Review by aleeock157

"Basically a suped up version of its predecessors"

Introduction:
Just like the Red/Blue versions before it with a few added features, and it follows the show a little closer than Red/Blue. The basic idea for any pokemon game is to catch every type of pokemon and become the “Pokemon Master.”

Graphics:
At the time that this game was made, it has pretty decent graphics for a handheld. You can tell the difference between the road and the grass as well as differentiate between you and your Pikachu, who follows you around throughout your adventure. There are also more colors added to the game, and when you enter a different area, the background color changes.

In battles, the opposing pokemon have pretty good detail, but yours look slightly deformed and pixilated. The attack animations match what the attack is trying to do. For example, when you use the fire attack ember, small flames appear under the enemy before doing damage. But if it's too corny for you, or you just don't like it, you can turn off the animations in the options menu.

Seeing as this game was made for the original game boy, you really shouldn't expect Nintendo DS quality graphics out of this. If you do, then you'll be very disappointed.

My Score: 9/10

Sound:
Just like in Red/Blue, yellow has some catchy music, and each area has it's own tune. The battle music is pretty decent, and I find myself humming it without realizing. None of the songs with really make you want to hook your game boy up to your surround sound stereo and crank up the volume though.

There isn't really too much in the sound effects department. You get to hear a really annoying growl sound whenever your pokemon goes into battle, except Pikachu says “Pika!” when you have it battle.

My Score: 6/10

Gameplay:
There are some new features in Yellow that they improved from Red/Blue. A few of them are:

~You can now get all 3 starters.
~ There is a surfing Pikachu game.
~ Pikachu follows you and you can talk to him to see his mood.
~ Team Rocket follows you around and you fight them periodically.

The controls are extremely easy, move around with the d-pad, select and cancel are A and B. In battle you just select the attack you want to use and you and your opponent attack each other. You don't have an unlimited amount of uses for each attack though, so be careful you don't run out of PP (the number of times you can use that attack).

You can only start with one pokemon, your pikachu. In order to expand your party, you must first have some pokeballs. In battle you weaken the wild pokemon you encounter in various patches of grass and throw a pokeball at it. It won't always work though. Once you get all the pokemon in the game, get all the gym badges, and defeat the elite four, you become the “Pokemon Master.”

You can trade pokemon with friends if you have a gamelink cable and another gameboy. A few pokemon will evolve if you trade them. There are a few pokemon not in this game, so you need to find a friend in order to catch ‘em all!

Overall, although it doesn't have much more than Pokemon Red or Blue, this is a very easy game to learn and anybody, young or old, can pick it up and play it.

My Score: 8/10

Replay Value:
The amount of replay value this has really depends on how long it takes you to get tired of the game. There is so much you can do! A real challenge is obtaining all 150 pokemon and leveling each of them to 100.

My Score: 9/10

Rent/Buy?
Not very many places allow you to rent Game boy games, especially ones that are this old. If you are thinking about buying this game, buy it. It's worth having in any collection.

Overall:
This is a great game for anybody that's starting a pokemon game, but it was slightly disappointing at how similar it was to Red/Blue.

Overall Score: 8/10


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 10/17/05


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