That is not a song description. That is not a fan name or joke. The official name of one of long-running puzzle game series Puyo Puyo’s songs is, seriously, “Fun Puyo Puyo Hell!”

Puyo Puyo Fever/Puyo Pop Fever
Hideki Abe
“Fun Puyo Puyo Hell!”

The extent to which Puyo Puyo has infected my brain and invaded my thoughts—courtesy of Puyo Puyo Tetris’ Nintendo Switch release—is worthy of an entire other article, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. For now, I’d like to give some props to the music, and specifically one of my favorite songs.

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“Fun Puyo Puyo Hell!” first popped up in Puyo Puyo Fever (or, as it was localized here in America, Puyo Pop Fever) as one of the battle themes that would show up around the midpoint of one of its story mode campaigns, and it stood out immediately from the rest of the pack the first time I heard it. It fits the role of a “shit just got real” theme to a tee, pumping up the intensity of the moment.

The soundtrack as a whole is twee and irrepressibly upbeat, and this track does not do much to buck that vibe. However, “Fun Puyo Puyo Hell!” exudes an ambiance of epic scope that most of the other songs do not quite match. Part of that comes from the speedy beat and the intro’s staccato synths. It also tones down the cutesy levels juuust enough compared to the rest of the soundtrack, and that leads to some of the best melodies and chord progressions in the Puyo Puyo parthenon. The moment when it splits wide open at the 54-second mark is divine.

I would totally thrown down in Dance Dance Revolution to this track, and that may arguably be the highest compliment I could pay something like this. It’s no that this it keeps reappearing in later series entries.

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RedStripe Loved Trax—originally from days of Tumblr past—is a series about the music Justin adores, with special emphasis on songs from (or introduced by) video games and anime.