Welcome to the world of Pokémon, one filled with wild Pokémon and the people who attempt to tame them. You are Ash
Ketchum, a boy on a quest to become the best Pokémon trainer in the world. Professor Oak, the leading authority on
Pokémon, has given you your choice of three tame Pokémon in exchange for your helping him catalog and document every
Pokémon in the world.
But to catalog a Pokémon, you have to capture it, by first beating it up with one of your trained Pokémon, and then
hitting it with an empty Poké Ball. As your tame Pokémon gain experience in battle, their abilities improve and they
earn access to new attacks. Sometimes they even evolve into more advanced Pokémon.
Aside from capturing wild Pokémon and evolving your own, you can catalog new Pokémon--the only way to gather some
Pokémon--by trading with another Pokémon player using either a link cable or the Game Boy Color's infrared system.
Pokémon gained through trades learn and evolve faster, and trading is the only way to capture all 151 Pokémon, since
each Pokémon game (Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, andPokémon Yellow) has certain Pokémon missing. So if you own Red and want
to have a complete set of Pokémon, you must find a friendly Blue or Yellow owner and arrange a trade.
Pokémon Red is packed with interesting characters, an ingenious story hook, intriguing strategy, and of course plenty
of cute Pokemon, and it's easy to see how it started the Pokémania that is sweeping the world. --Michael Fehlauer
* Gameplay and strategy that are fun for all ages
* Fantastic replay value
* Brilliant game design encourages players to meet and trade
Cons: * Hours of looking at the Game Boy's little screen may hurt neck
* Only 1 saved game per cartridge--2 people can't share a single game
* No difference between Red and Blue except for distribution of Pokémon