Review: PokÃ©mon Shuffle 3DS
Not enough match 3 in your life? Looking for something new and free to play on the Nintendo 3DS? Look no further than PokÃ©mon Shuffle. This game is aboutÂ clearing the various stages by lining up at least 3 of the same PokÃ©mon and removing them from the puzzle board. Battle and try to catch all of the wild creaturesÂ before you run out of moves or time, depending on the stage requirements. Never played aÂ PokÃ©mon gameÂ before? Don’t worry; as long as the player enjoys match 3 gameplay,Â he or she willÂ easily fall in love with this title, whether a die hard fan or completely fresh to the series.
30 Second Review
+ Fun and addictive match 3
+ Incredible amount of content
+ Daily and event challenges
– Regain 1 heart in half hour intervals
- PokÃ©mon all have their own types, strengths, and weaknesses
- Leveling system present to improveÂ PokÃ©mon
- PokÃ©mon Shuffle also features Mega-Evolving PokÃ©mon
PokÃ©mon ShuffleÂ has an incredible amount of content, with more being added regularly. It has a Main Story, an Expert mode, and also has a Special mode where Daily and Event challenges are located. There is so much to do, and you can easily spend a couple of months playing and still not be able to experience everything theÂ game has to offer.
Some of the Events inÂ PokÃ©mon ShuffleÂ also have leaderboard challenges, where players will compete against the rest of the world. Will the team line up that you choose be tough enough to rule the top of the world rankings?
PokÃ©mon ShuffleÂ is an enjoyable time killer. Be careful though; it can become extremely addictive, and players may find themselves spending more time and money with this title than they originally intended.
Don’t Get Burned By Microtransactions
Not only can PokÃ©mon ShuffleÂ become habit forming, but it has the standard microtransactions that players will find in most match 3 games on the free to play market today. It is a great game and possibly deserving of receiving some money, but don’t go overboard and get too carried away with these purchases.
Hearts dictate how many turns a player can take. Every player is granted a maximum of 5 hearts, which generate over time. Each heart takes 30 minutes to regenerate. A player can spend real money to buy gems thatÂ convert those gems into additional hearts. The player can thenÂ exceed the 5 heart maximum viaÂ those gems.
In addition to hearts there are also coins. Coins are used to buy power ups. A player can buy a special capture ball for 2,500 coins that will increase his or herÂ capture chance. Coins can be earned by playing the game and completing challenges. However, you can also convert gems into coins.
Even though this game is a lot of fun, everyone will need to exercise caution when using real money. I recommend players set aside a certain dollar amount if they choose to buy into the microtransaction offerings, thenÂ do not exceed that dollar amount. This could also be a game that could easily reward children in your home for doing household chores, but as with any game with the Free to Play market pricing, just know what you’re getting into and take the necessary steps to avoid spending more than what you find comfortable.
PokÃ©mon ShuffleÂ is free to download on your Nintendo 3DS via the Nintendo eShop. There is no reason not to try it out. I myself just log into it once or twice a day and play around with it until I’m out of turns. It’s a nice daily time killer. So far I’ve captured 180Â PokÃ©mon, and I have yet to spend any real world money.