Puyo Puyo (rule)

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Puyo Puyo
Super Puyo Puyo (Japan)004.png
Margin timeN/A (96 in Sega-developed games)
Target points70
OffsettingNo
All clear bonus N/A

Puyo Puyo rule, also informally known as the "Original rule," is Puyo Puyo in its purest form. The Puyo Puyo ruleset has almost no unique gameplay mechanics of its own, and is perhaps better known for the fact that it lacks certain Tsu rule mechanics.

Gameplay mechanics

Five colors

The original versions of Puyo Puyo rule use five colors in both single- and multiplayer, though the practice stages only use four. Sega's implementation of Puyo Puyo rules uses the Tsu-standard four colors.

No margin time

The original versions of Puyo Puyo rule do not feature margin time; play could theoretically continue forever with the only possible gameplay change being the effect of gravity. Sega developed games introduce a 96-second margin time, perhaps due to online play.

No double rotation

Puyo Puyo rule does not feature double rotation. If a player's currently-controlled pair of Puyo is sandwiched between two columns, the player cannot flip the pair under any circumstance.

1-pair preview window

The preview window only allows the player to see one pair of upcoming Puyo.

Nuisance tray visuals

The Nuisance tray is only capable of displaying Nuisance Puyo in units of 1, 6, and 30.

Strategy

Unlike Tsu rule and beyond, there is essentially one strategy to employ in Puyo Puyo rule.

  • Keep the third-from-left column as clear as possible.
  • Become the first player to build a chain that generates at least 60 Nuisance. In most instances, a 5-chain will do.
  • Stall by using repeated rotations until victory is obtained.

Difficulty levels

Arcade

The arcade version does not feature difficulty levels.

Console

Very Easy
Slowest automatic drop speed
Easy
Slower automatic drop speed
Normal
Standard
Hard
Faster automatic drop speed, three rows of Nuisance
Very Hard
Fastest automatic drop speed, five rows of Nuisance

Sega-developed Games

Very Easy
The player plays with 3 colors.
Easy
The player plays with 3 colors and starts out with 2 rows of Nuisance Puyo.
Normal
The player plays with 4 colors.
Hard
The player plays with 5 colors.
Very Hard
The player plays with 5 colors and starts out with 2 rows of Nuisance Puyo. The player's Puyo also falls slightly faster.