Puyo Puyo Sun is the third installment of the Puyo Puyo games series, and the sequel to Puyo Puyo 2, made in 1996 by Compile. After the highly acclaimed success of its predecessor, Compile took a slightly more retro approach, so players had a more original feel to the game over that of 2.
The name of Puyo Puyo Sun comes from a Japanese pun on san, and also indicates a new Puyo brought into the game. As Sun Puyo were used in this game, and the game itself is not only set on a tropical beach, but is the third in the series san is the Japanese word for the number 3, the name served multiple purposes.
The Dark Prince has once again decided to create another test by using special magic to pull the Sun closer to the Earth on a remote island. This created a semi-resort, in which characters have decided to visit. Arle, together with Carbuncle, find the sun too hot, and see the building that the Dark Prince's emanating his own heat wave. Draco loves the hot weather and appears in a bikini, whereas Schezo, who takes refuge in a cave, finds that it's just not cool enough, and decides to find out what's happening.
Just like the predecessors, Puyo fall from the top of the screen in pairs, can be moved left and right, and can be rotated clockwise and anti-clockwise by 90°; if the third column from the left fills up to the top, the game is over. The rule of Sousai and Zenkesei still remained, but every time the player countered, special garbage would fall on the screen in a preset pattern (in the Game Boy version of this game, it fell randomly). Every time player clears the screen however, Sun Puyo would fall on the screen, and the All Clear bonus removed.
- Main article: List of Puyo Puyo Sun regional differences
- A limited edition of the game, was released in September 1998 as a Toys 'R' Us exclusive.