I despised all the incarnations of the slot games. I never could figure out what the hell I was supposed to be doing.
A lot of people have been comparing it to minesweeper, but the comparisons are superficial in gameplay. Remember, you're looking for the number tiles, not the 'mines' as it were. I couldn't figure out how to play it all until I realized that. Don't mess with rows that obviously have any tile cards in them, and try to make relatively low-risk flips that give you information. If it absolutely comes down to a fifty-fifty all or nothing situation, just take the coins by quitting and try again: I find that works out better coin-wise. I like it because it reminds me of Sudoku if anything, and I can idly play it while listening to the radio or whatever.
FYI: the dratini you get from there comes with dragon rage and twister. Seriously. I'm not training the one that I got because it... it would make me feel dirty
. I may change my mind on that, I'm in the mid-game level-thirty funk; I'm committed to two pokemon on the team, but the rest I'm unsure of. Hmm. Maybe I should pull a full raid on the safari zone and scrounge all the areas I've been to thus far and see if I haven't overlooked any possibilities.
I spent a full month pondering which starter I was going to go with, and Rai made the same choice as me. I'm his RIVAL so instead I went with Feralgator. Well, you know, it will be in a few more levels. the G/S starters are awesome. Meganium is a tank, Cyndaquil is a nasty sweeper, and Feralgator can do just about anything as long as it uses his attack. Who did you go with?