Pokemon Leaf Green

a game by Nintendo
Genre: Action
Platform: GBA
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 6.7/10 - 56 votes
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Pokemon Leaf Green
Pokemon Leaf Green
Pokemon Leaf Green

By the time Pokémon LeafGreen was released on the Game Boy Advance in 2004, the series was really taking over the world. What is really cool about this is that it is a remake of the very first Pokémon game, which you probably remember as Pokémon Blue.

Back To Where It All Began!

The story of Pokémon LeafGreen may not win any awards for being original, but that is a bit unfair to say. By the time this game came out the Pokémon formula as far as the story goes was well and truly established. However, this is not a rehash when you think about it as this is the original Pokémon story that started it all. Professor Oak, Team Rocket, Kanto and all the things we came to love were all started right here and it is cool to see it in an updated format.

More To Do!

The core gameplay of Pokémon LeafGreen is exactly what you would expect. You play as a young child wanting to be the very best. What is cool here is that you can play as a male or female which is great as Pokémon is a game that was just as popular with the ladies. Once you select your starter (Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle) you are then off on your adventure to win badges, defeat your rival and prove you are the best Pokémon trainer in the land!

The game is like it was on the original Game Boy, but there are some welcome changes here. Pokémon LeafGreen is a game that has you doing a ton of walking which on the original Game Boy was rather slow, here though you can get running shoes! They also added extra moves for your Pokémon to do which was cool. Once you beat the story, you can go back into the world and truly try and catch them all!

Wow, Squirtle, You Look Great!

Ok, so the presentation of the game may not be as sharp as Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire which were released a year prior. However, to be fair this is a remake of a game that was nearly 10 years old at the time this was released! To be fair, I think that while not amazing, Pokémon LeafGreen is a nice-looking game and a big leap from how the game looked when it was first released on the original Game Boy.

Those who played the original version (Pokémon Blue) will probably be pretty blown away by the visuals, even if they have spent a lot of time with Ruby & Sapphire. Those who missed out on the Game Boy Pokémon games though may find the presentation a bit lacking compared to what they had already played.

I have played through Pokémon LeafGreen a few times (and FireRed) and found it to be a real blast from the past. They did a great job with this remake and improved pretty much every aspect of it. While they did not add a ton of new stuff here, I feel that the improvements that they have made certainly make this the best way to experience the original Pokémon.

8/10

Pros:

  • Is there a more iconic trio than Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur?
  • It is a great throwback to the original
  • I like the story even though it is basic
  • Lots of Pokémon to catch
  • The improvements that have been made do make the game better

Cons:

  • They maybe could have added a bit more flair to the presentation
  • Some may be shocked at how tough the AI in this game is

Download Pokemon Leaf Green

GBA

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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