Pokémon Red – Review


Pokémon Red is an RPG game in which you wander around a world, collecting badges and building a high-tech encyclopedia – the Pokedex.

Pokémon is twenty this year! Hooray! And to celebrate, Nintendo re-released their old classics, Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow. The games were first released on the Gameboy almost twenty years ago. And while the consoles have progressed, the game is just the same.

In the game, you play as a ten-year-old boy, off to start his very own Pokémon adventure. At the start of the game, you meet Professor Oak – one of the world authorities on Pokémon. He gives you a special job to attend in the next town and lets you choose a starter Pokémon for your protection on the journey. These creatures will fight any wild Pokémon you encounter and later on, the creatures held by other trainers.

The aim of the game is simple. Travel the region, building your collection of pocket monsters. Each town you stop off in has what is called Pokémon Gym, where you can fight high-level trainers in intense battles using alternating turns to weaken and defeat your opponent before they do the same to you. Each gym has a certain type of Pokémon, which can range from rock, electric and even psychic types, so building a balanced team with strengths against these types is essential. For every gym owner you beat, you gain a badge. Once you’ve collected eight badges you can access the path to the Indigo Plateau to beat the elite four, the strongest, toughest trainers in the world… and the final fifth battle is your rival from the start of the game who pops up from time to time.

Once you have defeated all opponents you will be able to test your ultimate skills and capture Mewtwo, the fiercest strongest monster in the entire game. The game is only truly complete when you have beaten all trainers including the elite four, captured Mewtwo and completed your Pokedex by capturing all 150 species of Pokémon – 151 if you can get your hands on the super rare Mew, who can actually be obtained through a glitch.

The game is just as enjoyable as it was the first time around. How easy they journey is highly depends on your play style and starter Pokémon. For example choosing a Charmander will make the first two gym battles tough, as fire types are weak against rock and water types. Thus, why building a balanced and varied team as early as possible in a game is essential.

Hardcore fans of the original game have already sung its praises, particularly as thanks to modern technology wireless trading and make building a complete collection easier than ever and Pokémon Bank means that this team will be able to travel with you into future games, something that couldn’t be done before.

In its day this little black and white game wiped the floor with titles from the other big boys and playing it now, is just as enjoyable and addictive as it was the first time around. You simply can’t mess with a classic.


RATING: 9/10


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