Cons: Small percentage of Pokemon are represented in game
The Bottom Line: Great Pokemon game allowing you to be a photographer and has a decent amount of gameplay depth.
This is one of my favorite video games of all time. I love it mostly just because of the photography aspect, although I did also used to love it for the Pokemon aspect as well. In the game you go through different environments on Pokemon Island such as the Beach and River. As you go through the levels you try to take good photos of Pokemon. Each level has some very obvious Pokemon as well as some more hidden ones to discover, such as you need to use a pester ball to get a Scyther to come out of the bushes in the Beach level. At the end of the level you chose up to one photo per Pokemon you photographed that time through the level. Then the photos are judged for points by the Professor. He gives points based on things such as pose, size, and if the Pokemon is centered. You can also get bonus points for special poses, such as Surfing Pikachu, and when you photograph more than one of the same Pokemon in the same photo. There are different objectives to opening new levels as you play through the island such as hitting special switches and having a total photo score of a certain amount.
Overall I find this game to be a lot of fun. The controls are relatively easy to get a hang of, especially with the first time you go through the beach level it starts with a helpful tutorial. The graphics are pretty decent considering that this is a game for an old game system. The game has a decent amount of depth with about eight different levels to play through and a goal of photographing the 63 Pokemon to be found in the game. It does leave a little more to be desired because even when this came out there were already 150 Pokemon and so few are represented in the game. Anyways I still love to play this game after many years just because it is fun to be able to play a photography video game.
Although I miss traveling and battling I really did enjoye this game. Plus I like how this game was geared more for adults and teens who don't like Pokemon insteed of for kids who like Pokemon (Who might get bored of this game very easiely). Plus it's good, clean (No violence), and very fun and challenging! I highly recomend this game to everyone who don't like Pokemon and aren't under 13!
"Have you ever wanted to see Pikachu in its natural habitat? With the groundbreaking game Pok?mon Snap, you will capture lots Pok?mon found in the wild -- not with a Poke Ball but with a camera! Some shots are easy, like snapping Pikachu relaxing on the beach, but others are much more difficult, such as taking the picture of Pikachu riding on the back of a rare, flying Pok?mon! In Pok?mon Snap, you're on assignment from Professor Oak, the world-famous Pok?mon professor. He needs lots of photos taken on Pok?mon Island, where you'll cross six fascinating environments in search of all the Pok?mon you can find. Pidgey will soar over your shoulder on the Beach. Diglett will pop up in the Tunnel. A group of Charmander will run by in the Volcano. And that's only in the first three environments!"