Pokémon Shuffle (ポケとる Pokétoru) is a 2015 freemium puzzle game developed by Genius Sonority and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. The game, which is a spin-off of the Pokémon franchise and is similar in gameplay to Pokémon Battle Trozei, was released on the Nintendo eShop internationally on February 18, 2015.
Pokémon Shuffle Mobile, a version for Android and iOS, was released on August 24, 2015, in Japan, on August 31, 2015, in most English-speaking countries and on January 20, 2016, in Germany.
Similar to Pokémon Battle Trozei, the gameplay involves matching 3 or more Pokémon icons to defeat and capture wild Pokémon.
- Much like Rusty's Real Deal Baseball and Nintendo Badge Arcade (Nintendo's other free-to-play 3DS titles), the game uses the freemium model (often called "pay-to-win" by gamers), and it shows.
- A lot of the sprites are ripped from Battle Trozei, which is lazy, as the only thing original was the shading style of the sprites, which makes them look more shiny.
- It costs one heart to play; even after winning the level, you lose your hearts anyways.
- Some capture rates are way too difficult for some of the Pokémon.
- If you fail to capture the Pokémon for the first time, you might have a better chance to try to capture them by a Great Ball, but you have to pay 2500 coins to do so, which is a lot.
- It takes one hour and 40 minutes (two hours and 30 minutes on mobile) to get your five hearts back.
- Mega Gengar and Mega Glalie force you to use items to even beat them.
- The Mega Evolution music is annoying to listen to and has no way to skip it or turn it off.
- You even lose your five hearts after the first few stages of the game.
- It is a rip-off of Bejeweled, much like many other games that use the freemium model (such as Candy Crush Saga and its many spin-offs).
- For a Bejeweled rip-off, it requires a lot of grinding, which gets tedious after a while.
- Some of the music (Wacky Workshop especially) can be a pain to listen to.
- A lot of the special stages aren't beginner-friendly, and require items to beat consistently without certain Pokémon.
- The mobile version always requires an internet connection.
- On the mobile version, players who use older devices may experience severe lag and audio muffling. However, the 3DS version is perfectly fine, so how did this become so glitchy?
- As the game stopped updating on February 14, 2018, there are no Pokémon from Generation 8.
- Until the above date, the game got regular updates and added new Pokemon to catch up with the latest Pokemon games.
- There are regular events that allow you to earn new power-ups, more coins and rare items.
- Unlike most pay-to-win games, this game is quite generous with it's rewards, giving them out frequently, and even having a way to farm the currency in the game.
- The rest of the soundtrack is decent, albeit repetitive.
- Has some very unique additions for a Bejeweled clone (Skills, Levels, and even Mega Effects).
- All Pokémon (except those from Generation 8) do make an appearance in the game.
- The Mega Competitions are a very neat addition.
- The Mission Cards grant generous rewards, though some of the Missions can be unfair.