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  • Summary: In Pokémon Shuffle, your goal is to clear a series of stages by lining up the same Pokémon and clearing these matches from the puzzle area. Within each puzzle stage, you can deal damage to the wild Pokémon you face by lining up three of the same Pokémon to clear them. Battle and try to catchIn Pokémon Shuffle, your goal is to clear a series of stages by lining up the same Pokémon and clearing these matches from the puzzle area. Within each puzzle stage, you can deal damage to the wild Pokémon you face by lining up three of the same Pokémon to clear them. Battle and try to catch the Pokémon before you run out of moves. [Nintendo.com] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Mar 26, 2015
    80
    Despite a few foibles, basically the 3DS has its new killer app.
  2. Feb 27, 2015
    70
    It’s fun and challenging enough to keep Pokémon and puzzle fans entertained.
  3. Mar 28, 2015
    70
    Pokémon Shuffle is a very addictive and well implemented puzzle game which is bound to be enjoyed by both fans of simple puzzle games and Pokémon fans. The micro-transactions scheme does need some work, though, and the waiting time is disproportionate compared to the overall playing time.
  4. Feb 23, 2015
    60
    It ended up being a fun puzzler with an interesting twist, but bad gameplay implementations.
  5. Apr 8, 2015
    55
    An unfair business model sucks out all the enjoyment that Pokemon Shuffle can grant if played in very short bursts.
  6. Apr 13, 2015
    45
    Simple gameplay hamstrung by freemium features.
  7. Feb 19, 2015
    35
    Anything truly enjoyable about the game is ruined by the microtransactions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 56
  2. Negative: 17 out of 56
  1. Feb 20, 2015
    10
    I wish you had more than 5 moves max, but other than that minor complaint, this is a really fun game overall. A lot of people hate microI wish you had more than 5 moves max, but other than that minor complaint, this is a really fun game overall. A lot of people hate micro transactions, but they are never required to do anything in the game. Love the puzzle aspect and I enjoy Pokémon spin-off games. Think Candy Crush, but with Pokémon aspects to it. Expand
  2. May 22, 2015
    10
    This game is pronominal. It is so much fun! Its free, time consuming, and competitive. During Lunch time at school all of my friends and I sitThis game is pronominal. It is so much fun! Its free, time consuming, and competitive. During Lunch time at school all of my friends and I sit around playing Pokemon Shuffle all getting mad and yelling at our 3DS because of how hard the game is. Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2015
    8
    Took me some days to really appreciate that game. (Thank you heart system for taking out the grinding speed.)

    I'm not spending a single
    Took me some days to really appreciate that game. (Thank you heart system for taking out the grinding speed.)

    I'm not spending a single cent on this game but with 135 stages cleared and 91 Pokemon caught, you don't have to pay to win. (Which is totally possible.)

    In fact the games offers lots of dephts for a match-3-puzzler. The Pokemon-types, the abilities Mega Evolutions and combo cascades are creating a solid gameplay. I'm especially liking that you can plan out your moves like you are playing chess due to the missing time limit.

    Winning the levels is super easy. The difficulty comes when you are planning to catch that Pokemon, because you need to finish with as many moves left as possible. At this part the consideration kicks in, pondering wether to spent your precious coins and jewels or save them for later.

    -> Collection Pokemon in a puzzler with casino like gambling in the background is fun! :) Don't let the Microtransaction-Phobiest troll you. Free fun - that's what it is.
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  4. Apr 11, 2015
    6
    This is Nintendo's first big attempt (Steel Divers: Sub Wars and Rusty's Real Deal Baseball are different stories.) at the free to playThis is Nintendo's first big attempt (Steel Divers: Sub Wars and Rusty's Real Deal Baseball are different stories.) at the free to play market, and...I'm gonna say it, Nintendo got greedy with this one. Basically, it's a Pokemon match-three game, but free to play. So, you have five hearts, and when you play a level, you lose one heart. It takes 30 minutes for 1 heart to regenerate (2 hours, 30 minutes for all of them to regenerate.) or you can use jewels to get them back. And that's when this game get's greedy with micro transactions. The most you can spend on a pack of jewels is around 55$. You can use jewels to get coins and hearts. Honestly, I haven't spent a penny on this game, and I never will. But, at least the game's not lazy. Their are 165(?) levels, and the game is updated regularly. On each level, you can get a rank depending on your score, and a chance to catch the Pokemon. (the catch rate is horrific, by the way) They also add daily Pokemon, events, expert stages. Overall, a good Pokemon puzzle game, but really greedy in micro transactions. (don't even get me started about the later mega levels...) Expand
  5. Jun 26, 2015
    3
    For a free-to-play casual game, this one starts out pretty cute and simple. Microtransactions exist, and while this is the first of multipleFor a free-to-play casual game, this one starts out pretty cute and simple. Microtransactions exist, and while this is the first of multiple Nintendo-released microtransaction games and that in and of itself is kind of terrifying, the game is perfectly beatable without spending any cash. To a point, at least.

    The game has a great many faults; it has a ridiculous difficulty curve, offering pathetic reward for overcoming unrealistic challenge later in. A great many of the game's levels require countless attempts to beat without spending jewels or coins, and even then so can be a bit hit and miss, usually coming down to some degree of luck. The gameplay itself is shoddy at best, though has enough ties to Pokemon to merit the branding. It also has the hideous attempt cooldown that basically emulates the game taking itself hostage, trying to siphon away your cash. The buyable content is also unreasonably expensive, and I'm glad I never wasted any money on the game.

    Despite a ton of glaring problems and an undeniable cheapness, the game is fun and enjoyable without spending money; however, if you're looking for a satisfying experience, you should forget about Shuffle; you'll never go ten minutes without feeling like you're being shaken down for money.
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  6. Jun 4, 2019
    0
    It seems to me that this part of the Pokemon game is the worst. Made in haste. In General, this game was intended for Android and iOS smartIt seems to me that this part of the Pokemon game is the worst. Made in haste. In General, this game was intended for Android and iOS smart phones. But this game as it can get into the eShop on the Nintendo 3DS! Thank you that it is free and you do not have to pay for it both on smart phones and on the portable Nintendo 3DS console. A typical game in the style of Pokemon. I am shocked that this greatest company has made such a shameful and worthless game! 0/10 Expand

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