Reviewed by MagikDragonz
Have you ever wondered what Pokemon would be like, in 3D? I
did too. Now it's finally here, Pokemon Snap for Nintendo 64!
Professor Oak sends Todd some letter to make him come to
Pokemon Island to snap pictures for his Pokemon Report. The
story really has no point, but who cares! The game is fun!
Graphics 8 out of 10
The title screen graphics are totally disappointing. They remind me of a
Super Nintendo game. But you have to understand, this game takes after
the anime so it has to look... well... animeish. Anyway, when you start
the game you are taken to Professor Oak's lab. Prof. Oak looks EXACTLY
like in the anime so many people that watch the show will totally
recognize him. All of the Pokemon look awesome, they look exactly
how I expected. They look just like the anime except in 3D, of course.
Snap looks okay, not amazing, but ok. I know I'm nagging a little but
it's true, the intro could use some work on those trees. But all of
the levels in the game have amazing graphics no doubt about that!
Especially Gyarados and Charizard, when you see them you'll go "WOW!"
Music and Sound 9 out of 10
The music is actually really good. They all fit the levels perfectly.
The level at the beach gives you that tropical feeling. I turn the
volume right up because I like the music in it a lot. The tunnel
music is really cool, it gives you that creepy abandoned feeling.
The volcano music is awesome it totally fits the level. The
river music is fine. The cave music is enchanting and you'll
love it. Etc. etc. etc. overall the music is great. The sounds are
exactly like in the TV show you'll recognize them right away...
Except for Metapod he didn't make that annoying "META-POD
META-POD" sound. And Psyduck didn't go "PSY-YI-YI!!" he just
went "AAHYA!". But all of the Pokemon's sounds besides those two
are really great.
Game Challenge 7 out of 10
This is where the game really stinks. It is too easy to snap
pictures of all 63 Pokemon. Everybody I know including me has
beat it in an hour or a bit longer. I expected one game of Pokemon
Snap to last me at least a week. There's 151 Pokemon but they only
stuck in 63 what's with that? That is a rather large disappointment.
But it's pretty hard to get a score over 4000 points for each Pokemon
so that adds to the challenge.
Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10
Despite it's short-length this game is one of the funniest games
to hit the Nintendo 64. Any die-hard Pokemon fan will keep coming back
to the game. Also you can get your favorite photos and print them
onto stickers at Blockbuster. If you want, you can go to levels and
take hilarious photos of Pokemon and stick them in your Pokemon
Album! My favorite picture is one of Jigglypuff being hit by the
pesterball on-stage, it's totally freaked out!
This game can get frustrating when you miss a great shot, or whatever.
Especially with that elusive Mew. If you aren't quick it will disappear.
And some Pokemon like Squirtle, you got to hit Mankey with it in
the Valley level but usually I end up missing it so I get really
upset. Some Pokemon it is literally impossible to get a decent
picture of like Goldeen and Dratini. And when you finally get a good
picture Prof. Oak will probably give you a bad mark so it gets you
Replayability 6 out of 10
Most gamers will not want to play this game again. You will just
want to try the game and get pictures of all 63 Pokemon then
when you've done it, you've done it and that's it. Nothing new
happens after. I really did expected a large adventure game,
with dozens of levels and all 151 Pokemon hiding away and a big
challenge to find them all. Instead we end up with some game with
seven levels and only 63 Pokemon, but that's still not enough to even
make the average Pokefreak happy.
Game Value 6 out of 10
This game is totally not the game you will want to buy. But this should
be on your must-rent list. This is a game everybody should try,
whether you're a Pokefreak or not. It is a totally unique, fresh new
kind of game. It will quench any gamer's need for a brand new kind
of game instead of the usual shoot 'em ups. But if you're expecting
a long adventure game, do not buy this game. You will be disappointed.
Overall 7.6 out of 10
This game is fun, and there are lots of secrets. Any true Pokefreak
will love this game. If you like taking pictures with the camera try
this game out! Pokemon Snap is not the best game for Nintendo 64,
it's just got to be the shortest adventure game. But rent it if you
want, you may have a totally different opinion.