Pokemon Crystal World Review
So far this year in the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, I've already reviewed a few official Pokemon titles. Today, I'm going to be doing something a little different. I'm going to be reviewing a hack that I still consider one of the hardest Pokemon hacks of all time: Pokemon Crystal World. It was created by Miksy91, and today, I'm going to go ahead and review it.Graphics: 6/10
For the most part, this hack's visuals are the same as Pokemon Crystal. However, a few areas do look very different, such as the Violet City Gym, which now has an ice maze that you have to figure out before you can battle Falkner. Some other weird changes were made as well, such as your rival facing the opposite direction of Professor Elm's lab, which is now towards the bottom of New Bark Town, instead of being towards the exit. In addition, if you leave Ecruteak City through the gate you would use to go to route 38, you'll enter a glitch world that you cannot exit from. These changes make no sense, and show how much better each area in the game looks in Pokemon Crystal than in Pokemon Crystal World. Overall, there's too much weird stuff going on with the visuals, so instead of giving the graphics a 10 like I would've given to Pokemon Crystal, I'm giving the graphics in this game a 6.Sound: 10/10
Thankfully unlike the graphics, the music in Pokemon Crystal World is unchanged from the masterpiece that is Pokemon Crystal. You still get to listen to all the wonderful classics such as the champion theme, both the Kanto and Johto Gym Leader themes, and every other track from the GBC classic. There's nothing more I can say about the sound, except that I'm giving this category a 10.
Pokemon Crystal World has as much replayability as any of the mainstream gen 2 Pokemon games. There are still the 251 Pokemon from the first 2 gens to catch, there's still the same amount of gyms to beat as in G/S/C. Most importantly of all though is that Pokemon Crystal World provides a significantly higher amount of difficulty than all the mainstream Pokemon games put together. For veterans of the series who want to play a super challenging and addicting Pokemon hack, Pokemon Crystal World is the game for you. Overall, Pokemon Crystal World is definitely addicting enough for me to give the addictiveness a 9.Story: 8/10
The story in this game is the same as in Pokemon Crystal, so I'm going to keep this brief. You're a 10 year old kid who goes on a Pokemon journey to capture many different types of Pokemon, battle gym leaders, take on the Pokemon League, and eventually, take on the greatest trainer of all, Red. Along the way, you have encounters with a rival who stole a Pokemon from Professor Elm's lab, as well as Team Rocket, who has come out of hiding to take over the Johto region. As well as trying to become the greatest Pokemon trainer, taking down Team Rocket like Red did 2 years prior is a top priority. Overall, the story in this game's good enough for me to give it an 8.Depth: 10/10
In Pokemon Crystal World, you get to explore 2 regions: the Johto and Kanto regions, you get to battle a grand total of 16 gym leaders, the elite 4, the champion, and eventually battle Red. You get to catch the Pokemon from the first 2 gens, so there's a huge amount of content in this hack, similar to Pokemon Crystal. Overall, there's more than enough content here for me to give the depth category a 10.Difficulty: 10/10
This is the category that separates Pokemon Crystal World from the mainstream classic it was hacked from. The toughness of every trainer in the game has been dramatically increased, which is most noticeable in the gym battles. Starting with Falkner, you'll see just how insanely tough Pokemon Crystal World truly is when he uses a level 14 Aerodactyl and level 16 Skarmory. From there, things just get tougher when the 2nd gym leader in the game has an Entei on his team, and each gym leaders Pokemon levels gradually get more and more insane. By the time you reach Kanto, you'll start seeing Pokemon who's levels are higher than 100. If this doesn't show you how crazy the difficulty in Pokemon Crystal World is, I don't know what will. I've never played a harder Pokemon hack than this one, so I'm definitely giving this category a 10.Overall Score: 9/10
While Pokemon Crystal World has an insanely high difficulty level, I still highly recommend to those of you who want to take on a massive challenge. There isn't much else that's changed from Pokemon Crystal, other than some areas looking different and some characters being found in strange places. Overall, I'm giving Pokemon Crystal World a 9 out of 10.