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      30.09.2011 21:49
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      Please bring out a more recent version Nintendo!

      Pokemon

      Short for pocket monsters, the franchise was an overnight success in the late 90s creating billions and billions of dollars for Nintendo with the release of Pokémon red and blue and the introduction of the anime series to western television. Now almost every household in the world either knows of or has some form Pokémon merchandise.


      Packaging

      The original I received over a decade ago came in a rectangular rather flimsy card board box with a number of leaflets including the instruction leaflets which is very different to how games are packaged now. Though in saying that the N64 still worked on cartridges instead of discs so maybe they didn't need as sturdy a box back then.


      The Plot

      You are a wildlife photographer and your biggest goal in life is not to capture the rarest Pokémon on the planet but photograph them. The rarest Pokémon at the time of release was Pokémon number 151 or Mew a space cat, though I am aware there are now 550+ Pokémon now when I was a kid there were only 150 and the idea of seeing Pokémon in 3D was a must for me so I had to get this game. So together with professor oak you travel across different terrains and environments to photograph as many wild species which was amazing at the time.


      Gameplay

      In terms of controls the game is very easy; you ride around in a cart which has a set track across the different zones which include a beach, jungle and cave. You can speed up and slow down the cart but not stop and you have to take pictures of as many Pokémon as you can or all that inhabit that zone. The more points you get the more upgrades and such you get such as apples to lure Pokémon out of tall grass to feed, like a tranquiliser ball to stun Pokémon and a flute to awaken the sleeping.

      As you go you have to find secret tunnels to open up to explore further also through aggravating certain Pokémon's temperaments or photographing all the Pokémon in the previous zone.

      In my opinion however the game is a little short as there only are 6 main zones to travel through and they definitely don't contain all 150 of the originals but for its time it was a real stepping stone for Nintendo I think and you wouldn't have access to the 3D Pokémon video games on the Wii today if they hadn't experimented with this idea.


      Visuals

      To be brutally honest a lot of it has aged horrible with blocky and glitch graphics especially in the Wii import it hasn't exactly stood the test of time, but I think the ease of controls and unique characteristics and facial expressions make up for that a little depending on how you lure them over for your snap.

      Audio

      The audio is still pretty good I think with memorable and catchy theme tunes for each zone as well as nice audio from the Pokémon themselves there isn't a lot to fault in that department.

      Availability

      I had the original on the N64 but you can also download it to your Wii for something like 1000 Wii points, though you will need to purchase a classic controller or GameCube controller which is a bit of an expensive nuisance if you don't already have one.

      Overall

      Although it has aged quite a bit I still see its charm and do enjoy playing it over and over even there only is maybe 8-10 hours gameplay there, but I am a retro Pokémon fan at heart and believe the Pokémon world was so much better when there were under 200. For instance some of the new Pokémon designs for Black and White aren't even worth mentioning I mean a bin bag full of rubbish and an ice cream cone? Pokémon should stick closer to its roots in my opinion which are best demonstrated through the simplicity of this game.

      Though I can see some people looking at this game as animal cruelty as you do end up accidently bopping a lot of Pokémon on the head by accident with apples and such when trying to coax them towards you. I would really like to see Nintendo making an updated version of this in the future as it is well overdue. At the time I would have maybe given 4/5 but by todays standards its only around 3/5.

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        08.06.2011 11:19

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        Buy this game and you won't be disappointed.

        I bought this game when it came out back in september of '99 and ever since then I have been in absolute love. Now, I am an absolute Video Game freak, particularly Nintendo, I buy any new game or console on release date, but this is possibly the best game I have ever played. I'm not sure if it's just because it was one of the first video games I ever played, or if it is just pure brilliance, but I love it. It's definitely not like any other pokemon game, this will sound bizarre, but it's more like an on the rails shooter than it is a pokemon game.
        Basically you are on this little cart thing which is on some kind of track which will go through the level by itself and as you are going through, you have to take pictures of as many pokemon you can. I can't remember exactly how many levels, but I think it's about 8-10. There are different pokemon in each level and you have to get as many points as possible by getting pictures of pokemon in the correct poses. Throughout the game you get different items which you can use to get all the different pokemon in the best poses to get the most points and then theres the last level which is just Mew and you need a special item for it.
        In conclusion I recommend to this game to anyone who likes pokemon, but it's fun and it's not too difficult.

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        10.07.2008 21:31
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        I would love to see a modern day version of this

        Well as the majority of people know pokemon is the well known franchise comprised of an alternative world where a trainer of 10+ years old goes around the planet collecting pocket monsters in containment fields called pokeballs. The original games of the red and blue version where originally released in the UK in 1998 and since have taken the world by storm and continue to thrill the hard core fans who were around during the original release.

        I actually did have the original version for the N64 in which you used the N64 controller to take pictures of pokemon through a number of terrains. The control stick moves your camera around and the game pad buttons are used to snap the pictures, throw out pokemon food, play the pokemon flute or throw out a pest ball which shocks the pokemon and releases a purple gas.

        I currently have the wii virtual console version which I found just as good as the original, but I use the Gamecube controller for it, they are virtually the same method of control.

        The plot of the game is simple, professor Oak a leading pokemon scientist invites your character in too observe pokemon in different environments and help him with his research by taking photographs.

        The idea is to take as many photographs of pokemon as possible while considering the pokemon's pose which can generally be influenced by the said items you obtain along the way, for instance the pokemon flute make some pokemon dance and the food encourages pokemon to come out of grassy area or water.

        The areas which are available for exploration include a beach, volcano, cave, valley and a few others which open up when you break high scores or find secret routes.

        So game play, very easy to use and very addictive. Once you take a picture you can choose to save it at the end of each level in your favourites category you also have very basic costomising options which is a nice touch 8/10

        longevity. In all honesty I completed this game in a day because I had already played it on the N64 but I would still say this is a great game for younger pokemon fans who may take a week or so to complete it. Though the lack of mobility per level spoils things a bit because you cant ever leave the pokemon carriage. 6/10

        Sounds and music. Really nice actually each stage has its own relaxing soundtrack like in a real animal documentary, the pokemon also sound like they did out of the tv series as opposed to the electronic sound of the original game, you also have the professor saying "well done" and "wait" every so often which I think kids will really love and encourage them to play on. 9/10

        Graphics. Really great for its time but may look a bit dated by todays standards, it was probably the closest thing to real 3D pokemon catching at the time. If they brought out an updated version I would definitely get it. 8/10.

        Extras and secrets. Not overly impressive, once you have caught all the pokemon on camera there isn't actually anything left to do. However you do get a chance to see the legendary mew and in that secret stage the music and visuals are really pretty and colourful. Pikachu also appears in almost every stage also and has at least one secret special pose though which may take a while to capture them all. 6/10.

        It was a great game for its time but is well over due for an update.

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          04.08.2006 01:53

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          overall 3/5 - not too bad, not great.

          amazing graphics and gameplay in pokemon snap for the N64, although the game does get repetative after going over and over again on 1 course, until you unlock the next. there are many courses in this game but all have the pokemon situated in the same area each time, so it gets annoying when you cant find a certain one. this game could be improved by allowing the pokemon to appear in random places to allow better photos to be taken, and more concentration required.

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          awesome graphics
          good gameplay
          not too easy so the game is more challenging

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          repetative
          can get annoying if you dont unlock the levels fast
          you sometimes wanna kill the pokemon which scare the c**p out of you by jumping into your view and making loud noises.

          a good game for the patient
          a good game for the pokemon players
          a bad game for the impatient
          a bad game for those who dont like challenges

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          30.09.2001 02:21
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          To be honest, I wasn't that optimistic about the game when it was first released, firstly because it didn't offer all Pokemon, and more importantly, the idea of taking snaps of these very Pokemon was hindered by the fact that the player takes a very specific route. This presents itself as a linear game, and a linear game it is. From the start, the game offers you a single course, the beach, and a select handful of pokemon to snap. In order to progress, you first must either have taken a predetermined number of pokemon, or have collected a certain number of points. Soon, you must discover hidden routes to progress, like the path to the volcano course from the tunnel. The game allows you to re-run each course you have completed in whichever way you please, be it for a leisurely ride to view the environment around you, or for getting those missing pokemon from your album. Upon achieving a certain number of points or snapping a number of pokemon, Prof. Oak gives you tools like apples and later on, a flute to entice the pokemon you wish to catch further, as they are naturally very shy in their own habitat. The game also allows you to save 60 of your best shots for future viewing - so if Prof. Oak rates your picture of Pikachu fainting from a knock on the head by an apple from yours truly as poor, then at least you can save it onto your album to show how cruel you really can be to your friends. Although Nintendo have come up with an original twist into the Pokemon franchise, the game has many flaws; firstly, as mentioned before, not all 151 pokemon are present, and although this doesn't effect the gameplay, it does somewhat make the experience a bit shorter. Secondly, the in-game graphics are not up to the usual Nintendo standard - the textures on objects like mountains and grass are usually bland, which can be very ugly to look at when close up. However, if you are a Pokemaniac, like to feed your Pokemon, watch them inter
          act, see Snorlax dance or smack Pikachu on the head with a pester ball - than this is a game to be considered. Score - 7/10.

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            11.08.2001 02:43
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            I love Pokémon but I was cautious of Pokémon snap, take pictures of Pokémon? Sounds a bit childish even for Pokémon but I took a look and what I saw pleased me. I saw a jungle, a Volcano and I saw Pokémon moving and living in this amazing environment! Pokémon Stadium was good but it was Snap that made the possibility of a 3D Pokémon a possibility. So I bought it but this game that I thought looked so cool has some BIG flaws. One only 63 Pokémon, at the time of Pokémon Snap’s release there was 151 Pokémon not 63 and so some of our favorites were missing. This helps contribute to its second problem, the games size. 4 hours it took me to snap all 63 Pokémon! Also the game has a set root, you can’t creep up on a Pokémon or hide in the bushes it’s like being on a train and you take pictures from the window. So with so many problems it is a definite no right? Its positive points out weigh Pokémon Snap’s problems heavily. OK the game is short but getting the 10,000 pointed Mew or the Pikachu on Articuno will take you much longer and that’s not all. Pokémon Snap is great fun with an amazing feeling of achievement! Knocking a chameleon into a pool of lava and out pops a Charizard and hit him with a pester ball to receive a fire blast, Throw 3 pester balls into a whirl pool and witness the lovely looking Dragonite! I won’t go on but there is hundreds of secrets packed away in the game! Can you get the Balloon Pikachu or the surfing one? Do you know how to get the best Poliwag picture or getting Psyduck to leap from the water? Getting those best pictures can be a bit hard but it you will the sense of achievement is high as your new Gyarados picture destroys your old one when you compare them! You can choose your best 4 and put them in the gallery and even place many of your favorites in the Pokémon album! How many can you evolve? The story has you helping good old Professor Oak who wants you to
            snap as many Pokémon as you can! Finding all the secrets is a challenge but a fun one and with the price of the game being under tenner it is well worth a purchase! Dringo

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            02.08.2001 22:49
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            Well i have found the perfect game for all those puff heads out there. This game is absolutly fantastic. For those who have not played it before you drive around in a cool moonbuggy type car and take photograph's of load's of Pokemon in different places hell you can even throw thing's at them to pee them off,great especially the one's that blow up in your face. There are load's of diiferent setting's and zones and you can always go back to old zones and try to improve the shot's you have already then take them to the professer and he'll mark them for you. The general aim of the game is to get the best pictures of all the Pokemon in the game and finish the proff's album. Sorry no blood and gut's in this but what an addictive yet simple game. So after a heavy night when you can't sleep let the little blighters make you smile and SNAP you got them. ENJOY a must for everyone who want's something easy and fun.

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              14.07.2001 20:54
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              My opinion: When I bought this game, I thought it was excellent. But with in a few months later it was in the pile of games that I never play with any more. This was because it gets boring just taking pictures. I think the producers could have made it more exciting by also making the object of the game different. This is what I think the object of the game should be like. By making it, not only do you have to take pictures of wild Pokemon, after you have tooken a picture of them in the wild, you had to capture them in your pok'e ball. I also think you should have been able to move freely to explore, instead of being stuck in that stupid-boring vehicle. Also I think you could have had pokemon at your side incase you were attacked and a wild pokemon put up a battle. I suppose though if this was all changed, then it would have to have a different title. Beside all this, this is a great game, as long as you stick playing at it for at least 6 times a week. Then you will grow to love it. The story line: There is not much of a story line to tell about this game but anyway. Professor Oak has hired you to go around Pokemon Island on your vehicle, taking picture of the pokemon in their natural habitat. This is for Professor Oak's Pokemon report. You will come across photo's of pokemon that say new ?. That means you have took a picture at a angle were he cant recognize it or the pokemon is in a egg, or hibernation. What the game has: There are 150 pokemon pictures to hand over to Professor Oak. Or maybe it could be 151! well that’s for you to find out. There are 9 main levels. Beach, Tunnel, Volcano, River, Cave, Valley and Rainbow. All of these have different types of Pokemon. To get to the next level, you will have to take as many pictures as possible of different pokemon. Or there will be a secret switch to hit, or Professor Oak will make you look out for special signposts or other thi
              ngs. Here are some descriptions of each level: Beach: There are many kinds of Pokemon on this level. Like grass, water Electric. The most common ones you see on this level are: Pikachu, Meowth, Pidgey. There are 2 rare ones. Lapras and Syther. Tunnel: The tunnel mainly has electric Pokemon like Pikachu, Electrode and Electabuzz. But it also has Digglet and Dugtrio. The rarest Pokemon on this level is, Zapdos. Which hatches from an egg if you play your flute and get a Pikachu to thunder shock it. Volcano: This place only has fire Pokemon and 1 odd Magikarp who jumps out a small pond on the volcano. The common pokemon you see are Rapadash, Vulpix, Magmar, Charmander, Charmeion. The rare Pokemon on this level are Growlith/Arcanine which can be found if you throw a pester ball into 3 bubbling Pools of fire, Charizard, which can only be found if you get close up to the Charmelion at the end and throw a pester ball, then it will knock the charmelion into the pool of lava, the a Charizard will come out. Finally, Moltres, An egg will be lying on the rails, all you have to do is hit it with a pester ball and it will fall into lava and a Moltres will appear. River: River has mostly water pokemon, but has a small amount of grass. There is no rare or common pokemon. There is just too big a selection. Like Magikarp, Bulbasaur, Poliwag and much, much more. A secret, hidden Pokemon is Polygon. Which can be found near the end of the level. It will be hard to spot but look for a little bit of the wall moving or a bit of tree moving. Cave: This has Pokemon like Muk, Grimer, Pikachu, Zubat etc. This has 1 special Pokemon to find, Articuno. You will fly over an egg. All you have to do is play the flute and chuck pester balls at it. Then Articuno will come out. Surrounding the egg will be 2 Jynx. Valley: This place has rock and ground pokemon like, Sandshrew, Sandslash, Geod
              ude, Gravler etc. This is an interesting place to find Pokemon. It will also have Squirtles. Rainbow: This is a secret level which can only be unlocked by taking pictures of hidden signs. You might not get what I’m telling you but Professor Oak will tell you in great detail. There is only 1 pokemon on this level MEW !. That’s right Mew. There is not much to this level but trying to get a good picture, because Mew moves around so fast. Graphics, fun factor etc: The graphics on this game are clear and smooth. The drawings are very much like the cartoon. This is only a 1 player game with only 1 file save space. Beside that this is an ok game. The sound is ok. By this I mean the noises the Pokemon make. Overall: Over all this is a fun game. This game would probably be suited for children who like Pokemon. This game is very addictive game at first, but then slowly wares away unless you keep at it. Over all this is a great game if you like Pokemon. Thank you for reading my opinion. I hope this has been Useful to you in some way. By the way. I have not told you all the pokemon, on all the levels. That’s for you to find out. By sean-kenny.

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                20.02.2001 18:28
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                Coming up with a very original game these days certainly proves very difficult and probably costly, which is probably why Sony only bother with mostly, (not all), sequels that really aren't that good, (raaah)! However, Nintendo, although being thrashed in the market by the aforementioned Sony machines, still keep churning out games on the plain of stunning innovation. Pokemon Snap is one of these games. Now follow me into a world of vicious monsters! The game itself is based on an episode of the Pokemon cartoon on sky one and very occasionally it seems, ITV. Coming from Japan, the cartoon is very quirky, just as the game is. The episode is called 'Pokemon Paparazzi', and features the lead character in the cartoon Ash Ketchum meeting a Pokemon Photographer called Todd. He is the leading character in this game. Pokemon, in case you are wondering are creatures that certain 'Pokemon Trainers' use to fight each other with, and also try and catch in the world of Pokemon. This idea that was first introduced to the world in Pokemon Red and Blue, which were Nintendo Gameboy games released in 1995 boasting 150 different monsters to try and catch. The idea of Pokemon Snap is to go off around the six worlds, with one secret world, taking pictures of the Pokemon that are al over the landscape. You move about on rails in the 'Zero One', a car much like the ones in Jurassic Park, so at least we know where the Nintendo bods got that idea from! This restricts you, so you really have to work hard to get a good picture. This is where the items you take with you come in handy. You are given Pester Balls, which apparently smell so bad that they flush hidden Pokemon out for an extra special shot. You are given apples, which you can lure Pokemon to certain things with, or feed them to make them really happy, or you can hit them with one to make them angry making them chase you, or if you are lucky make them fight another Pokemon, (hint hint).
                Taking a picture of this gets you quite a few points. There is also a flute that wakes Pokemon up or could even make them dance, which can be sickeningly cute. There is also a dash box, or if you like a Turbo injector for would be boy racers trying to snap extra fast Pokemon. However, when you get to the end of the course, (you're on rails not forgetting), you have to chose which photo's you want rated by the apparent expert, Professor Oak. His ratings can be infuriating as he slates a picture you think is lovely. This is because he gives you points regarding certain criteria. You can get points for taking a special picture like Surfing Pikachu, (the hideous little yellow mouse in the cartoon), which is quite difficult to get, so you will have to find that one out for yourself! Then there is pose. You won't get many points if the Pokemon is asleep or just sitting around. You have to make them dance or get angry, or if you are really cunning, make them use a special move. You are also marked on size of the Pokemon in the shot, this being the most infuriating, as you can be too close and too far away, making the error margin quite small. You are then given a multiplier if you get the Pokemon in the middle of the shot. If you match these criteria perfectly you may even put Sir David Attenbourough out of a job; (you have got a 1 in 5,000,000 chance at least)! This gives part of the lifespan of the game as you will keep coming back to better your scores. The control method is actually superb. Using the revolutionary Nintendo 64 pad, you can control the game brilliantly. Getting Pokemon in the middle of the frame is aided by the pin point accuracy of the analogue stick, and also the fact that a red dot appears in the middle of the sight if the Pokemon is in the middle of the frame. This of course makes it a lot less trial and error. This aimer also means you can aim what you are throwing, which is good as it does make it slightly easier to
                get that shot that you want. You may notice a little pattern emerging, in that everything is designed to make it easier. More on this later. Another great part of the game is the graphics the Nintendo 64 manages to produce for this game. The colours are clear and crisp, the animation on the Pokemon is superb, and there are loads of little touches that give a game it's identity, such as mountains that look like certain Pokemon. The scenery is also beautifully detailed. The levels, which range from on the beach, in a volcano, motoring down some river rapids and also the secret location which is home to the rarest Pokemon called...., are some of the best graphics displayed on this console. The only gripe I have here is that the menu's are actually very dour, which does actually mean that you don't fully take in what it says, therefore you may miss something important, like what time tea is, or something else.... So I have just managed to make the game look perfect, and now all is left to do is say thank you reading, and declare it to be the best game ever, right? Not so my Dooyooing chums. This game contains a number of major, and not so major flaws. The worst bit about the game for any self respecting Pokemon fan is that is that only around 62 of the Pokemon of the 150 in the game boy game appear in this game. This in itself seems to me to be fraudulent in the extreme! This cuts hours of the playing time, as it means the levels are also smaller, and so there is less to do to find all the Pokemon in the game. This is simply lazy programming by the Nintendo developers; I feel that there is a reason for this. The success of the Pokemon franchise means that new merchandise is brought out all the time, to part die-hard Pokemon fans from theirs or their parent’s cash. I feel this game has been rushed out to make sure that Nintendo's marketing strategy is co-ordinated that a piece of merchandise is not 'yesterday's new
                s'. This makes the game a cynical cash in on a franchise that is doing well, so is being thrashed for every penny it has left in it. Another problem is one that has plagued the Nintendo 64's existence. The games are aimed at a lower age group that has less money to spend than the spotty teenagers who are working hard in Macdonald’s, (not being overly patronising), so that they can buy Final Fantasy 87 on the PSOne or Playstation 2. This is not a crime in itself, as this will more that satisfy children probably from five to thirteen. However, for older gamers like myself, this is very easy, and could probably be completed at the minimum level in maybe four or five hours. This probably makes the game good for a rent, as though it is insufferably cute to the point of sickening, and is also the most outrageous cash in since the last Pokemon spin off, (ouch say the developers), it is still the most original game I may have ever played. This game is therefore a welcome addition to the market, as it creates a whole new genre, and as you get an original game that is half decent about once every millennium these days, this is a decent game. Anyone over thirteen will probably grow very tired of it in a very short time. Thanks for reading, and as usual, I will digest all your criticism. P.S I agonised over the rating. I would say 3.5, so I rounded up.

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                  21.01.2001 19:34
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                  This game, while being inventive, is the other side of easy, there is ceratinly no other game like it and everbody has different opinions as to wheter this is a good or a bad thing, personally I think this is a bad thing. It was a brilliant idea, bravo on Nintendo's part to come up with something this inventive, but they could have mad it far harder and more interesting, getting a wider audience, the problem was that it was pitched for very young gamers, say <7 which was Nintendo's big mistake, I believe they thought that only young people liked pokemon, but when I went to the league (and kicked the grand master's butt by the way) there were plenty of gamers that were 18+ and they were having as good a time as the 10 year olds. The main concept of the game is you play a character called todd (or whatever you want to call him, the default is todd) who is employed by professor oak to take pictures of the 51 different (and easy to find) pokemon, your are on a pretty much set course, and the only manouvering you can do is to turn to face different directions and move about half a metre from your predestined path. The other thing that I don't get about this game is why the pokemon don't attack you, you are in a great big, yellow flying thing wearing a pink and purple jumper, i mean if you were told you were going of a photographic trip to the serengheti and were told to blend in would you wear a pink and purple jumper? I completed the game in two days, all of it, and then it just got boring, all that was left to do was to try to beat my old scores, it is pointless. It is ok for younger kids, but the older pokemainiacs should steer clear and get Perfect Dark instead.

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                    29.12.2000 20:57

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                    General/Summary: An absolutely brilliant game for old and young Pokémaniacs alike. however, if you dislike Pokémon, then this obviously isn't for you! The only big shame is that all of the Pokémon aren't here, but it is a brilliant game nonetheless, they put in the best Pokémon. If you've always wanted to go on a safari, this is the next best thing! Gameplay: I found the gameplay to be very addictive right from the beginning. It was a bit dificult at first to learn how to control the Zero-One, but once you had learnt, it became a very compelling and interesting game! The gameplay was very good, and although there are only seven levels, there is still the challenge of getting a decent picture! Graphics: Some people may say that the graphics are blurry and/or blocky. Well, I have to disagree with them. I think that the graphics are very good, and help to enhance the already brilliant gameplay hosted in this game. Top stuff. Sound: Some of the best sound I've heard on a cartridge. An improvement from Pokémon Stadium (the Pokémon say their names instead of little sounds). I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the sounds, whereas, on Pokémon Stadium, also a BRILLIANT game, you ended up turning the commentator's voice off after a few battles. Brilliant!

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                    28.11.2000 21:40
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                    The Pokemon craze has been at epidemic proportions for a while now and with Christmas approaching the number of Pokemon toys around is becoming ridiculous...scary even. Scary that we are being asked to pay the proce that some of the companies are asking for their Pokemon related products. Pokemon Snap is one such product with an over inflated price tage. Coming in at around £40 in the UK you may argue that this is probably the typical price for a Nintendo game any way. However, the diffence is that when you buy a game for the Nintendo at £40 you expect quality and yet again in seeking to cash in on the craze, quality has been left out here. OK so it looks nice, and is very easy to pick up and play so that it suits the younger players, but it is also extremely easy. I guarantee that your child will have completed the game within a few days...couple of hours maybe in some cases. Basically the idea behind Snap is that you are commissioned by professor Oak to go out into the field and photograph Pokemon characters in their natural surroundings. You will be rewarded for capturing all on film, with greater rewards for capturing them in strange situations or using their powers. Sounds great actually doesn't it? The graphics are well drawn and cutesy and the sounmd effects sickeningly sweet as well...just the way the kids seem to like it. However, you do not have freedom of movement through the game but are instead on a cart being rode through the land of Pokemon on a set of rails. This makes the whole game very limited in my view and you soon get to know whats coming up and prepare to take that winning photo. Professior Ash grades them at the end which can be quite disheartening but not for long as you will be taking excellent shots in no time...and completing your photo album, followed by you tossing Snap aside for something else. Its not that Snap is a bad game. In fact it is great fun for a while, but that while is somewhat short lived. Fo
                    r £40 its really not worth the money and can certainly not be recommended to anyone but the most die-hard Pokemon fan. However, no doubt if this is what your kids want for Christmas then you will end up buying it anyway...just don't be surprised if it gets discarded after a day or two. *** Expect two more Pokemon games out next year as well(Pokemon Gold and Silver for the Gameboy) to make you dig even deeper into those already moth infested pockets ;o)

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                      28.11.2000 19:31

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                      I got this game with my N64. Great, I though, another Pokemon game to go with the rest of the hype. I sloted the game into my console and turned it on. The game started and I played it. With very easy to learn controlsI soon mastered the game and completed it. In two hours. TWO HOURS!!! It was fun though. The game kept my happy little mind amused for the whole time I played it and yes it wsa addictive too. It also served the purpose of keeping my sister amused and quiet for long enough. Being not very good at computer games it is often down to me to get her through all the hard bits on games...ie all of it. But with this game it was silence all the way. Blissful silence. One for the younger generation and even for the older ones if your looking for something to do. Not much longitivity though. Once you have snapped all the Pokemon in the game (63 I think) and captured pictures of the Pokesigns and got a good score the game dies. Also the music and sound effects got pathetic and annoying making me reach for the mute button on my TV quickly.

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                      Pokemon Snap cheats... The Secret Switch In oredr to do this trick you must be on the River stage. 1.Go threw the Metepod Tunnel 2.look on the right side . 3.Look for something goin up and down on the roks it is the same color 4.There will be 3 of them at the last one throw a pester ball at it 5.a Porygon will pop out and jump on a putten and tht is the end. You can also take a pic of porygon 2 Balloon Pikachu! To get balloon pikachu go in the Cave level and when you get up to the part where a Zubat is flying pikachu around the top of the cave shoot a pester ball and Pikachu will fall down then some balloons will attach to him and he'll float down!Snap him to get over 6000 points!! Freeze Pokemon (hint) This is hard to do but when you see a pokemon throw a pester ball right at it. The pokemon will be stunned for a while, so you can get right up to it an get a good picture Good Points with Pidgey After you see the pidgey at the begining of the Beach level,Turn around and face backwards and wait till they get really close and snap away! Get Pikachu on a Voltorb First go to the tunnel level and take a pic of Pikachu and he will move take another pic of him and he will move agean and wait and he will get on the Voltorb. Tons of Points With Pikachu! Go to the beach level and go to the point just before the meowth is chasing a pidgey (note you should start it as soon as you see the big bush) and shoot tons of pester balls at the bush and then a Scyther should pop out (if it didn't pop out before you get to the meowth restart) then 2 pikachus will pop out around the corner and start jumping on a post then play the pokeflute and they will start blasting heaps of Electricity shots.Then snap away!!! Note:Try to get the 2 pikacus in the picture to get more points. Note 2:Try to get
                      a close up shot!!!

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                      21.10.2000 23:34

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                      There have been many odd videogames since the inception of the home-console, but perhaps none so off-the-wall as Nintendo's Pokemon Snap for Nintendo 64. It is a game centered around Japanese phenomenon turn American pop culture -- Pikachu and gang -- Pocket Monsters (or Pokemon for short). And while this certainly isn't a weird concept in itself, the backbone supporting the game -- that of snapping photos of the crude Pocket Monsters that inhabit it -- is definitely a bit wacky. Pokemon Snap is, at its core, a game about snapping photos of Pocket Monsters in order to earn points -- and it's on rails. But through clever design, intuitive control, lots of traditional secrets and, of course, more than 100 Pokemon to snap pictures of and toy with, it's a game that is a lot of fun in spite of its seemingly simplistic design and nature. The Facts Snap pictures of your favorite Pocket Monsters in 3D environments. More than 100 Pokemon. Seven levels. Save 60 of your favorite photos to cartridge. Interact with Pokemon by throwing objects at them, playing songs, etc. Loads of hidden characters and secret signs. Create your own Pokemon album. Rumble Pak support.

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