Pokemon Cafe Mix

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun Pokemon puzzle game even non-fans may enjoy.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls, which it does a good job of explaining. The game's also easy, especially for older fans or veterans of similar games.

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Players can spend real money to buy power-ups and items that will allow you to keep playing. The game's also the latest in a series that includes other games, movies, toys, and other products.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pokemon Cafe Mix is a puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. The game tasks players with running a cafe and solving puzzles by matching three items to get customers what they want, and it has no questionable content. That said, players can spend real-world money to buy power-ups as well as the hearts and acorns that will let them keep playing when they run out of lives or turns, though both can be earned through playing. But the game also warns younger players that they should ask permission before buying anything. This is the latest game in a series that not only includes other games but also movies, toys, stuffed animals, and tons of other items. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In POKEMON CAFE MIX, you own a bistro where people and their Pokemon can enjoy pancakes and other fine foods. By solving link-3 puzzles, you make sure your customers get the meals and beverages they ordered, and in a timely fashion. At the same time, completing these puzzles will also give your employees -- which include some Pokemon -- something to do so they can buy fine foods from your restaurant. Players can acquire power-ups or items to help them with solving puzzles through play, or they can purchase them from an in-game store to assist them in their food delivery goals.

Is it any good?

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 restaurant...by 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about spending money. In Pokemon Cafe Mix, you can get the hearts and acorns you need to keep going by playing the game, or you can buy them in the shop, but since they're free, why would you buy them? What does this teach you about spending money wisely?

  • While Pokemon Cafe Mix was clearly made to be fun, and to make money, it's also designed to promote Pokemon as a brand, but did it work? Do you want to buy more Pokemon stuff?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 26, 2020
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 117.70 MB
  • Publisher: The Pokemon Company
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 12.0 or later; Android 6.0 and up
  • Last updated: June 26, 2020

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