Review by Super Slash
Gotta catch 'em all! Well, not quite...
So, you may be wondering if it's really worth spending 1000 points on this game. Simply put, all you do for the entire game is take pictures of Pokemon in different levels. It may not sound, or even look appealing, but it's surprisingly fun and addictive, and is a nice and easy game to play. This review should help you decide if Pokemon Snap is really worth your points.
You are Todd, a boy who looks identical to the side-character Snap from the anime. Professor Oak has hired you to take snapshots of the Pokemon on this island to give to him as part of his research. Later in the game, you find out that there are "insignia's" of sorts in each level which each represent a Pokemon. Taking pictures of all of these allows you to access the seventh level, where the rarest Pokemon awaits.
I pretty much summarized the gameplay in the starting paragraph. You ride in a vehicle called the ZERO-ONE, and the only problem with it is that it moves really slow. This may not be a bother at first, but when you have to go through the same level over and over just to do something to unlock the next level, it quickly becomes a pain. There are a total of seven stages in the game, and they're unlocked in different ways. Some levels require you activate a button or something in another level to unlock it, while others require you reach a certain amount of points. Your points are determined by Professor Oak, who checks your pictures at the end of each level. You can choose which ones to show to him and choose which ones you want to keep in your album for future viewing. Oak determines your points by the Pokemon's position in the picture, the pose, and more. Back when this was first released on the N64, you could take your cartridge to Blockbuster Video and buy a card which was used to print out the pictures on your album. That feature was nice, but it's obviously a bit outdated, so it was replaced with the ability to send your album photos to your Wii Message Board. You can even edit them in the Photo Channel. You can send the photos to anybody on your friends list that also has you added, but the downside is that you can only send one photo a day (and thus, you can only add one photo to your message board in a day). If it's going to be limited, it should be at about four photos a day, not just one.
This doesn't make the game any less fun, however. Throughout the game, you'll get items you can throw around the area to make Pokemon do different poses, make Pokemon come out that are normally unseen, and more. You'll also get a Poke Flute near the end of the game, used to do similar things to the items you can throw. These items add replay value to the game, since you'll constantly find yourself restarting a level to try and find different poses. Keep in mind that there are only 63 Pokemon in this game.
The sound isn't bad; it's easy on the ears and they fit the game well. The Pokemon also use their cries from the TV series, which is nice. The music is okay, but most of it is just bland and nothing really memorable. I'm particularly fond of the Beach music and Valley music though; they both really fit the stages. Aside from those two, there isn't really any music in this game that you'd find yourself humming to.
You can't go wrong with this game's graphics. This was the first Pokemon game to feature the Pokemon fully in 3D, and they all look pretty awesome. The environments are nice and pretty, and everything just looks great for its time. No problems here.
Replay Value: 6/10
Even after unlocking and going through all of the stages a few times, you'll likely find yourself coming back for more. This game is really fun, plain and simple, despite its repetitiveness and lack of stages. It has its share of flaws, but you'll be finding yourself trying to get better poses for the Pokemon and sending your favorite pictures to your friends.
After reviewing the whole game, I give it a score of an eight out of ten. Overall, if you're looking for a fun and easy game to play at any time, I recommend shelling out some points to download this. It's fun while it lasts, even for people that aren't a fan of Pokemon. Some more stages and Pokemon would've significantly increased the replay value of this game and made it even more fun to play, however.
Rating: 4.0 - Great
Product Release: Pokemon Snap (US, 12/10/07)
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