Reviewed by Sam
Pikachu fans rejoice! The newest Pokemon game is here and
is selling faster than either of the other two! Just like before
you have to become a master trainer by catching all of the
Pokemon (little monsters that fight for you) and training them
to beat the other Pokemon by having them fight against you.
And his time, Pikachu follows you everywhere! But is it really
a good game or just a hyped-up sequel? You decide after
reading this review!
Graphics 7 out of 10
While the graphics are an improvement over red and blue, Nintendo
still isn't making full use of the game boy color, so the graphics are
not as good as full color games. One of the most noticeable differences
in the games are the graphics. The Pokemon look more like they did in
the cartoon and are in full color. The graphics are okay overall, but
they could have been better with full color and better battle animation.
Music and Sound 6 out of 10
The music is mostly the same from previous Pokemon games, and is
nothing new compared to most games. The sound, on the other hand,
is not very good. There sound affects are okay in the battles, but it
is strange how the Pokemon make mechanical sounds when they pop
up. I would at least expect growling or something. New on yellow are
the noises that Pikachu makes. While this can be interesting the first
few times, it is a novelty and gets annoying quickly. I tried to solve
this by releasing Pikachu, but it won't let you. It is also hard to make
out what Pikachu is saying. Overall, the digitized speech from Pikachu
is below average and the sound is average Game Boy sound.
Game Challenge 8 out of 10
The game can be very challenging at times, especially when fighting
the gym leaders. As in the previous versions, to beat them successfully
you have to level up your Pokemon and use the correct types. But one
of the biggest challenges is trying not to fall asleep leveling them up!
There are some puzzle elements added in the game, but not a lot. More
puzzle elements would have made this a much more fun game.
Game Play-Fun 7 out of 10
Few people realize that Pokemon was a new, innovative game
before all of the advertising, TV shows, etc. While it can be fun it
can get very hard and boring, especially if you don't want to spend a
lot of time playing Game Boy. If your expecting a sequel to the
previous two Pokemon games you will be disappointed. This is almost
exactly like the others in terms of game play. The world map is
exactly the same! The main differences are the Pokemon you have
to trade for and the gym leader Pokemon, which are much harder
to beat. So if you have played red or blue, you will know what to
expect. Of course, if you like Pikachu, you will like this game. This
game has Pikachu following you everywhere, and you can make it
happy by letting it fight and not letting it faint (basically the same
thing as dying, but fainting keeps the game E rated). This game is
the most fun if you have never played Pokemon before.
This game can get extremely frustrating if you are trying to level up
Pokemon or beat Gym leaders. It is also frustrating keeping Pikachu
happy. In fact, I gave up.
Replayability 9 out of 10
This depends on what you consider Replayability. There is no
Replayability in the adventure part of the game(fighting gym leaders
and catching Pokemon), but if you like playing multi player Game Boy
games, this game is for you. The yellow version also has more modes
and unlike many Game Boy games, it will be easy to find someone to play
this with since there are so many people who have this game, and even
Pokemon clubs to play the game at.
Game Value 5 out of 10
Again, this all depends on different factors. If you have any of the
original Pokemon games this is not worth your money, but if you
have never played Pokemon or you are a Pikachu fanatic you should
buy this game. I gave it a 5 out of 10 because I think Nintendo was
being kind of cheap selling basically the same game under a different name.
Overall 7 out of 10
Overall, this as just as good as the other games, and the almost same.
Nintendo just made this game to keep the Pokemon craze going until
they release the silver and gold versions. Still, if you haven't played
the other versions than this might be a good game for you. Just don't
expect a completely new game.