Parents' Guide to

Pokemon Cafe Mix

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun Pokemon puzzle game even non-fans may enjoy.

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Like other puzzle games taking visual inspiration from cartoons, movies, and other games, this puzzler is as fun for fans of these games as it is for people into Pokemon fans. In Pokemon Cafe Mix, you run a solving a series of link-3 puzzles. Using the touchscreen, you have to link together some Pokemon icons, which removes them from the board. The objective, as always, is to get all the ones you need before you run out of moves. Good thing you have Pokemon who can help you. By matching their icons, you fill their Cafe Skills meter so you can deploy their special moves. Fill Eevee's Cafe Skill meter, for instance, and you get an Eevee icon, which takes out everything in a three-icon radius. You can even combine Cafe Skills together for extra powerful moves.

The thing is -- this may be just a bit too easy. While linking icons, you also push them around, and thus can push them into other icons of the same kind. This, obviously, removes the challenge of having to locate multiples of the same icons on the board, since you can just shove them into each other. Pokemon purists may also complain that this is only superficially Pokemon-esque, save for how serving Charmander a good latte makes him your friend, while link-3 puzzle fans may find it doesn't add anything new to the genre. But if you're new to this kind of puzzle game, love Pokemon with all your heart, or are just looking for something fun and not the least bit stressful, you'll find Pokemon Cafe Mix is like a warm latte with a good friend.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 26, 2020
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: The Pokemon Company
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 12.0 or later; Android 6.0 and up
  • Last updated: July 26, 2021

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