Reviewed by Mike Monopoli
Pokemon Snap was Nintendo's first effort to push the Pokemon franchise
to the N64. Despite Pokemon's popularity, this game really wasn't what
Nintendo claimed it was going to be in their reviews.
Graphics: 7 out of 10
The sound effects are fairly decent, like you would expect form any
Pokemon game. If a 'pester ball' is thrown, it makes a whistling sound.
The Pokemon themselves make the same noises as they do on the television
show, with Pikachu saying "Pikaaaa", etc. The music, on the other hand,
is rather basic. It is no more than a bunch of MIDI songs thrown in,
resembling the music from Super Mario 64.
Music and Sound: 9 out of 10
The Pokemon themselves were beautifully animated, not missing a
single detail. Each character had it's own movement, each flowing
smoothly, with bright colorful colors. The environment was a bit
basic though. Again, much resemblance of Mario 64 came about, with
the grass that looked like blocks, and the ground created with angular polygons.
Game Challenge: 3 out of 10
This is where Pokemon Snap really takes a dive. There is absolutely
no challenge what so ever in this game. When you end a level, you go
on the the next, regardless of how poorly you did. Even though this
game was directed for younger audiences, it was still to easy for
them. All the controls were was point and click, with the occasional
throwing of an object of playing of the pokeflute.
Game Play-Fun: 2 out of 10
No excitement what so ever in the game. There isn't any challenge,
even if you try to look for all 39 Pokemon, it still isn't as rewarding
as beating a game like Majora's Mask.
You will get bored of this game in a week tops
Replayability: 1 out of 10
Once you've beaten this game, it's done. You really won't get too
motivated to find all the Pokemon again, seeing as there are only 39,
and they all appear in the same place, the only thing I found fun in
replayability was to throw objects all the Pokemon.
Game Value: 5 out of 10
For a younger person, they may enjoy this game, but for anybody 8
and up, don't waste your time.
Overall: 3 out of 10
This game really was a failure by Nintendo to introduce Pokemon to the
Nintendo 64. Snap only featured 39 of the 151 Pokemon, and they were
all the generic ones you see everywhere else. This is not a game worth
getting unless you are a true Pokemon fanatic.