Review by IPassedA10

Reviewed: 10/27/08

Snap Is Crap

Pokemon Snap was the first Pokemon game to be released for the Nintendo 64. It is a game where you take pictures of Pokemon in several different levels.

Graphics: The graphics are probably the only good aspect of this game. The Pokemon are all in 3D and it is a substantial improvement over the Pokemon in the Gameboy games. The levels also look good considering this is a Nintendo 64 game. 7/10.

Sound: The sound and music were OK. The music was average and not really memorable. The camera actually sounded like a camera. 5/10

Story: You are a photographer taking pictures of Pokemon. There’s not much beyond that. 4/10

Gameplay: This game is extremely short. You can beat it in about 2 hours. There are only 7 levels and about 60 of the 151 original Pokemon featured in this game. You got through a level in a machine that travels on a fixed path, so you can't go explore an area for Pokemon. If you missed taking a picture of a Pokemon, you can't go backwards. You have to start from the beginning of the level again! There is also a weird scoring system. It gives you points for having multiples of the same Pokemon in a picture, but you get no points for 2 different Pokemon. Some of the Pokemon move extremely fast and just increase your frustration. This game is easy to beat, but difficult to get good scores. I don't know why you'd bother with this game after playing through it once. Certain Pokemon appeared in too many of the levels. They could have taken the common Pokemon out of some of the levels and added more Pokemon to the game. This game would have been a lot better if it had all the Pokemon, more levels, and a nonlinear level exploration system (where you're not on a fixed track). Some people were expecting a game similar to the Gameboy games and were disappointed when this game came out. There is also no multiplayer mode at all. 1/10.

Replay Value: After you beat the game, you probably will never want to play it again. After beating the game, there is a special challenge mode where you can try to beat a certain total score. This is pointless. You can try to improve your score for each individual Pokemon, but this leads to a lot of frustration. There used to be “Pokemon Snap Stations” in Blockbuster video stores where you could print out your pictures of Pokemon on stickers. I don’t know why anyone over the age of 8 would want to bother with this, especially since it cost additional money beyond the money you already wasted with this horrible game. 1/10

Buy/Rent/etc: This game is definitely not worth the $50 it cost to buy it when it came out. It was probably not worth the $5 to rent it, as you can beat it in one day. If you must have every Pokemon game, you can try to find it for $1 or $2. If you're anyone else, run!

+Good Graphics
-Not all the Pokemon
-Too short
-Fixed path through levels
-No incentive to play after beating the game
-No multiplayer mode

Graphics: 7
Sound: 5
Story: 4
Gameplay: 1
Replay Value:1

Overall(not an average): 2/10

Rating:   1.0 - Terrible

Product Release: Pokemon Snap (US, 06/30/99)

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