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Game Over?

Posted: July 24, 2011 in Pokéman, Pokemon

Once you beat all the gym leaders, once you’ve become the master and caught all of them, once you’ve defeated everyone, what’s next?

Pokémon has always seemed like a game that would never end. There’d always be that other Pokémon in that other version that you haven’t bought yet, or you don’t have a link cable or another Gameboy nearby for you to evolve your Graveller. You’d always be stuck on a particular patch of grass, knocking out the same wild Pokémon that will barely move your level 72 Charizard’s experience bar. But for me, I’m glad that the game tries its best to keep us always moving, always on uneven ground (and inadvertently spending all our cash buying newer versions), because it gives us a sense of something to look forward to, of something we think we want, but have no idea what it is.

All the countless times we’d meet Nurse Joy or any of her 12129831 cousins, we’d always heal our Pokémon whether it be to recover its health or restock its PP so that it can use hyper beam over and over again. It may seem quite repetitive (and hellishly sluggish, especially when you have 6 Pokémon in your party, and Nurse Joy takes forever to place each one in the healing machine, and fancy healing music has to play while your Pokéballs dance on it whilst you wait!) to heal our Pokémon, but we still keep coming back healing them even if we know that they’re bound to get hurt sometime in the future. Curious, isn’t it?

Pokémon is such a simple game, but it shows us more about life than most real-life experiences may provide us:

It shows the uncertainty of life: You wouldn’t know when a critical hit would occur that will end your winning streak to the Pokémon League. Ouch that’s gotta hurt.

It shows real-world vices: All game corners have that addicting slot machine game where you need to align the 3 Pokéballs, Number 7s, or Pikachu faces to win their respective amount of coins to get that Porygon, Eevee, etc. prize. But will you ever reach that at the rate you’re bleeding out coins? Best way is to work your way to the top, defeat the Elite 4, gain money, then just buy what you want with what you earned, rather than squander away with game corner coins you wouldn’t really deserve.

It shows the beauty of hope: The Magikarp, after enough beatings, will dragon rage its way around the world. The Clefairy, after enough metronomes that only do tail whip and focus energy, will finally land that fatal guillotine/horn drill/fissure attack. You’ll finally catch that Chansey lurking around that small patch of grass after 12093103910 hours of walking back and forth.

Pokémon is more than a game that will end. Heck, it never will. Its simple 8-bit Gameboy morals have been more than enough to etch a passion for faith, and for always striving for what’s out there, even if we don’t know what it may be just yet.

Pokémon is a glimpse of life through a miniature screen.

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Anyway.

There’s more to Pokémon that meets the regular perception of the closed-minded Pokéfan. Here’s a teaser trailer that I saw about Pokémon when it reaches the Apokélypse!

Keep walking guys. Catch that Shining Pikachu!

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Here’s some Poké-Trivia about the most hated Pokémon in the game, the Magikarp!

Magikarp Cry (taken from http://www.upokecenter.com)

Here’s some Pokédex information about it!

(taken from http://www.serebii.net):

Magikarp – Fish Pokémon

Height: 2’11”

Weight: 22.0 lbs

Red/Blue Version: In the distant past, it was somewhat stronger than the horribly weak descendants that exist today.

Ruby Version: Magikarp is a pathetic excuse for a Pokémon that is only capable of flopping and splashing. This behavior prompted scientists to undertake research into it.

Sapphire Version: Magikarp is virtually useless in battle as it can only splash around. As a result, it is considered to be weak. However, it is actually a very hardy Pokémon that can survive in any body of water no matter how polluted it is.

Emerald Version: Its swimming muscles are weak, so it is easily washed away by currents. In places where water pools, you can see many Magikarp deposited there by the flow.

Fire Red Version: It is virtually worthless in terms of both power and speed. It is the most weak and pathetic Pokémon in the world.

Leaf Green Version: In the distant past, it was somewhat stronger than the horribly weak descendants that exist today.

Black/White Version: A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.

Based on all the Pokédex information, Magikarp is practically useless and is just a waste of Pokémon party space in your gameboys, Pokémon decks, and your memories, too! But I beg to differ!

See, Magikarp is a symbol of delayed gratification! You work your way up, splash and tackle your way when in times of trouble, flail your way when your life’s at stake (or when you have 1 HP left), and go to loyal teammates and friends you rely on when things grow dim! What may be horrible now is only potential waiting to be awaken! Also, Magikarp evolves at level 20, and from there on, it has 80 levels for it to truly shine as bright as it can get. We can never let this lowly Pokémon away from our sight because it is a fish of its word: it is a carp of magic(k).

In real life, we are all like little magikarps swimming along the stream of route 1 to route infinity, just waiting for that right time to splash out of the waters of hopelessness and personal insecurities! We all have that inner strength to hyper beam and dragon rage every personal obstacle in our way! We just need a hell of a lot of patience, and of course, a handful of respect,

Here’s a video about the true meaning of patience, the humble Magikarp. (Video made by http://www.youtube.com/user/pugfarts)

 

 

Keep splashing, guys! 🙂

 

Pokéman, signing off.

Hey Pokéfans!

Seeing Caveman’s earlier post about the original 150 Pokémon made me reminisce about the times gone by, and especially about the first adventure we had within our own little world of our now-extinct Nintendo Gameboys. I thought that the old days would only be a memory, up until one day when I stumbled upon someone’s blog site where he made a very interesting mix of the challenging-yet-addicting Tower Defense Genre with, you guessed it, the Pokémon storyline!

Yeap, you heard that right! For all those people who like flash defense games, and for all you Pokéfans and Pokémon Master Hopefuls, here’s one way to bring back the memories of THE game of the decade (and hopefully for the century), Pokémon Tower Defense!

Lemme share with you guys some of the awesome features of the game!

So the game is made through Flash software, and it requires the latest Flash version available (from what I know). But anyway, the game loads, and the first thing is you see is this Main Menu where you could opt to edit the gameplay and sound effect options, send some feedback to the maker of the game (he replies really fast, I tried.), and this is also the page where you can begin your Pokémon Tower Defense adventure!

 

The game allows you to save 3 profiles at any given time, and what’s cool about this is that it follows the Gameboy franchise wherein it makes you choose which version you would pick, whether it be Red or Blue! Each version also showcases the same exclusive Pokémon such as Growlithe and Oddish for the Red Version, and Vulpix and Bellsprout for the Blue Version!

Plus! In case you’re wondering if your save file can be played in different computers, the answer is Yes! PTD allows you to save your profiles and all game data online, and it also lets you import them to whatever computer you’re using as long as you have a Flash Player and internet connection!


So when you choose your profile, you then have the choice to begin your story mode, play a challenge, trade with friends, buy items (but you won’t have money yet), go on Mystery Gift to unlock codes and win prizes, and when you finish a particular mission, you get a Pokédex too that shows you which Pokémon you’ve already caught!

 

Once you click Story Mode, you then have to choose your starter Pokémon: The walking onion, Bulbasaur, the squirting turtle, Squirtle, or the dragon-to-be, Charmander! You’ll then be able to fight, weaken, and catch Pokémon that your Pokémon Towers damage! Take note that you can only catch Pokémon when their health is at the Red bar! But anyway, when you catch enough Pokémon, your PC Storage becomes quite big, as seen in the picture above! (Oh, currently, the maker of the game has set a level cap of 40 because he’s still in the process of creating the following storylines and synchronizing every Pokémon move learned by every Pokémon in each of their particular levels based on the Pokémon Black and White movetree.

 

The game also showcases a handful of cutscenes before each mission taken, wherein you can see the same Pokémon Sprites and Buildings as seen in the actual Gameboy Game! Now how cool is that??


You also get the chance to see and even battle legendary Pokémon! This stage shows my party of Pokémon battling the massive Kyogre from the Ruby Sapphire Version! Don’t worry, for those who still prefer the Original 150 Pokémon over any other version, this is the only stage (so far) that incorporates any Pokémon past the 151 mark (yeap, 151. Mew’s out there somewhere. Haha!)

 

The game also has the ever mysterious Mystery Gift!!! Each week, the maker of the game gives out riddles and puzzles for you to unlock certain Pokémon that you can use in the game itself! The riddles get very tricky, but the hassle becomes really worth it when you win Pokémon before other people get to unlock the Mystery Gift challenges! 😉

 

Yes, evolutions happen just like in the real game! Charmeleon evolves at level 36, Staryu evolves when given a Water Stone, so on and so forth! You can even cancel their evolutions so that they can learn moves sooner! However you also run the risk of not having stronger Pokémon Towers! The choice is yours!

 

And at the end of the day, after you have it unlocked, you can open your very own Pokédex  to check on which Pokémon you’ve already discovered, whether they be normal or Shiny (YES, they have Shiny Pokémon! Each Shiny has a .01 chance of being spotted in the wild! So get your eyes Pokéballs ready for ’em!)

 

Pokémon Tower Defense brings back the inner child in me, and shows me that Pokémon is still evolving, not just in the usual consoles, but also in all sorts of gaming media such as Flash!

Do check the game out, and start on your own Pokémon Journey, all over again! Click the link below and let’s catch ’em all over again! 😀

 

http://samdangames.blogspot.com/p/play-ptd_03.html

 

P.S. The game is still in its Alpha stages, so expect it to get even more exciting as the updates come every weekend! Keep your refresh buttons on standby, coz this game’s an upcoming hit in the flash game/tower defense community! 🙂

This is Pokéman, signing off!