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Tea & Game Chat: Pokémon Shuffle

Lately I’ve been absolutely addicted to Pokémon Shuffle for iOS (and Android).  The game was first released for Nintendo 3DS but I love having the option to play the game on the train and while running quick errands when I might not necessarily feel like carrying my 3DS around.  Like most recent games, Pokémon Shuffle is free to play with the option to purchase items in game.  As challenging as it may be, I’ve done a great job of resisting the urge to splurge on hundreds of Great Balls which are easier to capture Pokémon with.  You’re given a total of 5 hearts to start with and each heart replenishes after 30 minutes (this feels like the longest time frame in the world btw).


The game is set up in stages and you must clear each Pokémon by beating them in battle before progressing to the next stage.  After a certain number of Pokémon, you’ll reach a “boss” on a white platform and once you’ve defeated them, you can progress to the next world.  You’ll notice that the background of the game continuously changes on your journey through the stages.  I’m quite partial to the pink donut land (not surprise there, amiright?).


Each day when you log in you’ll receive a 500 coin bonus and you’ll also receive coins by defeating Pokémon in battle.  You have the ability to use those coins before battle to purchase useful items such as a +5 move bonus, more exp. points, a mega start (starting battle with a mega evolved Pokémon), a -1 complexity, and two more options that I have yet to unlock.  There will also be certain times in the game when you’ll be rewarded with Jewels.  Jewels can be traded for coins so you can afford Great Balls or you can be like Andrew and just hoard all of your coins / balls.


When you’re in battle with a Pokémon, the game will give you a move option which is a thing I wish I could turn off.  9 times out of 10 I do not use the option they give me because there’s usually something better on the board.  Ideally, you want to create a chain of 3+ Pokémon to attack but you also want to pay attention to the whole board because you’ll do much better if you plan out combo moves.  A combo move happens when you break a line of 3+ Pokemon causing the rest of the board to shift and other lines to break.  There are only so many you can predict but sometimes the odds will be in your favor.  For instance, the highest combo I’ve achieved thus far is a 48 combo and I’ve never been able to beat it since.


Once you’ve beaten the Pokémon and perhaps captured it, a screen will appear with your battle stats.  It lets you know which Pokémon’s attacks were the most helpful in battle, the number of coins you earned (you earn a lower amount each time after your first reward but it’s worth it to replay against Pokémon that you weren’t able to catch the first time because your EXP will continue to advance), and the game will also give a tip that could help you in the future and I should probably be better about reading those I guess.



6 Responses to “Tea & Game Chat: Pokémon Shuffle”

  1. So, my boyfriend is more addicted than me and makes me save him hearts to play (he doesn’t have a smartphone) and I tell him what pokemon he can buy greatballs for only if it’s over a certain percent lol

  2. Sierra says:

    This looks like so much fun, and so cute! I really don’t need another mobile game to get addicted to though…somehow my boyfriend and I both got started on Tap Titans a few weeks back and there have been weekends where that’s all we’ve done. Oops!
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  3. Alexa S. says:

    I don’t know how I haven’t heard of Pokemon Shuffle! It looks like a super cute game, and I’m always up for Pokemon ;)

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