Pokemon Red Version

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Pokemon Red Version
Pokemon Red Version
Pokemon Red Version
Pokemon Red Version

Pokemon Red Version is the classic iteration of the massively popular game franchise, introducing players to a wonderful, fantastical world. As a newbie trainer who leaves their hometown on an epic adventure, you must catch and battle with a team of fantasy creatures known as Pokemon. As you train your collected creatures in combat, you'll increase their strength, becoming a more respected trainer every step of the way. Your ultimate goal is to become the supreme Pokemon Champion by defeating several powerful trainers across the region, while simultaneously capturing every unique Pokemon you find. With a bevy of combat options, lovable characters, and a timeless tale of adventure, Pokemon Red Version is easily one of the best games ever made.

Main Game Features

  • Turn-based combat and open-world exploration
  • Over 150 Pokemon to discover and catch
  • Dozens of hours of lighthearted fun


The adventure in Pokemon Red Version kicks off in Pallet Town, a small but comfy village and the hometown of the main character. Set in a fictionalized version of the Kanto region of Japan, children and adults alike obsess over Pokemon, battling them in vicious competitive fights. After meeting the wise Professor Oak and his mischievous grandson Gary, you are rewarded with your first Pokemon, and sent on a sprawling adventure to become the Pokemon Champion. In order to gain the honorary title, you must travel across Kanto, visiting all the major cities and defeating their best Pokemon trainers. Along the way, you'll meet a wide cast of characters, providing you with better items and helpful tips. Although the story is told entirely through text boxes and rudimentary cutscenes, it's a narrative that's full of life and adventure, sucking you into its magical world.


The core gameplay concept in Pokemon Red Version revolves around finding, capturing, and battling your own team of Pokemon. At the start of the game, you can earn one of three unique Pokemon from Professor Oak, including Bulbasaur, Squirtle, or Charmander. Each Pokemon has an inherent elemental trait, with Charmander representing fire, Squirtle representing water, and so on. Certain elemental types are more effective against other elemental types, so you'll have to experiment to find out what works best. As you explore the Kanto region, you'll encounter both wild Pokemon to battle as well as Pokemon trainers, pitting you against each other in turn-based battles. You can have up to six Pokemon on your team at once, so it's best to compile a mix of different elemental types. Each Pokemon also has a unique set of moves, making them best suited for different combat roles.

Your overall objective is to visit the eight main cities of the Kanto region and defeat the powerful Pokemon trainers known as Gym Leaders. Each Gym Leader uses a team of Pokemon based on one elemental type, so you'll have to adjust your team for each battle. Once you defeat all eight Gym Leaders, you must challenge the Elite Four, comprised of four of the best Pokemon trainers in the land. At an extra challenge, you can also attempt to become the Pokemon Master by completing your Pokedex, which requires you to capture all 151 Pokemon. Some Pokemon are legendary in status, requiring you to hunt them down and complete side-missions.


While Pokemon Red Version might seem basic in design, the battle system is incredibly intuitive and the world is fun to explore, making it an excellent RPG for newcomers and experts alike. The relaxed pace of the game makes it easy to spend hours exploring and finding new Pokemon, leveling them up through battle and discovery.


There are tons of secrets to find, characters to meet, and items to gather, resulting in an awesome quest of whimsical fun. Whether you've played a Pokemon game in the past or are completely new to the franchise, Pokemon Red Version is an excellent place to start.


  • Each Pokemon is unique and interesting
  • Fantastic feeling of progression
  • Memorable characters and locations


  • Limited color palette
  • Lack of tutorials

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System requirements:

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

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