Pokémon Snap is another game that I didn’t get to play much of as a kid. As a huge Pokémon fan, I was very excited when this game was released but for some reason I was never able to get a copy for myself. I was lucky enough to have played it a few times in friends houses and loved it, I think I also got a brief loan of it from a friend but never had a copy of my own. Back then the possibilities were endless as at the time I thought you could catch all 151 Pokémon and maybe even more according to the schoolyard rumors. Sadly this was not the case as (Spoiler Alert) you can only catch 63 Pokémon in total, why the developers didn’t decide to make it 64 to coincide with the Nintendo 64 is beyond me. Nevertheless, Pokémon Snap faded into time and I didn’t get the chance to experience it in all its glory.

One of the Pokémon Snap cover art variations.

Fast forward a few years and I am on the hunt for games from my past, with Pokémon Snap being one of the games on my list. I managed to pick up a copy on eBay for reasonably cheap but unfortunately when the game arrived it was in German. I tried to change the language to English but that was not an option so my German copy of Pokémon Snap unfortunately retired to the shelf.

Getting ready to Snap.

Another few years passed and I decided that enough was enough, I had to play through the game. I reached out to my glorious friends on Instagram to see if any German Speaking people who had an English copy would like to trade for my copy. Eventually I received a complete in box version of the game and most importantly it was in English. Now it was time for me to finish what I had started almost 17 years before and finally Snap’em all!

Going on an adventure around Pokémon Island.

I thought I would go about completing this game in an old school manor, without the help of any on line guides and just relying on my gaming skills and help from friends. At the beginning, all I knew was that there were 63 different types of Pokémon and that was it. As soon as I started playing and saw the Pidgey flying around in front of me on the beach, I knew I was going to love playing through this game. It didn’t take long for me to hit some snags however as I only managed to get to The Tunnel which is only the second stage, before I was stuck and didn’t know what to do next. Thankfully, with a little help from my friend who is a seasoned Snapper, I discovered that I had to make an Electrode explode to open up an alternate route to the next stage, the Volcano. I managed to snap my way through most of the game from then on without too many hiccups but I eventually his an impasse.  I had snapped a total of  52 Pokémon but could not figure out what to do or where to go next next. I’ll admit that I was tempted to use the magic of the Internets to lead the way but wanted to stay old school so once again called upon the expertise of friends. Eventually, after a lot of snapping and some help from friends, I made my way through all of the stages and finally after almost 17 years managed to snap’em all.

Pikachu and Electrode playing around.

After finally completing Pokémon Snap, I can officially place it in my top 10 favorite games of all time. I loved every aspect of the game from chatting to Professor Oak, the variety in each stage, the different Pokémon and all of the challenges you face along the way. Each stage has so much character and my favorite has to be The Beach. I really like the Pokémon featured in the beach stage and there’s so many chances to capture some interesting and entertaining photo’s. The points system in the game really hooked me in too as I was constantly trying to get a higher score by capturing Pokémon in different poses. If you could catch all 151 Pokémon then this game would be perfect! I’m quite surprised that there wasn’t a sequel featuring the other 88 Pokémon who didn’t make the cut… a man can dream.

The legendary Mew. If only my photo of Mew was this good, ha!

With so much variety and so many possibilities, Pokémon Snap is a game that I will be returning to time and time again. If you haven’t played Pokémon Snap yet then do yourself a favour, get your hands on a copy and go snap’em all!

Thank you for reading, happy snapping and as always, good luck on your journey along the road.


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