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Pokemon Snap

video game review video game review Video Game Review: Pokemon Snap Publisher: Nintendo
Category: Adventure, Pokemon
Platform: N64
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: July 1999

Overall Rating: 2 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
2 Stars out of 4

In Pokemon Snap, you ride a cart through a short safari ride, and you must take 60 pictures of every Pokemon you see. At the end of each level, the professor will score your photos based on size, pose, and number of Pokemon captured in the shot. You are also scored on whether or not the subject is centered. Photographers will detest this requirement. The most effective pictures are rarely centered for compositional reasons, but I guess the developers couldn't figure out a way for the computer to judge composition. Maybe they will for the sequel.

The game is very simple but surprisingly difficult. You can attract Pokemon with food as well as the music of the pokeflute, but of course, this doesn't work for all breeds of Pokemon.

For the sequel, I hope you can walk around and set up shots rather than be pressed against a time limit. This is such a creative idea that it begs for more creative execution and game play. Let us play, Nintendo! Let us take our time! Get rid of that damned mine cart or whatever!

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