Publisher: Sega
Hardware: Naomi GD Rom
Year: 2002
Controls: 1 Joystick, 3 Buttons Per Player
Number of Players: 2 players
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Ported To: N/A


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Pochinya appears to differ from Puyo Puyo in one distinct regard. Both begin with the same sorts of blobs dropping into a pit, coming down in pairs of four different colors which stack up and arrange themselves as gravity dictates. When four or more of the same color come into contact, they pop and disappear, leaving room for more to stack up. In Puyo Puyo, you can't decide when the blobs pop -- they go up as soon as four or more touch. Pochinya, however, gives the player more control over when the reaction ignites, changing the dynamics of setting up combos and launching garbage at your opponent. Blowing up several sets of blobs in one chain reaction drops neutral blobs on the opposing stack, hindering their progress, and the longer the combo, the more garbage falls.
In Pochinya, the blobs are little pastel cats, pink, blue, yellow, and green. They're called "nyan," a play on the Japanese equivalent of "meow." As per usual, though, special sorts of blobs throw a variety of kinks into gameplay. The most basic are III-type nyan, which ignite a chain of like-color nyan when they touch it. You convert a regular nyan into a III-type by pressing one of the three control buttons (the other two rotate the falling pair of nyan). However, you have to use a III-type quickly, or it will turn into a garbage nyan that you have to clear away with another chain reaction.

(Description written by: David Smith)

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