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Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Pokémon Shuffle on Android and IOS

Hi everyone,

So I haven’t been able to write that many blog Posts due to thesis stress. However, when I saw this news I just had to take a quick break and write a bit. If you are like me and like cute Pokémon games than you are very happy with the following news. Pokémon Shuffle is now out for both Android and IOS. This means that you can play this cute and addicting game on your phone and tablet and not just on your Nintendo 3ds. It seems that Nintendo wasn’t kidding when they said that they would focus more on the mobile market. Now if you are wondering what Pokémon shuffle exactly is than due continue reading, because today I will be discussing Pokémon shuffle Mobile.

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Just like in any Pokémon game, Pokémon Shuffle Mobile revolves around the idea of catching Pokémon and battling wild Pokémon that suddenly appear. However, that is really were the comparison stops. Although I’ve played Pokémon shuffle before, I decided to start a new game on my phone in order to experience the differences between the mobile version and the Nintendo 3DS version.

The beginning is exactly the same in the two versions. You start with a tutorial on how to play the game and the first Pokémon that you’ll be able to catch is a cute little Espurr. The gameplay of Pokémon Shuffle is rather simpel. A wild Pokemon appears and you must catch it. In order to attack a Pokémon you must place three or more of the same Pokémon icons in a row. When you do, this Pokémon attacks the wild one. However, do take into consideration what type of Pokémon you are battling, because types most deffinitely matter. When you start a level you only have a specific amount of moves and you have to knock out the Pokemon before your moves run out. When you do knock out the Pokémon you get the opportunity to catch the Pokemon. Firstly you get to see the catchrate. If the catchrate is high, you will probably catch the Pokemon and if its low…. Well you get the idea. After you catch a Pokemon it is added to your adorable team of fighters.

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However there are more mechanics in this game. Firstly there are the coins that you can earn. These coins can be used to buy power ups before a level starts. Although these power ups arent really necessary in the beginning, late game they can make all the difference. You also have the heart system. Whenever you fight a Pokémon you have to hand in a heart. You have five hearts when you start. When you run out of hearts you have to wait until new hearts regenerate before you can battle. A heart takes about 30 minutes to generate. So unfortunately you cannot play for a long periode of time. Unless you want to start on microtransactions and yes just like most apps this app also has microtransactions. You can earn jewels that help you buy more coins and hearts. That way you can play for just a little longer. However, if you want to buy jewels you need to pay real money. Honestly, I’m not a fan of these kinds of systems. Finally it might be nice to know that, just like in most Pokémon games, Pokémon level up after they’ve battled other Pokémon. So they get stronger with every fight.

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Pokémon Shuffle is an adorable game that you can easily play on your phone. With the easy game mechanics and theapp_pokemon_Shuffle_9 cute design it is a lot of fun to play. The Pokémon look even more cute in their small forms and the overall design of the app seems very calm and clean despite the bright colors. Furthermore, the tutorial explains all the features of the app in a cute way. I have a feeling that I will be playing this game a lot when I have a few minutes to spare. To me this game feels more like a mobile app than a 3DS game and I think I’ll end up playing it more on my phone than on my 3DS. Mainly, because it’s easier. You just tap on the app on your phone and you can play. Whereas if you play it on your Nintendo 3DS you have to start it up (which takes a while because I don’t have the new 3DS) and afterwards you have to start up the game. It just takes up so much more time. Anyway, one thing is certain. If you like Pokémon and you like cute app games than this is a game for you. Now if you’ll excuse me, a wild Pidgey appeared.

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Links: Google Play, iTunes

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