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Pokémon Ruby
Pokémon Ruby (Vast Fame) - Title screen.png
Chinese Release's title screen.
Hack of Digimon Pocket (Shuma Baolong Koudai Ban)
Publisher Vast Fame (Likely)
Developer Vast Fame (Likely)
Console Game Boy Color
Date 2002(?)
Engine Digimon 3 : Crystal Version / Digital Monsters 3
Alternate names/hacks Pocket Monster Ruby
Pokémon Saint Alexandrite
Pokémon King of Crystal Tower
數碼精靈 綠寶石
Digimon Emerald

Pokémon Ruby (口袋怪獸 聖變石 in Chinese regions, 寵物小精靈 結晶塔之王 in Taiwanese regions) also known as Pocket Monster Ruby and Pokémon Pikecho, is a bootleg game for the Game Boy Color likely released around 2002, possibly 2003. Its title is taken from the then-recent Game Boy Advance game of the same name. One version of Digimon Pocket was probably released around 2001.

Overview[]

The game puts you in control of Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) (though not explicitly stated as being him) and has you traveling to each town and defeating its leader, much like in the traditional Pokémon games. Interestingly there are no wild battles or experience points, instead you start off with a full team of six of early form monsters and collect rubies to evolve them into a higher form. Also worth noting is that you can evolve mons into almost any mon of the next evolutionary stage, meaning you can evolve a Bulbasaur into a Charmeleon or a Seadra. Some of the final evolutionary forms, along with legendary Pokémon, are early form Pokémon like Murkrow.

This game is also a major hack of a previous V.Fame title, Digimon Pocket. Aside from the new graphics and maps the attack animations and how they work got changed and simplified to match Generation 2 Pokémon Moves (only in Chinese releases; the English release still has Digimon Pocket's attacks.) The Chinese releases also feature slightly revised music from Shi Kong Xing Shou but keep the original's intro theme while the English version keeps Digimon Pocket's music. This might suggest the English version was made and released first then the Asian versions.

Trivia[]

  • The song that plays in the intro is similar to the Opening Theme of the Japanese Pokémon Anime's first season.
  • The Sprites & Maps are pulled from Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal.
  • The game shares its engine with Digital Monsters 3, though it's much more linear and simplistic in gameplay by comparison.
  • This is one of the rare cases of a bootleg game's title actually having meaning outside of tricking consumers; in this case rubies are actual in-game items used to evolve your Pokémon.
  • Despite being named after the (then upcoming) Generation 3 Pokémon Games there are no Generation 3 Pokémon present in the game.
  • The English release of the game has alternate music, moves, and starting Pokémon. The main character's portrait is blue instead of red. The final boss can be challenged at the start of the game. These changes also appear in the hack 數碼精靈 綠寶石.

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