Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal
Pokémon Gold and Silver are a pair of role playing games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. During development, they were originally known as Pokémon 2: Gold and Silver. An enhanced version, Pokémon Crystal was later released.
Enhanced remakes of the games were released as Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver ten years after the original release.
Why It Rocks
- A whole new region to explore, named Johto, which based on Kansai, Japan.
- It has the biggest post-game content in any Pokémon game to date (not counting the remakes), as you can explore the Kanto region and obtain all the Gym Badges. Since the game takes place 3 years after Generation I, many elements of Kanto have changed.
- The game features a hundred new species of Pokémon, a big deal at the time.
- Improved graphics, including for the first time in the main series, fully colored graphics, both for the Pokémon "sprites" as well as the overworld, making it much more interesting to look at.
- In Pokémon Crystal, Pokémon have battle encounter animations, a first in the series. In fact, because there was 251 Pokémon at the time and every one of them had an animation, the game ended up pushing the Game Boy Color to it's limit.
- Shiny Pokémon are introduced, which are Pokémon with different coloring from the standard, they are extremely rare to find.
- There's a Gyarados that's 100% guaranteed to be Shiny found in-game, which informs the player of Shiny Pokémon's existence.
- A day and night cycle is introduced into the game which influences the Pokémon that can be caught in the games. Also, it determines whether Eevee evolves into Espeon, or Umbreon.
- Pokémon friendship is now applied to all Pokémon, and is now used to determine the power of the Frustration and Return moves, as well as allowing evolution by friendship. Friendship is gained by taking care of a Pokémon well, and is degraded by letting it faint or feeding it bitter items.
- Most Pokémon now have genders, which ties into the new ability to breed Pokémon together to get Pokémon eggs. If you put a compatible male and female in the Daycare center, they'll produce an egg that will hatch into a new Pokémon of the mother's species.
- You can trade Pokémon from Generation I into the Generation II games and vice versa.
- Lavender Town's music is changed so that it is now more cheerful than before, resolving the whiplash of emotions found in Generation I games.
- Separate pockets were introduced for the bag to hold a specific type of item.
- The final battle encounter is fought with Red, the original player character in Generation I.
- The Crystal Version is the first game in the series that allows you to play as a female character.
- There is a glitch that allows you to have all 3 Johto starter Pokémon
- While not as bugged as the first Generation of Pokémon games, the second generation of Pokémon games still have a lot of bugs and glitches in them, including multiple glitches that allow the execution of code the player has created.
- The Crystal Version is not playable on the Original Game Boy
- Whitney's gym battle is very unfair.
- Your bag has limited space still, though this is alleviated by the additional pockets in the bag now.
- You can't trade any Pokemon from this generation to Generation III.
- The cartridge's Backup Battery lasts shorter, compared to Generation I, meaning that there is a greater risk of losing the data, in a long term.
- Enemy trainers and Wild Pokémon in Johto are severly underleved, this makes level grinding take significantly longer.
- While revisiting Kanto makes for a solid post-game, the region itself feels rather empty with not much to do other than a brief quest, the Gym Leaders and Red.
- Most of the Pokemon in the wild grass are from Generation I meaning that it is hard to find new Pokemon in the tall grass. Even the best Generation II Pokemon such as Larvitar and Houndour may only be obtained post-game.
- When you have a trainer's phone number, they call any time.
- A lot of Pokémon has been cut during the development.
- The Crystal Version isn't much different from Gold and Silver
- The real life Kanto and Kansai regions in Japan are neighbors just like the Johto and Kanto regions in the games.
- Pokémon Gold and Silver were originally meant to be the last games in the Pokémon franchise.