Review by Dranis

Reviewed: 02/13/01 | Updated: 02/13/01

A good attempt at a new genre using Pokémon but could have been better

Pokémon Snap was a very good attempt at making a photography game. It is a new genre and Nintendo did great at a new idea. However it could have been better.

Graphics: 9/10
The graphics in this game was very good. The Pokémons in 3-D were beautifully made. The other good part about the graphics was the way they were shown living their lifestyles naturally as well as their reactions to certain actions.

Music/Sound: 10/10
The music is always calm and nice, which fits the theme of a photography game very nicely. The sound was a truly beautiful part. Each Pokémon really sounded like they do in the anime. The sounds they make in response to certain actions were also made very well. The sounds of other things such as the shutter of the camera, river flowing or explosive sounds also sound really good. The music was nice music that fits the theme well but the really strong point in this part was the sounds.

Play Control: 9/10
The controls will come naturally soon after the player starts and players shouldn’t have any trouble with them. The ZERO-ONE runs automatically so the player doesn’t have to worry about controlling it. The controls were well done.

Story: N/A
Don’t think this game wasn’t meant to have a good story in the first place so not going to rate this.

Gameplay: 7/10
You mainly go around the island in the ZERO-ONE vehicle and take pictures in this game of Pokémons in their habitats. It does sound boring and simple at first but it really isn’t. It takes some thinking in order to find certain Pokémon. It is also fun to go around trying to make Pokémons do certain poses or actions and take pictures of them doing so. At the end of each stage the player gets to choose pictures to get evaluated (rated) depending on the size of the Pokémon, actions, the number of that Pokémon in the picture, and whether or not the picture was centered. There are plenty of things to do in order to obtain certain pictures and it’s fun to do so. Some Pokémons are hard to find and require some thought. Certain poses for Pokémon require some experimenting with the different tools that you have to use. However it does have things that could have made it better. The game is way too short and there are only some of the 150 Pokémon. They could have added more stages to go through as well as a lot more Pokémon. Those are the flaws in the game that could have been easily fixed. However the game is still fun.

Replay Value: 5/10
It is fun to try to find all the Pokémon and try to make Pokémons do certain actions. However after getting all the stages and Pokémon and going through each stage a couple of times the game starts to lose its touch. Some players may still have a lot of fun trying to take more pictures though and it is fun to try to play with friends and try to beat each others scores. Overall the replay value is pretty good but could start to lose its touch after a while.

Overall: 7/10
This game is a fun game overall and requires some thinking and experimenting as well. It could have been made much better though by adding more stages and Pokémon. Also the game may start to get boring after finding all the Pokémons and going through all the stages a couple of times. It is a good and fun game though and was a good attempt at a new style of gameplay.

Rating:   3.5 - Good

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