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I was nothing if not sceptical when I picked up a copy of Pokemon Red. I knew it was a craze amongst the under 12's (being in my 30's I consider myself to be an honorary member of that particular club) and I know Nintendo were milking it for all it was worth, so would it be just another ten minute wonder?
I'm happy to say that after more sets of batteries than I care to mention I'm still playing Pokemon Red, which managed to completly exceed my expectations in every way. This is actually a very good Game Boy RPG with an awful lot going for it. OK so it's not exactly the Legend of Zelda, but it's pretty impressive giving loads of gaming opportunity as you capture and train handfuls of pocket monsters then pit them against other trainers to improve the quality of your charges.
Surprisingly, it requires quite alot of strategy to get the balance of your Pokemon right - you can only hold six at a time, and deploying them against the opposition in the right order can be a vital opener if you're to achieve victory. There's a massive amount of play in this cartridge, which is battery-backed to allow games to be saved, with the trail to capture all of the games 130+ monsters taking a not inconsiderable amount of time.
All-in-all, top entertainment !
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on 2 March 2016
I wrote a similar thing for Yellow version but the same applies here so:

My childhood in a cartridge (or at least part of my childhood)
I don't even need to review the game itself - you all know it's a classic.

Be aware that these old Gameboy cartridges rely on a battery to maintain a save file. No battery, no save. And the ones installed at manufacture are now well over 10 years old and many are now failing.

Here are 2 solutions:

Replace the battery. You will need a new cr1616 battery (worth about £2) and a special screwdriver for Gameboy games (about £5 or ask nicely at any decent 2nd hand game shop if you can use one) Slide apart the cartridge, carefully remove the old battery (might need fine cutters) from the metal contacts, slide in the new battery, secure with a few layers of insulating tape and put it all back together. Mine has been working for a few months no issues. Just make sure you get a decent brand of battery and no knock offs.

Get Pokémon Stadium 2 for Nintendo 64 and the Gameboy adapter pack. You can store your items and pokemon on there with no fear of batteries running out. If I'm not playing for a while, I move everything on there in case of battery failure.

Enjoy!
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Its hard to believe looking back, that this game caused so much of a stir in the playground. Pokemon Red and Blue where a big deal during the mid 90's, and it was the game that really absored kids into a great adventure.

The layout of the game itself is simple, which I guess helped the popularity. But it was more of the objective that took sold the game - you had to become the 'best' pokemon trainer, and this could be done by winning lots and lots fights with other trainers.

I won't even go into what 'Pokemon' are (japanese for Pocket Monsters - hence they are kept in Pokeballs...) but to make it simple, their just creatures that are trained up and used for fighting other Pokemon. On your travels, you can catch Pokemon by using Pokeballs you may buy, and various other things can be bought too.

The game is captivating in that it seems to go on forever, and it is incredibly obsessive - there weere many a time you'd be in the middle of a battle, and the battery was about to die.... uh oh! The range of things to do is good as well - swim, ride a bike, go to a casino style place, lots of environments/people to see.

Their was also the now infamous cheat that soon went round the playgrounds. Remember it??..... Well, for those who want to know, it enables the player to gain MISSINGNO - the pokemon that is a... circuit board. Kids rumour had it that it 'ate' your other Pokemon, but was essential to completing the collection. The cheat also allowed the player to gain many other rare pokemon, including those available only on Red! To do these cheats, the player must 'surf' around the bottom left island, (on the map) on the edge of the right of the pier/ground. Sorry about the inaccurate description!

I tried to look at the game as an adventure - I didnt actually like the cartoon, and left that to the kids who like that kind of stuff. But frankly, now that I've grown up, I can honestly say that whether you likes the cartoon or not, the game is still as addictive as ever, and its an adveture worth taking!
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VINE VOICEon 27 March 2005
Pokemon Red is one of the two original and best Pokemon Gameboy games (Blue being the other). I probably can't say anything that hasn't already been said by other but basically your mission is to ctach as many Pokemon as possible and train them up by defeating wild Pokemon, and Pokemon belonging to rival trainers, so that eventually you are powerful enough to defeat the Elite Four and become the champion trainer of all time. You'll have loads of adventures on ths way - you have to defeat 8 gym leaders and loads of bad guys who are members of Team Rocket.
Although this game is a complete adventure in itself, if you want to catch all 150 Pokemon you will need to trade with someone who has the Blue game, as some Pokemon are exclusive to each game. In addition some Pokemon only evolve when traded so you need to trade in order to actually generate certain evolutions.
This has to be the most original and absorbing console game ever - full marks!
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on 23 March 2015
Nothing I write here is going to be worth as much as the experience you will get from playing this game.
It's a Nintendo classic; I first played in when I had it for Christmas 1999 when I was just 9 years old, and was immediately hooked, even though it counted as my first ever RPG. I subsequently went on to buy Blue Version, as well as all of the sequels in the following years.

If you like classic Nintendo games, Pokemon, or possibly both, and you've never played Red or Blue before... BUY IT NOW.
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on 21 August 2011
It's been a little bit over a decade since the Pokémon craze ran wild all over Britain, but I still remember it like it was only yesterday. The endless number of trading cards (my younger brother use to buy them almost every day!), the movies, the cartoon series which SM:TV Live showed every Saturday morning, the commercials ...heck, virtually every single piece of merchandise in the shops had a happy looking Pikachu on the front of it. For a while Ash Ketchum was the Don of cartoon characters, and made kids like Bart Simpson and Eric Cartman look small and pathetic.

Also embedded amongst the craze was, of course the video games. Two of the earliest games were Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue for the Game Boy. Many more games have been released over the years which have gotten better in the graphics department and higher in the features count. Because of this Red and Blue seem completely irrelevant; but to me, even after all these years, they still provide plenty of depth, challenge and entertainment.

First of all, for anybody who doesn't know the differences between Red and Blue, I tell you. Red comes on a red cartridge and Blue comes on blue. Also, certain Pokémon appear in Red but not Blue, and vice-versa. Now onto the plot. You play the role of a ten year old boy who you need to provide a name for. You can call him Red or Ash or anything that comes to your mind. You also need to provide a name for your rival. You can call him Blue or Gary, or again anything that comes to your mind.

The game starts off in the small and very peaceful Pallet Town. You're about to leave town and see the world when Professor Oak stops you. Apparently it's too dangerous to venture out alone and you need a companion. So the Professor invites you back to his lab and allows you to pick from one of three Pokémon: the fire type, Charmander; the water type, Squirtle; or the grass type, Bulbasaur. Afterwards your rival, who has a bit of a competitive streak, challenges you to a match.

After that you have two main objectives to complete. The first is to gain access to the Pokémon League. You do this by travelling around the region (identified as Kanto in the Gold and Silver games) to different towns and cities, visit the Gyms, defeat the Gym leaders and win their badges. Then when you've won all eight badges you make your way to the league, where you have to defeat the Elite Four and then the Pokémon champion himself to become Pokémon champion.

But in order to do all this you'll need Pokémon, and this is where the game's impressive depth comes into play. The two versions combined have 150 different Pokémon, each one having their own strengths and weaknesses. For example: fire types are strong against grass types but weak against water types; and electric types will make fried chicken out of flying types but are absolutely useless against rock types. These different types mean that the games give you a chance to try out different Pokémon in your line up to see what suits your battling style the best.

Oh, the second objective? Catch all 150 Pokémon. You can pick up Pokéballs from shops in the towns and cities. Then when you see a Pokémon in the wild that you like, you weaken it by fighting it and then throw a Pokéball to capture it. But as mentioned earlier some Pokémon only appear in one version of the game and not the other. To "catch 'em all," sometimes you'll need to trade. If you have the Red version you'll need to link up with somebody who has the Blue version by using a link cable to connect two Game Boys, and then go to trading areas of a Pokémon Centre. Some Pokémon are hard to capture and will provide a satisfying challenge to gaming veterans. Meanwhile the trading, although in an out-of-practice method given today's internet capabilities, is ideal for making friends and improves your ability to socialize, so more positive points there.

Pokemon Red/Blue is supposed to be one great big adventure. But in a way it actually feels like several small adventures combined to make one epic game. Your first Pokemon battle; delivering a package to Professor Oak; catching your first Pokémon in the wild; wondering through Viridian Forest...It sounds (and is!) very appetizing, and this is all before you begin your pursuit of the first Gym badge.

For those who have never played a Pokémon game before there is a lot of stuff to pick up on, with many different items to use, Pokémon strengths and weaknesses, and where to actually go next among other things. But if you're willing to put in the time you'll find that it's an amazing experience that'll make you wish it would last forever. The most enjoyable aspect of the games is the pleasure you get in spending time with your caught Pokémon, travelling with them, raising them, watching them battle and win and gain EXP. points, and sometimes seeing them evolve into stronger Pokémon. It's pretty much like Final Fantasy, except you're not training humans you're training "Pocket Monsters."

Yes the graphics are old and look worse than an Etch-A-Sketch drawing by Michael J. Fox, but Pokémon Red/Blue is still an outstanding piece of gaming artwork, and if you still own a Game Boy you must get a hold of either copy. Even if you're a younger gamer enjoying the 3D-ish graphics and numerous other features in the Black and White versions on the Nintendo DS, if you have even the SLIGHTEST hint of curiosity as to how the Pokémon gaming series began, get a Game Boy on the cheap and pick up a copy of Red or Blue ASAP. If you don't you'll make Pikachu very angry, and you won't like him when he's angry.
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VINE VOICEon 27 March 2005
Pokemon Blue is one of the two original and best Pokemon Gameboy games (Red being the other). Your mission is to catch as many Pokemon as possible and train them up by defeating wild Pokemon, and Pokemon belonging to rival trainers, so that eventually you are powerful enough to defeat the Elite Four and become the champion trainer of all time. You'll have loads of adventures on ths way - you have to defeat 8 gym leaders and loads of bad guys who are members of Team Rocket.
Although this game is a complete adventure in itself, if you want to catch all 150 Pokemon you will need to trade with someone who has the Red game, as some Pokemon are exclusive to each game. In addition some Pokemon only evolve when traded so you need to trade in order to actually generate certain evolved species.
This has to be the most original and absorbing console game ever - full marks!
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on 22 August 2011
It's been a little bit over a decade since the Pokémon craze ran wild all over Britain, but I still remember it like it was only yesterday. The endless number of trading cards (my younger brother use to buy them almost every day!), the movies, the cartoon series which SM:TV Live showed every Saturday morning, the commercials ...heck, virtually every single piece of merchandise in the shops had a happy looking Pikachu on the front of it. For a while Ash Ketchum was the Don of cartoon characters, and made kids like Bart Simpson and Eric Cartman look small and pathetic.

Also embedded amongst the craze was, of course the video games. Two of the earliest games were Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue for the Game Boy. Many more games have been released over the years which have gotten better in the graphics department and higher in the features count. Because of this Red and Blue seem completely irrelevant; but to me, even after all these years, they still provide plenty of depth, challenge and entertainment.

First of all, for anybody who doesn't know the differences between Red and Blue, I tell you. Red comes on a red cartridge and Blue comes on blue. Also, certain Pokémon appear in Red but not Blue, and vice-versa. Now onto the plot. You play the role of a ten year old boy who you need to provide a name for. You can call him Red or Ash or anything that comes to your mind. You also need to provide a name for your rival. You can call him Blue or Gary, or again anything that comes to your mind.

The game starts off in the small and very peaceful Pallet Town. You're about to leave town and see the world when Professor Oak stops you. Apparently it's too dangerous to venture out alone and you need a companion. So the Professor invites you back to his lab and allows you to pick from one of three Pokémon: the fire type, Charmander; the water type, Squirtle; or the grass type, Bulbasaur. Afterwards your rival, who has a bit of a competitive streak, challenges you to a match.

After that you have two main objectives to complete. The first is to gain access to the Pokémon League. You do this by travelling around the region (identified as Kanto in the Gold and Silver games) to different towns and cities, visit the Gyms, defeat the Gym leaders and win their badges. Then when you've won all eight badges you make your way to the league, where you have to defeat the Elite Four and then the Pokémon champion himself to become Pokémon champion.

But in order to do all this you'll need Pokémon, and this is where the game's impressive depth comes into play. The two versions combined have 150 different Pokémon, each one having their own strengths and weaknesses. For example: fire types are strong against grass types but weak against water types; and electric types will make fried chicken out of flying types but are absolutely useless against rock types. These different types mean that the games give you a chance to try out different Pokémon in your line up to see what suits your battling style the best.

Oh, the second objective? Catch all 150 Pokémon. You can pick up Pokéballs from shops in the towns and cities. Then when you see a Pokémon in the wild that you like, you weaken it by fighting it and then throw a Pokéball to capture it. But as mentioned earlier some Pokémon only appear in one version of the game and not the other. To "catch 'em all," sometimes you'll need to trade. If you have the Red version you'll need to link up with somebody who has the Blue version by using a link cable to connect two Game Boys, and then go to trading areas of a Pokémon Centre. Some Pokémon are hard to capture and will provide a satisfying challenge to gaming veterans. Meanwhile the trading, although in an out-of-practice method given today's internet capabilities, is ideal for making friends and improves your ability to socialize, so more positive points there.

Pokemon Red/Blue is supposed to be one great big adventure. But in a way it actually feels like several small adventures combined to make one epic game. Your first Pokemon battle; delivering a package to Professor Oak; catching your first Pokémon in the wild; wondering through Viridian Forest...It sounds (and is!) very appetizing, and this is all before you begin your pursuit of the first Gym badge.

For those who have never played a Pokémon game before there is a lot of stuff to pick up on, with many different items to use, Pokémon strengths and weaknesses, and where to actually go next among other things. But if you're willing to put in the time you'll find that it's an amazing experience that'll make you wish it would last forever. The most enjoyable aspect of the games is the pleasure you get in spending time with your caught Pokémon, travelling with them, raising them, watching them battle and win and gain EXP. points, and sometimes seeing them evolve into stronger Pokémon. It's pretty much like Final Fantasy, except you're not training humans you're training "Pocket Monsters."

Yes the graphics are old and look worse than an Etch-A-Sketch drawing by Michael J. Fox, but Pokémon Red/Blue is still an outstanding piece of gaming artwork, and if you still own a Game Boy you must get a hold of either copy. Even if you're a younger gamer enjoying the 3D-ish graphics and numerous other features in the Black and White versions on the Nintendo DS, if you have even the SLIGHTEST hint of curiosity as to how the Pokémon gaming series began, get a Game Boy on the cheap and pick up a copy of Red or Blue ASAP. If you don't you'll make Pikachu very angry, and you won't like him when he's angry.
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on 10 August 2006
definitely one of if not the best games ever on gameboy. If you are into RPGs then this is a game for you. game lasts alot longer than most games available on gameboy with hours of game play available. DEFINITE RECCOMENDATION
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on 27 December 2015
amazing game, hours of fun. My game's at 20 hours already and I'm nowhere near done. One of the most enjoyable games for me ever. Well structured, good gameplay, the game that spawned the Gotta catch em all craze well worth investing in if you missed it the first time round
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