Pokemon Red Review

Pokemon Red is an excellent RPG for players of all experience levels.

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.

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HyouVizier
HyouVizier

playing blue version now,  brings back to many good memories of my childhood <3

Ryuji Kudo
Ryuji Kudo

my first version was green, so I chose Bulbasaur , then I got the red and blue version I was really into that game when I was in 4th grade, had party of lvl 100s.

Daniel Turner
Daniel Turner

15 is that it seems so much longer ago, remember laying in bed a 3 in the morning with school the next day. Was all so simple back then.

Silver N Black
Silver N Black

CHARMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM *blasts Brock with the flamethrower* best pokemon moment ever!!

D1N02982
D1N02982

Umm what's up with all these Facebook comments on an old review?

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

Why are people commenting on this old review? Damn facebookers can't even respond.

Rebel Redneck
Rebel Redneck

my very first time when it came out was squirtle on blue .. and on red I picked charmander.. no one though pokemon would last back then but hell its still kickin ass and I still play.

Ray Haughton
Ray Haughton

Char 'Fn' mander! For some reason, I didn't really like Charmeleon, but it was worth it to finally get Charizard!

Joseph P. Johnson
Joseph P. Johnson

who cares...some kids weren't even alive when it came out just like I love wrestling but I wasn't even alive yet when Hogan beat Andre the Giant at Mania 3 (although I was born just a few months later)

Joseph P. Johnson
Joseph P. Johnson

Squirtle was my most common starter but I used all 3 eventually

Caleb McCarthy
Caleb McCarthy

Squirtle , being in a poke-ball is probably less traumatic for a turtle. I still feel good about that choice.

Melanie Lawson Elizabeth-Leblanc
Melanie Lawson Elizabeth-Leblanc

mine if I can remember I believe was I think squirtle and I evolved it all the way to blastoise and the level I left it at was I think in the 80's but I'm not sure cause its been too long. Still an awesome after all these years. Actually if counted right since its creation by satoshi tajiri its been actually almost 19 years but it was fifteen back in 2010 and according to Nintendo of japan or was it the pokemon company well either way to them in 2016 it will turn 20 I think around this time that year but not sure about the date exactly.

Reina Harriet Watt
Reina Harriet Watt

Has it really been 15 years? Hard to believe it's been that long since Pokemon appeared in the west

Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball

Squirtle for Blue, Bulbasuar for Red and Pikachu was the only choice for the Yellow version.

Adrian Farenheights Tepes
Adrian Farenheights Tepes

Bulbasaur! Always Bulbasaur! Though I've always chosen the fire types as starters in all the next generations: Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar. Didn't play 5th generation, but will most likely start with Fennekin in 6th.

Ronnie Yim
Ronnie Yim

I kind of wish they kept it in the game tbh for the final release in NA

Ronnie Yim
Ronnie Yim

thats what i meant by "was supposed to be the final boss after indigo"

Malcolm Balogun
Malcolm Balogun

I played Squirtle. Just because it became badass on its last evolving stage c:

Syreeta Osborne
Syreeta Osborne

Pretty sure I'm the only person who always picked the leaf starter...

Anthony Zombo
Anthony Zombo

Professor is not the final boss. He originally going to be the final boss but that part was deleted out of the game. Pokemon Blue version was an updated version of Red/Green and fix the Pokemon sprites, added trade evolution, and fixed the high pitch notes for Lavender theme that caused headache to some of the players. While Pokemon Blue fixed the bugs for Red/Green. America not only got Blue version but an updated Red Version. So, America finally got a 2nd exclusive Nintendo game.

Anthony Zombo
Anthony Zombo

Charmander because I got Red version and wanted the Pokemon on the cover. Just finish my adventure in Unova and waiting for Kalos region. I'd already decided the two starters Pokemon I want. Froakie and Charmander; and Torchic since it's going to be a Wifi download

Christopher Paul Harvell
Christopher Paul Harvell

question! where did this beautiful japanese art run away to? I never get to see it in modern games :/

Rubén Soto
Rubén Soto

the very first time, i chose a bulbasaur

Patrick Falkner
Patrick Falkner

Squirtle was my first, and all the next time i started new, it was he again :D

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