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Critic Reviews

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Pokémon is great because it's so much fun. The adventure is pretty cool, it has a humorous hook like no other game. Trading is something you feel you just have to do, no matter how much you tell yourself at the beginning that it's not your bag. Battles are great at any time - more fun than Tetris, though perhaps not as straightforward. (...) How significant is Pokémon? It's right up there with Half-Life, GoldenEye, and Gran Turismo as one of the greatest games ever. And it's even better than that because you can take it with you wherever you go.
Hey Poor Player (Feb 29, 2016)
Pokemon Red and Blue are both fantastic games, and I highly recommend anyone who did not start out playing the original generation do so now.
Pokémon teilt die Menschheit: Entweder man liebt es, oder man hasst es. Dabei gibt es nur einen einzigen Grund, die Pokémon zu hassen. Sie sind sooooo süüüüß! Das Spiel an sich ist ein leicht zugängliches Rollenspiel, dessen Sammelelement einen enorm hohen Suchtfaktor hat. Da man jederzeit speichern kann, eignet sich Pokémon auch für zwischendurch - getreu dem Motto “Einen Kampf mach‘ ich noch, dann ist bestimmt Schluss!“ Wer sich von der niedlichen Aufmachung nicht abschrecken lässt, bekommt ein erstklassiges, extrem gut durchdachtes Spiel geboten, das auf Monate hinweg motiviert. Pokémon gehört einfach in jede gute Spielesammlung!
Video Games (Nov, 1999)
Da jede der zwei Versionen nur 139 der 150 Pokémon enthält, muss man, um alle zu besitzen, eines Tages mit Freunden tauschen - ein ganz wichtiger Aspekt, der Pokémon so interessant und langlebig gestaltet. Technisch gibt‘s, bis auf nur einen Speicherslot, nichts zu meckern. Abgesehen von dem Übermaß an Kämpfen spielerisch brillant.
Total! (Germany) (Sep, 1999)
Pokémon Rot und Pokémon Blau begeistern durch ein wahrlich süchtig machendes Gameplay. Es verbindet auf geniale Weise klassische Rollenspielelemente mit den menschlichen Urinstinkten des Sammelns und Tauschens. Die vielen Aktionsmöglichkeiten machen die Kämpfe sehr spannend, auch wenn die ständigen Angriffe bereits gefangener Pokémon-Arten in Dungeons mit der Zeit ein wenig nerven. Die grafische Gestaltung ist ansprechend gelungen, und das Aussehen der verschiedenen Pokémon hätte abwechslungsreicher nicht sein können. Zudem sind die Kampfaktionen größtenteils sehr schön in Szene gesetzt. Eingefleischte RPG-Fans werden die umfangreichen Kampfmöglichkeiten anderer Genrevertreter vermissen, in denen Ihr mit sämtlichen Party-Mitglieder zur selben Zeit in die Schlacht ziehen könnt. Dafür könnt Ihr bei Pokémon Rot und Pokémon Blau aus insgesamt 150 Charakteren wählen und habt nicht nur, wie bei Final Fantasy VI, lumpige 14 zur Verfügung.
IGN (Jun 23, 1999)
Pokémon really is worthy of being one of the Game Boy system's greatest games ¿ it's not just a fad, a craze, or trend. If you don't have this game in your library, pick one up ¿ it doesn't matter if you pick Blue or Red, they're both the same game. You'll just have to make sure you've got a friend with the other version if you want to catch 'em all.
Nintendojo (Aug 16, 2004)
This is a good game, which is worth a purchase, though you may have heard of it, and don't wanna get sucked into darkness, but follow the crowd, man! If you're not sure, there's no shame in renting, just that there isn't a file transfer or anything, and you only get one file at a time, which can be a pain. Of course, you'll be too busy playing to let anyone else touch the Game Boy. This has proven to result in the condition known as Game Boy thumb. Add hours upon hours at your own risk. Most of which is in the battles, which should go at least twice as fast, but don't. Oh well. Still a fun game.
Consoles Plus (Nov, 1999)
Un concept novateur, une réalisation soignée... que dire de plus ? Incontournable.
Portable Review (Jun 08, 2007)
Pokémon is one of the most replayable games of all time, bar none. Smash Bros.? Halo? The Sims? Bwahaha, they pale in comparison. 151 Pokémon? Making the most awesome team and kicking your friends' cans around? It may not have as much to do as later games, but there was so much awesome stuff. Overall, Pokémon Red and Blue are one of the best games on the Game Boy handheld, and easily the best pure RPGs for it. It may have been made obsolete, but it's still great for nostalgia's sake.
Pokémon Rojo/Azul significó un antes y un después en aquella época por sus increíbles gráficos, por sus grandes dosis de diversión y por las horas y horas que te pasabas frente a la máquina portátil. Además, tenía un planteamiento de juego tan fresco e innovador que consiguió cautivar a muchísimos jugadores que hoy siguen fielmente la inmensa serie de animación. En definitiva, un imprescindible con mayúsculas que no puede faltar en vuestra colección.
Link Cable Gaming (May 09, 2016)
Pokémon (Red/Blue) is highly regarded and fondly remembered as one of the best games on the Game Boy and the beginning of one of gaming’s most iconic franchises. The endless hours of gameplay that many gamers around the world are fondly remembered and its influence in the gaming industry is still felt 20 years later. It brings new players and veteran gamers alike together for an epic portable adventure that took hours upon hours to complete as well as creating a world where all of us could live out the dream of becoming the greatest Pokémon Master. It might feel a bit outdated, but the game has provided smiles to fans young and old for the last 20 years, and here is to another 20 years of Pokémon.
Det som är lite snyd med spelet är att det iblan känns lite enformigt. Man måste hela tiden göra samma sak och att fånga ett monster går nästan alltid till på samma sätt. Dessutom är det tråkigt att man inte kan välja att ha en tjej som tränare. Konstigt att inte Nintendo har tänkt på det eftersom de hoppas på att även tjejer ska vilja spela Pokémon. Det är dock en detalj som inte påverkar det originella spelupplägget. För när man väl har börjat att spela ger man inte upp förrän man har fångat alla monster.
Nintendo Life (Apr 28, 2009)
Many thought Pokémon was a fad a decade ago, but the past decade has proven that Pokémon is unquestionably here to stay. Each and every installment in the main series is so well crafted that each has managed to improve on its predecessor, but that's not to say the original isn't worthy of investigation today. While this first iteration may not live up to the more recent fourth generation, it’s still an amazing Game Boy title and one of the best RPGs ever created.
Cubed3 (Mar 17, 2006)
The original Game Boy's finest moment, almost cooked to perfection, with the raw sides being grilled to flawlessness in the sequels on the Game Boy Colour. If you think this game is for kids, play it and guess again; it fits into the Nintendo philosophy of 'anybody can play', and everybody should play this. Impeccable.
Game Critics (Jun 24, 1999)
I was totally engrossed in the complex dynamics of the Pokémon microcosm. While the game on the outside is visually primitive (sporting 8-bit sprite-based graphics), the gameplay inside is fully realized and rich in depth. There is an endless amount of specifics to be learned and remembered about the 150-plus Pokémon and the world in which they reside. Fortunately, the game's intelligent execution doesn't allow too much to be thrown at the player at once. The adventure proceeds progressively, allowing the player to naturally absorb the game in its entirety. What stands out most about the design is the amount of freedom and customization given to the user. It allows players to essentially fight, train, and develop favored Pokémon while discarding and trading others. This is what makes the game truly engrossing. Pokémon stands as a testament to those who believe in gameplay over graphics; a 2D oasis in a 3D desert of video games.
Player One (Oct, 1999)
Pokémon Game Boy est une véritable réussite. En plus d'être ultra fun, sa durée de vie impressionnante fait de lui une valeur sûre pour cette année. Un jeu à ne pas manquer.
Mega Fun (Nov, 1999)
Pokémon ist wirklich der Hit. Selten hat mich ein Spiel so lange vor Nintendos Hosenmatz gefesselt. Meine kleinen Zöglinge sind mir schon so ans Herz gewachsen, dass mir jeder Schlag, den die kleinen Monster abbekommen‚ fast schon selbst schmerzt. Habt ihr einige Auszeichnungen in den Arenen bekommen, macht das Kämpfen mit den neuen Fähigkeiten besonders viel Spaß. Auch der Kampf mittels Link-Kabel fordert euer Können immer wieder aufs Neue. Wer hierbei seine Monster nicht besonders stark trainiert hat, wird schnell mit einer beschämenden Niederlage enttäuscht werden. Auch wenn die eigentliche Schwarzweiß-Grafik nicht sehr ansprechend wirkt, bietet Pokémon doch tage-, wenn nicht sogar wochenlangen Spielspaß. Vor allem Game-Boy-Besitzer mit Sehnsucht nach einem abwechslungsreichen Rollenspiel können hier bedenkenlos zugreifen.
GameSpot (Feb 09, 2001)
Under its cuddly exterior, Pokemon is a serious and unique RPG with lots of depth and excellent multiplayer extensions. As an RPG, the game is accessible enough for newcomers to the genre to enjoy, but it will entertain hard-core fans as well. It's easily one of the best Game Boy games to date.
However linear its progression is, few RPGs, let alone ones over a decade old on first generation portable hardware, provide such a bevy of ways to achieve your final goal. Each time through the journey you learn more, you combine old and new ways of party building, you find new and entertaining approaches on your way to victory. Yes, take a step back and Pokemon reveals itself as a very simple design and a very easy game to finish.
Just RPG (Apr 03, 2003)
However, you need all this additional play, because in addition to being short, the game is overly easy. Although you have many options to customize a team, the Red and Blue version don't make you use any of them. More than once I've been able to muscle my way through the entire game with a single Pokemon, and indeed it was actually easier than doing so with a full team of six. It doesn't cost the game much addictiveness, but it definitely caused me to think less of it.
If you're looking for a new epic experience with the twist of trading and collecting, Pokémon is the only game in town. The actual game play isn't as challenging as some RPGs, and the themes may come across as fairly young. Good for young adventurers and collectors. Serious role players may want to look elsewhere.
Gamekult (Oct 15, 2000)
Pokémon ne souffre que de deux défauts : une réalisation technique déjà en retard au moment de sa sortie et qui a depuis encore un peu vieillie, et un système de jeu diablement répétitif. Le titre ressemble beaucoup trop à ces Dungeon RPG dont les japonais sont si friands, à ces successions de couloirs et de monstres qu'un personnage faible doit parcourir en tout sens pour monter en puissance... Le principe est connu mais se révèle ici particulièrement accrocheur, indépendamment de toute campagne marketing.
Legendra (Sep 16, 2007)
La fraîcheur du jeu est toujours présente malgré une certaine répétitivité et une traduction française qui laisse à désirer.