A new region, eight gyms, 150 new Pokémon, and the added Nuclear Type make for a completely new adventure.
I love Pokémon, but one thing that has me a little lukewarm on the series is its relative lack of risks. Pretty much every game follows the same formula: pick a water/grass/fire starter, fight through the gyms, save the world, and, aside from 100 or so new Pokémon species and a few bells and whistles here or there, not much feels significantly different from the previous generation.
But that’s where the fangames come in. Fans who make games have no responsibility to marketing teams or shareholders, and they can do whatever they want. They could even make a Pokémon game based entirely around the idea of Pokémon becoming infected by nuclear radiation.
And that’s exactly what Pokémon Uranium does. It’s a game nine years in the making that recreates an entire Pokémon adventure… with a nuclear twist. Watch the trailer for the game here:
Aside from looking as gorgeous as any real Pokémon game, which is impressive enough as it is, Pokémon Uranium also introduces a new region, the Tandor Region, over 150 new Pokémon, eight new gyms, new legendaries, and, most interesting of all, a new type: Nuclear Type.
▼ The type chart for Nuclear Type. Basically it’s strong against everything (except Steel/Nuclear) and weak to everything (except Nuclear). Sounds pretty unstable.
▼ Regular Pokémon that are exposed to too much
radiation can turn Nuclear Type…
▼ …and there are also naturally Nuclear Type Pokémon like
Hazma, Nucleon, and the legendary Urayne.
▼ But what I like best of all: dual-type starters. There’s Orchnyx
(Grass/Steel), Raptorch (Fire/Ground), and Eletux (Water/Electric).
For more information on the game, check out the official website and the Pokémon Uranium Wikia. There’s a whole intricate world created here, filled with rich characters and a great storyline. It’s mind-boggling that a team of only two people made something that usually takes a whole team of professionals to pull off.
Is Pokémon Uranium perfect? Of course not. But it takes risks that the main games would never attempt, and that makes it at least worth a look for any Pokémon fan. Although if you’re interested I would recommend downloading your copy as soon as possible, before it likely gets taken down by Nintendo.