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Gotta catch 'em all.... Hoenn's got 'em all! WindFighter SSK (20) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Could be the best Pokemon game ever released Raihan Lazuardi (4) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Overall User Score (39 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US) (Mar 17, 2003)
So why is Pokémon still the best? It's simple, really, despite everything it's been subjected to, Nintendo's game core is still intensively addictive. The battles are lightning-fast, the controls are completely stress-free, and there's still something primordially fun about filling up those Pokédex pages. The graphics and music have gotten a fair bit prettier, but that's beside the point: Put Ruby or Sapphire in your GBA, and it will not leave the cartridge slot for hours and hours.
IGN (Mar 17, 2003)
And if Nintendo utilizes Pokemon: Sapphire Version and Pokemon: Ruby Version in the same fashion that the company did with the previous Game Boy and Game Boy Color versions of Pokemon, it's a great gaming investment to pick up either or both versions of the GBA game. A console Pokemon title is forthcoming, and Nintendo's desire to link the GameCube and Game Boy Advance will net some interesting connectivity features and opportunities for all the creatures you catch in the Game Boy Advance game, and it would definitely be worth the while getting started before the NGC's Pokemon kick gets into full gear.
Portable Review (Jul 12, 2006)
Overall, the Ruby and Sapphire games are the best pair of games in the main Pokémon series – ignore what others say. I admit that I don't enjoy the new Pokémon as much as I do the first generation's, and that I prefer Kanto (Red/Blue's land) over Hoenn, but gameplay-wise, there is so much more depth to be found in RuSa that I cannot imagine wanting to play the older titles over this one – except when I am feeling nostalgic, that is. Even then, I can still play FireRed/LeafGreen to play the original if I wish – and I expect that Diamond and Pearl will be even better than Ruby and Sapphire.
GameSpy (Mar 17, 2003)
I definitely had a great time with Ruby/Sapphire and will definitely continue to play it throughout the year. It's a tight RPG that offers plenty of variety and replay value. It's definitely among the best GBA titles I've played. Its drawbacks include a lack of great innovation in the core game, as well as lackluster graphics and sound. For newcomers I certainly recommend taking the plunge with Ruby/Sapphire. Most veterans will relish it too, but there are some that should strongly consider how much they would enjoy the new mini-games before making a purchasing decision. The heart of the game is the same winning formula that millions have enjoyed in the past, and for millions of gamers today that's just fine.
Thunderbolt Games (Sep 13, 2004)
Pokémon is lame. Everyone knows this. Only young children could possibly gain any satisfaction traversing boring, danger-free worlds while trying to round up hordes of fruity-looking critters. And what’s with those battles? Only four different moves for each Pokémon? Fainting? Give me a break. There are plenty of more exciting games I could be playing; games like The Chronicles of Riddick, Halo and Rainbow Six III that feature stimulating gameplay and mature themes suitable for a 26-year old male gamer like myself. The world would be a much better place if Nintendo just dropped the Pokémon fad and concentrated on developing more complex gaming experiences.
Unterm Strich sind Pokémon Ruhm und Saphir aber schon ziemlich identisch zu den bisherigen Pokémon-Spielen. Ob das nun gut oder schlecht ist, soll jeder für sich selbst entscheiden. Uns hat‘s gefallen, aber für die nächsten Pokémon-Spiele wünschen wir uns ein paar neue Ideen mehr.
N-Zone (Aug 20, 2003)
Anfangs dachte ich mir: Oh mein Gott, das muss ich testen?! Nach einiger Spielzeit war ich aber doch recht überrascht. Das Sammeln der verschiedenen Arten motiviert unglaublich lange. Außerdem gibt es wahnsinnig viel zu entdecken und jede Menge zu erledigen. Pokémon hin, Pokémon her - mich persönlich begeisterten diese knuffigen japanischen Kampfviecher vorher weniger. Die Tatsache, dass man aber jedem einzelnen auch noch einen eigenen Kosenamen geben kann, hatte zur Folge, dass ich mich mittlerweile von meinem allerersten, von Professor Birk geschenkten Schnucki (Hydropi) nur äußerst schwer trennen könnte. Seltsam!
NintendoWorldReport (Mar 17, 2003)
At a ballpark guess, it might take about 40 hours to beat the game, or more if your name is Daniel Bloodworth. There's a good chance you'd want to catch all of the Pokémon or raise an ultimate team to battle your friends with, so in reality, a person could play it endlessly (and some die-hard players do). It's definitely an improvement over previous Pokémon games, but it's also still very similiar to the past ones. If you're a veteran player, you can decide for yourself if you want to catch 'em all (again). For someone new to Pokémon, this is a great buy - you don't need prior experience with the games to fully appreciate Ruby & Sapphire.
85 (Jun 19, 2003)
As it stands Pokemon Ruby (or Sapphire) makes for a fun game. I would recommend for both kids and adults alike. It may be childish, it may be simple, but who cares when it's this much fun?
83 (Aug 23, 2003)
Pokemon Rubin (und Saphir) bringen mit ihren neuen Gameplayelementen neuen Wind ins Pokemongenre. Besonders gefallen mir die 2-gegen-2 Kämpfe, da man hier auf seine Attacken achten sollte da man sonst auch seine eigenen Pokemon erwischt. Die Sideevents (Pokemonriegel, Pokemonwettbewerbe) sind meiner Meinung nach auch ein toller Zeitvertreib.
Legendra (2002)
En résumé, PoKeMon Rubis, et Saphir par la même occasion, est un très grand jeu, très certainement l'un des tous meilleurs de la GBA (je le classe aisément dans les 10 premiers), mais il faut parfois faire abstraction au fait que l'univers est totalement niais et pouet-pouet au possible... Et ça, c'est carrément pas facile... Une fois ce 'barrage' passé, vous vous retrouverez comme happés par ce monde si particulier, mais si prenant! C'est mielleux, pouet-pouet, niais et gogoloïde mais parfois, faut faire abstraction! De plus, la quête des PoKeMon et devenir le meilleur dresseur est certes la finalité de la chose, mais il y a tant de choses à voir, à faire, à découvrir que laisser passer le moindre élément serait un blasphème! Alors j'ai plus qu'une seule chose à dire, c'est ACHETEZ-LES TOUS!!!
Allt är dock inte bara guld och gröna skogar. För att vara ett rollspel är historien emellanåt lite väl tunn, och trots att grafiken är fin känns det ofta som att man bara besöker samma byar om och om igen. Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire känns inte fullt så spännande som de tre första versionerna, men jag kan ändå inte förneka att det är en värdig uppföljare. En uppföljare med något för alla, alldeles oavsett om man väljer att att spela Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire som ett vanligt rollspel eller ger sig hän åt hela byteskarusellen och dess flerspelarmöjligheter.
80 (Jul 18, 2003)
Si vous ne comprenez pas la note qui est attribuée à ce jeu, il suffira de vous y consacrer sérieusement quelques heures pour entre-apercevoir tout le potentiel addicitif qui s'en dégage. Un concept toujours aussi efficace, doté de multiples nouveautés, et qui se complexifie au fil du jeu, voilà ce qui rend le richesse de Pokémon réellement inépuisable. Ces premiers épisodes GBA ne sont certes pas révolutionnaires, mais ils combleront de bonheur les habitués de la série.
Gamestyle (2006)
Whilst its apparent lack of any revolutionary gameplay is a worthy of criticism, it doesn't stop the fact that this is still by far one of the most addictive and long-lasting games you could hope for on your Gameboy Advance.
Who says video games can’t be educational? As the latest endeavor into the world of Pokémon so colorfully illustrates, Nintendo wishes to teach kids the importance of the cash cow, and the extent to which it can be thoroughly milked. While it’s easy to conjure up innovations that could accompany a next-generation Pokémon, it becomes quickly apparent that Nintendo has no desire to alter the formula that this series has been built on. Rather than ushering in something new, Pokémon’s first foray on the Game Boy Advance is just another rehash with flashy new graphics.
70 (UK) (Sep 08, 2003)
Hardcore Pokéfetishists are actually probably used to more of the same these days, and they'll gobble this up regardless. However, we can't help but imagine widespread disappointment at the lack of gameplay development and the game's inability to push the GBA even slightly. Apart from the occasional tense battle with a Gym Leader and the more sophisticated opponents later on in the game, the constant fighting and collecting mechanic gets very tired, very fast.
Legendra (Nov 12, 2007)
Le jeu est toujours bien, plus complet mais personnellement j'en ai eu marre de ce trop peu de changements. Si vous avez joué aux autres comme moi, cet épisode ne change que trop peu pour provoquer un réel enthousiasme. Si vous n'avez jamais joué à Pokémon, commencez par celui-ci car il est plus complet que les versions d'avant (enfin l'idéal serait une version Perle ou Diamant je suppose). Enfin, pour être objectif on a tout de même un bon jeu avec une durée de vie exemplaire (environ quarante heures pour la quête et au moins cent si vous voulez le faire correctement ^^), des graphismes et musiques potables, et un gameplay toujours aussi bon, même si on aurait aimé voir plus de combats doubles et avec des combos!
70 (Jul 28, 2003)
Les pokémaniacs risquent une fois de plus de passer des heures et des heures sur ce jeu ! La série continue sa route apportant à chaque fois son lot d´innovations, reste à espérer que la jeunesse ne se soit pas lassée de pikachu et ses amis. A conseiller à tous ceux qui ne sont pas allergiques aux pokemons... Pika ! Pika ! Ça y est je suis contaminé !
Diehard GameFan (Dec 17, 2002)
It’s simply the next phase in a staggeringly popular Video Game chain, than unlike oh say, TOMB RAIDER, manages to stay consistently great and fun which each new version. But like the other Pokemon games, Ruby/Sapphire is bound to copy Capcom and release a slight upgrade to this down the line. With the release date for the American version so close to passing, save your money and wait the few months for the non-import. But seriously, ignore the cute factor and try it. You won’t be sorry!
Game Critics (Aug 06, 2003)
Sapphire/Ruby's main shortcoming is that at the end the rainbow, it expects players to stay in Oz rather than go home. Nintendo needs to realize that the ruby slippers were made for the purpose of getting somewhere. If they want players to stick around longer, they need to create new goals and extend the perception of the world further. Otherwise, too much work and not enough play makes for a part-time job. The only difference is that Nintendo isn't paying the player either.