Pokemon Cafe Mix Is One Part Coffee Shop Sim, Several Parts Tsum Tsum

Pokemon Cafe Mix Is One Part Coffee Shop Sim, Several Parts Tsum Tsum

This new free-to-start Switch and mobile game looks familiar…

Good luck to you if you're a big Pokemon fan who is also very into the Disney Tsum Tsum games, because your next obsession may have just been revealed on today's Pokemon Presents stream. Pokemon Cafe Mix is a new puzzle title coming to the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices that looks like it mashes up fast-paced character matching with all the cutest Pokemon.

In Cafe Mix, players will run a Pokemon Cafe—a cafe catering to Pokemon, not just a kitschy Pokemon-themed spot—and spend their time preparing drinks and meals for their guests. To do this, you complete puzzles that revolve around matching up chains of Pokemon faces that bounce and shuffle around as you connect them.

It looks a whole lot like the mobile and arcade games made for Disney's line of collectible plush Tsum Tsum characters, right down to the way power ups work. As the owners of their Pokemon cafes, players can recruit some of the Pokemon they meet as employees, which allows you to use their special abilities during puzzles to make longer chains or clear the screen more efficiently. Perhaps more importantly, all the Pokemon who join the cafe have to wear cafe uniform items like hats, aprons, or scarves. How could you not want to hire them all?

As you complete puzzles and bring on new Pokemon, you'll be able to expand the cafe and decorate it with all sorts of Pokemon and food themed items. There's surely going to be a wave of people trying to recreate Cafe Mix's items and recipes in real life (that Dugtrio sandwich platter seems like an easy one to start with).

Cafe Mix will be a free-to-start game. The end of the reveal trailer specifies that "basic gameplay is available at no cost," but there will be optional purchases just as there are with Pokemon Go and Pokemon Masters.

There's no exact word on when Pokemon Cafe Mix will be available, but it's coming soon. It's currently available for preload on the Nintendo Switch eShop, and can be found for preorder or pre-registration on the iOS App Store and on Google Play.

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