One of a clutch of announcements from today’s Pokémon Presents was Pokémon Café Mix, a puzzle and café management game set in the Pokémon Universe. The game is coming to Nintendo Switch next week on 24th June, and soon to iOS and Android devices. It’s free to start with in-game purchases available.
The game’s puzzles are all about stirring or mixing drinks, having your swirl around a bunch of Pokémon icons to link matching icons together and vanish them from the puzzle. You can also hire Pokémon staff who will lend special abilities that take out a bunch of icons in one go.
All of your customers are Pokémon, so there’s perhaps a little of Neko Atsume to the game, as you need to upgrade the cafe with furniture and collect new recipes to draw more and more types of Pokémon to visit, who you can then recruit if you befriend them.
It’s far from the first spin-off game in the Pokémon universe, covering all manner of different genres. Pokémon Magikarp Jump saw players trying to train a Magikarp to be a jumping champion, while Pokémon Masters brought many named characters together to do battle in teams of three. Then there was Pokémon Quest, a voxel-styled action-adventure title and, of course, the biggest spin-off of them all, Pokémon Go. It’s safe to say that Pokémon is not just about the main RPG games anymore, with The Pokémon Company really exploring every possible avenue they can.
The announcement came alongside Pokémon Smile, a mobile augmented reality app that’s designed to make brushing teeth a more fun activity for young children, New Pokémon Snap, a revival and sequel to the 20-year-old Nintendo 64 classic, some new Pokémon Go events, and a Max Raid in Pokémon Sword and Shield to earn a Shiny Zeraora and celebrate the launch of Isle of Armor, the first DLC expansion for the game.