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Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Pokemon Omega Ruby

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Remake of fun all-ages RPG has some online safety concerns.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 5+
age 2+

It's just a good game.

Well designed and made. Would recommend to all. :D

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Ruby are aimed at two groups of gamers: kids too young to have experienced the original editions and young adults with fond memories of months spent playing these games as kids. Both are well served. Kids get to experience these RPG classics in a pair of games that feel fresh and modern; they're the equal of anything available for 3DS in terms of graphics, interface, and mechanics. Even the narrative, which has been augmented via dialogue additions to help flesh out the story, holds up quite well compared to more recent Pokemon games. Older players, meanwhile, will experience both nostalgia and surprise -- including a special costume-wearing Pikachu and, later in the game, the ability to fly anywhere in Hoenn.

If there's a downside, it's simply that the original games' faults have been carried forward. Traveling between areas early on can be a bit of a chore, since it requires Pokemon equipped with specific abilities. And there are still an awful lot of water-based Pokemon compared to those of other elements, which can grow frustrating. Still, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Ruby are considered classics for a reason, and these new editions ought to please Pokemon fans of all ages.

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