Gamer Gal: Pokémon Shuffle Mobile

Jan 30, 2017

Of course my first post in nearly two weeks is about Pokémon...surprise surprise, right? Whatever, I'm still totally obsessed, but this time I'm raving about something a little different. Pokémon Shuffle Mobile is basically the cutest game I've played since Neko Atsume, which means it's just way too darn cute.

Originally released as a 3DS game, Pokémon Shuffle is just another match-up puzzle game like Candy Crush. It's definitely a time-waster, and the 'freemium' model drives me insane sometimes, but I still think it's a sweet game to invest some time on.

The first handful of levels are an extended tutorial, but don't be fooled by the initial ease at which you beat these. The game gets much more difficult as you progress, so it becomes necessary to level up your best Pokémon in order to beat some of the tougher opponents. Still, the tutorial had me hooked almost immediately because of the cuteness factor!

I never got sucked into to any of the free-to-play mobile puzzle games before now, so I'm not really sure how this game stacks up against others like it. I do think it captures some of the original Pokémon charm by adding in things like special abilities, type effectiveness, and mega evolutions, which sets it apart from the others a bit.

Just like in the handheld Pokémon games, certain types are Pokémon are more effective against others, while some don't do as much damage. It's up to you to manage your team and select the most effective Pokémon to play against the current opponent (kind of, there's also a handy-dandy 'optimize' button that does the thinking for you, if you prefer that). Different Pokémon also have different special abilities that they set off during gameplay, and some are much handier than others.

This is basically what the game looks like. Once you've chosen your Mega Pokémon and your supports, it's time to battle! Certain Pokémon have the ability to mega evolve and do some crazy awesome damage, but you only obtain those Pokémon after defeating them.

The levels get progressively harder, with the opponent 'disrupting' you in various ways (swapping Pokémon with unbreakable blocks, making Pokémon immobile, etc) throughout the battle. There are special perks that you can purchase with your in-game coins that will help in the battle, like an extra five moves or delayed disruptions. Ultimately, the goal is to get the Pokémon's HP all the way down so that you can try to catch it.

Catching Pokémon in this game actually kind of irks me, since you only get one attempt with a regular Pokéball. If you don't catch it on your first try, you have the option to buy a Great Ball with your in-game coins, which increase the Pokémon's catchability but are also pretty expensive. I wasted most of my in-game coins buying Great Balls, and the cost definitely adds up quickly.

If you catch it though, you can use it in your future battles. You're brought to a screen that shows the Pokémon's type, level, attack power, and special ability. If you encounter a Mega Pokémon of the same type and defeat it in battle, you can mega evolve the one you caught too! So that's cool.

There are also fun little side adventures, like timed battles with rare Pokémon and Mission Cards that you can complete for rewards. Some of the more unique Pokémon only appear as weekly events, so catch them while you can! And of course, there's an in-game shop where you can buy extra hearts because, like most free-to-play games, you can only play for so long before you run out of gameplay. I've already given in and spent real money on the game because I'm impatient, but your hearts do regenerate after a while.

Over to you! 

So what do you think? Is Pokémon Shuffle Mobile something you would consider playing? If you already play, are you loving it? Let me know in the comments below!

Geeky Goodies: Pokémon Moon

Jan 17, 2017

Hey friends! I know things have been quiet around here, but I have a good reason for it. Well, kind of...I'm still so obsessed with Pokémon Moon that I haven't wanted to do much else, haha! Between trying to complete my Pokédex and getting the hang of my new bullet journal, I haven't been coming up with many post ideas for my blog. I've never wanted to force my posts so I'm not going to, but I'm definitely hoping that I get the urge to get back into the swing of things soon.

In the mean time, I've been scouring Etsy for everything Pokémon Moon and I've found so many cute things to share with you all. If you're still as crazy about this game as I am, you're going to love these too!

  1. Chubby Alolan Starters Keychains | Papricots
  2. Mimikyu Watercolor Poster | Extremepanda Design
  3. Bewear 'Free Hugs' Sweatshirt | Inkster Inc.
  4. Nebby Acrylic Pin | The Fresh Pins of LA
  5. Alolan Vulpix Stickers | Lagproof Items

Over to you!

Have you played Pokémon Moon (or Sun) yet? Are you like me and finished the story long ago and are STILL playing? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to know if this is irrational behavior=P

Geeking Out About: January

Jan 5, 2017

Hey friends! It's been a little quiet around here because I'm trying to get my ish together for the new year, but I do plan on posting more consistently this year! At least twice a week...but we'll see how it goes:P

Anyway, there are so many amazing things to look forward to in 2017! Here are just a few that I've been geeking out over for January:

The 100 - The third season of The 100 finally hit Netflix late last year, so I've been watching it to prepare myself for season four!

American Gods: 10th Anniversary Edition - The 10th anniversary edition of American Gods came out a couple years back, but I decided to listen to it on audiobook since the show will be coming out this year. This book is even better than I remembered it, and this version has so many extra little stories thrown in!

Bullet Journal - I fell deep into the rabbit hole of bullet journaling this month. I'm loving the flexibility and the personalization that it offers, and I can't wait to experiment more with mine.

Vikings - I talked about being excited about the new season of Vikings a couple months back, and man, it has not disappointed! This season has been completely epic, and every week I get even more antsy for the next episode!

Underworld: Blood Wars - Is anyone else a huge fan of the Underworld movies? I freakin love them, so I have high hopes for this one. It'll be released in the US tomorrow.

The Magicians - I only recently discovered this show, but I tore through the first season. It's SO GOOD. Definitely excited to see what happens when the new season premieres on January 25th.

Caraval - Yet another book that I'm excited to read solely based on the prettiness of the cover...but, I mean, who can blame me? I'm already reading awesome things about Caraval on Goodreads, so I'll be checking this one out when it drops on January 31st.

A Series of Unfortunate Events - I'm a little torn about this one. On one hand, I love the Lemony Snicket series, and on the other...I think that NPH looks a little too over-the-top as Count Olaf. It might be great though, which is why I'll give it a shot when it hits Netflix on January 13th.

Over to you!

What have you been geeking out about lately? Let me know in the comments below so I can geek out with you!

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