Sometimes going through the Google Play store you find little gems you never expect to come across. Some are better than you expect them to be. That is how I came across Pokémon Shuffle while just looking for something to kill some time. I didn’t expect to get so hooked on a simple puzzle game. But good things come when you least expect them.
It is pretty simple really, you match 3 or more Pokémon horizontally or vertically. Each Pokémon does damage to the HP of the Pokémon you are battling. You have to reduce the other Pokemon’s HP in a certain number of turns. After you beat it you get to catch the Pokémon. The success or failure of your catch attempt depends on a percentage determined by how many turns there are left.
There are also expert stages which give you unlimited moves, however, you have to reduce the other Pokémon’s HP in a certain time limit. Catching an expert level Pokémon works on a similar formula to the regular catch though the determining factor, in this case, is time remaining.
There is also limited time special stages where you can catch legendary Pokémon that aren’t in the main stages. They are extremely tough and follow exotic rules many times but the rewards you reap from these stages are awesome.
The premise of the game is just like the Pokémon games for Gameboy and Nintendo DS. You travel across the land battling Pokémon and catching them. To battle another Pokémon you have to use heart points which are only replenished after a certain amount of time. There are a lot of Pokémon to battle against and areas to travel through. My Favorite board is the Nighttime Festival.
You fight boss battles at the end of every area. These bosses are all Mega Pokémon and really hard if your Pokémon hasn’t leveled up on early puzzles. I’m having that problem now with Stage 240. But there are items you can use to enhance your Pokémon.
Sadly the items have no names but their effects are good. You can enhance things like max levels and Pokémon skills. It’s moderately useful.
Each Pokémon has unique skills by the way. They each have different attack stats and those stats go up with each level. Your party is one of between 3 and 4 Pokémon depending on the stage. You get 2 to 3 regular Pokémon and one Pokémon that can change into a Mega Pokémon. There are only a few of these but once you have that Pokémon’s Mega Stone you can make it Mega Evolve into its second form.
Mega Pokémon in your team have special effects that are triggered when you make a match. Keep that in mind when you are making your team to make sure it fits around the type weakness of the other Pokémon or around your chosen Mega Pokémon.
All in all its a pretty fun game. There are other Nuances but you just have to play and figure them out. It’s a great game if you want to kill some time. You can find Pokémon Shuffle on the Google Play Store. It’s absolutely free. 🙂
Happy Gaming!!! 🙂