Video Game: Pokémon Trozei!

Pokémon Tro-o-zei, move real fast now don't go slow.
Pokémon Tro-o-zei, four in a row and you're good to go.
The U.S. commercial for the original game.

Pokémon Trozei!, known as Pokémon Link! in Europe, is a puzzle game series developed by Genius Sonority. Players use the touch screen to move Pokémon around the playing field, with the aim of making matches. The number of Pokémon required for a match depends on the game and difficulty level, but a successful match triggers a Trozei Chance, a short period of time where fewer Pokémon are required for a match.

The first game in the series, Pokémon Trozei! was released in Japan for the Nintendo DS in 2005, and internationally the following year. It follows SOL agent Lucy Fleetfoot, who has been tasked with rescuing kidnapped Pokémon from the Phobos Battalion. She accomplishes this by using a device called the Trozei Beamer, which teleports groups of Pokémon back to SOL headquarters.

To many people's surprise, a Nintendo 3DS sequel named Pokémon Battle Trozei! was announced in February of 2014, and was released worldwide the following month. In this game, the player battles and captures wild Pokémon. The wild target's hit points are lowered by creating matches, but it may attack the playing field in turn, which lowers the player's health. Once a Pokémon's hit points are reduced to zero, it may be captured.

January 2015 saw the announcement of another 3DS game in the subseries, Pokémon Shuffle. Gameplay appears to be similar to that of Battle Trozei!, with the addition of Mega Evolutions and items to assist the player.

Tropes used in the Pokémon Trozei! games:

  • Allegedly Free Game: Shuffle will be free to download, but players will have the option of purchasing helpful items to use in-game. Additionally, payments can be made to avoid the Anti-Poop Socking features.
  • Anti-Poop Socking : In Shuffle, players start with five items called Hearts, and pay one Heart for each stage they wish to play. Once they're out of Hearts, they must either wait an unspecified amount of time before more are gained, or just buy more.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory:
    • The games have different methods by which you move Pokémon around the board. In the original, you move them in any of the four cardinal directions and try to line up matches, while Battle Trozei! and Shuffle have you swap their positions instead. Moving from one system to the other can be very jarring.
    • Pokémon that have two types in the main games only have one type in Battle Trozei!, which can be disorienting since type-matchups play a crucial role in the gameplay.
  • Difficulty By Acceleration: The infinite modes speed up as the player reaches higher levels.
  • Difficulty Spike: Battle Trozei! starts using Legendary Pokemon as bosses in world 3.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: The sequels utilize this, though to a lesser extent than the main games in that you just have to remember the basic type matchups.
  • Endless Game: Endless and Forever modes in the original, and Infinite Ruins in Battle Trozei!.
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Excuse Plot: The first game features a SOL agent named Lucy Fleetfoot, who must rescue boxed Pokemon from the evil Phobos Battalion by matching four of the same Pokemon in a row. Battle Trozei! didn't even bother with a plot.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Or rather, Trozei them all. They're Pokémon games, of course.
  • Interface Screw: Bosses in the original can use a "Jammer" move that temporarily turns all Pokémon shapes into silhouettes.
  • In-Universe Game Clock: In Battle Trozei!, Espeon and Solrock only appear during the day, and Umbreon and Lunatone only appear at night. Additionally, the Safari Jungle has a different set of wild Pokémon every day of the week.
  • Last Lousy Point: Legendaries in the original are this, if one wants to complete the National Pokédex. They only appear very rarely, and only under very specific circumstances.
  • Match Three Game: Three Pokémon are required to make a match in Battle Trozei!, four in the original, and five in the original's Forever mode.
  • Metal Slime: Every level in the original had three "Can you Trozei these?" Pokémon. They were rare enough that it was possible to clear the level without seeing one, they would disappear if you couldn't Trozei them fast enough, and this was the only way to get Pokédex data for them.
  • Microtransactions: Shuffle will operate using this business model.
  • New Game+: After completing story mode in the original game, the player can start over with a greatly increased difficulty level.
  • Rank Inflation: Battle Trozei! has D, C, B, A, and S ranks, awarded based on score and combo performance.
  • Solar and Lunar: SOL is represented by Solrock, while the Phobos Battalion uses Lunatone as its symbol.
  • Wrap Around: The original did this with the bottom screen, to facilitate its movement system.

Alternative Title(s):

Pokemon Link, Pokemon Battle Trozei, Pokemon Link Battle, Pokemon Shuffle