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New Pokémon Snap is better than the original, and the original was great

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
I haven't even gotten to the second area yet, just the first one in a few different configurations, but I feel confident in this assessment. So I made a thread about it.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Yeah, so far it feels like a proper sequel to Pokémon Snap and not some radical reinvention, so I'm pretty happy. I can't wait to see what's in the game.
 

SabreCat

Sabe, Inattentive Type
(they/them)
Is it still the on-rails theme park ride kind of setup? I've always thought more of an open exploration camera safari type thing would have been fun, and that should be more doable with current technology.
 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
It is still a rail shooter. On a few occasions you can interact with something in a way that takes you on a detour, but other than that you don't control movement, only aiming and shooting.
 
A friend of mine just got a Switch and was curious about this game, I don't have it so thought I'd see what people think of the game so far? He also has a 4 year old and was curious if it would be fun for her to watch him play, or maybe even have her try to play since it's on-rails?
 

gogglebob

The Goggles Do Nothing
(he/him)
I find it extremely relaxing except when it asks way too much of me in having to bank some kind of glowy pokeball into a flower I can't see but appears in my general range for three seconds. It's weird! Like, I feel like this would be the ultimate chillout game if there weren't frequently esoteric requirements for "requests", and said requests just keep coming with every area. The general setup is very appropriately Pokémon: it is very "gotta catch 'em all" with the requests and four different poses for every pokemon (and some 'mons won't appear without instigating very specific circumstances). Weird verdict? I would have loved for this game to come out when I was seven, and just played through and was like "cute eevee", and then could revisit it five years later, and discover to my amazement that there was so much more "game" there than I ever imagined. As an adult that has been playing videogames for decades, though, it feels like a really fun game that is marred by my own OCD by checklists and knowing "I'm going to have to do this level again" because I forgot to whistle at a hoothoot.

... But I do really like taking pictures of bidoof...

However, to answer the specific question: my friend has two kids, one of which is four (the other is older). With the caveat that they are both already pokemon nerds at a young age, they adore the game, and have both watched/played it happily. The four year old loves beaning pokemon with apples, though, which I'm pretty sure means he's going to grow up to be a serial killer. Que sera.
 
I find it extremely relaxing except when it asks way too much of me in having to bank some kind of glowy pokeball into a flower I can't see but appears in my general range for three seconds. It's weird! Like, I feel like this would be the ultimate chillout game if there weren't frequently esoteric requirements for "requests", and said requests just keep coming with every area. The general setup is very appropriately Pokémon: it is very "gotta catch 'em all" with the requests and four different poses for every pokemon (and some 'mons won't appear without instigating very specific circumstances). Weird verdict? I would have loved for this game to come out when I was seven, and just played through and was like "cute eevee", and then could revisit it five years later, and discover to my amazement that there was so much more "game" there than I ever imagined. As an adult that has been playing videogames for decades, though, it feels like a really fun game that is marred by my own OCD by checklists and knowing "I'm going to have to do this level again" because I forgot to whistle at a hoothoot.

... But I do really like taking pictures of bidoof...

However, to answer the specific question: my friend has two kids, one of which is four (the other is older). With the caveat that they are both already pokemon nerds at a young age, they adore the game, and have both watched/played it happily. The four year old loves beaning pokemon with apples, though, which I'm pretty sure means he's going to grow up to be a serial killer. Que sera.
Haha, this is helpful. He's not much of a completionist but I can give him the heads up if that might bug him.
 

ThornGhost

lofi posts to relax/study to
(he/him)
Yes, my five year old has fallen in love with this game. It's just the right level of complexity for her, totally non violent and she's digging discovering all the little secrets. Right now she's trying to take photos of every variety of Vivillon, which requires quite a bit of experimentation. She reads very well, but I could see a little bit of confusion for kids too young to read since it isn't fully voice acted.

From a parental perspective, it gets a pretty big thumbs up. I especially like that the game provides very good natural break points about every five minutes. Pretty easy to say "Turn it off after this course." Not exactly B8 in Zeromus's dungeon with no save point in sight and dinner cooling on the table if you know what I mean.
 

JBear

Internet's foremost Bertolli cosplayer
(He/Him)
... But I do really like taking pictures of bidoof...
He's such a good boy. The little album where you can permanently save pictures to is like 50% Bidoof by volume on the save my SO and I are sharing.
 
Got an offer to restart Gamefly for $1 and got this, it's so delightfully chill. I just unlocked the requests and see @gogglebob 's point about that potentially getting distracting but don't think that'll be a big issue for me. I have a couple Best Buy and Gamestop gift cards I haven't used so might pick this up soon!
 

MetManMas

Me and My Bestie
(He, him)
I picked up New Pokémon Snap a few days ago and I am loving it.

The game gives you so many fun tools to play with.
 
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