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July 29, 2006
Capcom Puzzle World - PSP Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
11/7/2007ActivisionCapcomCapcom1-2$49.95

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Super Puzzle Fighter II...
Only recently announced for release in PAL territories Capcom Puzzle World is a title seemingly perfectly suited to Sony's handheld system. The game - or more appropriately, compilation of games - is another feather in the PSP's cap in terms of highly addicitive puzzle games. Some of the best puzzle games in console history come together to form one of the most highly anticipated compilations to hit the gaming scene. This collection features five amazing titles: Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Block Block, and the three-in-one Buster Bros. Collection.

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... looking great in 16:9.
Capcom Puzzle World provides gem busting mayhem at its best with the cult hit, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. This time around, in addition to the renowned Super Puzzle Fighter II: X gem breaking mode, two new never-before-released-in-Europe gameplay modes will be added to increase the level of addictiveness. Super Puzzle Fighter II: Y has players group similar colours to create groups of three or more. Once the colours are lined up, they break and charge up the “Change Gem” meter creating furious chains for come-from-behind wins! With the Super Puzzle Fighter II: Z mode, the rules are the same as X, but instead of falling blocks, the play field raises and the first one to the top loses. The key to victory is rotating the gems already on the field by using a 2x2 marker to clear the blocks. Gamers can also create custom attack patterns in Counter Gem Edit Mode and hone their skills in Training Mode.

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Graphics do look pretty sharp.
Block Block is an innovative twist to the block breaking genre. Released for the arcades in 1990, Block Block features a two player co-op mode, allowing for the cooperative destruction of blocks. Also unique to this title was the constantly shrinking paddle that forced players to finish each board as quickly as possible.

Finally we have a compilation originally released for the PSOne, the Buster Bros. Collection. This is a simple, yet extremely addictive, three-games-in-one puzzle shooter that consists of Buster Bros, Super Buster Bros and Buster Buddies. An arcade hit, Buster Bros has one or two players navigating over 50 timed environmental stages shooting all the bubbles on screen while avoiding being hit. Super Buster Bros is an updated version of its predecessor with improved graphics and the inclusion of “Panic Mode” which added 99 levels of feverish action. Buster Buddies was the last version of the series to be released in the arcades, featuring four original characters, different stages and more bonus items.

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Akuma takes a big lead.
All the games in Capcom Puzzle World have been retouched and updated to conform to the PSP system’s 16x9 widescreen aspect ratio. As unique as the games themselves, this latest compilation is the first PSP system title to feature a screenshot mode that allows gamers to take a snap shot of their victory. Also players can import personal pictures into Capcom Puzzle World to be used as game backgrounds for all three Buster Bros. games. Moreover, infiltrate a friend’s game by virally uploading high scores onto their handheld. With an intuitive ad hoc multiplayer mode, one or two players can face off in gem breaking pandemonium or team up for frantic bubble busting fun.

Unfortunately at this stage Capcom have only released screenshots from Puzzle Fighter II, but all games should looks this impressive. With a release set for July 2007 both Capcom and puzzle game fans should keep an eye out for this title.