Rainbow Rocket Grunt
- Join Date
- Dec 30, 2018
- Time Zone
Welcome to this casual playthrough of the (fairly) recently completed Solar Light and Lunar Dark. Apparently these games had been in development for around three years, but they got completed a couple of months ago. The first release still had a couple of bugs here and there, so I waited for those to get fixed before playing through this game!
This hack features a very extensive dex of around 350 Fakemon with some very cute, cool and creative designs. Usually I am not a fan of Pokemon hacks/games featuring non-canon creatures, but the designs in this particular game just really spoke to me.
Without further ado, let's get into it!
As we boot up the game, we are greeted by Prof. Pinewood of the Rikoto Region who bears some similarities to a certain professor from Sinnoh...
Immediately we are introduced to one of the new creatures in this game. As you can tell, the designs are really well made and this one in particular is amongst my favorites because it is just so darn cute.
I'm not a huge fan of how the female trainer looks in these games, but it feels weird playing as a boy so I just rolled with it. She does look a lot better in the overworld and on the Trainer Card at least.
As with most Pokemon games, you start out in your room. There you are introduced to your childhood friend and soon-to-be rival Rodney. Both of you applied to become Pokemon trainers and are eagerly awaiting a response. One thing I really like about these games is the little character portraits they provide whenever you talk to someone.
Once Rodney rushes back to his own home, you can go downstairs and receive the Running Shoes from your mom. In the options you can select whether you want to hold down a button to run or have it be a toggle option like in HGSS. I chose the latter because it's so much more convenient and a feature I wish they kept in later generations.
This is what the starting Town looks like. Overall, really solid graphics and I'm enjoying the color palette and relaxing feel of the region.
Talking to Rodney in this room triggers the next event. He finds out he passed the application and urges you to hurry back home and check your emails.
Of course, you pass the application as well which allows you to head over to the Pokemon Lab and pick up your starter Pokemon.
In front of the Labratory, you run into a girl named Keira who lives just past route 1. She also got accepted as a Pokemon trainer and came over to pick up her starter.
Finally it is time to pick a starter Pokemon! You even get first pick!
Three solid designs, but the Grass type definitely appeals to me the least. Especially since its whole line seems kind of like a Turtwig line rip-off. The fire type may seem like a Litten copy, but I am pretty sure these games started their development before gen 7 was even released so they did it first. The Water type is kind of cute as well, but I am too much of a crazy cat lady to pass up on Purrlit.
I decided to name him Toulouse after the little ginger kitten from The Aristocats!
Rodney and Keira end up picking the Water and Grass type respectively, giving you either an advantage or disadvantage against them.
From the looks of it, Toulouse will be a fast and hard-hitting special attacker. He does not have a STAB move yet, but that means your rival most likely won't have anything to hit you for super effective damage either in the upcoming rival fight.
Speaking of rival battles, Rodney challenges you to one right away after leaving the Lab.
...And we are already getting beat up. The opposing Salatad is definitely more defensive than we are. Thankfully, I have the Potion from the PC.
After healing up we can easily take him out and gain a level from it. Getting a STAB move (and a special move) so early on is really nice for training as well.
Once Rodney leaves to pack his things, Prof. Pinewood runs up to you. He forgot to pick up the parcel containing everyone's Pokedex at the Mart in Mossy Town and asks you to go pick it up for him.
We don't have Poke Balls yet, but let's see what kind of Pokemon are available on Route 1!
Not a huge fan of Budcheep (who is blue instead of pink for males) but I'm loving both Hamstar and Elecritter's design. I will definitely be adding the latter to my team since having an Electric type will be very useful against Rodney's Water type starter.
I did a bit of leveling on the wild Pokemon on my way here, but we've made it to Mossy Town! Seems like someone is already waiting for us in front of the Pokemon Center.
First of all ー This guy is creepy. Secondly, the standard tutorial phase isn't completely useless for once because the game does add a new element with the Quest Floor. Right now there aren't any trainers yet but I'll be sure to check back later!
We got the package, time to deliver it to the Professor!
Seems like we aren't free from errands just yet. After delivering the package to the Professor, we also have to bring a Pokedex to both Rodney and Keira.
We also finally get some Poke Balls to add a few new members to the team. I already know which ones I want from route 1!
Rodney lives very closeby so that is taken care of already. To deliver the Pokedex to Keira, we will have to go through route 1 once more towards Mossy City. However, I think this is a pretty good spot to leave things off for now. Next time, I'll be catching a few Pokemon and hopefully progress with the story a little as well.
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