The title says it all. Take one part falling block puzzle game, combine one part old-school platformer, add a couple thousand pixels, blend and serve. Why match colored blocks when you can just shoot the hell out of them? Your goal is to survive as long as you can. From celebrated indie developer Andrew Morrish and Adult Swim Games.
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Very Positive (299 reviews) - 92% of the 299 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 24, 2013

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“Easily one of the best Tetris-style games to show up in a very long time.”
- Hardcore Gamer

“Fans of simple, yet long-lasting arcade games will find this to be another title they come back to again and again.”
- Indie Statik

“Harkens back to a simpler time when the ultimate goal of a videogame was simply to obtain a high score.”
- Destructoid

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About This Game

The title says it all. Take one part falling block puzzle game, combine one part old-school platformer, add a couple thousand pixels, blend and serve. Why match colored blocks when you can just shoot the hell out of them? Your goal is to survive as long as you can. From celebrated indie developer Andrew Morrish and Adult Swim Games.

Key Features

  • Nov. 2013 Update: new outfit, new level, new challenges and MORE!
  • 9 playable characters, each with unique abilities
  • 7 different worlds to explore
  • Dozens of obstacles, hazards and enemies
  • 20+ challenges to overcome
  • Play single player or local head-to-head multi-player
  • Amazing soundtrack
  • Leaderboards support
  • 30+ Steam achievements

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3
    • Processor:2.0GHz
    • Memory:2 GB GB RAM
    • Graphics:Pixel Shader 2.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:70 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2.4GHz or higher
    • Memory:2 GB GB RAM
    • Graphics:Vertex Shader 2.0 compatible card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:70 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:Snow Leopard 10.6.X
    • Processor:Dual Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB GB RAM
    • Graphics:Pixel Shader 2.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:170 MB HD space
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Very Positive (299 reviews)
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frankieparsons
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
GAMEPLAY
The action takes place on one screen. You can move left, right, jump and fire. You first stand on two layers of blocks as blocks start to fall continuously from above. Your job is simple: avoid them, shoot them and don't die. A block takes 3 or 4 hits to be destroyed but all blocks of the same colour that are adjacent to each other explode in the blast. Destroy lots at once for a big score and don't hit the bottom - the spikes cause insta-death. Your quick-thinking decisions will involve where to fire from and which block of blocks to wipe out.

PRESENTATION & DESIGN
It's a pixel-art style kept simple. You have a map of an island which is your level-select screen. This has six unlockable areas denoting the six levels to play and the main idea is to try to get your best score on each and attempt to beat it with later playthroughs. Some players will attempt to crack certain conditions to unlock more characters.

CONCLUSION
This is a fast-paced game requiring quick-thinking and quick-reactions. One false move insta-kills you, often prematurely, and this unforgiving nature of the game can make things frustrating. Emotional players will need to be prepared to yell at the screen in despair on more than one occasion - and the fact that you need to wait through a load of animations to get back into the action after death, might just make stress levels worse. Despite this, most patient and balanced individuals will enjoy the blast.
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guapogringo101
( 38.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Fun little game. Music is annoying after a few minutes so I recommend muting and playing your own
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Note
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Super Puzzle Platformer is literally a puzzle platformer. It's like that dream I had where I was in the middle of a Tetris board and tetrominoes began to rain on me...

A-anyways, You play as a little square guy and you have to dodge raining blocks, spikes, chainsaws, etc. but you're armed with a weapon that can shoot alike colored blocks! There are six(?) different levels to play on, several challenges to complete and a whole assortment of characters to play as, (Ninja OP) replayability's pretty high for this game, especially when going for highscores or thinking to yourself, "Just one more game..."

Speaking of which..
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william2401
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Great music, great gameplay, 10/10
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Oregono
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
BEAT!
# Around 4 hours

SPPD is a really fun "score-chase" game where you basically shoot like-colored block combinations to destroy them, all the while avoiding falling blocks and traps. Every once in a while you get a "gem". You can move onto the next area once you have enough gems.

Simple in concept. Very entertaining in practice. Very much a "one more round" kind of game.
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Mr. Chicken nipples
( 42.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
An amazing game with an even more amazing soundtrack
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g.greg
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
matching game + platformer + shooter

levels are randomly generated

there're different characters

fix and random challenges

with a discount or within a bundle it's a plus
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MarurabaATX
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
super fun and addictive, imagine playing mario ontop of a tetris level, that is super puzzle platformer dx.
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whoreson bob
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
Alternative title: Die Hard: With A Vengeance.
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Morton Treeman
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
is an alright game

+great art style
+great controls
+good music
+good character selection

-not much content, is more arcade style tbh
-the lava level is extremely frustrating bc of the lava bubbles coming from the bottom but if you let the block height grow a little bit you should be fine on reaction time

7/10 you get what you pay for
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Preswylfa
( 41.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
A great little time waster.
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EmeraldRuby
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 23, 2015
This is a really fun, chaotic game to play.

You control a block-like creature that wields... probably a multitude of weapons, depending on the outfit you choose. Your goal is to platform the best that you can while blasting away the block obstacles and avoiding various deathtraps such as fireball shots, drills that destroy a column full of blocks, and many other traps.

The presentation is great. Hitbox is clear. The music is energetic techno, which for a fast-paced game that gets hectic, it's really beneficial.

Z and X are used to shoot, and the arrow keys are used to move your character, especially the up arrow key because that's also your jump key. Doing specific things while a stage is going on can unlock outfits. The outfits you choose before selecting the various stages gives you various abilities, such as a slower descent or a double jump. However, you have 3 stats; Jump (how high you jump), Power (How much damage you're capable of doing to the obstacles), and movement speed. Depending on the outfit, you get different stats, which adds a plethora of replay value. While the asthetics of choosing a stage are just asthetics, the types of traps you encounter vary from stage to stage. Playing through a different stage with a different outfit adds wonders to even more replay value.

There's multiplayer, but sadly, I can't play it because I only have one friend that has this game. However, it's a really fun, easy-to-pick up game that I recommend.
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YellowAfterlife
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 15, 2015
A rather addicting action+puzzle+platformer game. Has a great soundtrack. If you are not not whether you'd have fun with the game, check out the original\prototype flash version of it.
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gunsage
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 8, 2015
Imagine Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, but you're playing as a little dude who's trying not to get squished while also blasting blocks to set up combos and avoid traps and spikes. That's the game. It's simple, yet ridiculously addictive. I love it.
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cornandspaghetti
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 7, 2015
I bought this game on a whim during the autumn sale when it was next to nothing. I would buy this game even full price! It's extremely frustrating and addicting because of the difficulty level but once you learn what you are doing it can be quite fun... it pisses you off in a good way.
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Helios Leinheart
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 1, 2015
I cannot recommend this game in its current state. It's so close to being a respectable puzzle experience like Tetris, but it has problems that hold it back.

First, and most glaring, is that the text that pops up whenever you level up, level down, or destroy blocks will block your vision of falling blocks and traps. It is incredibly irritating to not be able to react to a falling trap because the game felt the need to say "groovy" in big annoying letters smack dab in the middle of the playing field. Or you couldn't position yourself just right to get out of the way of falling blocks because of the same reason. It's annoying, it's unfair, and it's unneccesary.

Second, the traps feel unfair most of the time. Not taking into account my previous complaint, in the fourth level, (Cookin' Caves) there are fire stick traps pulled straight out of Super Mario Bros. that limit your mobility severely. If you aren't blind sighted by the thing coming down, you'll be hard pressed to find a safe spot to destroy it. Sometimes even more will come down at once, limiting you to about 25% of the playing field. When I'm trying to setup large combos, avoid falling into spikes or lava, and move out of the way of falling blocks, it feels extremely unfair to have some kind of trap fall in and completely screw up your plans AND likely end your game.

My last big problem is that there is no way to push blocks around. Why not? It would only serve to make the game more enjoyable and give the player more control over the field. It would add greatly to the gameplay. Instead you have to wait around for blocks to drop into places you want them to. I can't tell you how surprised I was to find that such a potentially good feature was not in the game. Maybe one of the unlockable characters can, but that's no excuse. It should be available from the start.

Despite all this, the music is top notch and the graphics are really appealing. And when I wasn't getting screwed over by being blinded by text or unfair traps, I did have a good time. But it could be SO much better than this.
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Afraid of Lobsters
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 21, 2015
Do you like Tetris? Cool. Do you like fast-paced platforming? Cool. Have you tried them both at the same time? No? Try this game out!

I got this in a bundle, and (as is usual with any bundle game I haven't heard of) was not expecting much of anything. I mostly buy these bundles in search of a diamond in the rough, something I get a lot of playtime out of for around a dollar. While this game isn't anything incredible in particular, it IS quite a bit of fun.

You play a small person with a gun, and you must clear the level of all the blocks. The way to do this is to match colors of blocks, and shoot the group until it disappears. When the entire map is clear of blocks, you win the level and progress. There are different powerups and items, and you unlock new characters if you do well on the level.

The main thing I look for in bundle games are games that I feel compelled to keep installed. This is one of those games. I can see myself coming back to this every now and then for a twist on Tetris with some fast-paced platforming.
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Crater Creator
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 16, 2015
I bought this game for its interesting premise: what if you were trapped in a Tetris-style puzzle/arcade game, and had to survive the falling blocks? I think I came into it with reasonable expectations, but Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe falls short for me.

The gameplay is simple, fast-paced, and controls well once I got used to it. However there were no instructions or tutorial provided. I start a game, and I have to guess how to move, how to interact with the blocks, and even what the objective is. I go to the options to see the controller map, and there isn't one. You go to controls and you're already changing them, one by one. I have no idea what the default keys are now. Plus, the text is hard to read - always inexcusable, 8-bit or not. My first impression could've been much better with just a little more effort on these points.

If you're in the mood for a cheap indie 8-bit platformer built around a few simple mechanics, I'd look at other offerings - VVVVVV, for one.
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hackstermatrix
( 31.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 4, 2015
Short review

Well worth the price.
What you see is what you get, just watch the trailer.
If you like arcade games, platformers or Tetris (who doesn't?) this game is for you!!!

Review expansion

Pros[/b]
Very high replayability: you will easily spend more time than intended whenever you have a session
Easy enough for anyone to learn, hard enough to keep you coming back to break your high score.

Deceptively simple: The game is full of simple concepts but in combination reate depth and immersion.

Cons:[/b]
Lack of options: I will point out that as an indie game I naturally don't expect too much and I haven't found anything that has ruined my experience. You can't really customise your experience past the essentials (fullscreen, volume, controls etc)
the game should have had at least some built in level creation or mod support which could add a lot to such a wonderful game.

9.11/10
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aenetlif
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 2, 2015
miss online :(
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
BEAT!
# Around 4 hours

SPPD is a really fun "score-chase" game where you basically shoot like-colored block combinations to destroy them, all the while avoiding falling blocks and traps. Every once in a while you get a "gem". You can move onto the next area once you have enough gems.

Simple in concept. Very entertaining in practice. Very much a "one more round" kind of game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
This is a really fun, chaotic game to play.

You control a block-like creature that wields... probably a multitude of weapons, depending on the outfit you choose. Your goal is to platform the best that you can while blasting away the block obstacles and avoiding various deathtraps such as fireball shots, drills that destroy a column full of blocks, and many other traps.

The presentation is great. Hitbox is clear. The music is energetic techno, which for a fast-paced game that gets hectic, it's really beneficial.

Z and X are used to shoot, and the arrow keys are used to move your character, especially the up arrow key because that's also your jump key. Doing specific things while a stage is going on can unlock outfits. The outfits you choose before selecting the various stages gives you various abilities, such as a slower descent or a double jump. However, you have 3 stats; Jump (how high you jump), Power (How much damage you're capable of doing to the obstacles), and movement speed. Depending on the outfit, you get different stats, which adds a plethora of replay value. While the asthetics of choosing a stage are just asthetics, the types of traps you encounter vary from stage to stage. Playing through a different stage with a different outfit adds wonders to even more replay value.

There's multiplayer, but sadly, I can't play it because I only have one friend that has this game. However, it's a really fun, easy-to-pick up game that I recommend.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
A rather addicting action+puzzle+platformer game. Has a great soundtrack. If you are not not whether you'd have fun with the game, check out the original\prototype flash version of it.
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46 of 53 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
This game is not for the faint of heart.

You may be playing as an armed piece of cheddar with massive eyebrows, but you'd best be on your damn toes in this intense puzzle platformer. But this ain't your average "puzzle platformer", no, forget your braids and your fezzes, because this game's got GUNS, SPIKES, MISSILES, DYNAMITE, LASERS, JETPACKS, SKELETONS and BLOCK, AFTER BLOCK, AFTER BLOCK, THREATENING TO TURN YOU INTO CREAM CHEESE.

And to top it all off, this game has a BLAST PROCESSING option, which does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2014
Wait for the blocks to fall and line up with each other. The more of the same color touching, the bigger the combo bonus when you blast them with your ray-gun! That's essentially the core element of Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe, shooting blocks in larger and larger groups for higher and higher combos in order to collect gems and unlock new areas and outfits!

Each new area comes with its own tileset, music, trap-blocks, and total gems needed to "complete" the area. Gems are earned by collecting bits from blasting blocks and clusters of blocks. Grab enough or get a big enough combo and a gem will drop for you to collect. Completing certain other "tasks" will unlock different outfits or characters to choose from. Each outfit comes with its own set of stats and abilities, each one having its own strengths and weaknesses.

Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe hits the action, puzzle, and indie spots tremendously well. The music is great and keeps the game at a fast pace while the sound effects blend perfectly into it. Bright, colorful, and simple animations are pleasing to the eye and easy to keep up with during quick bouts of frantic, block-shooting fun. The multiplayer is great and the game is a solid buy for the price. Get it. Right now.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Imagine Super Meat Boy and Tetris have had a child.

Everything was going fine with the baby until the 16th birthday, when they prompty discovered Rock n' Roll, from one of the old albums Meat Boy had lying around. It was KISS.

Super Puzzle became enamored with KISS, and KISS culture.

As Puzzle got further into KISS culture, they started hanging out with the wrong crowd. They were doing the reefer, and staying out all night playing rock and roll.

Super Meat Boy and Tetris didn't know what to do.

They went to the pastor at their local church. He too was at a loss. Never before had he seen someone so devoted to the rock and roll.

Things only got worse as Puzzle got older.

Eventually, though Meat Boy and Tetris did their best to raise a good devout christian, Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe became a worshiper of the Satan.

Super Puzzle now spends its time punishing people for its sins. Because it is so angry with life, it makes others suffer alongside it.

Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe hates you.

Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe hates me.

Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe hates its parents.

...That is what it is like, playing this game.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
This title, although small, is a great send-up to the 3rd and 4th generations of gaming. Players can choose one of nine different outfits, each with thier own ability (for example: Ninja offers double-jumping; Domino Mask utilizes two-way shooting), and endure amidst a small arena of falling blocks. Jump, shoot and strategize your way to a high score.

As for the gameplay itself, the premise is simple: survive as long as possible, with no time limit. This quickly becomes a welcome challenge, as numerous traps [and blocks] will appear according to the players' level (goes up to four; the higher the level, the more difficult it is to survive). Each map has its' own set of traps. Usually, it is a better option to wait for the screen to fill at least halfway, as connected adjacent blocks of the same colour will all explode when shot as a combo. As blocks explode, they drop block bits, which add 1 point on thier own. Collect enough bits in a row, and an invincibility star will appear.

Get this title while it's still only 2 dollars; it's worth it. The game has a small footprint as well, being under a gigabyte, as well as lower specs.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2015
This game has awesome music and extremely solid core gameplay.
It's pretty tough and can sometimes be unfair because the blocks are somewhat random.

Thankfully it's not too frustrating since you can quickly start a new round.
The music and fun gameplay also help with that.

So far, I'd say 8.5/10.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
That was a blast! I loved it!

You're a little block-shaped guy trapped in a Tetris pit and given the Polar Star from Cave Story. Your mission is to achieve a high score and survive for as long as possible against colored blocks and hazards constantly falling on you. You can clear blocks by shooting at them, and any adjacent same-colored blocks will also be damaged by your shots. Destroyed blocks drop little triangles (also from Cave Story) which will level up your gun. Getting crushed by a block will level down your gun, but most hazards (including the spikes at the bottom) will outright kill you and end your run, so you’ll have to be careful.

The main gameplay takes place in eight endless levels, each of which has its own set of hazards. Through continued play, you can unlock the different levels, as well as different characters, and about thirty “survival” challenges each of which will require you to dodge a preset pattern of hazards falling on you. I found everything in this game highly addicting and satisfying to defeat. The instant death traps were indeed frustrating, but they made the eventual success that much sweeter.

My favorite part of the game had to be the soundtrack. Unlike most retro-inspired chiptunes which sound like the NES, this game’s music is beautifully molded after the Sega Genesis (or perhaps old AdLib midis, if you prefer). There wasn’t a bad track in the whole game, and they all got me pumped to try again just one more time.

The game’s about 10-20 hours long depending on your skill level and your desired goal of completion. Getting the very last few achievements requires beating some sadistic levels which require you to survive for thirty seconds against a terrible onslaught of hazards. They are difficult, but manageable with some persistence. My only real gripe with this game was that the fourth level (Cookin Cave) seemed to be the hardest and most frustrating with some instant-death hazards which seem to come out of nowhere, but it’s doable once you notice the patterns in the level. Overall, the game’s length was about perfect and it didn’t overstay its welcome.

I recommend it to all achievement hunters, and anyone who likes the looks of the trailer. I think I’ll be having fond memories of this game for quite a while, at least until I can get the awesome music out of my head.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe is a perfect mixture of old school gameplay and modern twisted role reversal concepts; it controls beautifully, it's hard but not frustrating, when you pick up block pieces, diamonds and everything else it's very satisfying, and on top of it all, it's great for short bursts.
This is the kind of game I would have trashed every last coin into its coin op in late 80s/early 90s.

For those who don't know what this is about: it's a platform game set in a block-drop puzzle stage.
You have to avoid and destroy falling stuff. If you destroy a block placed near other blocks of the same colors you obtain more stuff. Picking up stuff is needed to level up and become more powerful.
The more you proceed, the more dangerous stuff drops down.
That's it, basically. But in a perfect arcade fashion it could virtually offer endless joy.

This is the kind of game you just can't stop playing. Like, never.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2013
Adult Swim games is doing great work here, finding hidden gems and publishing them. This game is addicting and fun, on the level of Robot Unicorn Attack. Although I didn't really care for any of the unlockable characters, but it's good to have some variety to find one's style of play. Is this the triple A title GOTY you've been looking for, with a level system, perks, killer story, killer graphics, and hardcore gameplay? No, it is not, but it is a fun little title that should not be ignored. Buy it, play it, and play it, and play it, and play it, and play it...
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2013
a great cross-genre color-matching puzzle game. did you ever play "tetris attack" or "wario's woods" on the SNES? it's kind of like that, but with more playable avatars and better platforming mechanics.

+ crisp controls
+ each avatar has it's own platforming mechanic and attack
+ instant payoff
- versus mode was poorly made and isn't fun

score = 3.5/5
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
Where can I begin?
This game is one of the most fun and addictive titles I've played in a while.

It's exactly what it says it is, a Puzzle Platformer. The puzzle aspect is quite simple; there are multicolored blocks that cascade from the sky, and your primary objective is to destroy them. Same colored blocks can connect, and chain for extra points. Massive combos result in massive amounts of points (buckle your pants, you're in for a massive amount of screen shaking.)

Now, the platforming part is where the fun begins. In addition to the puzzling, your next objective is survival. It's an endurance test. You'll need quick reflexes and lots of caution when blocks are falling from the sky - but that's not all you need to be wary of. Various stage hazards appear from time to time and vary from each world. Each hazard making the gameplay a ton of fun, as well as somewhat frustrating from time to time. A wise person will avoid letting hazards stack up. (Trust me.)

While the gameplay remains the same through each world, each world feels fresh as you play through them. As stated previously, each world adds new hazards, and you're in for a surprise every time. The graphics on each stage look great, and the music for each stage is even better.

In addition to solid gameplay, Super Puzzle Platformer has quite a few unlockables - various costumes that grant different bonuses and change how fast your character moves, how high they jump, and how strong their breaking abilites are. If you're feeling brave, there are also unlockable challenges that are both fun and, well, challenging. (They get pretty darn hard.)

This game even added some words to my normal vocabulary, I'll be calling things radical, jazzy, smokin', and nifty from now on.

Overall, I can't not recommend this game. Vibrant, colorful, retro graphics and a kickass soundtrack that are reminiscent of the Sega Genesis, simple and solid controls, with simple and great gameplay, as well as long lasting re-playability make this title shine. My only gripe would be the massive screenshake on very large combos. It can be pretty disorenting, but makes those combos feel worth it. I love everything about this game.

At the time of writing this review, I've only got a couple hours logged. But I'm extremely satisfied with this game, and I can't wait to log some more hours. 10 / 10.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2013
This is a slightly different take on the 'match colored gems' genre. Blocks will fall out of the sky, randomly, and it's your job, as a playable character, to destroy these blocks with your gun. If you shoot a block, all the other blocks connected it will also be destroyed. As long as they're the same color. Destroyed blocks will give you stars and earning enough of these stars will level up your character allowing him to shoot much faster and also to get hit should a block fall on him. Your level equals the number of times you can get hit, except if you fall onto the spikes or a weaponized block hits you. So, a level 3 character allows you to get hit 3 times. It's a challenging game, but you'll learn how to play it in a matter of minutes. 'Easy to learn, hard to master' has been never more appropriate.

Collecitng enough stars will unlock new outfits that give you more abilites, like a double jump or a jetpack, making the game slightly easier.

The retro graphics are charming and the music is pretty good, but gets a bit repetitive after a few games.

There are also challenges to be unlocked, but instead of relying on skills, they actually rely on memory. They can be frustrating, but fun, since they only last 30 seconds.

Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe is a great game for all those who love games like Bejeweled, even if it doesn't use the exact same gameplay mechanic.

[Rating: 71/100]
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
It's very frustrating at first, because pretty much everything instantly kills you, and there are a lot of rules that you just have to learn by dying, and also some nuance to the rules that you just have to learn by accident or via the special challenges (e.g. if you jump or fall onto spikes, it instantly kills you, but if you walk onto spikes that are the same horizontal level as you, it's totally safe).

It's extremely challenging, but once you die enough to figure out what in the hell is going on, it's actually a really creative idea for a falling block game. Extremely challenging, but honestly very fun. Especially once you start unlocking alternate characters with different special abilities. (The dual wield character is my jam.)

I'll give this one the thumbs up. Especially if it's in a sale.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
This was a neat game and I had a pretty good time with it.

The gameplay is fun and interesting, though frustratingly hard at times. The basic idea is that this is a matching block breaker type game, except you don't have any control over how the blocks fall. Instead, you're a guy on top. The game actually plays like a platformer, except you score points by breaking blocks. The bigger your combo (the more of one color that you break in one combo) the more you score. There's some exp type things that raise your general attack power. You also immediately level down upon taking some forms of damage (some damage out right ends the game, like falling on spikes), As you progress you unlock new stages which in turn have their own unique mechanics that don't typically appear within other stages. Certain stages (♥♥♥♥ing fire cave, for example) are harder than the end ones simply because of the design of their mechanics.

There are also some challenges and those were fun, though they're more about learning the progression of the drops than anything else.

Additionally, there are different characters that have different abilities but I never found myself wanting to use any of these. The base character is pretty balanced and his ability is good.

The music is pretty good in Super Puzzle Platformer and I really enjoyed listening to the sound track.

Graphics are graphical. They don't get in the way but they're also not super fancy. They work.

If I had any negative things to say it would be how the difficulty curve scales (that ♥♥♥♥ing fire cave, world 3 or 4, is pretty hard but later stages aren't really). That, and if you're an achievement hunter then yeah, this game can go ♥♥♥♥ itself lol. Most of the achievements aren't hard and I had fun doing them (beating challenges, clearing stages, getting max level on stages). However, the ones that suck ♥♥♥♥ing suck. Although not the worst, there is an achievement for dying 1k times: sorry, I don't want to play this game that much; even grinding that out would be a massive hassle.

The worst, however, involves lasting for an inordinate amount of time in a stage to unlock a special challenge. There is a challenge for each stage and clearing one of these challenges earns you an achievement. These challenges are pretty tough to unlock and I gave up on them. Not interested in the time it takes to get that.

Those two points, the achievements and the difficulty, are pretty minor though. I count this as a great game and I think everyone should play it. It deconstructs the puzzle genre very well.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2013
Buy? Maybe. It's a very challenging block puzzler that plays a bit like Mr. Driller or Egg Mania (YEAH! Just made you google that obscure game) where you control a character instead of the actual block drops. Shoot blocks for XP shards (which look almost exactly like the ones from Cave Story), which make your weapon stronger. Connected blocks of the same color reward more XP and points. Be carefull, as shooting a block combo from under you can mean death if you don't jump in time. Other hazards can make things difficult. It has the sharpness and solidity I've started to see in other Adult Swim games, but the difficulty is no joke - get ready to kick ♥♥♥ or get yours kicked. If you were looking foward to this game already or if this kinda of game appeals to you, I don't see any reason for you not to enjoy it other than the somewhat unforgiving difficulty. If you have a passing interest and already have other games you're interested in, then you're not missing much, though it may be pretty fun with local co-op.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
SPPD takes everything conventional about tile matching games and turns it up to 11. I am not typically a fan of this genre, which is a testament to how addicting this action platformer can be. With 9 playable 'classes' that subtly change your method of block destruction (pssst, ninja is OP) and a handful of white-knuckle challenge stages, there is plenty of fun to be had.

While the premise is fairly simple, the addition of traps and greed-inducing treasure falling at every turn spices it up plenty. Adult Swim Games has done it again. Prepare to be sucked in, if only for a few sittings. You will catch yourself humming the superbly mixed chiptune well after, though.

9/10 Pixely Explosions
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Puzzle-platformers are an underrated genre. I'm especially fond of arcade titles like Bubble Bobble(and its sequels) & Snow Brothers. What makes the concept work is that you're playing a puzzle game, but you don't actually realize it. You're just thinking "Wow if I capture these guys in bubbles and pop them at the same time, I get a huge point bonus". Figuring out how to get all the baddies at once is the puzzle, but your skills are simultaneously tested by everything out to kill you. Somebody thought "Wow I should combine a puzzle-platformer and a falling-block puzzler. That'd be super!" So now we have Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe. Alright then.

The story of SPPD is that it's a SPPD. You're a thing with a weapon, trapped in a hole, and blocks continously fall from the sky. You can destroy all the blocks as they fall, but that's not even slightly fulfilling. Instead you chip away, so that a huge mass of same-colored blocks are grouped together. Destroy that and you get a mess of gems, and possibly an invincibility star.

Why would you need invincibility? It's probably for all the traps trying to kill you. These traps can be destroyed by shooting the blocks next to them. That's not always a possibility though. You also have to account for the spiked-floor, or the pool of lava, or the dangerous pit of dying death. You don't want to mistakenly blast your floor out from under you. The goal of each world is to get as high a score as possible before you die...or get bored.

One of the standards of the falling-block puzzler is that as the game progresses, the blocks drop at increasing levels of speed. Eventually it gets to the point you have less than a second, to figure out where you want the piece to go, and if your reflexes will get it there in time. Our human limitations are what cause the game to end. SPPD doesn't do this...as far as I could tell. The pace of the game stays at the same rate throughout; the blocks never seem to fall any faster, nor do the traps get any more numerous. Eventually boredom sets in, because there's no longer any struggle for survival.

When games end unexpectedly (death) your first thought is "BULL ♥♥♥♥" your second thought is "Wow I bet if that didn't happen or I dodged that, I'd have gotten further." After enough time is spent in a game of SPPD you just kinda want it to end so you can move on. That's how I felt, when I "accidentally" got myself killed. If you're spending more than 15 minutes on a single game of a falling-block puzzler, it has to be an intense as hell and you're still kicking ♥♥♥. After 30 minutes you're either a Tetris God or going to enslave humanity if the game ever ends. SPPD never really pushes things, which is a shame because the concept, controls, and music are quite good.

So why do I recommend SPPD?

The main mode is just one part of the game. The challenge mode throws traps at the player, and they have to use what little abilities they have to avoid them. These stages are 30-45 seconds each but they're still a decent challenge. The more advanced stages can be unlocked after amassing 50,000* points in the main mode levels. They can be quite difficult to pull off. Figuring them out is a puzzle, but all you're thinking about is how to survive.

This, along with the main mode, strike me as a couple of missed opportunities. There's the aforementioned main-game-never-speeds-up issue and now we have the challenge-mode-isn't-fleshed-out-enough issue. There are nine unlockable characters, they have different abilities. With enough effort all of these guys could have their own sets of stages. What's there is already really good, but more stages that centered around the various characters could really add to the game.

There's also multiplayer. I figure it's the kind where as you destroy lots of blocks, life is made harder for the opposing player. It's probably pretty awesome. I should go up to one of my friends and say "Wow, I've been playing this game called Super Puzzle Platformer Del-" and then they cut me off with this weird look. So yeah...I didn't try it. Maybe your friends are more open-minded.

Despite two missed opportunities and a complete non-factor** I'm still giving this game a pass. It's fun to play in short bursts, and it has all the ideas down and the mechanics to back it up. An enhanced (or more enhanced) version could turn out to be really sweet. Plus there's the great soundtrack. Good music is never not a plus when it comes to videogames.

There was an Adult Swim humble bundle awhile back, so this is probably another one of those games that you've had for awhile and never realized it. Give it a look.

*Don't quote me on that.

**My fault for not having puzzle-platformer-friendly friends.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
88.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2015
Great time passer. very fun. I couldn't imagine anyone not liking it
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