Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo

REVIEWSuper Puzzle Fighter II Turbo is the first ever puzzle game / fighting game spin-off, starring a cast of recognizable characters from Capcom's Street Fighter and Darkstalkers series. SPF2T has tons of personality and style to go around, a cute yet awesomely catchy soundtrack, and some incredibly addictive gameplay to boot!

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo character select screen.


To sum up the gist of the gameplay, players try to line up gems of the same color (in any direction) tin an effort to build up square or rectangular blocks. There are 4 colors of gems and 4 colors of "crash gems" respectively. After a player builds up their lines or blocks, they can use the gem breaker of the same color to destroy the gems which will result in a combo. Depending on how crash blocks are set up, there's potential for setting up huge chain reactions for insane combo possibilities; which is of course the key to winning.

Not a fighting game? Think again...

As gems are destroyed, Counter Gems will drop into the opponent's playfield; and after a certain amount of turns (up to 5) will become normal gems. The higher the combo a player performs, the more counter blocks will fall onto their opponent's side. Skilled players can cleverly use the "countdown" blocks to their advantage, and counter their opponent with combos using the crash gems. The game will continue until one player's side is completely filled up with gems. 

The first ever fighting game-themed puzzle title... and it's fun!

During all of the mind games and puzzle madness going on, the characters on screen will accurately act out the battle as it progresses, throwing out trademark special moves back and forth! The 2D animation is done well, and some of the facial expressions and mannerisms are simply hilarious and brilliant! The characters actually effect the gameplay as well, because each character's counter blocks fall in a different order. Advanced players will know to form their blocks in a manner to counter their opponent's countdown blocks once they start falling. In late 2007, Capcom re-released Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo for the PS3 & Xbox 360 as Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix.

It hurts to lose in this game... Shoooooosh!


Page Updated: November 22nd, 2022
Developer(s): Capcom
Publisher(s): Capcom
Platform(s): Arcade, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Gameboy Advance, PSP, Dreamcast, Xbox Live, PSN, Windows PC
Release Date(s): May 31st, 1996               Arcade
June 20th, 1996
July 1997
Aug. 29th, 2007
            XBLA - as SPF2T: HD Remix
Aug. 30th, 2007
            PSN - as SPF2T: HD Remix
Characters Ryu, Chun-Li, Sakura Kasugano, Ken Masters, Morrigan Aensland, Hsien-Ko, Donovan Baine, Anita, Felicia, Dan Hibiki, Devilot, Akuma

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Related Games: Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Capcom Fighting Collection, Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Street Fighter Alpha, Darkstalkers, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo: HD Remix

Gameplay Engine

 9.5 / 10

Story / Theme

 8.5 / 10

Overall Graphics

 8.5 / 10


 9.0 / 10

Music / Sound Effects

 9.0 / 10


 9.5 / 10

Art Direction

 8.5 / 10


 7.0 / 10

Options / Extras

 7.0 / 10

Intro / Presentation

 8.0 / 10

Replayability / Fun

 9.0 / 10

"Ouch" Factor

 7.5 / 10


 7.5 / 10


 8.5 / 10

 Review based on Arcade / PS1 versions   


Final Words:

For some reason, there's a special place in my heart for this game right here. Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo was one of the first "spin-offs" to celebrate the fighting game genre... all while not actually being a fighting game. The art style, character roster, and addicting gameplay of SPF2T all speak for themselves.

I'm not ashamed to say that Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo is one of my all time favorite puzzle games... not only for the catchy visuals, music, and characters; but the maddeningly addicting gameplay! Seriously, it's fun and it's healthy to take a break from competitive fighters every now and then.

This cleverly-designed Street Fighter and Darkstalkers-themed puzzle title perfectly demonstrated Capcom's "range" back in the 90's. Being a Capcom fan in the 90's meant experiencing a great variety of different games, and not only fighting games. SPF2T is a easy to pick up and play but actually very difficult to master (and a very fun game to go head-to-head against friends).
~TFG Webmaster | @Fighters_Gen

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