PokePark: Pikachu's Adventure
Next of Pokemon
I have to admit, when I received this game as a present, I thought I was too old for pokemon. I had my love for pokemon rekindled during this game. It was a big step from previous pokemon games, and was a contributer to the new pokemon x and y. It is a long game (just as all pokemon games are and I say this positively) but is beatable. It has a much different storyline than the traditional pokemon games (red and blue, diamond and pearl, etc.). There is no trainer, and the goal is not to get badges.There are new features such as being trained by other pokemon to learn new skills and being challenged through mini games by other pokemon. A step in the right direction for pokemon. Must get.
Good, but not worth the 50$
Personally, I thought this game was decent. Though it has amazing graphics, the gameplay is rather repetitive and tedious. I love the animation and the sound. Many of the pokemons voices made me laugh. They had very good sound effects and The zones are all very unique and fun to go through. But this game does not have lasting appeal, you can beat it in about 7-8 hours, but the tedious gameplay will probably have you playing for a little bit then putting it away for awhile. Most of the gameplay is skill games, (chasing pokemon, quick battles, the occasional quiz or podium hop) and gathering things for pokemon. The object of the game is basically to beat all attractions (not a spoiler you find this out in the tutorial) and they are basically mini games involving shaking the wii remote at the correct time, or fast enough, so on. Thats the basic gameplay of the game, nothing gets more difficult than that. I would say its a great game, but absolutely not worth the 50$ If you really want it, I would wait for the price to drop because you will soon find its not worth the 50$
Fun, Solid Adventure Worth Taking
I gotta admit it: I'm a HUGE pokemon fan. I've played all the core games, and even the side games, too. (Like ranger, mystery dungeon) Pikachu's Adventure falls under the side category. It has no RPG elements that we've come to expect from the game (well, except for the attacks power stats, I suppose), and has the pokemon talking. Plus, it features no trainers, and you don't even capture pokemon: you befriend them. This approach is good for this particular game, however, mainly because it keeps the action fresh. Here's a rundown of the different features of the game...
Gameplay: Nintendo eschews the normal choose-command turn based gameplay for something more action packed. You attack your opponents in real time, via the wii's different buttons. 1 has Pikachu dash into anything in his way, 2 has him jump, holding and letting go of the "a" button lets Pikachu let out a thundershock, and Pikachu eventually learns to use iron tail, which is used with a shake of the wii mote. Most of the buttons are logical, while others, such as thundershock, is somewhat clumsy. When your done fighting other pokemon, you can play skill games with them, such as catch (chase down the runner, and dash into them, which is really satisfying), the aforementioned battle, and help them find items such as berries, or other missing items. These are pretty fun, as well as the game's attractions in each world, with different challenges that involve racing, getting farther in a vine contest, surfing, flying, and more. Although the platforming can be difficult with its problematic camera, the whole gameplay is overall fun.
Graphics: The game benefits with its nice, clean 3D environments. You explore everything from forests, to icy areas, to the insides of a cave. The pokemon in them are a treat too, as there are lots to talk to, and there models are much better to look at than past 3D pokemon efforts. (specifically the old Gamecube games) Unfortunately, there isn't a lot variety in some of these stages, and the game as a whole can be a bit of an eyesore to look at, but this is still a step up from most other wii graphics.
Sound: While I appreciate the fact that pokemon actually speak in their pokemon language (Pikachu, for instance, does Pika peek) instead of the old, tiring electronic chirps, the music as a whole feels uninspired and short, which isn't the case in most core pokemon games. They just don't fit in with the mood of the stage its on. The only good track I can think of is the game's opening theme. The rest are disappointing.
Story: The story is incredibly simple. Mew needs you to find all of the Sky Prism pieces that were scattered around the Pokepark. To do that, you need to find all of the attraction leaders and beat them in their attractions in order to get them back. Obviously, very simple, but the dialogue that the Pokemon say, as well as the side story involving three main leaders, are interesting. Fair warning: Don't buy this expecting a grandiose story!
FINAL THOUGHTS: The games target audience, kids, will really enjoy this game, but I'd recommended getting this to a kid that can read. There is too much dialogue in this game, so much that you can't get through most of the game without reading it. It's also a shame that there's no multiplayer, which has been a staple of pokemon for years. But while there are numerous little flaws in this game, it's not enough top dismiss at all. The game has plenty of incentive to go back to, thanks to the, I believe, over 200 pokemon to interact with, the skill games and attractions are fun to play in, and just exploring the Pokepark, and talking to the often funny pokemon, is a treat. While the game may not be as big as, say, the upcoming Pokemon Black and White, or the core pokemon games in general, there's little reason to not befriend 'em all.
perfect game for the young Pokemon fan
My 8 year old, MEGA Pokemon fan son LOVES this game. Its all he wanted for Christmas. He has been his #1 game of choice for the past 2 months since he got it. He found it very easy to figure out on his own with minimal help from me for reading dialogue. He loved it so much my sister had to get my Niece the same game a week later. Even my youngest (6) and my oldest son (11) love it and play it often. I like the cute voices of the Pokemon and the strategy of game play. This game is a must have for any young Pokemon fan.
I hope this game is fun, adventurous, and not boring. I can only say I won't judge it before it comes out, but I do wish we could play with other Pokemon other than Pikachu. If there is another game coming out like this, there should be a variety (at least the basic 4 types) to choose from. Get more creative with the adventure games. Overall, I am anticipating it though. =)
It reminds me of The Pokemon Channel
this game kinda reminds me of Pokemon Channel from way back, which is not a bad thing at all. It acually looks like an improvment of it with a lot more you can do. If I save up enough money, this may be a game I'm definately consider getting for sure.
PokePark appeals to the kid in you... This is a more wholesome addition to the Pokemon series. Similar to the more good-natured selflessness shown in Pokemon Ranger games, you ARE a Pokemon and must befriend all the Pokemon in this pristine park before time runs out. It's simple enough for a child to catch on and enthralling enough for a teen or adult to play! The mini-games give lasting appeal and the dialogue and intentions are so innocent you just have to go "D'AWWWW!"... I thoroughly enjoyed this game and I hope you gift this game to your relatives or even yourself. It is an excellent game for parties, children who are familiar with the Wii, or for when you're just alone and bored. Making friends CAN save the world!
this game is gonna be a fun one! It's not gonna be challenging at all, but its gonna be something fun to relax and play. I'm stoked for the real time battling!
Perfect Pikachu Adventure Yet..
PokePark Wii may seem like a repetitive and tedious game at first glance but, no. It's perfect.
Pokepark Pikachu's Adventure
It looks so awesome. Can't wait for it to come out.