Earlier this month, Japan saw the release of Puyo Puyo Tetris, a game that mixes the two classic puzzle games. But while Puyo Puyo games have characters (and a plot), Tetris doesn’t. Thus, there was only one possible solution: Turn everyone’s favourite shape blocks into anime characters.
In the plot of the game, the Tetris block characters are astronauts on a spaceship that is approaching earth and each character is named after a specific Tetris block: T, I, S, Z, O, L and J, respectively. They all share the same colour motif as the shape they represent — i.e. T has plenty of purple while O is mainly yellow — and each features their corresponding Tetris block somewhere in their character design.
T is the Prince of Tetris and captain of the ship.
I is a tall, dog-like alien and the ships chief engineer.
S is a cute-looking but selfish girl that becomes rather nice whenever Z is around.
Z is a robot and the ship’s housekeeper.
O is T’s constant companion and the ship’s cute mascot.
L and J are a pair of inseparable twins and many people are confused which is which.
Puyo Puyo Tetris was released in Japan for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U on February 8, 2014. There is currently no word on a Western release.