|Dev: Genius Sonority Inc.|
|Release: March 20, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Mild Fantasy Violence, Comic Mischief|
Players will also be able to partner up with Pokémon they've already caught. Partner Pokémon will appear in the box as possible matches. Some of them have special abilities like healing box energy or causing the enemy to flinch, and of course rare or powerful Pokémon do more damage than their Route 1 bretheren. Using partner Pokémon makes it more difficult to clear the Trozei box, though, so using them comes with a risk.
Why use partner Pokémon at all, then? To go for 100% completion by catching all the Pokémon in the game, of course. The developers have stuffed all 700+ Pokés into this game. Some Pokémon won't even appear to be battled unless the player has met certain conditions, such as beating a lower evolution of said Pokémon in one massive chain attack or with a super-effective move. Some of these conditions are easy to figure out with a bit of experimentation, while others pretty much require a FAQ. There's even a Safari zone full of Pokémon species that change every day, giving the player incentive to keep coming back to the game for a while.
Later levels offer an increased level of challenge, requiring higher-speed matches or requiring the player to match similar-looking Pokémon such as a selection of Unknown. This challenge ramps up nicely, and players stuck on a particular level can always go back, find some powerful hidden allies, or power up their favorite partner Pokémon.
Pokémon Battle Trozei is a fun take on the Match-3 genre that rewards quick reflexes, strategic thinking, and Pokémon knowledge. It has a few mildly frustrating elements, like Ditto management during Trozei Chance and automatic matches messing up your attempts to spawn a hidden Pokémon, but in general it's good, clean fun wrapped in an attractive package. What more do you want from an $8 eShop game?
Date: March 24, 2014