Parents' Guide to

New Pokemon Snap

By Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Wildlife adventure lets you "catch 'em all" in photographs.

Game Nintendo Switch 2021
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Insanely Good Remake!

This Remake of the original is very good. Some of the bosses can be annoying, but it is still fun. I played the original and enjoyed it. Get this Game. As long as your kid can play a game, get it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This adventure is quite successful at capturing the simple, yet consistently effective appeal of the Pokemon franchise. Though this game is a sequel to a game released in 1999, enough time has passed to reasonably warrant a remake in New Pokemon Snap. Many players have never experienced this safari-like simulation before, making this feel like an entirely new experience with their beloved characters. But New Pokemon Snap is fitting as follow-up, reveling in the unpretentious joy of watching a Grookey eat some berries or run through a field of flowers with its friend, Pichu. The environments are beautiful, and since the quests provided by Professor Mirror and his team are open-ended and pressure-free, the gameplay experience is very relaxing. The controls are certainly beginner-friendly as well, as players really only have to master a zoom-in motion in addition to camera positioning to capture their photographs. While longer stretches of play can feel repetitive, this is something to keep in mind, instead of being a dealbreaker.

But it's also worth noting that this title has the same hefty price tag as a full-length Pokemon adventure. While sinking 40-50 hours into the main series installments is often pretty easy, New Pokemon Snap players may not all clock the same amount of time. Some gamers will become obsessed with filling their Photodex to 100% competition, but it's likely that other players may hit a wall of monotony after about 5-10 hours of playtime that they just won't want to invest the time in breaking past. Overall, it's the love for these creatures that fans of the franchise feel so deeply that carries New Pokemon Snap through. With a perfectly balanced mix of old and new faces to search for, there's always the giddy feeling that the next trip onto a course is going to be the best one yet. Though long-time fans have already technically seen Pokemon in their natural habitats either in previous games or in episodes of a Pokemon TV series, New Pokemon Snap is a chance to fall in love with the same wonderful and mysterious creatures yet again.

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