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Cute and fun, yet dangerously addictive! Some may play it for hours on end, where others may find it a little lacking in depth and repetitive. A classic, nonetheless.

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      04.05.2013 11:57
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      Very good Pokemon game

      --------------------------------- When I bought this product --------------------------------- About a few months after I finished Pokemon Yellow I heard that there was a new game due out in the UK the following year known as Pokemon Gold and Silver, when they were released in the UK I bought it as soon as I could. ------------------- My Experience ------------------- This game introduces a new region known as Johto and also includes 100 new Pokemon bringing the total to 251 (Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow had a hidden 151st Pokemon known as Mew) There are also new evolution methods to make a change from the previous game, certain Pokemon now evolve when they are happy enough and some evolve by trading while holding an item, and one Pokemon evolves depending on it's stats. As it is a new region it means the gym leaders are completely different to the previous game as they use different types, there are also two new Pokemon types that have been introduced known as Steel and Dark (Steel is also used by one of the Gym Leaders), to reflect these new additions a few Pokemon now have a new type (i.e. Magnemite is now Steel/Electric rather than just electric). The Elite 4 also account for the new type addition meaning they use different types compared to the previous game. As a bonus once the Elite 4 are defeated you are able to travel to Kanto (region from the previous games) and complete additional quests there, the gym leaders there are also battle able adding another 8 badges bringing the total to 16 badges, although as you are likely to be a high level when you arrive in Kanto the Pokemon they use and the levels reflect that. Once all 16 badges are obtained you are given permission from Professor Oak to visit Mt. Silver where the protagonist from the previous game awaits at the summit ready to battle you, this adds an extra challenge to the game as his Pokemon levels are into the 70s-80s. ------------------ Overall Rating ------------------ I enjoyed this game very much and have since re played it many times, I have also played the remakes that were released, I will give this a 5/5 as it is highly addictive.

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      05.07.2010 23:59
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      A brilliant sequel

      Carrying on our little Pok'emon history lesson we have the 2001 release of Pok'emon Gold and Silver , this is the 2nd generation set and was released as a fully branded game boy colour game , although it still used game boy cartridges. The box is the first great thing, as it has a wonderful shine and the sunlight reflecting of the gold was great sight to see as a kid. Unfortunatley now the box is a little worn and a bit dusty but the gaming gold still shines as bright as it ever did. The first important change from the previous incarnations has to be the story. Taking place 3 years after Red and Blue, and set in the new region of Johto which includes an icreased size and population. 7 cities and 3 towns line the games routes , as well as landmarks based around the real life landscape of kansai and toakie in Japan. These geographical sights line the routes giving the games mountains, caves and water areas. Although starting of the same way as a young boy, the story begins in New Bark and you are given the starter choices of 3 new Pok'emon from professor Elm. These are Totodile, chikorita and cylandaquil, this keeps the same base beggining the same as its fire, water and grass. Intrestingly, Elm was a student of Prof. Oak (Prof. in origional games) and moved to the Johto region to continue his research. A slight change in the story is that your rival isn't given a Pok'emon and instead steals one before challenging you to a battle. But the game now has a new region to conquer , this means new Pok'emon, new trainers and new challenges. Not only do you have 8 new gym leaders to defeat and the elite four, but you can then return to Kanto and meeting all the old characters, re-face the gym leaders and complete the journey. As well as facing Team Rocket and the option to travel up MT.Silver to defeat Red , the character you played in the first game , who is now a top trainer and a worthy opponent of your skills. Although the basics of the game stay the same in catching all the Pok'emon and beating all the leaders and elite, Gold and Silver also added 100 new pokemon with new abilities , attacks and looks. Pok'emon Gold/Silver was the first game to have Breeding , allowing you to farm Pok'emon for abilities and making one which was extremely powerful and had all the skills you wanted. The game's full Colour support meant the graphics could have a complete overall, rather than the compromise with Pok'emon yellow's graphics. The game featured a wide range of colours, never really seen before in a gaming device, this bought the Pok'emon to life as you could now see their colours and distinct markings, drawing you further into the games world. Not only this but it allowed the environment to be a lot more engaging , rows of pine tree's and brickwork in building's was a huge step up from what people had seen before. The grass still blew in the wind with pink rose buds flowering in the town centres and the blue sea had waves crash and move against the walls. Character designs also improved with people being able to look different facially, as well as wearing different clothes. No longer did you wander round with a sense of deja' vu, but you could recognise the city's people and saw them go about their lives. New to the series was also the ability to give Pok'emon items to hold, this meant they could eat berries and the awesome red candy, whenever the need arises. Of course red candy was the most important as it was a big aid in evolving your Pok'emon quicker. A natural addition, or evolution, of the Pok'edex was added to the game. This came in the form of Pok'egear, now where the Pok'edex handled the Pok'emon, Pok'egear handled the people, utilities and entertainment. Essentialy its your smartphone, the Pok'egear allowed for many features such as a clock, a map of the entire regions and the routes,a phone and a radio. Now talking about the 2 intresting aspects of this , the phone and the radio. The phone allowed you to call anyone you had traded numbers with in the game, this meant you could then trade tips, be told where rare pok'emon were.This instantly updated the map with an exclamation mark , meaning you knew exactly where they meant. The phone also holds the Professors number and your mums. Mums pretty sweet when she phones, she lets you know how much money she has for you, if she has decorated your room and even if she has bought a gift for you. The other exciting feature was the Radio , which gave a welcome distraction on the journeys round the region. Much like with Fallout 3 and GNR , time always passed quicker when listening to "lets all sing" or "Prof. elm talks". I think it was a bit of an unsung hero in the game as it gave the world a voice, it let you know that things were happening outside of your story, I loved it when they interviewed other trainers and especially "Lucky show" this was a little like bingo or the lotto, at one point in the two hour show a Pok'emon ID would be read out, usually like 4 numbers , and if 3 matched you could go to the show and get a prize. Such a simple thing but one that let you feel as though the world was spinning. Also released alongside the game was a Pikachu pocket toy. This was a bit like a pedometer , but every step you take transferred to watts, the more watts you had the happier Pikachu was and then the watts could be spent on a mystery gift. This could be either a Pok'emon or a item, the pocket pet also had a handful of activities. This is special because the remake Heartgold and Soulsilver has an updated version of this shaped like a Pok'eball. The gameplay was smooth and the storyline was prevalent throughout. The sound clarity was increased by the Gameboy Colour and so both the origional music sounds were reatined as well as the Radio sounding very clear. The controls were as simple as they came with only the D-pad and A needed to have 100's of hours of fun wittled away. An added bonus was that the game had backward's combatibilty meaning old pok'emon and information could be passed over via a game cable. This was great as it would have been a little harsh to make the player do the same thing and lose all their hard work and wasted hours. The game today is worth £70 in its box and in good condition, or £7 used , the Pikachu pet is worth around £80 in good condition. Overall it's a fantastic sequel and showed that they weren't a one hit wonder, as well as showing room for growth and improvement. That concludes todays Pok'emon history lesson, last one out turn off the lights :)

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        29.05.2010 01:01

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        Excellent game in general, not many faults.

        Pokemon gold and silver are in my eyes the best Pokemon games that have ever been released. my reason for this is the sheer length of the game, and the amount of pokemon available to the player. When you play through the game, there is, like every other pokemon game 8 gyms. but when you complete these and the pokemon league, you then get the choice to go to kanto, the original region from the first pokemon games, and here you can complete another 8 gyms and there is also so many more pokemon available to be caught, making it amazing game all round. also, the general way the game is set out is very good i think, i mean, you get the choice at the beginning of 3 pokemon as you do in the older games, but also, throughout the game you have the option to obtain a number of legendary and unique pokemon by doing certain tasks, making it a very unique and fun game to play.

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        15.01.2010 13:42
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        Really great game, it'll cost you around £10, you may want to buy a newer version for the same price

        The Pokemon games are famous for their large amount of monsters, and fairly in-depth. Pokemon G/S/C is no different, containing 251 different Pokemon to catch, this is truly a game to get your teeth into. The Pokemon series is probably the most popular RPG series on the handheld consoles, taking hours to complete each game. I have personally played this game for several hours and have yet to complete the game, which is rare in a handheld title, and thats just the story play, catching all 251 pokemon will no doubt take you longer. As always there are 8 gym badges that you can acquire in the 8 major towns, Pokemon G/S/C are also the only games that allow the players to go to 2 different Pokemon regions, Johto and Kanto, the only other game to feature this is the remake of Gold and Silver, namely Heart Gold and Soul Silver for the NDS. After beating the 8 gyms, the player must then beat the Elite Four and the champion, the player is then allowed access to Kanto, after that he must beat a further 8 gyms in Kanto, then face off against Red on top of Mount Silver. This game is really good, it'll hold your attention for hours, unfortunatly the NDS doesnt work with GB or GBC games, so you'll need a GB, GBC or a GBA to play it. However there are plenty of Pokemon games available for the DS.

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        11.09.2009 22:53
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        Gold and Silver are precious metals.

        Pokémon Gold introduced the second generation of Pokémon to the world - adding 100 new monsters to the roster. It expands on the RPG elements of the original series and introduces many new features. This game is massive. In all other Pokémon games, there are only 8 gym leaders and you're exploring 1 region. In Gold, you can battle 16 gym leaders and explore both the Johto and Kanto regions. In terms of gameplay time you could be busy for well over 40 hours or far more. Gold also introduces breeding - mating 2 Pokémon of the opposite gender to create an egg which hatches into a baby. This is a method to give Pokémon new rare moves or to create a new Pokémon entirely. For instance, there are infant forms like Pichu and Magby which then evolve into the forms we know from the original generation, Pikachu and Magmar. Now your room at home is customizeable. You can buy and earn all kinds of cool decorations - bedsheets, dolls, game systems, posters, trophies and so on. There's a Mystery Gift option which basically allows you to use the GB radar system with another player to get a rare random item - perhaps for battle or decoration. Another cool aspect that was introduced are shiny Pokémon. Now you can find or hatch rare monsters like a black Charizard or a Red Gyarados. Shiny Pokémon are extremely rare but in this generation their stats generally aren't very impressive. The 3 legendary 3 dogs - Raikou, Entei and Suicune appear in this game. Unlike legends in the past which just wait for you in a specific place, they are randomly scattered across the region so you may just encounter them by chance when you least expect it! So you have to stay on your toes and be prepared. In terms of stats and moves, newer attacks have been introduced so now there is far more depth to the battle system. Its much more strategic that the original games. Also, the special stat has been divided to special attack and special defense in this new generation which really changes up how some monsters can be used or how well they stand up against certain attacks. Overall the game experience throws in so many new creative elements players will immediately be hooked. The one downside is that because this game is so massive, like the original games, it was made with an internal battery which controls the save function. Many players at this point are finding out their battery has died and their saved game was lost and they cannot save new data. This hasn't happened to me yet and I've owned the game for 10 years now. Many people seem to shrug off Pokémon as a child's game but it has mature and more complex features in the battle system which require a lot of prediction and also structuring a team that compliments one another. It really has something for players of all ages and skill levels.

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        16.08.2009 23:46
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        An excellent follow up to Red and Blue.

        Pokemon Gold is a role playing game for the Nintendo Gameboy. This game stars an all new hero and all new region of Johto, the aim of this game however is no different from before. You start off as a new Pokemon trainer after being given your own after saving Professor Elm from a wild Pokemon that was lurking in the tall grass.You must complete your Pokemon journey by travelling all around Johto beating all the gym leaders and challenging the Elite Four. The game includes many new features most notably there are another 100 Pokemon for you to capture and train, all of them have many weird and wonderful designs so you will want to see and get them all, as before you will have to trade with a friend to get all of them. The best new item is your Pokegear, here you can listen to the radio, look at the world map and phone up people this is used really well as your mum will frequently call just to check up on you and to tell you she has got presents for you and so on! It is also used to arrange battles with other trainers and forward the plot at some points. The Pokemon battles haven't changed much, your Pokemon, you can now give your Pokemon items though which they can use in battle to recover health or to increase their strength.Berries grow around the trees of Johto and you can pick them and give them to your Pokemon as well as plant seeds to make new trees grow. The battles are still one on one and turn based. Graphics have received a major boost and are noticeably less blocky than before, the game has all music and the tunes are as catchy as ever. Pokemon Gold doesn't re write the series but it introduces many great new features that make it even more compelling than the first games.

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        21.07.2009 17:45
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        it is a very good game dispite the really anoying music

        i have Pokémon gold so be warned it takes a very time to complete but there is always something to do whether it caching Pokémon or defeating team rocket you will never have nothing to do but it dose start to get boring and my mum say the music is "tinny" but Pokemon Gold and Silver will always be legendary games in the Pokemon series after the big step from Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow. Now with over 250 Pokemon Gold and Silver will always be legendary games in the Pokemon series after the massive step from Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow. Now with over 250 different kinds of Pokemon, plus with brand new features like being able to have time in game, and the use of a cell phone so you can ring trainers up that you've already encountered with and battle them again. There is soooo much more to do in this game then there was in Blue and Red and the attention and the detail is there. Plus the graphics have been made quite nice considering how the graphics for Red and Blue were. Im certaintly enjoying this game

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        02.09.2008 13:42
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        A sublime sequel that improves upon the original games

        Pokemon Gold, one of the sequels to the original batch of games that set the world alight and spawned a whole new craze, is an easy game, much like it's predecessors. At the same time, it's also an impossibly complex game, which will stretch your imagination and encourage you to adopt and create Machiavellian strategies in order to dominate your opponent on the battlefield. Again, much like its predecessors. The main mode of the game is your basic tree-hugging, rival-beating storyline RPG. Most puzzles are easily solved, and are usually little more than variation on the tried and tested "trawl through a dungeon to get to the other side/find a key" formula. Of course, the storyline only exists to give the game direction and slowly unfold the complexities of the battle system and Pokemon handling to newcomers. The real meat of the game is not to be found in completing the storyline, but in the things you take in whilst advancing it. In the dark forests, lonely caves and high-tech labs can be found wondrous Pokemon to capture and cunning trainers to beat in battle. It is in the areas of fighting and rearing Pokemon where the game possesses true depth. Sadly the player is never forced by the game to scratch the superficial surface and reveal the glorious challenge underneath, since the age-old practice of over-levelling your team can win the day. However, much more satisfying is beating a same-level Pokemon through cunning, strategy and logical reasoning. Inevitably, we must turn to a discussion of the game's visual appearance. Gold holds its own well against most other Game Boy Colour games, and the main over-world is aesthetically pleasing enough. The quality of character design for the new entries to the pokedex is high, and Game Freak show no signs of the creative exhaustion that will plague their later work. Another joy for veteran fans of the series is the ability to import monsters from Red, Blue and Yellow and see their favourite Pokemon line-up rendered in glorious multi-colour, with enhanced artwork. The core user interface, something of a bugbear in the originals has been spruced up. Now different items are stored in different compartments in your bag, meaning that the player can quickly find the desired item. It also simplifies the storyline mode all players find themselves in. Key quest items are stored on their own, so a player will now no longer think a Nugget is an important item that will aid their passage through the game. Other welcome updates include the addition of hold items, which as the name suggests, one of the furry little critters can hold in battle to power up their abilities or use to heal themselves or cure status effects. Picking the right hold item for the right Pokemon before entering battle can mean the difference between defeat and victory, especially against certain gym leaders and trainer types. In a nod towards the arrival of the digital telecommunications era, each trainer is issued with a mobile phone. You can use this to ring important people in the game, and be contracted by other trainers who will ring you for a rematch after levelling up their Pokemon. This really does keep the experience fresh, once the main storyline has been completed and allows the player to spot weaknesses in their squad if they make any fundamental changes to their line-up after beating the Elite 4. Not that it ends there, once the Elite 4 in Johto have been defeated, the Kanto region opens up. Now all the gym leaders from the original games can be challenged. And this time, they're no pushover, some of them fielding well balanced squads. Arguably the most important revolution in Gold is the addition of Pokemon breeding. Leaving two compatible Pokemon with the old couple at the day-care will eventually produce an egg. In time this hatches into a low-level Pokemon, often with new and interesting move sets. The massive changes this means for trainers interested in creating a 'super squad' of crack Pokemon is beyond the scope of this review and could fill a whole book. Which indeed it does. To obtain the most out of Gold, it is necessary for the player to purchase a strategy guide detailing stats, Pokemon move lists and important breeding information. A person not familiar with the series might perceive this to be a cynical and unnecessary attempt on Nintendo's part to increase revenue through the age-old practice of secondary selling. However, a strategy guide turns a player's journey through the complex world of Pokemon from a random mish-mash where success is often due to luck and a high boredom threshold, into a cerebral affair where he or she can decide where his time and energy would be best placed in order to achieve his or her goal. As the player's familiarity with the game and guide increases, so does their realisation of the wonderful intricacies embedded into levelling up, breeding and battling. The battle system has been overhauled significantly since the originals, with the inclusion of two new types and a whole array of new moves to counter the glut of players that relied solely on psychic type Pokemon to win the day. Existing types and moves have been overhauled too, to produce the most balanced system to date. It would be foolish to deny that flaws do not exist, but in most cases, the player will no longer find themselves swearing due to a hugely apparent lack of balance in move sets and type match-ups. Levelling up, with the addition of a strategy guide, remains a satisfying affair. Pokemon Stadium 2 on the N64 should definitely be mentioned. Whilst it is a fine game in its own right, and deserves a review of its own, the symbiotic link-up between Stadium 2 and Pokemon Gold should definitely be mentioned. Stadium 2 contains many different tournaments, each with exquisite rules and regulations. Any player who wishes to succeed on the harder difficulty levels must bring along their own squads of Pokemon. Here, the player cannot win through over-levelling, and the player has to finally make sensible choices about which Pokemon to use. The level restrictions imposed by many of the cups means a Pokemon fielded might not have access to a move the player is normally so reliant on. The player is forced to breed Pokemon from eggs and take advantage of this extensive feature in Gold. Whilst a strategy guide helps the player plan and layout his strategy for winning, it is Stadium 2 where those strategies are put to the test and proven. It should be mentioned then, that any player interested in purchasing Gold, should also purchase Pokemon Stadium 2 for the N64, in order to derive full satisfaction from all those hours spent pouring over the strategy guide. As cliche as it is, it would be possible to go on all day and well into the night detailing the subtle complexities and intricacies that make Pokemon Gold one of the most intellectually stimulating and fun games in years. However, why read about the world of Johto, when you can experience it for yourself. It's not as if you used your GameCube in a while, and the Game Boy player sitting snugly underneath it is just crying out to be used. --------- also on gamefaqs

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          10.04.2002 00:37
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          poke'mon gold i think is the best poke'mon there is on game boy (appart from maybe silver) because theres alot more places to go than on yellow, red or blue because you can either go in johto (where you bigin your adventure) or Kanto (the origonal poke'mon from blue, red or yellow) you begin in new bark town and go and see the professor next door he gives you the chioce between a fire, water or leaf poke'mon (same as red or blue) you move your way though gyms and various towns battling 100's of traners on the way. eventually when you have all your HM's you go though a water fall cave and get to Kanto.overall i think the game is very good

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            30.03.2002 17:19

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            Pokemon what is it? It is a TV Programme for kids a boy named Ash goes on a adventure challanging people to pokemon battles. Pokemon on TV has benn made in to several games Red Blue Yellow in these adventures the person who you are of course Ash but in Silver/Gold you are a boy called Silver/Gold you start of in Newbark town now you think it is different that is a start, because in the other adventures you know where you are going it is easy yellow was supposed to be a upgrade but it was not. Gold and silver were probally thought it is the same as the rest but is not it is different. After that you go in to Elms lab( Proffeser Elm) and you get to pick between 3 new Pokemon they are Toadadile Chickorita and CYNDACRYL. You first mission is to get an egg from 1 of proffesors friends and deliver it back one you get to the house his friend will give you the egg and proffesor Oak( from the last 3 adventures will look at your pokemon and give you your pokedex then when you go outside you get a phonecall get back and you start your adventure properly. The town you will visit are Cherrygrove, Violet Azelea Goldenrod Olivine Cinawood Maghonthy Blackthorn you will incounter many new things and GUESS who is back Team rocket. I will include more later.

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            13.02.2002 15:45

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            Here is an opinion written for me by my 9 year old brother: "It was an amazing game, though it was boring at first. An adult most probably wouldn't be interested unless they know about pokemon or are with someone who does. Unless they were interested when they were younger, most kids over about 8 or 9 aren't interested in pokemon." "If you or your children are interested in Pokemon then I wouldn't recommend you buy the Pokemon cards as they are a waste of money unless you really know how to use them. I would definately suggest that you buy them the games instead (much easier to get the hang of)." "I managed to play Pokemon Silver for 136 hours (not non-stop). This is how long it took me to complete it." Nathan Plummer

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            07.10.2001 03:54
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            Finally the version of Pokemon is out but is it all great or just like the other ones before Red/Blue/Yellow. Well I can tell you it is nothing like the ones before (except from the collecting part) Pokemon Gold/Silver follows the old game off and includes many new Pokemon (100 more to be precise) These new ones have great names like Whopper and Lugia. There are many new items along the way and an entire new backpack so it is very hard to run out of space like the originals. In the backpack there is a special area for pokeballs (which catch pokemon), Items, and T.M’s (which are technical manourveres). There is now of a total New World and what comes with it is new technological advances such as the pokegear which is a mobile phone (so you get tips on how to catch pokemon and talk to your mum), a map and a radio all in one. So Whats Items, Pokeballs and T.M’s are there? There are many new items such as the Red Scale, which you get when you defeat a red Gyarados. There are also items, which you can equip to pokemon like Quick Fist when you are allways the first to make an attack. There are many new Pokeballs as there is a pokball shop who can make pokeballs at of any thing. There is also the return of the great, ultra and master balls. There are many new T.M’s which you can get like Sweet Scent for Butterfree and Bent spoons for Alakazam. Do you Still have to earn gym Badges? The Gym badges are still there so you can progress to the new elite four. The Gyms I feel are a little easier than the last version as I often find my self-going to a battle not thinking I will win but I always come out tops. There are many new types of gym in Pokemon Gold/Silver. The first one you will meet will be a bird gym. What are the new pokemon Like? There are 100 new pokemon in all and a few new types like evil and steel. One of the New types of pokemon is called a Scizzor and is the evolved form of Syther w hen a Metal coat is attached. There are a lot of possibilities for new pokemon as there is a pokemon breeding area for you to build up the stats like the daycare centre in the last one or breed so you can get the first one in the evolution steps. One of these where this happens is with Pikachu were you mate a male and female to make a …I don’t want to ruin it for you. How would I rate the game? Graphics: 10/10 These graphics are sweet! The Pokémon sprites look different in the different paks, and the game is fully colorized! Imagine TCG for Game Boy Colour, then add lots more detail to it. The houses look exactly the same as do most of the sprites, but that's OK. Control: 10/10 Control is top notch as well. You walk around, talk to people, and battle using menus. It's the exact same control of R/B/Y. Music: 8/10 The music is better but it is just a pokemon game no 80 piece orchestra for this one. Anyway its only a Nintendo game. Gameplay: 10/10 Here's where the game shines. You play as Hiroki, a kid who takes after the Master, Ash Ketchum. This game takes place 3 years after R/B/Y. Anyway, Dr. Elm will give you one of three new starters: Totodile(water), Cyndaquil(fire), or Chicorita(grass). After you pick one up, you have to head to Professor Oak to get your Pokédex above Yoshin city, which is the equivilant to Viridian. After you get your dex and a special egg, Elm will call you on your Poké gear you got from your mom and say that someone has stolen a Pokémon! This guy is going to be your enemy. Just like in R/B/Y you go around the citys collecting badges and collecting new pokemon. Then you go and face the elite four. Overall: 9/10 Overall, if you liked R/B/Y, then you must get these games. Certain Pokémon, like the Caterpie & Weedle families, will appear in certain paks, while the Legendary Birds & Mewtwo aren't in G/S at all. Ash has them. But if you like the originals, you're gonna love the updates

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              To readers who read my previous ‘not a review’. “This is a review unlikely the previous one.” So enjoy reading!!!!!! Pokemon was introduced at summer of 2000. Two games were introduced with the cartoon series. Those games were ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’. With the success of ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ good people of Nintendo, Game Freaks and Creatures created modified versions called ‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ for Game Boy Colour. It’s good fun catch and training your monsters with all kinds of items. I’d say they are two of the best games that can represent the Game Boy Colour. Whereas Red and Blue was for only had one colour and 151 different monsters. However Gold and Silver has better graphics 100 more monsters and more moves. Also it’s easier to understand every strategy than red and blue. Finally it has good length for the game. This is a RPG (Role Playing Game) and unlikely other RPG This doesn’t involve killing the undead and defeating the lord of darkness. It’s about a kid becoming a champion at the end of the day. So I’d recommend for children.

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                Pokemon. Pocket Monsters. They begun as a small (big-small) cartoon which set Ash, this young boy, on a journey to find 8 badges. Badges, yes. This also involved capturing 151 Pokemon in a pokeball. This is starting to sound weird, isn’t it? Well, no. It would, it’s just that everyone knows what it is. So, after the cartoon there was this Pokemon Red/Blue game. Then came along a load of sell out stuff, then Pokemon yellow, which is more or less another sell out cartridge, then even more sell out stuff (this includes clothing and bad sheets etc.). Then, some N64 games came, which sold well. Then another game boy game came along in the name of Pokemon Trading Game. (I’m not going into the Trading Card hell; it’s too vile to write about). So what next? Nintendo had thought of a way to keep this Pokemon thing alive: Pokemon Gold and Silver. The way they have the 2 separate games is just like the way they used Red/Blue: There were some Pokemon missing in Red, some missing in Blue. This was probably a scam to raise the sales of link cables, but it does the job. Gold and Silver is, in basic terms, the same game as the game/s before it. You do more or less the same thing. You start off in a very (very) small village/town where you meet this professor; he gives you your license to train Pokemon. You can choose from 3 Pokemon; a fire type, a water type and a grass type. Yes, just like Red/Blue. The fire one is the one I chose; it’s called Cyndaquil. I highly recommend this one as I found it best compared to the others. The second best is Totodile, the water Pokemon. This one is good against all the fire enemies you come across, and the steel and rock Pokemon you face will have no chance at all. This one is also worth picking. The next, and probably the worst, is Chikorita. It is of grass element, so it’s good against the water and rock Pokemon, but doesn’t stand up very well when pitted against fire type Pokemon. I can’ t really ‘officially’ decide which is the best of the 3, I can just say I chose Cyndaquil and did well. So, you got your Pokemon, you then go get a pokedex; which is just like an encyclopedia of Pokemon you come across. Then, you battle wild Pokemon on the grassy areas, and when you wane (sorry, I got bored with Word’s Synonyms, it was weaken before wane) them (don’t knock them out), you throw a pokeball at them and hope you caught it. Then it’s all yours to train. It is rather satisfying doing this at first, but when you have completed Johto and Kanto (I’ll go in a bit more detail after) and you are collecting Pokemon, it does get very boring after the #178th Pokemon capture. Nevertheless, this is a good challenge and is very rewarding (in a satisfying-rewarding way). The leveling up is very similar to other Role Playing Games – it’s all in the experience points. But remember; if you defeat a, oh I don’t know, wild Chancey, level 22, you will not get as much experience as you would defeating a trainers’ Level 22 Chancey. Which brings me to another topic: the trainer battles. Along the Johto journey, you will come across many, many trainers who wish to battle. They are usually easy, and are very good for experience. Defeating trainers are good for gaining money; too. If you lose a battle to these trainers… neigh, a battle, wild or trainer, you will lose exactly half your money. So, train up well in the lower level areas before going to a battle you know you aren’t prepared for. The Gyms are located in nearly every town (which consists of about 5 other houses), and they are what give you your badge. They don’t GIVE you it, exactly: you must earn it in a test to how well you have been leveling up your Pokemon. There are normally a lot of trainers in the Gyms, who are much harder than the current trainers out in the forests and roads etc. So make sure that you can beat these before going head first into the Gym Leader. If you have been training up your Pokemon well, then you shouldn’t really have TOO much trouble defeating them; it’s not easy though. So, defeating one of these gets you one of those badges. I know they are badges, but they work out in the end. Well, that’s the basic storyline. You also have a rival, like Gary to Ash, but this one is actually a thief and stole the Pokemon, the person is not really a trainer. The encounters you have with this person are sometimes challenging and are also unpredictable; so remember to always be prepared for battle. You now have this PokeGear, which comes in your inventory. In it is the date and time; which is stored on the cartridge, a world map of either Johto or Kanto, whichever you are in, a radio to listen to (although you don’t), and a phone. This is pretty useless too, except from the fact that your Mum (on the game) saves some of the money and notifies you about purchases she makes with it. That’s it, really. The trainers give you their number, but they call you almost all the bloody time about ‘Hey! I just caught this cool Pokemon on ROUTE 22! Did you know about that? I’m getting to become a real trainer now! See ya!’ This becomes annoying to the extreme, so please do not do it. The time system: Well, the timing system for this game is very unique, especially for a Game Boy game. It is more or less a clock, which interacts with the game. In the morning, the clock says ‘Morning’ (clever, eh?) and the screen is bright. In the middle of the day it’ll say ‘Afternoon’ and it is like the original Pokemon games. After 6:00pm, everything goes dark and lights in the house get switched on. This is a very good feature. Better yet, there are Pokemon, which only come out at night (like Hoot Hoot, the Owl Pokemon) and don’t appear in the day, but are sometimes seen in the morning. This is actual ly a big factor, which makes the game that little bit more worth getting. OK, what else is there? Hmm… Ooh, ooh, the 2-player mode. If you go into a Pokemon center (which is the place where you heal all your Pokemon up to full HP), you get your mate to link you up to the 2 Game Boy Colours (I’m not sure if I should put Color or Colour, but I’ve put Colour. So live with it) and then you go and talk to this computer thing. The computers are located upstairs in the centers, one is for direct battling, one for trading your collected Pokemon, and another one (this one is a big, gray thing) is for trading and battling with Pokemon red and blue, and yellow. This is another good edition to the game, but I won’t be going into the time machine any more, as you are about to find out what trading and battling 2-player is like. The trading is very self-explaining, a bit too self-explaining if you ask me… anyway, you go over to the computer, you and your mate, and you have a list of your party and the Pokemon boxes which your Pokemon are stored in (you can only have 6 Pokemon in your party, personally it would make more sense to put in the highest level Pokemon, if you see where I’m going). This is mainly used for getting the Pokemon that are previously unavailable in the game, as I had said before. The battle system for the 2-player is good, also. You connect by more or less the same way as the trading method, then you battle with the Pokemon in your current party (like I said before, choose the highest level Pokemon). This is very good fun, especially when the levels are about even. The only thing is, though, you don’t get any experience for doing the 2-player battles. At all. The Time Machine? Figure it out. OK, so that’s all done. There is a new item storage backpack, which is very organized and easy to get things into. Instead of R/B/Y’s backpack, which has all your items in 1 long list , you now have several compartments, which are left, right, middle and top. In the left you have all your items, which you use on Pokemon, like potions and elemental equipping (which you put on a Pokemon to make the Pokemon stronger towards/against a particular type of attack) etc. the right pocket holds all your pokeballs, which come in all manners of different kinds, like Great Ball, Lure Ball, Heavy Ball, Fast Ball… there is a very big list. So, the top pocket: that’s got all the items, which you must keep, like keys and passes etc. You cannot get rid of these. The middle pocket, to end with, is the other undroppable items like fishing rods and the bicycle. These are not essential, but good. One note about these items: you can ‘equip’ them to the select button, so you only have to press select instead of going into the menu. I think I’ve covered more or less all the basic topics of the game, so Ill conclude by saying: This game, hyped or not, has to be a major improvement over all the other Pokemon games, and is much more fun to play than ALL the other Pokemon games * cough Pokemon Stadium cough *, and it another cartridge which will fit snugly in your Game boy Colours/Advances. It is worth buying, but there are a lot more games, which I would rather buy right now for my Game Boy Advance <pose>, i.e. Rayman Advance, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2… So, if you like Pokemon you would already have this game, no? If you don’t then well, don’t get it. If you are somewhere in the middle, try renting it. Personally, I like it. And it’s my opinion. Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it. ^_^

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                  Welcome to the exciting new adventures of Pokémon Gold and Silver. The Gold and Silver versions sport a colorful look and supply a slew of new Pokémon. Starting out as a rookie Trainer, you'll embark on a quest to capture as many Pokémon as you possibly can. Some familiar faces pop up in the tall grass and dozens of new Pokémon make their debuts. Try your hand at new attacks and witness surprising evolutions, while filling your Pokédex with the latest discoveries. Along with the advances in Pokémon studies come technological innovations. Scientists have been hard at work concocting new inventions and improving old ones to help you collect and maintain your Pokémon. Your goal is to become the worlds greatest Pokémon Trainer—are you up for the challenge?

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