Year: 1996
System: Arcade, various platforms

It sounds like a game so absurd it can’t be real: a bunch of super deformed Street Fighter and Darkstalkers characters team up to beat the crap out of each other using match-style puzzle tactics. Yes, Puzzle Fighter may sound insane, and it’s gameplay lives up to the premise. Each fighter has a different counter attack that dumps gem patterns of various arrangements on your enemies for a well-played chain. It basically plays like a variation on Tetris Attack, but with fan service this good, it’s hard to argue.