|Pocket Monster II|
The game's title screen.
|Publisher||DVS Electronic Co.|
|Developer||DVS Electronic Co.|
|Console||Sega Mega Drive|
|Date||Unknown, probably 2001|
|Engine||Pocket Monster platformer engine|
|Sound engine||High Seas Havoc sound engine|
Pocket Monster II is a platform game for the Mega Drive, probably made by DVS Electronic Co., and the sequel to Pocket Monster, also by DVS. Unlike the first game, no SNES port has yet been discovered.
This game is a significant improvement over the original. The artwork and audio has improved since the first game, though the former is still mostly stolen from other games. The music is mostly remade from the Japanese Pokemon TV series, with songs including the original Japanese opening theme (Stage 1 and Stage 4) and the ending theme of the pilot. (Boss theme.)
Rather simply, you move with the control pad and jump with the 'C' button. Unlike in Pocket Monster, Pikachu cannot use a screen-wide electric attack. Instead, he can toss pokeballs with the 'B' button (when they are collected). They can kill enemies, but are rather useless thanks to their lacking range and the fact that you drop all of your pokeballs when you get hit.
This game is incredibly short overall, almost painfully so. It only contains four levels, with an end boss. However, the length of the game comes in punishing slightly careless actions with a very large amount of leaps of faith and overall blind jumps, in combination with the lack of checkpoints. This makes the game aggravating at times.
The four levels are also incredibly generic. They have no names, but their themes are the following: forest, canyon/valley, castle, and power plant. The only one of the four levels with a specific mechanic is the third, with a button-activated door.
As mentioned before, the game punishes any mistake you make. Falling down is almost a guarantee if you don't have the map completely memorized. However, the plentiful extra life pickups, which regenerate upon death, keep you from getting a Game Over too soon.
It's no surprise that this has more than a couple of glitches...
- Pikachu can only control the height of his jump while standing perfectly still, making it incredibly difficult to dodge certain enemies while progressing through the stage.
- On that same note, Pikachu can jump down from vertically moving platforms (moving up) if he jumps too low.
- The moving platforms can sometimes disappear if they are by the edge of the screen, due to objects being programmed to disappear if they scroll off screen.
- There's an odd glitch that causes random hits on pokemon due to iffy hit detection. This is common in other bootleg games.
- Using a certain variation of this glitch, you can defeat the final boss easily.
- Pikachu can jump again after jumping on a pokemon. (Also applies to whenever Pikachu is damaged)
- When a pokeball is tossed and on-screen, it moves as Pikachu does.
- Some music tracks from this game were reused in Fengkuang Dafuweng (aka Crazy Richman/Crazy Monopoly) by Vast Fame.
- The level graphics from level 2 seem to be taken from Mega Man X's (SNES) Sting Chameleon stage.
- The level graphics from level 4 are taken from Sparkster on the SNES and some of the enemies are taken from a variety of Megadrive games including Mega Bomberman and Magical Taruruuto-kun (the latter, fittingly, was developed by Game Freak, the creators of Pokemon.)