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!