Lavender & Black Roses

Pokemon Crystal 251

pokemon crystal start screen

The Second Generation

I may have started with the first generation of Pokemon, but it's the second generation I have the most nostalgia for. I was a little older and more able to grasp the game mechanics than when I played Yellow. Pokemon Crystal, in particular, is my favorite of the series.

For this playthrough, I wanted to dip my toes into romhacks. For my first venture I chose Pokemon Crystal 251, a hack that, as you might expect makes it possible to catch all 251 Pokemon at the time of the game's release on a single file. Besides that, it keeps very close to vanilla besides bugfixes and implementing a few beta areas to catch the missing pokemon in. I think this'll be a perfect way for me to re-experience Crystal.

player character being shown the sea  of Cherrygrove City by an NPC town guide

So far in game, I've completed the introductory events and the first gym. The nostalgia has been potent--I love the graphics, the peak of Gameboy colors aesthetics in my opinion. I love the improvements over Gen 1, like the animated front sprites and the female character option. I've even enjoyed the novelty of the real-time clock so far, though I'm sure it'll become an annoyance when catching those last few Pokemon.

All in all, I'm having a great time so far.