Pokémon Sapphire is where the series would jump to after Nintendo and Game Freak were done with the Game Boy Color. This is the start of what is known as the Advanced Generation of Pokémon games and it started a trend that would carry on all the way to the Nintendo DS Pokémon games.
Once Again Catch Them All!
The region that Pokémon Sapphire is set in is called, Hoenn. It has a real “Japanese” style to it and I really like the design of the island and its surrounding area. The story here is not going to win any awards and if you know even the smallest bit of information about the world of Pokémon, you know what to expect here.
You start your journey picking one of three starter Pokémon. The ones this game allows you to pick from are, Torchic, Mudkip, and Treecko. Once you pick your starter, you set off on your journey to win badges, enter the Pokémon League and become the grand champion.
Two Pokémon Are Better Than One!
For me, the biggest addition to Pokémon Sapphire is the Double Battles. These are exactly what they sound like and that means you need to have two Pokémon fighting at the same time. I love this as it adds extra strategy to the game, you can even have Double Battles where there are two trainers, with each one controlling a separate Pokémon.
You Are A Special Pokémon
The Pokémon this time around feels more unique. Not just in their design, but they each have a very special ability that can have a dramatic effect on the way a battle can go. This may not sound like much, but it does add an extra element of strategy to the battles. Another way that this comes into play is via the Pokémon Contest. Here you are not just fighting, but you need to wow the judges and you do this by using as many special moves and abilities as you can.
What About The Presentation?
Hmm, I for one really like the look of the game, especially the setting. However, I must admit that really there is not a huge leap in terms of the overall graphics over what the game Boy Color Pokémon games offered. Now, of course, Pokémon Sapphire looks more detailed than Pokémon Gold. However, I do feel that the game could have looked even better than it does. The actual Pokémon, of course, look great, but I just wish they put a little more into making the game look way better than the generation that came before it.
The sound, on the other hand, is a huge improvement over the GBC Pokémon games. I love how there are some classic Pokémon tunes here, but it is the new soundtrack that I think fits your journey very well.
I really do like Pokémon Sapphire and think that it is a solid entry to the series. As part of the first generation of Pokémon games for the Game Boy Advance, I think that they did a really solid job with this and it set the series in the right direction for what was to come on the Game Boy Advance.
- I love the new region
- Some fun new Pokémon
- Double Battles are awesome
- Pokémon Contest is an interesting idea
- The game is a lot of fun to play
- Not much originality in the story
- Of all the Pokémon games, this one has my least favorite starters
Download Pokemon Sapphire
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP