The Pokémon Company’s first-ever mobile game, Pokémon Shuffle Mobile, won “Go Global” during last night’s inaugural Google Play Awards ceremony.
Among the plethora of applications and games available on the Google Play store, the Pokémon puzzler was recognized as one of the “best games from the past year,” standing tall alongside popular nominees such as Minecraft: Story Mode, Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle, and Hit-Point’s Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector.
“When you look at how Google Play has evolved over the years, it’s pretty amazing,” said Purnima Kochikar, Director of Google Play Apps and Games Business Development at Google. “We’re now reaching over 1 billion users every month and there’s literally something for everyone. From real-time multiplayer to beautiful Indie games, industry changing startups to innovative uses of mobile technology, developers like you continue to push the boundaries of what apps can do.”
Other mobile software recognized at the ceremony includes Supercell’s Clash Royale (Best Game), Spry Fox’s Alphabear (Standout Indie), and Yakuto’s Table Tennis Touch (Best use of Google Play Game Services). The complete list of Google Play Award Winners can be viewed here.
Pokémon Shuffle Mobile is the Android and iOS version of the same game on Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Shuffle. Both games, while completely free to download and play, offer in-game purchases for Jewels, items that can be exchanged for in-game currency or plays.
Since its release in September 2015, Android users have downloaded Pokémon Shuffle Mobile somewhere between 1-5 million times, according to the Google Play Store. The app currently has an average score of 4.3 out of 5.