Panel de Pon Tetris Attack Pokemon Puzzle League "I'm gonna win!"- Ash Ketchum (repeat 99 times) I don't know about you, but as a kid, I always was jealous of the Japanese getting all the cool Pokemon stuff first. It's okay though, because we got... Pokemon Puzzle League... great. Actually this game is freaking amazing, even though it's just Tetris Attack with a Pokemon skin thrown on top of it. Gameplay: Each player starts with a screen filled with square blocks. Each player has a horizontal cursor that can switch the position of two blocks. Lining up three blocks causes the blocks to disappear. Lining up more than three (comboing) or causing a rapid succession of matchups (chaining) results in the formation of a "garbage block" which gets dropped on your opponents screen. The garbage block takes up space until it is broken up by making contact with a block that is part of a matchup of some sort. The game ends when one player makes contact with the top of the screen for a brief period of time. The one who reaches the top of the screen is the loser. Premise: In an already ridiculous world that sends children out at the age of 10 to fend themselves against feral monsters, Ash Ketchum takes a break to participate in a puzzle contest. Best story since Mass Effect. ---- I always thought this game was super fun. Having played Tetris Attack before this, I was pretty quick to learn this game, so I was pretty unbeatable amongst the Pokenerds on the block. Despite it being a puzzle game, you're probably rewarded more for quick fingers than a quick mind. In addition, the ridiculousness of garbage chains basically makes it so that an 8x chain you sent at your opponent could very well come back at you at a 10x or worse. I never beat Super Hard as a child, but I recently acquired a copy of this game and beat it completely. Oddly enough, I didn't lose to Mewtwo at all, which saved me some headaches (losing to Mewtwo sends you back two levels) So here are some questions for you: 1. What are your fondest memories of this game? 2. Be honest, how many continues did you use going through Very/Super Hard? 3. Which Pokemon should be OU in this game? My answers: 1. My fondest memory would have to be the time I was ten-ish and pulled what I believe to be an 15x chain, causing my friend to rage quit something fierce. The other not so fond memory I have is my friend yelling "GLOOM GLOOM!" all the damn time. 2. Very Hard was probably about 10 for me because Team Rocket kept screwing me for some reason. Super Hard took me about 60 continues as of last fall, which I'm ashamed of. 3. Basically Erika's Pokemon should be OU. Gloom is annoying. Tangela should be sent to Ubers for having an annoying cry. Honorable mention goes to Sabrina's vomiting Abra, who should probably be upper UU or even BL. Discuss away. If any of you guys are going to Nationals in Indy, I will have this game in tow, so you better be ready to throw down.