Mutations and Surf Ninja’s : Pokémon Uranium Review

Hello Island Guests, Today we are finally back to our normal content! If you follow me on Twitter you might have noticed I completed another Pokémon Fan Game recently!
This time it’s time for for a very powerful Pokémon game that is also a bit toxic! It is time for Pokémon Uranium.

Pokemon Uranium is an RPG maker fan-game filled with Fakemon but also houses a handful of the originals, which are either given an extra evolution like Dunsparce , Corsola or Primeape or are now given a Mega Evolution, Like Arbok  and Whimsicott.  We also start in an entirely new Region called the Tandor Region which I must say is a pretty interesting region to travel through, despite  few flaws.. like it has two maps and you can’t fly from one to another.  Which is annoying since the Pokémon League and move Deleter are on different maps. The  game  shows us some interesting new features such as HM gadgets that render these pesky moves obsolete once you have overcome a few challenges that require the move, battles with special rules like being unable to use items and even has a few bad endings.

That is right you can die in this Pokémon game. In fact.. the whole region can die if you perform poorly! With an engine that is mostly based around Diamond and Pearl  or at least the tileset this is also a better looking game than 90% of the Pokémon Fan games out there. As Diamond and Pearl is the fourth generation game..with DS assets while the majority of fangames uses Ruby and Sapphire! The story is darker and a bit deeper but still feels quite pokémon esque unlike for example Pokémon Reborn which  goes much further. Still this game feels quite unique and then we haven’t even discussed the main unique feature of this game. 

Most Pokémon games try to have their one unique thing they introduce at least. Be it Double Battles, Contests, Mega-Evolution, Dynamax there is almost always something. This game follows that trope and in doing so feels more like a real pokémon game that plenty of others.
Where normal rom hacks or fan games usually mimic the style of one game or another, Pokémon Uranium introduces a new mechanic that makes it feel more like a hypothetical new generation game that stays fairly true to the core game. I could see this be a  generation between Gen IV and Gen VI. Their fakemons are mostly cleverly designed..with some stinkers but overall a strong lineup.. and their  special feature. Nuclear Pokémon.

Nuclear is a typing that can be occur on pokémon and replaces their second typing. Nuclear attacks are called stuff like Gamma Ray or Half Life among a few others and are  Super Effective on ALL Pokémon types except nuclear, but never doubly so.  Yet every other type can hit them super effectively as well. Nuclear types are super powerful.. but a pokémon that went nuclear (like pokémon that also exist in another variant)  will disobey you as if you do not have any badges.. so they are very tricky to use!  Until a later point in the game, yet the also counter any typing shortage your team might have! A double edged sword.

Overall I had a pleasant journey through the Tandor Region and a nice adventures. That is mostly due to the aesthetics this game has. It looks really beautiful for a fangame. I love 80% of the new pokémon and  some of these fakemons I might have a trouble with letting them go as Real Pokémon. They are that real to me.  Fakemon like Owten who is a pokémon you encounter very early game really feels like it could be something you find in the games.  Most of the team I ran during my Uranium Journey had those traits. The black and green design of all the Nuclear Pokémon is also very good and help this game have it’s own distinct visual style!

Instead of a female or a male trainer you can choose a masculine, feminine or androgynous looking sprite and choose the way you wish to be referred as in dialogue! A nice little touch,  that makes that can really help you relate to your trainer a bit more.  All these sprites feel unique and have a healthy dose of personality.  I choose the most bright looking sprite and while human art from the front isn’t always great, the quality of the backsprites in this game is amazing! I like them a lot better than most of the other sprite work, which weirdly encourages me to capture stuff that have lesser artwork to check out if their back sprite is any good. 

The music is also very pretty while there isn’t to much original music in the game all of these pieces have been rearranged and fit their environment beautifully! Gen IV had a bit this mechanical feel ot their sound and here it feels a bit more natural at least for the cities and exploration .. which works great because when you face Uranium Pokémon or go into battle against trainers it gets that “electric” quality this really  makes you feel the contradictions of a 11 year or 12 year old to venture into the world versus the harshness of reality when it comes to battles.

If you lose the wrong battles.. you don’t get send back to a pokémon center no you get a message that your senses faded away and you were never heard from again. You are dead! Meanwhile outside combat you collect cute creatures explore luscious jungles, white sand beaches and beautiful cities! Tandor has a very interesting geographical layout filled with all sort of unique feeling locations! It doesn’t feel like a moved around Sinnoh.. this feels like it’s own thing. That is what this game does REALLY REALLY well! It feels like Pokémon throughout..but it also feels like it’s own thing! Looks-wise, soundwise, onewise! This feels like a Pokémon game you want to play.

For the most part this is also true about the games story!  It has its own feeling to it while keeping enough of the tone of the original to not immediately feel as a fangame.  The game starts inside a nuclear power plant. Your mother Lucille is tending to a station when a Meltdown suddenly becomes imminent. While the plant is evacuated she dives into a room to do something and then the power plant explodes.. and your mother is never heard of again.. and we skip a few years into the future! Your dad once a loving family member now has become cold and distant.. consumed by his duties as a Pokémon Ranger and you are raised by your elderly aunt.

When professor Bambo’o is recruiting two new research assistants you finally get of your aunt’s back and start a journey to win all eight gym badges but also investigate what is happening at the Power they all begin to explode and poison the region. A mysterious entity by the name of Curie..who speaks in green letters for some reason.. is gather Uranium to power up her Pokémon Urayne so it can plunge the region into years of darkness. It feels a bit if Fallout met Pokémon.. but the rules and consequences of the Pokéverse still mostly apply. The story feels dark but still makes classic choices honouring it’s roots.

While the main story seems like.. any pokémon plot really! This story is quite a bit better executed. Where in Red and Blue we only learn about Mewtwo very late in game, the sense of things going on, the ideas of where the story is going is present from the first moments. Dialogue comes back later, a character trait early game will play a role later on.. or sets a character up for growth. It feels like a much less “static” story as it is in most pokémon games. Things do do not happen because the plot demands it, things happen because of earlier things set in motion. A character makes a mistake based on events that happened before.  It all feels more logical and rewarding.

Your rival in this game Theo, might be one of the best rivals I have ever seen in a Pokémon game. He starts out from a super annoying whiny kid but due to the events of the story he is forced to grow up fast. The game also establishes a sense of time passing.Theo ages up a bit during the adventure, making it feel much more a story that spans months than it feels like a story that spans days.  His journey makes ours even more impressive! Quite well done! Other clever ideas like implementing a pokémon speech translator also gives you a chance to do things you  can not do in other pokémon games and allows for some interesting side stories. 

Unfortunately the writers are their own worst enemy. While world building is quite consistent there are a few characters that fall so aggravatingly out of tone it drags you out of the story. I do mind Garlikid, the pokémon super hero as he is actually kind of cute.. but when you finally get the HM for Surf and need to make your way to a city that is basically Venice in name and look, you suddenly encounter Surf Ninjas..out of nowhere. They do not fit the world but are still there. While I would not mind them to be played for laughs for a bit this goes on and on. Eventually you become the Hokage of the Surf Ninja Clan and they rescue you from Pirate Jack.

Then there are characters that are go like Ai I am G1RL G4M3R bo11iii!  I do not mind fourth wall breaking pokémon games.. like Pokémon Clover but not when you try to tell this story this way.  You build such an impressive world and then you put in this humor that doesn’t connect with the world but instead with the people reading the text.  Eh.. I can’t be and immersed in a world AND enjoy fourth wall breaking humor at the same time.  That would be as if Deadpool suddenly was placed in Lord of the Rings. Humor in a dark game is great, it can relieve the tension and keep the story more digestible but some of the Meta humor here doesnt work. You can turn on L33T speak as the actual in game language, which reminds me of of the unlockables of old..but never did it clash this much with the product it was in! Luckily this only effects mostly the second act of the game but still it’s a shame. Yet it is no where near as bad as it’s biggest flaw.

The game so far is amazing , except for a pesky flaw this game so far is one of the amazing ones in it’s set up.. technically it is very impressive, though the game can really experience some frame drops and tends to slow down a bit. Which would not have been that much of a problem except for one element of this game is truly off.  That unfortunately is the gameplay. This game is INSANELY grindy. In an attempt to raise the difficulty of this game I think the enemies raise in level so fast that I resorted to cheating in a xp boosting item for the sake of being able to review this game without having to grind for hours .. due to a lack of a speed up button, unlike most rom hacks and even some fan games. 

Even with a Lucky Egg for all my team members (which boosts experience to 150%)  I ended up so underleveled that I barely could take down a pokémon in the grass without losing a pokémon. The routes between cities are very long, there were routes where I really had to avoid trainer battles until later, just so I would not run out of usable moves on my team. Being underleveld really eats at your power points more .. so often even when I was at 75% of a route, I had to backtrack to the last city to heal and get PP back and defeat the remining trainers for experience. At the Pokémon League I was 8 levels behind.. on my strongest pokémon and I did not run away from wild encounters all that much either. If you do not cheat you basically can not swap Pokémon if you encounter a new more interesting one.. and in a Fakemon game where every pokémon is new. .you kinda want to do that.

A fair few evolutions require trade, a special item, a unique move or whatever so if you really want a good team you’ll find yourself being forced to use guides a lot. Because you are so underleveld you need to play flawlessly or grind for hours and hours on end.  This game cleverly chose to let most pokémon only evolve once so they can have more diverse fakemon to it rather than 3 times the same one slightly different.. now you only need 2.. yet this results into the big flaw that XP per encounter is relatively low..Fully evolved pokemon offer more xp but since there are so many evolution lines.. encountering a fully evolved pokémon is much harder.

Even at level 41 you still encounter basic pokémon that just evolve 1 level after you capture them. Because evolutions are cool to see. Yet it still means if you defeat it in combat it’s bad xp. Movesets of pokémon are usually really good and diverse, borderline competivie by default which in turn means.. if your pokémon can not one-shot everything .. they are going to take a lot of damage.. making the grinding even less fun because now you also have to constantly spam items or run back to the pokécenter. I do not mind this increased difficulty for trainer battles as those can be strategised by using typings.. however with grinding you just try to put experience on a specific monster so with movesets this good.. you’ll take a lot of damage.. since grinding is needed.. backtracking is needed and so the game spirals downwards fast.

That being said there is nothing wrong with running an underleveled team and to be fair the game gives you a lot of money , which can be used for healing items, it also gives you the best easily findable  Technical Machines I’ve ever seen in a pokemon game, so move and healing item wise you can make progress in this game under leveled… but then you reach the Pokémon League which is an actual league.. props to them for that. In which you face random opponents you faced earlier with a themed team at level 70. The problem is.. in the pokémon league you can not use items!

If you lose the league you might get other opponents. So if your team lacks 1 one counter while it is under-leveled.. you can flat up lose without any fighting chance.  Every team has weakness-coverage as if you lose your steel type or poison type user against that ground type they have on their fairy team you pretty much wipe out, because you have to build a team that can literally face anything. If you do manage to reach the champion that match is interupted by a lvl 85 Legendary Nuclear Type. Here it gets worse If you do not outspeed it and you are not near level 70 at the very least.. or using a full nuclear team… you do not stand a chance. Realistically this means grinding your team to level 70 plus taking one or two nuclear types along to beat the league..since except for Eevee’s Nuclear evolution Nucleon don’t listen to you unless you beat all the gyms and then some you probably did not train those up.. and you do not encounter new ones after level 45.. so good luck!

I do not mind grinding when I can speed up, but when you grind this game slows down instead of speeding up! I do not mind training like how it is done in the new pokemon game, with these candies or shared experience. I do mind a game a 150% boost , while commiting to a single team, plus full exploration and defeating everything during that exploration is not enough to have a semblance of a chance. Mind you I could look for a guide and find out what type every pokémon is going to be so I get a balanced theme.. but this is a Fakemon game.. I really want to try a few of them out and see what they are all about! Pokémon should be a game where you use your favourites to win, not a game where I spend hours on mind numbing EV training minigames just so they can win something while underleveled.

I should not have to grind for hours when I use the best item to gain xp to train. There are a lot of repeat trainers and even a metro station to fast travel.. but there are only three metro stations and in the first and last part of the game you can’t find any that are usable. You only get fly after the eight batch! So while the game offers a solid rematch system that grands amazing experience..I can not actually use this system because it would mean grueling backtracks. I do not like grinding in the Diamond and Pearl formula because attacks and hp rolls are very slow. I can not stomach this much of a grind on unevolved Pokémon because they offer bad xp. Even if I would this game slows down a lot in a lot of the battle areas so I do not like to walk there!  This completely ruins the game for Nuzlockes to in my opinion because that means even more grinding.. Grinding levels, Grinding EV’s , Grinding Money to buy stuff, The challenge of this game is not in good enemy AI .. it’s simply requires you putting in time..and that is not a good way to increase difficulty.

I did have fun exploring the Tandor Region, but I am fully aware I  had fun because I used Cheat Engine. Now it isn’t hard to do that and if you are willing to I can really recommend this game to you! Use Cheat engine when you play this game and determine your own pace. Be your own Dm.. how much grinding is worth a level? Hack in some rare candies to level you up after so and so many fights. Pick your down difficulty and challenge than this game is great.  Some pokémon like Daikatuna are mostly there for a pun, so are most of the stories jokes.. but there is still a lot of understanding and love for the world of pokémon. The game is just poisoned by it’s own ambitions. It tried to do to many things at the same time. Every choice on it’s own I support.. larger difficulty, more seperate evolution lines, accessible EV training, better movesets. Basic Field Encounters , allowing me to evolve and get that joy. Using the Diamond and Pearl engine. All of these are GREAT choices on their own but together they create a nigh unbeatable slog.

Now I get there are a lot of purists in the Pokémon world who like this old school Tedium. For them this is your game…yet these purist are also a bit averse to new pokémon and new ideas, and this game has a lot of ideas. Regardless of that this review is based on the “casual” pokeémon playstyle. I love the games and a shiny hunt here and there, completing the dex can be fun to. Yet I don’t put hours and hours into making a Pokémon perfect! I want to love them for who they naturally are and be able to use my favourites! For people like me ,the game has a fine story that feels both like Pokémon but also a bit more mature. It also wants to get those laughs and aims them wrong. There are a lot of super cool new pokémon some even better than a few in the official games . Technically I can only conclude this is a good game. Everything there is stuff we want, it is challenging, pretty and interesting..there is only one problem.. it isn’t actually all that fun to play. It is rewarding,, it makes you think..but due to how end-game unfolds it just isn’t fun.

Pokémon Uranium is a Free fan game that is still quite find-able on the internet. I’d tell people to play the game up until they have to move trough the Jungle area and call it quits there or use Cheat Engine to help you along the way.. it’s a great game to experience..but not a very fun one to play. Check out someone’s play trough on it or something!
What Pokémon would you like to see go Nuclear let me know in the comments!

Top 5: Pokémon Fan Games

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.

(Leader Kanye)

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 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’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 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!
Until we read again

Your Highness
Princess Pinkie