My review of Pokemon red blue and yellow version of the game should preface this review by stating that this was not my first generation of Pokemon games. In terms of exposure to the franchise as a whole I will always be a die-hard in water due to the cards anime and supplemental games like stadium but in terms of a core Pokemon video game experience. My heart will always belong to silver version that’s just the kind of fan that I am and speaking of core experiences let’s take a look at the one that set the standard for many generations to come Pokemon Red. And yes I know yellow sort of the definitive version but I wanted to be faithful to the main campaign and not ashes we begin our journey as read a ten-year-old boy from Pallet Town who sets off on his quest to become a Pokemon master.
After attempting to blindly go into the wild red is stopped by Professor Oak provides him with a mission and a best friend along with the Pokedex the record data on every known species of pocket monster the professor offers our protagonist a starter Pokemon to protect him from wild creatures in the scary tall grass.
It’s at this time that you also meet the professor’s grandson and your lifelong rival my clothes I mean blue who absolutely uses 90 slime and will prove a major pain in your butt for the rest of your journey I’m not kidding this guy is such a jerk that he purposely chooses the starter that has a type advantage over your chosen partner regardless of who that maybe want to choose Bulbasaur look forward to fire blast what about Squirtle say hello to solar beam but whether it was designed this way or not canonically speaking read sets out on his adventure with the fire type Charmander. By his side while blue choose Squirtle and with that reds adventure officially begins after winning a quick battle vs blue red and charmander set up for viridian city where the gym is mysteriously closed. And the Polka marks are open it’s here that you can purchase pokeballs which provide the games major focus capturing pokemon so you can fill that Dex you see pokemon follows a very rpg-like structure but with the possibility of 151 party members fulfilled by your team of six chosen Pokemon. There’s also things like type advantages weaknesses potions and items that offer elements of strategy and the leveling system from one to a hundred that will keep you busy training to ensure that no one play through is the same and speaking of catching pokemon.
As you make your way to the left of Viridian City it becomes very clear that your rival has done just that after another fairly simple battle with blue it’s revealed that just west of Viridian lies the indigo plateau a place where aspiring trainers battle the elite four to become the league champion blue then reveals that even gain access to this legendary Coliseum trainers are required to collect eight badges from all over the candle region. And of course he pledges to achieve this goal before you it’s then that are true objective is clear red must travel from town to town collecting these badges and beat his rival blue to become the true pokemon league champion. Soon after learning this and beating blue red makes his way through pewter city and Brock’s rock gym where he gained his first batch and set for mount moon and this is where we meet the villainous Team Rocket this criminal organization is after rare pokemon and don’t take losing to a ten-year-old very lightly after a swift beating they swear the revenge and red makes his way towards civilian. The second Gym Leader misty who uses an array of water-type pokemon once defeated red head south with the cascade badge in tow where he battled lieutenant search a thunder type gym leader who mentions award that will never be spoken of again. During the interim he also picks up a bike as well as his first HM which is a teachable move that can and will be used outside of battle and this is where it can get kind of confusing because the guards are thirsty. Seriously delish and due to this unspeakable travesty they won’t let our hero pass easily into Saffron City and so you’ll need to find alternative routes around the region eventually though after passing through Rock Tunnel which by the way is a massive pain in the butt. And the ominous lavender town red finds himself in celadon City this area has lots to offer but something’s not quite right eventually red discovers Team Rocket’s secret base behind the gambling house.
And comes face-to-face with the organization’s leader Giovanni who’s not very happy to see you at all once bested in a battle of his own Giovanni chastises red and promises not to lose again as red obtains the Silph scope our protagonist then quickly finds himself up against Delle Donne’s grass-type gym leader Erika. After obtaining his fourth badge heads back to Lavender Town with the newly acquired Silph scope to hunt some ghosts anyways once back in Lavender Town red defeat his rival yet again with Cubans dead mother’s spirit to rest and beats more rocket grunts in order to reach Mr. Fuji. He obtain the pokey flute which will allow him to proceed on his journey but of course this is after buying some sweet water from the vending machines in celadon and gaining access to Saffron City at last but before he can challenge the psychic gym leader Sabrina. He must pay yet another visit to Team Rocket as they currently taking Silko hostage in an extortion attempt to gain access to the company’s revolutionary prototype the masterball this special invention will allow any Pokemon to be caught. With a hundred percent accuracy and with his team of pokemon beside him red comes face-to-face with both his rival and Giovanni once again although oddly enough it’s never really explained why your rival is there to begin with in fact this is one of the most out of nowhere fights in the entire game.
But regardless once you beat them both Team Rocket collapses and red is awarded a master ball of his very own and it’s at this point that the game become somewhat of a breeze as you beat Sabrina’s insanely broken psychic type Pokemon cycle the fuchsia City where you go on safari and Rec kogas poison-type gym. And then serve your way to Cinnabar Island and the pokemon mansion all in probably under an hour it’s also worth mentioning that next to Lavender Town. This mansion is the most unnerving place in the game as you desperately need to find the secret key to access blames fire-type gym all while getting the sense that there’s something far more sinister at work in the background eventually you find the key embarrass planes Fire duck and make your way back to viridian city. Where the once apps and gym leader is awaiting your arrival and after facing a few trainers it’s revealed that the entire time Veridian gym leader was none other then Giovanni and he’s still quite sour over what transpired back at silicon after a hard-fought match Giovanni finally admits defeat and awards red his eighth and final batch paving the way for red elite four challenge. And once making his way through Victory Road red comes face-to-face with the ridiculously strong elite for this group consists of Lorelei a nice type user Bruno a fighting style trainer Agatha the queen of ghost pokemon and possibly oaks former lover and finally the strongest of them all. Lens a dragon-type master if you’ve done your job correctly read will finally overcome lands and realize his ultimate dream of being blindsided by blue for one final glorious battle and I’m not kidding at every single previous encounter this guy’s been pretty much even in terms of levels but if you haven’t trained or grinded a little bit then this is one tough battle especially after the other four have taken a toll on your entire party.
You’re gonna have to fight your harvest but once the last attack is made and his six pokemon drops you finally accomplished your ultimate goal you are the pokemon league champion and that’s pretty much it although once you’ve let the credits roll you can continue your game and tie up a few loose ends but let’s just wait a little longer to get into that the rose pokemon red the version. I played has a lot going on and it gets a lot of things right the interchangeability of party members is a standing for the time especially considering this was a mobile game made with a very small budget by Nintendo standards I think it really works because of this reason it’s a universal experience that every person can enjoy at their own leisure. But most importantly with their own customized team of pokemon if you love water types you can recruit the ultimate water party if you want a diverse lineup of creatures ready to one hit kill any foe then you can do that to the feature of over 150 diverse pokemon was a very ambitious undertaking and one that effectively made this game what it is today the creatures themselves also add a lot of personality into the mix some really stand out even amongst the shall we say less than appealing first gen sprites. The mohrís artwork was a shining example of game freak’s genius even way back then special mention for character design goes towards creatures like right you onyx, blastoise, Lapras and a few others on top of this the way in which they progressively evolved into stronger creatures.
May be one of the coolest parts of this game although not wholly original usually when an RPG character moves on to another stage like a fire emblem you merely get a new clothing style or character class but in pokemon this concept is expanded on and perfected creatures can evolve into completely new and stronger versions of their evolutionary line by either leveling up trading or via elemental stone.
These various methods of evolution add even more player choice into the bold and really helped make the journey your Pokemon goes through feel even more personal than I’ve already established it’s just a wonderful mechanic in a game. That gives players every possible option to experience their own personalized quest but enough about that let’s get into the other thing that made these games so original back in the day the trading pokemon was conceived by creator satoshi to Jerry’s childhood fascination with collecting and trading insects in rural Japan. And this game applies those fundamentals brilliantly by creating two main versions of the game each with their own version specific pokemon players had no choice but to venture into the school yard with the link cable if they really wanted to catch him off it took the jury’s memories of bug catching with school maids and modernize them for the digital age.
Which is yet another move that is still injected into pokemons DNA with every subsequent generation no matter how much easier trading has become the fact is Game Freak designed these video games to be social and the move has continuously paid off for the ones tiny company and the thing that might be that once tiny company’s biggest contribution to the video game world is the uncontested soundtrack. I know I often go on about how good these things are in every game. I review but I really need to give these score major points for how spectacular it is let’s put it this way.
I played every single generation of Pokemon since this one and I’ve heard so many remixes and orchestrated variations of this game soundtrack since its release that you would think I’d be annoyed beyond belief and yet there’s something about this retro-sounding composition that had me nodding my head to the beat with every new place. I visited the music is atmospheric to put it lightly and each theme fits its locale flawlessly with very few pieces missing their mark in fact this game either have songs that no one remembers or modern classics that have persisted over the last two decades of video game culture.
There is no in between and there’s no okay or good songs the music is either unmemorable or gaming royalty and crazy enough it’s the latter that makes up ninety percent of this soundtrack. I really can’t rave enough about this but it’s not even my favorite part that honor belongs to the deep lure of the games you know the mystery of exploration and being rewarded for your troubles in a way this game reminded me a ton of the original Legend of Zelda after a full play through as their a ton of secrets. And puzzles that just add to this game are more mature and cerebral mystique. Now I know this is a kids game and I won’t be the guy who is fused theories on Gary’s Radecki or Giovanni suicide but the fact is there’s a lot of mature concepts hidden beneath the childlike exterior and it’s very much appreciated. I find it unbelievably cool that there are elements such as death and war and themes of playing God buried within the narrative. It’s especially that last one that really stuck out to me as both inappropriate but also unspeakable e satisfied you see this whole generation of Pokemon is very much grounded in our reality and raises questions of DNA tampering and genetic engineering all over the place from characters like Voltorb in Grimer to number 1 50.
We get a sense that this is a world where there’s a lot less magic going on and a lot more science involved in subsequent generations and nothing supports this more than the creation of Mew two you know it’s such a small part of the story but it has so many implications on this world as a whole essentially if you read all of the journals in the burn down pokemon mansion. You can piece together that a bunch of scientists likely including Blaine and Mr. Fuji discovered a long-extinct pokemon name you in Guyana and using his DNA mutilated and tortured various clones in order to create an artificial super weapon they dubbed mew two and I’m not exaggerating here the games translations use terminology like vicious tendencies. This is a story of science trying to play God with disastrous results and it’s alluded that many more murdered and now it’s being covered up as the ultimate secret in the Pokemon world.
It’s very deep stuff and honestly makes the narrative not only tighter but also more impactful especially when you finally encounter the level 70 mewtwo locked away deep in civilian cape with a simple but tragic backstory you actually feel sympathy for this abomination and appreciate why it lives on its own shelter deep within a cave. It also raises the question of meal which would actually turn out to be a real pokemon buried within the game’s code which would make this already secretive world of Pokemon even more mysterious. I love the ton of the concepts in this game and actually found myself surprised by more than a few but did I have any problems let’s just get into the cons and find out the funds ok I’ve tried my best to hold it back this long and I really do love a ton about this game the hidden maturity of the narrative serious customizability mechanics. And of course that music but honestly next to the stuff I mentioned in the previous section this game is not only archaic but it’s actually borderline broken.
I’m not talking about the glitches or the fact that I was legally able to exploit the games coding and obtain am you by the second gym and yes I am elated but I didn’t cheat I actually tried this on a friend’s yellow version. And it works a hundred percent; I’m talking about everything from the massively powerful psychic type Pokemon to the specialist at not being split among attack and defense to things like pokeballs missing. I seriously didn’t even know this was a thing and I’m really interested to see if it carries over to the 2nd gen and I simply forgot but yeah there’s some pokemon that even an ultra mobile. Just miss if it’s not paralyzed asleep or frozen that essentially means that if I wasn’t lucky enough to have caught a Jiggly puff like I did before and raise it to a competitive level.
I would have been screwed up going after the legendary birds even with the ton of revive ultra balls during my own play through. I mean I get that the chances of catching these guys aren’t supposed to be great but if I can get Articuno down to this much damage I shouldn’t miss the thing entirely besides that I also really have to criticize some of these designs now I know I praised a few of them and there really are some great additions. But I’m with fossils million on this one how can you make fun of generation 5 ice cream cone and garbage pokemon when we have such fun creative inclusions think I’m absolutely nuts.
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