The following links are about Puyo Puyo, the game that
inspired Yupo Yupo. Most of this information is applicable
to the basic Yupo Yupo game:
Wikipedia: Puyo Puyo
Puyo Puyo History
Yupo Yupo Guide
Yupo Yupo can take a while to get used to. Unlike many puzzle games, quickly
making single matches doesn't really get you very far, and you will need a lot
of practice and strategy to get the chain matches you need to win. This quick
guide should help you get started.
Single Player (versus AI, and games over network) - Use the arrow keys to move, and Z and X to rotate.
Two Player Local, First Player - Use the keys W, A, S and D to move, and F and G to rotate.
Two Player Local, Second Player - Use the arrow keys to move, and number pad keys 1 and 2 to rotate.
Try to get sets of four Yupos (beans) of the same colour to touch.
You can tell if beans are touching, since they will join together.
When four or more beans of the same colour join up, they will pop
Popping yupos will cause clear nuisance yupos to appear in your
opponent's grid. They will appear as icons at the top of the
grid to show how many are waiting, and will drop down when
your opponent places their next set of yupos.
Clear nuisance yupos by popping coloured yupos next to them.
If you have a lot of nuisance yupos about to drop on you,
try to start a match immediately to cancel some of them
before they drop. You might not cause any nuisance yupos
for your opponent, but you will get rid of the ones they
sent you. You can cancel more nuisance yupos than you would
actually create so defending is easier than attacking, if you time
it right. If you make a really good match, you will cancel
their nuisances, AND make more to send them.
To win, try to set up chain reactions. When yupos pop,
the yupos above them will drop down - try to place yupos
so that when this happens, new matches will occur.
Here is a picture showing a chain about to start:
When the green yupo is placed, the four green yupos will
make a match, and disappear. The 2 yellow yupos above
will then drop and match up, then 4 red yupos, then finally
the blue yupo near the top will drop and match up with the
3 at the bottom, giving a chain. This is a "4-chain"
because there are 4 matches, with the yupos "settling"
between each match.
This will give a good number of nuisance yupos to smite your
enemy. The more yupos you match, and the more stages
in the chain, the more nuisance yupos you will make.
This is the basis of advanced tactics.