As a princess I deserve some quality entertainment and though my court jester Aipom occasionally provides some good antics for me to laugh at as well as your silly mistakes in Pokémon games this princess is not that easily satisfied. Pokémon is our passion and even though the official Pokémon games are quite entertaining.. I deserve to be rich and have as much games as I want. Luckily we have some slav…. uhm ‘fellow fans’ who develop their own take on games for us and their results can be quite amazing. Oftenly giving us more of a challenge, something a bit different. Today I will show you such content as I show you five gems of my treasury.
My top 5 favorite fangames.
Fangame Number 5: Pokémon Clover
Pokémon Clover is also known as Pokemon V.. or Pokémon 4chan. Now to answer your first question… yes that is exactly as stupid as it sounds. Instead of pokémon based on dogs snakes or plants, we get pokémon based on cum, dicks and poo. We get a pink horse named Geigh it’s pokédex says it pushes the gay agenda. Instead of diglett tunnel we have a cave leading across the border where a bunch of lazy sombrero working people are trying to cross the border if you help them, they offer you the poo flute. Which can wake up the Cacademon pokemon. This game feels like 4chan in every single way. Not spending a lot of time myself on such things to me it kinda felt like Seth McFarlane’s version of pokémon… or Family guy pokémon if you managed to miss Seth created it. I started this game as a female.. but I quickly restarted into being a male.. because the female rival is amazing. While you are playing a female.. you get a very dopey but fun looking avatar and a fairly normal rival who is somewhat douchey.. but also bland and generic. Similar to how Brandon was a rival in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.. you barely remember him. If you start as a male.. your rival is KEKsandra, a girl who speaks in memes and L33T.. a whirlwind of jokes and fun.
The game is set in the Fochun region (clever right?) and you get invited by professor Stump to take one of the three following pokémon. Grasshole the butt pokémon. Arabomb.. who is a bomb wearing a turban and Ejacasmn one of the many sperm pokémon in the game.
Grasshole evolves into Analgae and Rectreem respectively, the last one being a big ass with an entire tree growing out of it. Arabomb evolves into IguAllah and Lizackbar respectively.. the last one being a lizard wearing an explosive belt and arabian headwear. Ejacasm evolves into Hosajack and Condoom with the final evolution representing a filled blue condom.. being a water and poison type. It barely gets any better from there.
Gym Leaders battles have a mysterious musical theme and if it plays seven times the final gym leader will appear. Gym leaders you will face are people like Brock, Tumblrita , the hologram of Freddie Mercury, a random neonazi and of course Kanye West who is suffering from Ebola. Trainer classes you can encounter are Neckbeards, Weebs, Feminists, Trannies, Immigrants Meth cookers (Walt and Jess) Memers and Midgets. The game is unfair and seeks to offend you or anyone else all the time.
At the end of the final dungeon.. victory road (which takes about 15 minutes just to navigate through) you encounter Fuckin L Jackson who has a team of 6 extremely overleveled Pokémon called Motherfuck. They only know one move.. explosion with the ability shadow tag.
If you dont have a ghost pokémon or revive on hand (which is likely cause your at dungeons end and ghost types are rare and not that good..by design) you will lose and be send back at least 15 minutes. There is a plot about team Karma and their leader Kymmi (KnowYourMeme) who is trying to find the legendary pokémon but yeah, this isn’t a game you are playing for the amazing story. This game is nothing but silliness. Eventually somewhere the game will make the ultimate your mom joke.. after which you battle her. Her ace pokémon is a box of dragondildos. For how silly the game is, it’s set up pretty well.. besides the screw the player moments the game is easy enough to breeze through coming closest to the actual pokémon experience of all the games on this list. With plenty of support and A LOT of custom pokemon to catch this game is as fun to play as it can be offensive. You better learn the konami code to beat Anonymous though. There are references here for everyone to enjoy.
if you know nothing about pokémon you can still play this game. For example what dual typing would Gym Leader Snoop prefer? That’s right Grass and Fire! If you want to have a silly fun time with pokémon and dont take their insulting your beliefs to serious this can game can be your lucky charm. P.S. Don’t use cheat engine in this game.. you will get the bad ending.
Fangame Number 4: Pokémon Uranium
A fakemon game like clover but less silly. I personally enjoyed playing through clover more but Uranium is more inviting for a replay edging it out in the number 4 position. In Pokémon Uranium you travel across the Tandor Region. You have lost your mother in a nuclear incident and now throughout the region these problems seem to play out once again with your custom made starter you once more travel to gather all 8 gym badges so you can travel across the world and prevent disasters from happening. Would I judge a game soley it’s qualities Pokémon Mega Adventure would have taken this spot, but the latter is a bit to much of a classical adventure making it harder to reckoment. It does everything Uranium does somewhat better… but arguably so do the original games and Mega Adventures is like a bigger version of those. Uranium gives you something unique. Their Fakemon are the best I have ever seen.
Not only their completely own mons they also gave a few classic ones a brand new evolution including Dunsparce and primeape, which I am really happy about. In fact some of their designs are so good that I actually confuse them for the real ones. My Baashaaf for example was beloved and I quite oftenly namedrop it when naming sheep pokemon. Not every mon is that well designed and unfortunately I am not a big fan of the starters. Those have that bootleg feel to me, being somewhat over designed in their first form and underdesigned in their second form. They seem like something from a freemium imitation. I do respect them for making your starter only evolve once and adding a mega evolution to that as an alternative though. That is something new.
Tandor is a fun region to explore with pretty beaches, deep jungles and creepy crawly caves, each location feels unique yet everything feels like it’s own region as well. It’s quite impressive what they managed to squeeze out the generation 4 tilesets. Their biggest gimmick is the new typing. Radiation Pokémon. This typing does not work like any other typing and doesn’t rebalance the type system… which is a good call. Radiation pokémon work more like Shadow Pokémon , from the gamecube games. They are effective against all non Radiation types.. but everything non radiation is also super effective against them. More powerful than the regular versions they take some damage every turn and can on occasion not listen to you. They are basicly just alternate versions of regular pokemon but all n jet black and green giving them a very sleek look.. that is kind of too edgy for me.
I ended up not using them at all due to it all yet they had an impact on the story and I was happy they were there.. it could be quite a challenge to fight some of them. Like raising radiation pokemon the game can be a bit tedious though. There are so many secrets and reasons to revisit a location you never really get the feeling you can really explore it. Each cave has several layers which you can backtrack to crack after you received more hm’s and stuff alike. Yet this was done so often that I never felt really in control. Tracking back is also nearly always optional.. so it’s not like a metroidvania..it’s just you spending an hour more to get a lackluster move or item. The most inventive game on this list by a mile, but one you have to put a lot of work and effort into.
Fangame Number 3: Pokémon Insurgence
This game begins with you about to be sacrificed in the name of Darkrai. A evil cult is planning to make you a blood offer to make the legendary appear. You are saved by Mew and begin a truly epic journey across a huge map and deep and complex story filled with renewed pokémon and extra mechanics. After escaping you use mew for a very short while.. before reaching the starter town.Professor Sylvan has a problem with Bulbasaur Squirtle and Charmander and asks you to take one of them off their hands. Now Bulbasaur is the best starter ever.. but these are not regular Bulbasaur Squirtle and Charmander.. these are so called Delta species.. in the land of Tellor these are strange mutations that have been showing up more and more. Charmander is now dead.. and is a dry bones like ghost dragon type. Our former water type is now a Teenage Mutant Ninja Squirtle.. literally. being a dark and fighting type. So these look insanely cool! Bulbasaur is a pink fairy with a magic flower on it’s back. I am so happy I could vomit rainbows. Not only is Bulbasaur PINK , my favorite typing and kawaii as fizzlesticks it’s also strong against both others.. though charmander can still hit it like a truck.
Pokémon Insurgence had such a cool idea with the Delta Species and the amount of time I’ve spent on getting myself a Delta Ralts was ridiculous.. it kept dying on me. In the end.. an electric Ice type wasn’t even THAT good. Now I do need to replay this game sometime because on my initial playthrough I wasn’t able to finish it.. this game is HARD. Not in the way the next entry will be .. but as in… you better grind girl.. kinda heart. I even cheated in a bunch of rare candies to skip one particular part of grinding yet a few minutes later my team was underleveled again. Maybe I used to much pokémon? I will find out next time I play through it. This game shines in it’s story though.. with complex character political betrayal and a story of children chosen by destiny.. and legendaries this game feels special throughout. So do you.. for the first time in a Pokémon game you matter you aren’t just a nobody. There is not just one evil team.. there’s several cults and even some other bad guys beside that giving off the feeling that it’s you against the world. This raises the stakes and the tension for this higher difficulty.
With a lot of custom features like armoured evolutions, brand new skills you are granted from other trainers legendaries and a truly beautiful journey to partake on its such a shame that this game is bogged down by the grind. A few puzzles are also necessary to further the plot, I think a few of those slider puzzles as well taking the wind a bit from under this games wing but with a darker and complex story, cute and cool new pokémon forms and a whole lot extras like trainer customization it’s no surprise that this game has gathered a cult following.
Fangame Number 2: Pokémon Reborn
You start this game on a train on your way to reborn city when terrorists attack the train causing it to explode just as it drives into the station. As your trainer walks outside they can see the devastated station. A cheery girl comes excited about the explosion saying cute stuff.Everything seems kind of like pokémon so far.. but with a stronger start. Than you see the standard “technology is great guy’ .. (a npc which brags about what new features there are in games found in every game) you talk to him. He doesn’t brag about technology.. he looks at you and asks.’You were on that train’ . a white text box reveals an awkward silence before the third one says.. so was my wife. Then you realise this is not going to be your regular kind of pokémon game. As you exit the screen, we cut away to the police having arrested a terrorist. He is strapped to a metal chair as the policeman summons a torkoal to heat up the chair. We cut to the reborn logo. Pokémon Reborn does not play around, you know this from the get go!
After you have chosen from all 21 current starters you are off on your journey throughout this new region. There is no route 1. You start out in the slums of Reborn city. On the first bridge you see , you encounter some vagrants beating one of the typical route 1 rodents to shit.. they want to toss it over the bridge inside the canals of reborn city which have turned acidous by years of pollution.These trainers challenge you to a battle.. my piplup was underleveled and lost, there was no rematch when I restarted at the pokemon center and went back to them they had murdered Bidoof. I restarted the game and choose Charmander as a more potent starter.. was I gonna need it. I trained Coal the fire lizard and Rusty the Bidoof up in the slums. Instead of young kids I fought doxies , punkers and other trash. Doxies is a nice word for… certain types of women who make money buy doing certain things which usually involve movement while sparingly dressed. They use pokémon that spam moves to make you fall in love. Implying they use it to find John’s.
No matter how many doxies and hobo’s I beat though.. I am not making money.. these people don’t have anything. Terrorists attack the power plant and I stop them before advancing to the gym.. Rusty and Coal are ready.. and wait .. why does the first leader have six pokémon?! We wipe… every gym leader in reborn uses six pokémon because of course they would .. they are gym leaders they have to properly test you. Pokémon in the wild usually have weakness recovery.. because it makes sense that an animal in a hostile environment learns to defend itself against its greater foes. Reborns theme is survival, survival of the fittest and survival against the odds. Reborn is different.. from the get go you can choose any sprite for your character.. you can use the “token female” who identifies as a male. There are even non binary sprites and it’s selectable as a gender as well.
Our journey is not one to be the very best it’s one not to die or see the world end. After defeating the first gym we can access the second ward of reborn city.. the evil team has build a machine to mutate a tangrowth into a monster .it’s roots have caused use cracks and is splitting the city apart. A few npc’s talk about how they can see their dead friends down in the pit or how their child got consumed by the rifts. On the journey that follows we amongst other things see, children unrightfully prisoned into an asylum getting electroshock therapy from electric pokémon. We see a gym leader commiting suicide and dropping inside a 12 year old gym leaders room where he splatters in front of her eyes.. causing her to land in said asylum where you have to rescue her.
We have gym leaders being bisected and their pokémon being tossed and melted to death by a volcano. Reality shattering, brainwashing lies deceit and a whole lot of murder. Pokémon manages to create a pokémon world that for the first time feels .. close to our world.. close to modern.. the other worlds are all very utopian and this is the other side of the spectrum. With custom shinies and them appearing more frequently the game makes collecting pokémon fun and tactics come into play like nothing before.
Each gym and some dungeons have special fields.. which react under circumstances. For example there is a lights on/lights off type field. Electrical attacks can switch on and off the lights while Dark attacks get stronger or weaker depending on the current state. There is a field made of mirrors, where missing a physical attack causes the mirrors to cause some shattering bleed damage.. and missing a special attack allows it to be reflected back towards your target once more.. if they dodge once more however the attack is coming towards you. The field also enhances the power of beams. I played the game while it was not fully finished but while I played there were about 10 gyms to conquer.. with 4 more i’d say to come? Yet in truth is there are more. You find out that once a gym leader dies.. their badge is invalidated. Gym Leader death does happen several times during your story. Grinding in this game is easy enough.. which is good because you need to do it a lot. You do not run a team if 6 pokémon.. because of how gym leaders work your team will be closer to 12 or even more pokémon. Unlike other pokémon games EVERY pokémon who is overleveled starts to disobey.. that means you can not use one single team against all the gym leaders. You have to have teams for each and every one of them.. not only paying attention to their types but also to their fields. The team I build against the first poison gym leader could not work in the field against the second so I had to switch them up.
Even more difficult than Insurgence.. this feels right.. this is a challenge I like to face. The level cap is a lot harsher and I hit it quite oftenly… it’s even so common they introduced items for it.. called common candy, unlike a rare candy that levels you up.. this one levels you down. I ended up using them a lot and I love that I had too. This game pushes you to build teams.. to switch movesets and to think about your items and supplies. Money is limited but quest lines are plenty. Right in the beginning you can buy a magikarp..it looks like the classic magikarp scam from pokemon Red, I did cause I wanted gyarados..leveling is easy… but no this is reborn city.. the magikarp scam .. is a scam.. not only overpriced.. this time you flat out get robbed. As you progress you can keep pursuing this quest for revenge like a 16bit Liam Neeson. You can play a bit of Westwide story with remnants of team aqua and magma, you can take a plotline to rescue the real daycare center people. Reborn is brimming with content. Every evolution is fixed for offline play, shinies have been made much more awesome .. and they created a few custom evolutions. Whether you are saving a popplio from death by poison or trying to find the abundance pokémon of that gym leader who commited suicide everything has a purpose in Reborn. It just takes a lot of wiping and a lot of work. This definitely isn’t a game to play for a week this one will take you hundreds of hours. On a game like this I do not mind wasting that many hours because each time I play it I feel reborn.
Unlike that one gymleader that jumped of a bridge.
Fangame Number 1 : Pokémon Infinite Fusion
This one will be short … well not really I am just referring you to my review of this game for all the details. This game takes the number 1 spot because it’s just a lot more completable than the other 2.. unless you count the 90.000 + pokédex of this one. Easier so more accessible, while still keeping that uniqueness towards it. It’s side quest system being quite rewarding. It simply does not require the grind and the motions needed to play Reborn and Insurgence. With as story that complex you can not just drop Reborn or Insurgence either, this one you can leave alone to a while and come back to without any trouble. Especially when you use the subreddit for custom sprites like me … this one really feels like a build your own pokémon game. You can go broken as fizzlesticks in creating combinations.
Like I once more will tell you in my review this game is infinitely fun!
Now my loyal subjects I do realise these game sound way to fun for your price range, but I can assure you all six games mentioned are completely free to play. Perhaps not quite legal to make, you are well within your rights to play and procure them. Because I do wish to keep this post relevant I shall not place direct links to the games as these sites might change or become unsafe , they are easy to find with our friend google. Among the six of them (Mega Adventure being mentioned in number 4 being the sixth one) I am sure there is one to your liking. I will most likely revisit insurgence or reborn soon though there is a particular rom hack I might get to first… but more on that next week. Until then let me know what game you think you’d like in the comments and remember
I am not weird.. I am a princess!
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