit. Everybody Puyo Puyo Game Boy Advance October 18, 2001
Puyo Puyo Fever/ Puyo Pop Fever/ ぷよぷよフィーバー Arcade November 26, 2003
PlayStation 2 February 4, 2004
Dreamcast February 24, 2004
GameCube February 27, 2004
Mac OS X June 24, 2004
Game Boy Advance July 24, 2004
Microsoft Windows September 24, 2004
Pocket PC October 24, 2004
Nintendo DS December 24, 2004
PlayStation Portable
Puyo Puyo Fever 2/ Puyo Puyo Fever Chu!/ ぷよぷよフィーバー2/ ぷよぷよフィーバーチュー! PlayStation 2 November 24, 2005
PlayStation Portable
Nintendo DS December 24, 2005
Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary/ ぷよぷよ! 15周年 Nintendo DS December 14, 2006
PlayStation 2 March 21, 2007
PlayStation Portable
Wii July 26, 2007
Puyo Puyo 7/ Project: Ringo/ ぷよぷよ7 Nintendo DS July 30, 2009
PlayStation Portable November 30, 2009
Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary/ ぷよぷよ!! 20周年 Nintendo DS July 14, 2011
PlayStation Portable December 15, 2011
Nintendo 3DS
Puyo Puyo Tetris/ ぷよぷよテトリス PlayStation 3 February 6, 2014
Nintendo 3DS
PlayStation Vita
Wii U
Xbox One December 4, 2014
PlayStation 4
Nintendo Switch March 3, 2017
Microsoft Windows February 27, 2018
Puyo Puyo Chronicle/ ぷよぷよクロニクル Nintendo 3DS December 8, 2016
Puyo Puyo eSports/ Puyo Puyo Champions/ ぷよぷよeスポーツ PlayStation 4 October 25, 2018
Nintendo Switch

Coming soon for future...

Other Media



Title (English) Title (Japanese) Title (Romanized) Publisher Imprint First release Last release
Madou Monogatari 魔導物語 Madō Monogatari Kadokawa Shoten Sneaker Bunko April 1994 December 1995
Puyo Puyo Heaven ぷよぷよ天国 Puyo Puyo Tengoku Tokuma Shoten Manga Boys Comics Special April 1995 August 1995
Puyo Puyo RPG Manga Madou Monogatari ぷよぷよRPGまんが魔導物語 Puyo Puyo RPG Manga Madō Monogatari Tokuma Shoten Tokuma Intermedia Comics August 1995
Puyo Puyo RPG Manga Madou Monogatari: Hanamaru Daiyochienji ぷよぷよRPGまんが魔導物語 はなまる大幼稚園児 Puyo Puyo RPG Manga Madō Monogatari: Hanamaru Daiyōchienji Tokuma Shoten Tokuma Intermedia Comics December 1, 1995 April 1996
Puyo Puyo: 4 Panel Gag Battle ぷよぷよ4コマギャグバトル Puyo Puyo: Yonkoma Gyagu Batoru Kobunsha Shonen-O Hitama Game Comic Series April 1996 October 1998
Shin Madou Monogatari 新魔導物語 Shin Madō Monogatari Kadokawa Shoten Sneaker Bunko July 1996 September 1997
More! Puyo Puyo とっても!ぷよぷよ Motto! Puyo Puyo Shogakukan Tentomushi Comics Special October 1996 May 2000
Puyo Puyo: 4 Panel Comic Kingdom ぷよぷよ4コマまんが王国 Puyo Puyo Yonkoma Manga Ōkoku Futabasha Action Comics December 1996 July 1, 1997
Big Puyo Puyo March! ぷよぷよ大行進! Puyo Puyo Dai Kōshin! Kodansha Comic BonBon Deluxe April 1, 1997
Puyo Puyo Gag Paradise ぷよぷよギャグパラダイス Puyo Puyo Gyagu Paradaisu Kobunsha Shonen-O Series July 1997
Puyo Puyo Sun - Satan's Sexy Operation ぷよぷよSUN―サタンさまのモテモテ大作戦 Puyo Puyo Sun - Satan-sama no Motemote Daisakusen ASCII Famitsu Game Bunko February 1998
Madou Monogatari '98 - The Terrifying Dimensional Lifeforms! 魔導物語’98―次元生命体の恐怖!の巻 Madō Monogatari '98 ― Jigen Seimeitai no Kyōfu! no Maki ASCII Famitsu Bunko August 1998
Puyo Puyo ぷよぷよ Puyo Puyo Enix Hyper G Comic Anthology December 1998
Ma Madou Monogatari 真・魔導物語 Ma Madō Monogatari ASCII Famitsu Bunko December 1998 March 1, 2001
Puyo Puyo: 4 Panel Kings ぷよぷよ4コマKINGS Puyo Puyo: Yonkoma Kings Studio DNA DNA Media Comics January 1999
Puyo Puyo Short Comic Kings ぷよぷよショートコミックKINGS Puyo Puyo Shōto Komikku Kings Studio DNA DNA Media Comics February 1999
Super Madou Monogatari 超・魔導物語 Chō Madō Monogatari Kadokawa Shoten Sneaker Bunko March 1999 February 2000
Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Wars ぷよぷよ外伝 ぷよウォーズ Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Uōzu ASCII Famitsu Bunko August 1999
Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Wars 4 Panel DX ぷよぷよ外伝ぷよウォーズ4コマDX Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Uōzu Yonkoma DX Soft Bank Creative SB Comics Game Series November 1999
Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon わくわくぷよぷよダンジョン Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Danjon Enix Gangan Fantasy Comics November 1999 May 2003


Title (English) Title (Japanese) Title (Romanized) Publisher Imprint First release Last release
Puyo Puyo Fever 4 Panel kings ぷよぷよフィーバー4コマkings Puyo Puyo Fībā Yonkoma kings Ichijinsha ID Comics/DNA Media Comics June 25, 2004
Puyo Puyo ぷよぷよ Puyo Puyo Kadokawa Shoten Tsubasa Bunko April 11, 2014 July 11, 2015

Light Novels


Title (English) Title (Japanese) Title (Romanized) Publisher Imprint Release date
New Madou Monogatari
Super Madou Monogatari
Madou Monogatari 98
Shin Madou Monogatari


Title (English) Title (Japanese) Title (Romanized) Author Illustrator Publisher Imprint Release date
Amitie and the Mysterious Egg Utako Yoshino Kome Ichigo
Everyone's Dreams, Coming True!?
Sig's Secret
Satan's Space Amusement Park
Amitie and the Girl of Love


  • Puyo Puyo Live (Stage show)

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