Review by Dranis

Reviewed: 02/13/01 | Updated: 02/13/01

Pokémon, the incredibly addictive game

This is the game that started the Pokémon and there is a really good reason why. This game is fun and addicting and can keep many players playing on and on even after playing through and beating the game. This game a noteworthy classic to the classic system, Gameboy.

Graphics: 5/10
Uses the usual sprite like graphics, which is done on most RPGs for Gameboy. The graphics are okay for gameboy but could use some work. The Pokémons weren’t made very well but the moves looked okay. The Pokémons didn’t have animation to them but this is Gameboy so no complaints there.

Music/Sound: 6/10
The music and sound were for Gameboy. The music was mostly cheerful music throughout the game and fits Pokémon nicely but they aren’t really that great of tunes. The sound effects used for the Pokémons and the moves were all right.

Play Control: 10/10
Easy to use choosing commands. What more can I say?

Storyline: 6/10
Pokémon doesn’t have much of a storyline to it. However it wasn’t meant to be a deep storyline in the first place and wasn’t supposed to be a comedy either. You’re mainly trying to be the best trainer ever and keep striving for that goal. But it does score points for originality and a few side objectives that the player needs to complete to move on, which adds a little more to the world of Pokémon.

Gameplay: 10/10
This is where Pokémon really shines. The game itself is fun especially when you’re going through a place with trainers in them to challenge you and when you go to try to catch more Pokémon. You mainly start out choosing one of the three starting Pokémons each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The challenge within the game isn’t very high and shouldn’t take that much trouble to beat but the real challenge comes after you beat the game to try to catch all 150 Pokémons in the game (151 if those who know about a very rare Pokémon). The other challenge is to discover strategies and move sets in order to defeat other players. That’s where the real fun begins. Training to be the best in the game is easy but training to beat other players takes a lot of thought. With only four moves to choose for each Pokémon and a huge amount of Pokémons to choose for a team there is sure to be a lot of diversity among players. Challenging other players to a battle provides a lot of fun and enjoyment and with all the different Pokémons and move sets available, battling a different human opponent is a great new experience. Trading with other players is also fun. Although people complain about having to have two games in order to catch’em all they just don’t understand the reason. The main reason for that is so that you actually have to rely on friends who have a different version so that you can work together to expand your collection. Pokémon really hits the top when it comes to gameplay. It is very addictive, fun, and great when you are striving to train and customize your team in order to battle others.

Replay Value: 9/10
The replay value gets a high score just because of the ability to battle others. Players find themselves constantly playing Pokémon so that they can power up their Pokémons and develop strategies, Pokémons to use, and move sets in order to defeat others. This factor itself is worth playing over and over. However some players just don’t want to spend the time and effort to strive to challenge others. Others may want to try starting the game over and choose a different starting Pokémon but that is more of a different experience early on and things don’t change much later on in the game.

Overall: 9/10
This game is fun and enjoyable. Story wasn’t supposed to be a strong point in this game. The gameplay is what really hits the roof and this is one of the most addictive games I ever played in my life. Definitely worth playing continuously in order to strive to be the best or at least be a worthy opponent to others.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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