Review by Eak
"Feel the wrath of my 00bers!"
Pokemon is a craze that most everybody should remember. It started off as a big hit in Japan. A bit more than a year later, Nintendo brought it over to the states to see if if would reach the same popularity. Most of us probably remember receiving a video about Pokemon in the mail. We popped it in, watched the brief 20-minute introduction, took it out, and said, ''Meh.'' But then everyone else was suddenly playing the game, so we decided to try it out of simple curiosity. You plopped the Game Boy into your hand, unaware that 5 hours have just gone by. You have the Pokemon in your hands...or do the Pokemon have you? Nonetheless, these two games that I'm reviewing, Pokemon Blue and Red, were the ones that started the series and became instant best-sellers.
You're a young 10-year-old boy who's about to begin his Pokemon journey. After all, it's the hip things that kids do once they're 10 (in the Poke-world, anyways). So you walk over to Professor Oak's laboratory to select your first Pokemon to take with you. Hoorah! You've officially started your Pokemon journey!
You can walk around freely with your character through towns, into buildings, etc. Wild Pokemon are found in tall grass. They appear at random, and once you run into one, you'll immediately go into battle. Whichever Pokemon is at the front of your team (this can be changed at any time outside of battle) will start the battle. Each Pokemon has certain attacks they can use. The attacks do more or less damage than normal if the opponent is a certain type of Pokemon. For example, a Charmander can use Ember, a fire attack which can burn enemies. This will do double the damage against a grass type like Oddish, but only half the damage to a water Pokemon like Blastoise. Once you whittle down an enemy Pokemon's HP, they faint. But if it's a wild Pokemon, you can throw a PokeBall at them to catch them. This works easier with the less HP that the Pokemon has. Once you capture a Pokemon, you can put it on your team and battle with it. You can have up to 6 Pokemon on your team at a time. If you can fit any more Pokemon on your team, all captured Pokemon will be sent to your PC, where you can swap which Pokemon you want or don't want on your team.
Graphics in this game are fairly average for the most part. Since this game was originally made for the older Game Boy, you'll likely have limited color if you play it on a later Game Boy. The Pokemon themselves are probably drawn better than anything else in the game.
The music that plays in some of the cities is pretty catchy. The Pokemon each have their own unique cry when you send them into battle, which is interesting.
Catching all 150 Pokemon should take you a while, especially since both versions and a link cable are required to do so. Battling with others over the link cable with friends should also add some nice replay value to the game.
Rent or buy?
If you can find it, then buy. Pokemon Red/Blue are easily the best in the series.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 07/27/04, Updated 10/26/04
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