Way back when the PS1 was coming out with a new "must have" title every week I picked up a little puzzle game from Capcom, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, it was your run of the mill puzzle game but it had ultra cute, super deformed versions of characters from Capcom's Street Fighter and Dark Stalkers franchises. You could choose from Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Sakura from Street Fighter or Morrigan, Felicia, Hsein-Ko, Donovan from Dark Stalkers and battle your way to the final "boss". The game droped pairs of colored gems that could be grouped together to form larger gems of the same color, to destroy these gems a "bomb" would randomly come in a pair and by making contact with the matching color you would destroy the gem. After destroying a gem or a gem cluster you'd drop a layer of countdown gems on your opponent, each character had a unique "drop pattern" so this could throw off your opponents plans if suddenly they're giant gem was no longer acessable and they had to wait three seconds for the droped gems to become vunerable to bombs. At first the game seems simplistic, but don't let the adorable super deformed characters fool you this puzzle game is deep and against a player that knows your characters drop pattern they could use your drops against you.
With the advent of high definition Capcom has gone back to the drawing board (literally) and with the help of Backbone entertainment and Udon artists have painstakeingly redrawn every single character, background, and effect and made it 1080p resolution! The game is absolutely gorgeous to look at and plays even better than the original, the sound is crisp clear and loud. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is available on the PSN and XBLA for only $9.99, pick it up today and test your puzzle fighting skills online. It's addictive simple fun!