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Crystal Clear: The Open-World Pokemon We Could Have Had

Okay, so I when I found this gem, I fell in love. It was a great experience and awesome concept that came 15+ years later. This romhack has a lot of past concepts that were developed over time. If you ever wanted a modern Pokemon experience in the classic games, like I developed a taste for, this is a game for you. The open-world aspect is what really piqued my interest.

Pokemon With an Open World?

The Almighty Pig Screen

The Almighty Pig Screen

The main feature of this romhack is the open-world’d aspect of the game and the pig memes. You can literally start with any gym you want to! You can go to any town you want to visit, all the trees and boulders and Snorlax’s blocking you way are gone. This part of it is possible by scaling the trainers and gym leaders (levels) based on your badge count. Mind you the Pokemon in the wild won’t scale for you.

Some avid Pokemon fans may now be asking, “but HMs, you still need badges for those, right?” Yes and no, badges, don’t limit out of battle use. When you get an HM, you can use it right out of the bag. Yes, you who got that level 2 Pidgey in route 2 in Kanto. (Yes, you get to choose your starting region.) There are a host of extras that you can discover in this game when you get the HMs. They did make it so you can get all the Pokemon in it, too, without the need for trading.  Which means you can get all 251 Pokemon.

Because of the nature of the hack, they had to add in incentives to make progress. You can get all the TMs as well, availability scales with the badge count. Exploration and items are another factor, you get a lot of extras that come from having to open up the world. Any cut areas have extra items or areas. They addressed travel issues so you can actually go everywhere, there are added ships and free train rides. At this point you may be wondering how they are able to be open world when gen 2 had a lot of story elements that blocked progression. They normalized the world by putting it one year after the events in the base games and they changed a few story lines.

Brock-Grinding

Brock-Grinding

So one thing that will change your game completely is the ability to re-challenge the gyms. Your grinding will be done at gyms, because each time you go to start the challenge up, your Pokemon also get a heal up. I have footage on Brock-grinding on my past streams. Not only is it a great way to get exp, but that is also infinite money, and that means you can buy Master Balls, because those are game corner prizes! You are also gonna see some BitBuilt community members pop up in the game as well, because who doesn’t like a shout-out in their favorite games?

This room though

This room though

 

Another feature you see are smaller and aesthetic. If you have ever gone to the Pokemon Center and talked to the Nurse twice because you are smashing A, then you get turned around instead of saying hi again. You also have a good choice of music to change and listen to. The music alone gives me excited nerdgasms. If you ever played Tetris on the Gameboy and loved the music, you are in for a treat, I could grind that out all day. I already mentioned Pokegear and Bag colors, didn’t I, and sprite colors?

Conclusion

The greatest battle music in battle

The greatest battle music in battle

CHECK THIS OUT! The only three words you need from me. This is a gem that goes right next to the other awesome romhacks I have come across. I may decide to write on those as well, but if you are a classic Pokefan and loved the classic games, then you might enjoy this one. They worked really hard to keep faithful to the game while adding some quality features. It is an awesome open world in a game that really deserved it. SS already knows this, but my highest props for doing a great job.’

 

P.S. Here’s that battle music!

And a link to the community!

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