Review by striker64
"Pokemon Gold/Silver version 1.2"
Pokemon Crystal is a remade, re-released version of Pokemon Gold and Silver. Few things have been changed. The most notable of these changes is that every Pokemon sprite has been re-drawn and also has an animation before the match starts. For example, Quilava's back flares just a bit and moves slightly. These animations are a nice addition but are really nothing that special. Much like Pokemon Yellow was to Pokemon Red and Blue, Pokemon Crystal generally has better drawn sprites of all of the Pokemon with little change in gameplay. One nice addition was the Battle Tower, where you take three Pokemon that you have trained and place them up against much more skilled trainers. Your Pokemon must be at levels of 10 (for example, level 10, 20, 30, 40, and so on to 100). The trainers are much more skilled than those that are actually in the game and provide a nice extra challenge. Also added in this game was the Move Tutor who teaches Flamethrower, Ice Beam, or Thunderbolt for 4000 coins from the casino for Pokemon that can learn it. One thing that is damn annoying is that you're gonna need at least three other versions of previous Pokemon titles, possibly four, to get all obtainable 249 Pokemon. Of course, Mew, Pokemon #151, is still obtainable only with a Gameshark or through a special Nintendo promotion, and the new mystical Pokemon, Pokemon #251 Celebi, is obtainable in the same manner and no other way.
This game centrally focuses on the legendary Water Pokemon Suicune. It appears at two or three points in the game and wanders off when you approach it (yes, the sprite of Suicune appears on the world map). Eventually it goes to the eastern tower and after a certain point you can climb the tower and challenge it, and attempt to capture it. A neat little addition.
If you've never played Pokemon before, the concept is this. You are out to try to become the greatest Pokemon master of all trainers, and do to this you must level up and train and catch all of your Pokemon. There are eight Gyms with superior Gym leader trainers that usually focus on a specific element of Pokemon. When you defeat them you get a badge to prove your worth, and you eventually go on to fight the Elite Four and prove yourself as the greatest Pokemon master of all time.
Each Pokemon has its own characteristics and types to reflect its characteristics. There were two new types added, Steel and Dark, which just add to the variety of type matches. They also tend to have names that reflect their personalities. Your goal is to build a balanced team of six Pokemon to aid you on your quest.
The control here is simple enough. A chooses what you want to do, B cancels, the directional pad moves, and the Start button pauses.
Graphics are top-notch for a Game Boy game. The backgrounds are colorful, and the Pokemon themselves are nicely detailed.
The sound is, as with all other Pokemon games, decent at best. There is some pretty good music, but nothing memorable. The sound effects built in to the attacks are done well.
This is the best of the six available Pokemon RPGs, so go with this one if you want Pokemon and haven't played them before. You may slightly miss out on some of the story on Red/Blue/Yellow, but not too much. Only extreme ''Pokemaniacs'' should pick this one up if they already have Gold and Silver (and Red and Blue and Yellow).
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 10/02/02, Updated 10/02/02
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