The games that started it all. These games captured the imagination of kids and adults alike. You take control of a silent protagonist whose objective is to capture all the Pokemon and become the Pokemon champion of Kanto. Capture and control creatures known as Pokemon and battle and trade them. Pokemon takes on a rock, paper, scissors formula, which is pulled off fantastically. The game has depth with numerous types of Pokemon each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Pokemon level up and evolve into new, stronger forms which is a captivating process, eagerly leveling to evolve and learn new moves.
To complete your journey, you must travel to each city and take on the 8 gym leaders, each specializing in a type of Pokemon. Consider these bosses, each considerably harder than the last. Then, it's time to take on the Elite 4 and become the Pokemon champion.
While the premise of the game is very simple, you will find yourself spending hours upon hours building the perfect team of Pokemon, covering your weaknesses and becoming stronger. This story was original and for its time was completely captivating, it has subtle plots twists and some interesting characters you will see grow as you do.
The replay value of this game is incredible. Making new teams go through the game, or challenging yourself to just use certain types or amounts of Pokemon throughout your journey.
Possibly, the only downside to the game both for it's time and now is the sprites. While the overlook and backgrounds of the game hold up the sprites have always looked questionable.
That aside, with just a tiny drawback it is not enough from casting this game in gaming history as one of the best and the start of a huge franchise. This is a must play if you haven't or even if you want to relive the game pick it up again and replay it.
A unique mixture of Final Fantasy, Tamagotchi, and rock-paper-scissors gameplay with the collectible edge of Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon is an excellent RPG for players of all experience levels.
You lead a lone adventurer out on his Pokemon journey, a quest to become the champion of the Pokemon League. Before our hero can even enter the Pokemon League, he must win eight badges from the Pokemon gyms scattered around the world. Things are never quite that easy, however, as you will come toe-to-toe with the evil Team Rocket, in addition to a number of other predicaments, on your way to reach the gyms.
An RPG at heart, you scour the globe for Pokemon and capture them with Pokeballs. Once caught, Pokemon can then be added to your party and trained a la standard RPG characters. As they develop, the Pokemon will become stronger and learn new abilities. Many will evolve into a different Pokemon once they reach a certain level or if you use a special item on them. The game's variety and customization is virtually unlimited, making no two run-throughs of the game the same.
You can carry up to six Pokemon with you at a time. In battle, only one of the beasts may be deployed, but monsters can be swapped at any time. The strategy lies in selecting the right types of Pokemon for each battle - every Pokemon is classified as one of 15 different types of Pokemon, adding the rock-paper-scissors aspect: Fire Pokemon are weak against water attacks, flying Pokemon are strong against bug Pokemon, etc.
One of Pokemon's most unique and endearing aspects is its multiplayer nature. Pokemon can be traded or battled with friends via the link cable, adding tons of long-term play incentive. Additionally, those who buy only the Red or Blue versions of the game can't capture all 150 Pokemon without trading - each cart contains 139 Pokemon. As extra incentives, some Pokemon don't evolve unless traded, and traded Pokemon gain experience 50 percent faster than normal.
Under its cuddly exterior, Pokemon is a serious and unique RPG with lots of depth and excellent multiplayer extensions. As an RPG, the game is accessible enough for newcomers to the genre to enjoy, but it will entertain hard-core fans as well. It's easily one of the best Game Boy games to date.
Japan, 1996, the birth of a new craze was born. It did not reach European shores until 1999, but when it did a new era was created for young children and parents alike. Starting off with these two games, the series has spawned 21 games (23 if you include Pokémon Pinball and Pokémon trading card game). To date, this is one of the best selling and greatest video game series ever. From these 2 games, a legend was born...
Story: Starting out in Pallet Town, Kanto region, your characters home town. You go exploring in the tall grass only to be stopped by Professor Oak, the brilliant and famous Poké researcher, who warns you about the dangers of tall grass when you have no Pokémon to defend you. Professor Oak brings you to his laboratory and you meet his grandson, another aspiring trainer and who becomes one of your greatest rivals. You are asked to choose a starter Pokémon, with each one having there own positive and negative attributes as well as weakness and strength against other types of Pokémon.
You will travel along the land, searching far and wide. To teach the Pokémon, the power they have inside. Starting with your starter Pokémon, you battle to capture more Pokémon so you are able to create a team of Pokémon and defeat the Gym bosses to gain badges all in your quest to beat the elite four and become the ultimate Pokémon master. Have you got the skills the to be number 1?!
Visuals: So a game from back in 1999 on the Game Boy, your thinking poor pixelated graphics and rubbish visuals. Nope! We have Pokémon which are well drawn, towns looking although a little flat but never less still bubbling with atmosphere and also all the different areas/terrain so uniquely created. The caves, water and the insides of buildings, each having there own cleverly constructed puzzles. Simple and yet still magical to this day.
Audio: Even to this day I can hear all the music to these games in my head. The start up tunes, the battle noises, the sound when they evolved and right down to the different tunes you got for each City or Town. I have played many handheld games in the past and found the music and sound effects to be more of a hindrance or studios not taking much time on them. But with this, they put in the time and effort and got rewarded with a soundtrack that I guarantee, most now early twenty year olds will know. Just hearing those sounds takes me back to being 9 again and exploring the Pokémon world for the first time ever.
Gameplay: Exploring the region that is Kanto brings you face to face with wild Pokémon and your fellow Poké trainers. The main frame of the game is quite simple, use your Pokémon to capture wild Pokémon to create an undisputed team. A team consists of 6 Pokémon, but you are able to capture many more to be stored away. With this team you battle other trainers for rewards and at Gyms, you fight the Gym leaders for Gym badges and different moves. Without getting too complicated, I will try to explain how the basics work! Every time one of your Pokémon fights in a battle and wins, they earn XP which are experience points. After you receive so many XP, you level up and can learn new moves and when you reach some levels and depending on which Pokémon you are using, they will evolve.
Now there are different types of Pokémon and Pokémon can only learn certain types of moves. For example take a fire type like Charmander, he cannot learn water cannon because water and fire do not mix! Now with these different types of Pokémon, this leaves you with some that are vulnerable to certain types. Back to Charmander, the fire type, if he was battling against Squirtle, a water type, he would lose as water does damage to fire and not the other way around. So with these different types of Pokémon you have to create a team that compliments each ones different weakness and strengths. I love this part of the game where you have to work out whose best facing who, especially when it comes to the Gym and the later bosses battles. The battle themselves aren't in fact what they sound like. You pick a move and execute it, then they pick one and do there thing. It may sound monotonous but it isn't at all. As you advance and your Pokémon level up, each battle becomes more exciting and fun.
There are 151 Pokémon to capture but some are only available in Red and some only in Blue. Now could say that was just a marketing ploy to get more money but it didn't bother me. I have both games and whilst I played one, my brother played the other and with the brilliant trading you could do between 2 Game Boys by linking with a cable, I could get the Pokémon unavailable in my version. The Pokédex is what holds all the information you will need about the Pokémon. It also updated every time you ran into a new Pokémon and caught one. You also can collect and find new moves as well but you have to choose wisely with which Pokémon gets which move as you only get one chance with each TM move. Howerver, with the HM moves, you can use them as many times you wish too but once a HM move is learnt, the Pokémon can never learn another move to lose it. Pokémon can have up to 4 moves at a time.
The controls are simple and seriously easy to use but let you express what you wish to do quite well. Flicking between menus, scrolling your Pokédex and exploring the environments around you.
Conclusion: Pokémon, without it my childhood would of been a lot less fun but the parents wallets would of had a lot more money in them! I went the whole hog, games, trading cards, books, tv series and even t-shirts. They created this fantastic fantasy world where wonderful relationships came to the fore point. You came to care for your Pokémon deeply and it helped you, as a child, to understand the big wide world. Okay, I am getting philosophical about a children's game but this was more than a game, it had greater meaning to it. I mean, if this wasn't the case then how come 14years down the line, people from my generation, now early 20 to mid 20 year olds, are still buying Pokémon and playing it. The proof is there and all over the internet.
I have lost count the number of times I have played these games but I will never grow old of them either. All the different elements keep you addicted, from the story itself, the journey, the capturing of Pokémon and the battles themselves. Not forgetting the fantastic audio as well and the wonderfully created visuals. These games are classics and legendary but at the same time, my nostalgia does not cloud my judgement. This is where it begun and where they created a series which will live on forever. If you want to become the best Pokémaster, then this is where you should begin. You will not be disappointed, I can guarantee that!
Available in a used condition (the only way you will find them now) on eBay for under a tenner.
-When I bought this product-
I remember looking in Toys R Us after these games had been out for a while and spotted these games on the shelf, I was around 10-11 at the time and remember asking for Pokemon Red for my birthday as I had received a Game Boy for Christmas so wanted more games to play on it.
On my birthday after seeing these games in Toys R Us I opened a present that turned out to be Pokemon Red, I have no idea what made me choose whether I wanted Red or Blue, I think I just liked the look of Charizard at the time.
I played this game for weeks when I got it, I still remember catching my very first Pokemon, which at the time I was really pleased, although at the time I didn't realize that Kakuna isn't very useful until it evolves.
There are 150 Pokemon to catch in this game, although a few of them are only available in the other game (e.g. I could catch Growlithe but not Bellsprout and I could catch Electabuzz but not Pinsir) so you would have to have a friend that owns the other game, there are also certain Pokemon that are only available as a trade from a specific person within the game, there are also certain Pokemon that can be received as gifts (Eevee) and certain Pokemon can be redeemed for coins at the casino in Celadon City.
You are able to carry 6 Pokemon with you at any time, any extra Pokemon you catch are transferred to the PC (known as "Bills PC" once you get to a certain point in the game), although each box can hold up to about 30 Pokemon (I think it's 30) and once it gets full you have to go and manually change boxes otherwise you won't be able to catch any more Pokemon.
Pokemon in the game are split into types such as Fire and Water, there are 15 different types in total and some can be more useful than others, the main types are considered to be Fire, Grass, Water, Electric, Ground, Psychic (more people have Pokemon of these types on their team).
There are 8 gyms in the game that specialize in some of those types so it is a good idea not to stick to one type of Pokemon, it is also a good idea to train all Pokemon equally, Pokemon generally start off around Lv2 when caught in the wild and Lv5 when given as a gift, they can be trained up to a max level of 100.
Once each gym leader is defeated a new badge is obtained and once all 8 have been earned you are ready for the Pokemon League where the Elite 4 are waiting, the Elite 4 are designed to test your ability so having the right team is vital otherwise you could end up loosing and having to start the Elite 4 challenge all over again.
I enjoyed this game very much when I received it for my birthday all those years ago and have bought every new game since then so would highly recommend this game to anyone that used to be a fan of the series or still is a fan.
Pokemon Blue and Red versions are the two pokemon games that started the whole pokemon game series. It is a role playing game developed by Game Freak for nintendo's Game Boy, where you are a boy who is about to get his first pokemon and start his journey to collect all 150 pokemon and become the region's champion by earning the 8 gym badges and challenging the elite four.
The game starts in your home town where you visit Prof. Oak in order to get your first pokemon which is one of three types: charmander (fire type), bulbasaur (grass type), and squirtle (water type). You also get to meet your rival who will choose one of the above pokemon after you and will be your ongoing rival throughout the game.
You will then travel throughout the region to different cities, encountering different pokemon along the way which you are able to catch if you would like, challenge other trainers, and beat gym leaders. The game does involve quite a bit of strategy as you can only carry six pokemon at a time, each with a type with corresponding strenghts and weaknesses to other pokemon types. Also throughout the game you will encounter obstacles such as trees to cut down, dark caves, stones that need to be moved, and the ability to surf through water. As you fight other pokemon and trainers your pokemon gain experience and eventually level up, which increases their overall stats, lets them learn new moves, and allows some pokeon to evolve.
Although the main part of the game is single player, there is an important multiplayer component as well. You will not be able to catch all 150 pokemon without trading (using a link cable) with the opposite game version since some pokemon can only be found in the blue version or in the red version, plus some pokemon only evolve when traded. Also you get the option to fight against friends by doing pokemon battles against each other using a link cable.
The graphics are quite poor compared to todays standard but the game was released in 1996 so that is to be expected and it takes nothing away from the phenomenal game play. The controls are simple and easy to play. And the game will keep you occupied for hours.
Overall I think the blue and red versions of pokemon are great as it will keep you occupied with hours of game play, it requires strategy and tactics, and you can have a blast with your friends.
NB*I own the red version of the game.
This game was responsible for so many good memories when I was growing up - sad, I know! The game starts off with you picking a character name and listening to Professor Oak as he takes you through the very basics of the Pokemon world. (You can choose to speed up the text if you read quickly/get annoyed quickly!) You also get to meet your ready-made rival, Gary. He's basically this annoying boy with a trendy haircut who will get in the way of pretty much all the tasks that you're meant to do and the major Pokemon battles! You actually get to choose a name for him if you don't like the default options (e.g. Gary)...here your imagination can run wild...
With the keys, you control the player whilst viewing the whole game from an overhead perspective, that is until you meet a trainer and begin battling. The gameplay then switches to a face-to-face perspective where different Pokemon are sent out as you defeat them one by one, failing that if you get defeated and run out of healthy Pokemon (i.e. ones that haven't fainted yet...), you get blacked out. This bit I hate because you end up in a Pokemon Centre with you friends all healed, but (a) this could be quite far away from where you were before, and be (b) you have less money then before :( There are Pokemon Centres and Poke mart located in every town, here you take your Pokemon to be healed or buy things like potions and Pokemon balls to catch new Pokemon with.
The game is based in the region of Kanto. You start off in your bedroom in Pallet town from where you walk downstairs to greet your mother who is waiting at the table. From there on you visit different houses where pretty quickly you'll find Professor Oaks house. (You can approach any character and talk to them - most of the time they are quite boring, but sometimes you'll get a freebie or some advice.) Your Pokemon journey begins here in his lab where he allows you to pick one Pokemon of your choice. Note that Gary will pick a Pokemon immediately afterwards that will be stronger in type than your Pokemon e.g. a grass Pokemon will be weak against a fire Pokemon. The aim afterwards is to defeat all the gym leaders and thwart the plans of Team Rocket to finally reach the Elite Four. There is also a very powerful and rare Pokemon that you have an opportunity to try catching at the end!
The game is really intuitive - it becomes apparent very quickly what the buttons do, and where you must go. The map is clearly laid out so you know where the next town should be. There are also a limited number of paths you can take, so it's pretty hard to be at a lost with this game. The Pokemon battles do get repetitive and tedious, but unfortunately are necessary in order for your Pokemon to gain experience points and to progress to evolving into different Pokemon. Having said that, if you encounter a wild Pokemon, there is always the option to "Run away!" if you can't be bothered...NB* Rattata and other mousey Pokemon are really nasty and won't let you run away...they're also kind of ugly...(just a side note...)
I would definitely recommend this game if you're looking for something fun and simple to do to pass time. Maybe you've seen the TV series, but never were really sure about the game...which actually has been out in the UK since 1998...Then I'd definitely recommend it to you if you're in this category, as chances are you'll find it very enjoyable. This game is aimed at people from a young age, so I didn't really find the game that challenging. I really wish there were harder problems to solve! Unlike some games, this game will take at least a few days to complete despite it being a very straight-forward game. I'm reviewing the Red version of the game, but the Blue version is exactly the same. The Blue version just features different Pokemon to the Red version. For instance, in certain areas of grass, say, you're used to finding certain types of Pokemon, but in the Blue version these Pokemon are just different to the Red version. Nothing more to it! You can trade Pokemon if you and your friend have different versions and the necessary cable.
I hope you enjoy the game - if you do get stuck or want any hints or tips, there are a LOT of walkthroughs/cheats online. You'll find these on Youtube or dedicated websites!
I would award this game 4* out of 5 since I do find that the game isn't that challenging, enjoyable though it is!
Pokemon isn't just a game series, Pokemon is a culture. Pokemon isn't just an extra branch of off the already thriving Nintendo tree, it's a whole forest of it's own. What started off the whole phenomenon that is Pokemon? Well, it's Pokemon Red and Blue.
They're simple games each one only actually has one colour throughout the whole of the game, but that doesn't mean it's a bad game, it only adds to the charm.
If you don't really know what Pokemon is, let me explain. You go through a whole region collecting little monsters called Pokemon and fighting them against each other to ultimately collect them all and become the Pokemon champion. That is a very basic overview of it, for me to go over all of the intricate details would take me literally days so I'm going to have to write this review based on the fact that you probably know how Pokemon works.
There are 150 Pokemon to collect. 151 if you count mew, but that's pretty much impossible to obtain without hacking anymore. You pick a pokemon to start with and you're on your way, you will find yourself going through 10-12 towns throughout the region, 8 of which have a Pokemon gym in them, at Pokemon gyms you must fight the gym leader and if you beat them, they will give you a badge. Once you have all 8 badges, you can take on the elite four, who are very difficult to beat.
That is a very brief overview of what you can expect in this game, but as I said it would be impossible to explain the intricate details of these game. But I tried my best.
Pokemon red and blue - 2 brilliant, classic games for the gameboy, both iconic and different. They are both so easy to get into, and you learn so much along the way. Pokémon is a shortened word for 'Pocket Monster'. The game was so successful that it was made into an incredibly popular cartoon, which is still being shown today. I am 20 years old now, and I still know EVERYTHING about this game, which I played when I was about 9.
You start off in your house with nothing but a dream - to catch 150 Pokemon and become a Pokemon master. Professor Oak, who is your rival's grand father helps you along the way, making sure you start with a Pokemon. He gives you a choice of 3:
Squirtle - the water type
Bulbasaur - the grass type
Charmander - the fire type
You will have to fight many opponents using your Pokemon that you've caught on your travels. You catch Pokemon by buying Poke balls, and using them in battle against wild Pokemon that you see on your journey. You must train your Pokemon by giving them experience, by putting them in battles, and getting their level up, and helping them learn new, more powerful moves. There 55 moves altogether, but each Pokemon can only have 4, so choose wisely!
Your journey takes you through different towns, named after different colours, which you can see on a town map. Your Pokemon will help you get round the whole world, by digging, flying, cutting down bushes, and surfing across water. They'll help you in the dark, and by moving boulders too!
You must fight trainers and eventually, when you're good enough, fight the gym leader of each town, and obtain a badge. There are 8 badges to get in total, and once you have these, you can challenge 'The Elite 4' - 4 trainers who are the best in the business! However, beating them is not the end of the game, as you must catch all 150 Pokemon! This is a huge task, but extremely fun! Some Pokemon are very rare, so take your chances!
Pokemon is an addictive, tactical game that is competitive and enjoyable, as you are able to play mulitplayer too with the help of a link cable. You can fight your friends, or trade Pokemon this way.
In a fight, you and your opponent will take turns to use a move on each other, and the first person to knock out all the other person's Pokemon is the winner. You will win money for this, which you can use in Marts, in each city, where you can buy Poke Balls, potions and other things to supplement your Pokemons' needs.
Hours and hours of fun lie ahead for you - with 150 (perhaps 151) Pokemon to catch, this brilliantly vast game will leave you with a huge, enjoyable task. You can also compare progress with friends, and boast about your Pokemon!
The game's graphics are a bit poor, but you shouldn't expect too highly from a gameboy colour! And in any case, the gameplay is phenomenal! The way it has been all thought out is brilliant. You must think your way through, and make decisions to help you get through and be successful.
The controls are very easy to use - most of it is either walking (up, down, left, right) or selecting/cancelling with A and B.
The music is very catchy, and can help intensify the situation! As you get further through the game, opponents will become harder to beat, and wild Pokemon will be tougher. There are 3 legendary bird Pokemon, which you only have one chance to catch. Make sure you catch them! There are many different types of Pokemon, and your 6 (you can only carry 6 at a time, other wise you store them in a PC!) should be strong in all areas. Types include:
To complete the WHOLE game, you'll need to have a friend who has the other version of the game (and a link cable) so you can trade Pokemon (as some can only be caught on Blue and some only on Red). I feel this adds a certain depth to the game, and makes it unlike any other game. Your search for Pokemon becomes a real quest, and if you do eventually complete the game, the accomplishment will feel brilliant.
A must get for any Gameboy fans, or any Pokemon fans. If you're not a fan of either, then you should be!
These games were a proper addiction! I used to play this for hours on my yellow gameboy color (as gameboy games work on the gameboy color)
I used to play the blue one more often than the red one. First it begin with a pokemon trainer who dreams of being a master, whom you can name how original or silly as you want, starts off in his home and then heads into the forrest and then is caught by a professor who then takes the trainer to his lab to choose a pokemon the choices he has are : a fire pokemon named Charmander, a water pokemon named Squirtle and a grass pokemon named Bulbasaur. The one I always used to choose was the water pokemon Squirtle cause it was the strongest! However the first battle you have to fight is with the professor's grandson, Gary.
To gain your pokemon with more strength you have to fight and win battles, once the pokemon has gained enough energy it will change into a stronger pokemon. The pokemon change once, sometimes twice depending which one you own.
You can also win coins to help with your quest and pokemon.
If you're pokemon is weak, take it to a pokemon hospital where it will quickly gain strength and health again!
To complete the game you have to go all of the eight gyms and win badges and you must collect all eight badges, afterwards you have the chance to go the pokemon league and fight with some of the strongest trainers, and one of them is Gary! (but I'm not allowed to tell you which level!)
Afterwards you're pokemon whom you battled with will go into the hall of fame, you could try getting all 150 in there! Why not give that a go?
To loved this game to pieces and I'm so tempting to find it on the computer and play on it again and see if I can catch all of them again as I didn't quite manage last time! five out of five stars for me!
I've recently been doing a lot of App reviews, but taking a turn from the up to date , to the old school. I recently found a shoebox with my old gameboy and a huge set of games.
Grab your hats and join in me in a trip back down memory lane , and in this review, Pokemon Blue.
The yellow screen and the 8bit soundtrack bring back great youthful memories.
Starting up the game we can continue, new game or options. Options just affecting battle style , text and animations.
Meeting Prof. Oak is an important time for anyone venturing into the world of pok'emon. His opening dialougue has become iconic among fans as he describes the pok'emon and their uses.
Character customisation is at a premium here , you can either put in your name or one of the pre made options. This adds a personal touch and invites you into the world a little more.
Every story needs a rival and pok'emon is no exception. This kid you will grow to hate as he constantly berates your pok'emon and you. Not to mention he is Prof. Oak's grandson so his attitude is one of high class.
The top down adventure game comes alive with you awaking in your room, intrestingly a SNES system is lying infront of you as a bit of an easter egg joke, Much like in the most recent game their is a Wii.
Walking down stairs you meet your mom , who is always superglued to the tables chair, but she means well and happily sets you on your way into a world of perile danger with nothing more than a kiss.
As you step outside your house and feel the strange breeze blowing in from the sea. You wander down to Oaks and have the option of 3 pok'emon, Fire, water and plant. Being pok'emon Blue I just had to choose the mighty and rather cute Squirtle, although the choice also includes , Bulbasaur and Charmandar.
You can then give your name a cool nickname, or keep it the same. Not long after choosing your pet it's time to fight, the usual black swirling feels the screen and it feels good to be back in the game. Battle tune ringning in my ears , squirtle triumphantly victorious.
For no-one who has ever played pok'emon the battle system is extrememly easy, the 2 pok'emon are facing each other on screen and beside them is their level and health bar. You then choose between fight, other pok'emon, item or run. So for example I use tail whip , it causes a measly 3 damage. Fighting continues until none are left, of course if it's a wild one, weaken it then throw a pok'e ball at it and make it yours. Ensuring you complete the mantra , Gotta catch em all.
The games story really is just your own quest to become a top trainer. A journey through many towns , stopping off at gyms to beat that towns best trainer and get the badge. Along the way you will see many scary beasts, make new enemies and learn many skills.
Different towns have their individual feel, for example their is a city with slot machines , wereas another one has a radio station. The world really is so wide , there is always something new to see and its so surprising when you think about the age of the game.
The age does show in the games graphics , but its a wonderful take on the simplicity of the life we used to live. Motion controllers , HD and networking were all a pipe dream. I can remember spending hours playing this game everywhere and their is 100 of hours of gameplay. The graphics have an iconic feel and thats what makes it beautiful.
The sounds are wonderful, an 8bit track plays in the backgroung and the different tracks become very recognisable and is a piece of gaming history.
Its a testament to simplicity, only a D-pad and a A and B button are all you need to have fun. No difficult combinations or quick time events, just a little bit of tactics and outright love.
If you still have your Gameboy and haven't played this you can get it used for £7, but if you still have it with the box in good condition and can bare to give away this retro gold. Its worth £65.
The pokemon series is one of the most accessible rpg game series available. They appeal especially to children, even to this day, and the sheer number of titles on offer could easily keep you busy for weeks. Pokemon red and blue however, are the games where it all began. Players travel around the land of kanto, collecting, trading and battling pokemon that they find, train and catch. To those unfamiliar wth the formula, the player begins the game by receiving their very own pokemon to look after. They are then asked to complete the task of filling the ''pokedex'' a log of all the pokemon they have seen or caught. On the way, the player must fight 8 gym leaders (basically a boss) throughout the game. Players fill the pokedex this by searching for, battling with, and catching pokemon, via a battle sequence. Though slightly crudely graphic-ed compared to todays games, the sequences are more than adequete to play through, with all of the pokemons attacks having different animations. I received this game as a birthday present years ago, and to this day regard it as one of the best games I have ever played. This is because its formula is timeless, as is easily seen in any of the more recent games, all following the same pattern. The storyline of a pokemon game is something that has changed little over the years too. Although the newer games offer more in scale and graphics, these two games enjoy a certain status, and rightly so, for being the best of the lot. The games size is just right to allow players to immerse themselves, though not too long so that they could get bored. Its collection of pokemon, 150 of them, is also a comfortable size in which players don't tire, but still feel accomplished. The trading aspect is also great for kids. If these games were bought, for example, for two brothers, neither one could fully complete the game without collaboration, which encourages children to share. The game has an incredible replay value, and to this day if I find it about the house, I can't help but pick it up and play it. At the end of the day however, I would recommend these games to children (or adults) who have enjoyed any of the other pokemon games to date, and would like to realise the roots of the games. Overall, these games remain, in my somewhat nostalgic view, the original and best.
The RPG genre is a truly immersive one, it allows game makers to make huge worlds with so much to do. This genre really goes hand in hand with the pokemon franchise. Already huge with hundreds of characters and locations which are iconic to fans of the series the red and blue games were genuinely ahead of their time. The game boy at this point was reserved for little puzzle titles but the pokemon series was an exiting free roaming RPG with so many features it would make your head spin. The gameplay has never been more exiting than in the pokemon series. As you walk through the grass you will be randomly attacked by wild pokemon who can be battled for experience or caught and trained for future fights. This is what keeps the game fresh, the player has to battle trainers as well as the elements as he advances through caves and marsh land before emerging in the new town a warrior of the wild. This is the game that never gets old, still as an adult it gets played today and i would recommend it to anyone.
This is where the Pokemon franchise began. Pokemon Red, and its counterpart Pokemon Blue were released on October 5th 1999 in the UK, and it's fair to say they revolutionised modern handheld gaming.
For those of you that don't know about the Pokemon franchise in general, I've written another review on here covering the basics.
Pokemon Red / Blue starts off with you beginning your journey as a pokemon trainer. Obviously, the first thing you need as a trainer is an actual pokemon to train, so your first destination is the laboratory belonging to Professor Oak (basically, a kind of Dr Dolittle character, but without the actual talking to animals bit) , conveniently located next door to your home. After talking to him, he will let you choose one of three pokemon as your starter: Charmander, a fire type, Bulbasaur, grass type, or Squirtle, which is a water type. There is no right choice, but your rival (every hero needs a rival that tries to take the glory, don't they...) will take whichever pokemon is strongest against yours (so if you take Bulbasaur, the rival will take Charmander). The rival will than challenege you to pokemon battle. After the dust from the fight has cleared, Professor Oak will then give you a small assignment involving fetching a parcel and returning it to him. When you've done the delivery job, Oak will explain he has a job for you. He wants you to create a pokedex (basically a pokemon encyclopedia) of every pokemon in existence (see below). Doing this will involve you travelling the country, solving puzzles, and eventually challenging the best pokemon trainers in the world...
Of the 150 pokemon in existence at the time the game was released (Mew isn't available in the game, despite what internet rumours may have you believe), the following are only available in Pokemon Red:
Conversely, these are the pokemon that are only available in Pokemon Blue:
If you own Pokemon Red, you'll have to trade with someone that owns Blue to complete the pokedex, and vice-versa.
This game will keep kids (and even adults) entertained for weeks, or even months, and it's easy to see how it became the best selling game for the original Game Boy.
A similar review also appears on here for Pokemon Red on its own.
Pokemon Blue is a role playing adventure developed by Nintendo for the Gameboy
The story of Pokemon Blue follows your character who you can name as he starts his Pokemon journey, from his humble beginnings in Pallet Town as he journeys around the region of Kanto to collect all 8 of the Gym badges and defeat the Elite Four and become a Pokemon Master! It is a rather basic plotline but it suits the basic nature of the game well and it does keep you playing.
Gameplay is done by exploring the world of Kanto, the game is linear and you usually have a set path to go down to advance the story. The world is diverse and is littered with towns, fields, caves and more for you to explore. Combat is done using Pokemon, you are given a starter Pokemon to send you on your way but after that it is upto you to capture new Pokemon for your team and raise them.
Your Pokemon can perform up to four different moves and learn new moves and even evolve once they reach a certain level of experience, you can switch out Pokemon for others in your team if they are losing health or you want to switch to a more advantageous type of Pokemon.
Raising Pokemon is done by battling them and beating other wild Pokemon or Pokemon trainers, if you are battling wild Pokemon if they are weakened by your attacks instead of deafeating them and claiming the experience you can use a Pokeball to capture that Pokemon and add it to your team, with over 150 creatures to capture it becomes addictive to see if you can get them all, you will have to trade with friends to evolve certain Pokemon and get the ones that are exclusive to their version!
Battles against Pokemon trainers and Gym leaders are usually tougher, but not to tricky as it is a kid friendly game, defeating them will earn you money and more experience than defeating a wild Pokemon and if you defeat a Gym leader you will receive one of the 8 badges required to challenge the Elite Four.
Graphics are very blocky and basic, but what do you expect it's an original Gameboy game! The music is really catchy and if you play to much you can hear it playing in your head (or maybe that's just me!).
Pokemon Blue is an excellent beginners RPG, a truly classic game.
Now everyone pretty much knows what Pokémon are, even if they do not know of the games they have seen an episode of the TV show, played with the cards or at least seen some merchandise. What is now a huge cash cow was once something new and interesting. Originally getting sent the game around the time it was released in the states by a friend I had no idea what Pokémon was. Still since it was a gift I gave it a go and became addicted fast.
The game itself mixes the standard turn based role-playing game with a collectable card game feel. Not only does the mixture work well but it is also a great RPG for players of all ages and experience levels and a highly addictive one at that.
In the game (if you do not already know the premise) you take the role of a lone youngster who has just left home. His aim: To become the world's greatest Pokémon master and beat all of the elite Pokémon trainers in the land. To do this he must first gain Pokémon that trust him and beat the large number of Pokémon trainers blocking the way to his goal. This includes the regions Pokémon champions and the underground criminal organisation Team Rocket.
The key to the game is searching far and wide for different Pokémon to capture with Poke balls. After they are caught with this device they can be chosen to go into your party of six and fight other Pokémon. The Pokémon gain experience through combat and level up like your standard RPG character would. As they grow, the Pokémon gain abilities and moves with some even evolving into stronger, more efficient Pokémon.
You can only carry six Pokémon at once but a large amount can be stored on the Pokémon storage system that can be found in every town. The six Pokémon that you have with you are the ones that you have to use in combat to fight both other trainers and wild Pokémon. The strategy of this combat revolves not only around the move types and the standard attack and defence values but also around the Pokémon's type. All Pokémon are assigned a type, kind of like an element. There are fifteen types of Pokémon in the game and each Pokémon is assigned one or two types, which each possess strengths and weaknesses to other types of Pokémon. For example, a rock Pokémon is very strong against electric Pokémon but weak against water and grass types. This adds a rock, paper, scissors element to combat as well as the standard RPG, meaning the most successful Pokémon teams will be a balanced mix of Pokémon.
The aspect of the game that draws the most attention is the large customisation levels. The party you can create has a huge amount of possibilities. The game boasts an amazing 150 Pokémon all of which have fifteen types. The Pokémon also learn a ton of moves but can only have four at one time, meaning that no two games will ever be identical even if you tried to make it the same.
Another aspect that makes Pokémon so popular is it encourages you to find other people with the game, before the days of the internet, meaning that you had to actually locate other people in person. The reason this was necessary is that both Pokémon red and blue only had 139 Pokémon, this meant that in order to get them all you had to trade with your partner. At the start of the game you can only choose one out of three Pokémon, meaning that you also have to find someone else that has the other two. The benefit of this is that each Pokémon that gets traded levels up fifty percent faster than a Pokémon you catch in the wild and some only evolve when traded.
Despite its childish appearance, Pokémon is a worthwhile game for all ages, as it is serious and fun at the same time. It is a challenging game in many places and has a great amount of replay value and possesses a good multiplayer incentive. This is still one of the best handheld games out there and stands strong as a great RPG even by today's standards.