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Haven Review: Pokemon Gold and Silver

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Greetings trawler and welcome to the magical word of Pokemon, a place of untold mystery filled to the brim with mighty beasts, fluffy critters, a bucket load of weird things and a fair share of Eldrtich abominations wanting to feast on your soul. In this lovely pastel-colored world, children as young as ten are sent out to become a Pokemon trainer; someone who can wield the mighty powers each Pokemon contains. However I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s mostly children who did badly on their aptitude tests that have to travel across the land. This might also explain why fishermen with only “Magicarps” are in the party. In other words, these poor uneducated buggers throw fish at you…weak aquatic creatures that flop around on the ground.

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A move that involves only flopping and Splashing around in front of the opponent. It has no effect. Image found on Google.

As Pokemom participate in vicious fights against other monsters, they will eventually become stronger and “evolve” into a bigger and much more vicious version, though the process should be called a metamorphosis. After all I was taught that evolution was something that happened over a very long time through generations. But I’ll crack that up the likelihood that the local scientist in town could quite possibly be bonkers with no formal education. So I’ll stick to the term “evolution”.

The most common way to proceed through the game is via combat, though some rare exceptions occur. Either through elemental rocks or when night sets, some evolve through trading with other trainers, and a selective few by holding an item while being traded. These also seem to grow strong faster, as well. A new trend that recently occurred a well, is the ability to breed Pokemon by putting two of the same gender at the ever-friendly Caretaker’s place. Eventually they lay an egg that will hatch into baby, and if its nature is right will get a little stronger than the rest, by fighting certain Pokemon. Rumor has it that a Pokemon with different color might just appear…and it’s ultra rare! On my journey I got some new tools, as well. This includes a snazzy phone with a map function, though I’m not sure why these deadbeat trainers I fought on the way want to have my number. It’s not like the eventual rematch will be any less one-sided.

Fact of Pokemon life.
Fact of Pokemon life.

Unless you’ve lived under a rock for several decades or in The Congo, you have probably heard of or seen a Pokemon product. Whether this is a good thing or not is for you to decide. My first encounter was the pesky Trading Card Game (TCG), which almost no one played (yet everyone and their mother had a card or ten). I was clearly a target demographic when Nintendo launched its nefarious plot to make money off funky critters that fought each other in an arena…essentially a combination of cock fighting and match of rock-paper-scissors.

The old and the new version.
The old and the new version.

The first in the series I actually played through was Pokemon Gold, the sequel to Red and Blue, which added more of everything; new monsters, new locations and a lot of post-game content. The formula mostly follows the idea of fighting eight gym leaders, then challenge the elite four and lastly the champion. As part of the post-game content, there were eight more gym leaders to beat and to have a climatic battle against. Red was the champion from the previous game.

Slightly upgraded graphics.
Slightly upgraded graphics.

Eventually Gold and Silver got a remake named Soul Silver and Hearth Gold, which included a lot of the new elements introduced in later games. This includes Pokemon that need a certain level of happiness to evolve. Aside from better graphics and the addition of some mechanics the game includes a pedometer, a device that counts the number of steps the user has taken during a walk. It is also possible to transfer a Pokemon into the device to level it up while walking, and trade a random item with another person who also has such a device.

The main series is formulaic as all hell and is an example of how to make a highly addictive, turn-based role playing game correctly.

Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

While you’re at it, check out this Pokemon fancomic.
http://pokeventuras.smackjeeves.com/

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Retro Game Crunch

First up is our disclaimer.  We got this game because we wanted to review it, and as such
all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.maxresdefaultfghhj

Retro Game Crunch is a compilation of games seven in total that are themed from the retro era of gaming. Like on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) a breakdown of each game.game-0@2x

*Super Clew Land: A game where you play as a evolving monster who loves to eat things and needs to collect gems scattered throughout the level with a quick save feature if you die and trust me you will die a lot.

*End of Line: You are a robot in a world with no more humans who only wants to die but he cannot as other robots will repair you. So to win you must find a way to not only stop the other robots but also commit suicide.

*GAIAttack: You take the role of a cute little creature who has to stop pirates and other creatures in single player mode or co-op mode with your friends.retro-game-crunch-3

*Paradox Lost: You are a pilot named Abby who can travel tru dimensions and rescue prisoners taken captive it is up to you to save everyone and stop the evil doing this.

*Wub-Wub Wescue: You are a dog named Wub-Wub and you got to navigate the jungle that beats to a rhythm to save your master. Because you Wub-wub wuve him but in all honestly despite this game being cute in name it is incredibly hard for a retro age platform game.

*Brains & Hearts: I hated this game, its a card game where you play against Einstein or a robot and simply put its irritating as all hell and I swear the AI cheats. Go play some more Wub-Wub is my recommendation.

*Shūten: Ninja’s those guys never go out of style even more so in retro games. You take the role of a Ninja who can upgrade his weapons and pick up new ones during stages and throw them around like its a bullet hell game. Seriously, its a lot of fun and this game alone is one I played for quite a few hours.

I recommend checking out Retro game crunch not because I am a fan of Retro games but because. All of them minus Brains and Hearts is incredibly enjoyable and fun to play.

-Daniel Clatworthy-