Gotta serve ’em all: Pokémon Café Mix is a puzzle game crossed with a café sim

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They want to eat the very best.
Photo: Pokémon Café Mix

Looking for a new Pokémon game to while away your commute now that some workplaces are reopening following lockdown? Pokémon Café Mix is ready to oblige. In the game, which launched Wednesday, players are charged with running an eatery frequented by everyone’s favorite Pocket Monsters.

To fulfill orders, you have to solve various puzzles, while also running the café. As you complete puzzles, you’ll be joined by additional Pokémon, while also having the opportunity to expand your premises. You can check out a trailer for the game below.

Pokémon games have a pretty good history on iOS. The biggest, of course, is the world-beating Pokémon Go, which swept the App Store a few years back and continues to do very well today. But I’ve found a lot of the other Poké games to be fun as well. Pokémon Café Mix is definitely on the more casual gaming end of the spectrum. Still, if you’re someone who enjoys pick-up-and-play puzzle games like Dr. Mario, you should certainly find something to like about this one.

Pokémon Café Mix is unique in another way, too. For the first time ever, it’s a Pokémon game released on iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch at the same time. Previously, Pokémon Quest launched on mobile and consoles one month apart. At the time, this was the closest Nintendo had gotten to a cross-platform launch for a Pokémon game. But today Nintendo has decided to drop the game everywhere at once.

You can download Pokémon Café Mix at the App Store today. The game is free to download, although there are in-app purchases available.