Capcom’s Puzzle Fighter is a block dropping game with a difference. As the name suggests, you’re fighting it out against characters from various favorite Capcom franchises. It’s a format you may have played before on other systems but this time round, things are a little different.
Gamezebo’s Puzzle Fighter Tips, Cheats and Strategies will whisk you through the early moments and stages of the game, giving you some insight into how best to prepare for battle.
- During each battle, there are two different ways of approaching things.
- Much like with a beat em up, you can choose to ‘button mash’ – i.e. go for quick jabs and punches rather than prepare for any great combo attack. In Puzzle Fighter, this is a matter of just creating 2 or 3 gem combos before wiping them out with a circled gem. It can work quite well, especially against a lower end AI opponent, but you need to be fast if you’re up against a real player.
- Alternatively, you can work to create multiple combos by building up a number of colored gems together before activating them with a circular gem. This can be trickier. Oftentimes, you’ll take a fair bit of damage while you’re doing this so it’s a bit of a gamble. It can work well though if you know what you’re doing and pay attention to the organization of the gems. Ideally, set things up so that multiple circles take out multiple different colored gems at once.
- Don’t forget that each character has a special affinity with certain colored gems. Use this to your advantage at all times.
- After a few PvP matches, you’ll unlock support characters that can give you a bonus to your affinity. Use these to the best of their ability so that you can cause extra damage at all times.
- You’ll unlock timed blocks too. These can’t be destroyed for a few turns but they do give you the breathing space to set things up perfectly for some spectacular combos in a few moves time.
What character to use?
- Odds are you’re going to prefer a character from your favorite Capcom game. I get it. That’s why I love Ryu.
- However, if you’re fleeing more clinical about things, check out their stats. See what works best for you and adjust accordingly.
- Mix things up if you feel you keep struggling with certain characters.
- Levelling up is conducted through a few different means.
- Each time you fight someone, you earn coins. Those coins are used to upgrade your cards, providing you have enough upgrade cards for that move.
- Cards are earned through E. Honda’s Hundred Hand House at the end of a successful battle. Use these in conjunction with coins to upgrade your favorite character’s moves.
- Don’t spread yourself too thinly though! These things are pricey so you don’t want to upgrade a character you have no interest in using.
- You’re given 3 missions to tackle with new ones unlocking after 6 hours. Every time you’re able to, dive straight into a mission.
- Each mission is ranked differently, with expert being pretty tough, but it’s worth giving it a shot.
- Don’t waste red gems on unlocking new missions. Just be patient and wait for new ones to pop. See this as your regular 6 hourly thing to do when you get the chance.
- You’ll accrue plenty of coins and cards this way, giving you a better chance when you’re up against against real players.
- Each time you complete a mission, you earn MP. Eventually, you’ll unlock a rare chest that means even better bonuses for you. Just don’t expect this to be a particularly fast process. Puzzle Fighter is pretty stingy on the free stuff.
- You can use fairly similar tactics in both PvE and PvP, but there are a couple of things to bear in mind during PvP.
- Be fast. This is the most important thing to remember. You’re up against a real player this time round. They’re always faster than the AI. Be instinctive with your moves and ever so speedy.
- Matchmaking is a bit flakey meaning you’re going to get destroyed by superior fighters often. Keep at it though. Your ranking may dip but you’ll earn coins just for trying. Those coins will help you stand a chance later on, as you can use them to upgrade your skills.