rm what you could call a collector of bootleg Pokemon games. Pokemon Diamond is Jade, Chaos Black, etc. it' s amazing
the frequency with which you can find them at pawnshops, Goodwill, flea markets and such.
They' re generally hm; even If they are unplayable (which they often are) the mistranslations and poor quality make them
I' been able to find mostof the ones that I' played online, butthert' s one that I haven' t seen any mention of. I bought
it at a flea market about five years ago.
Here' s a picture ofthe cartridge, in case anyone recognizes t Unfortunately when I moved two years ago I last the game
so I can' t provide you with screencaps. Sorry.
The game started with the familiar and Gengar intro of Red and Blue version. However, the 'press start' screen
had been altered. Red was there, but the Pokemon did not cycle through. it also said ‘Black " under the Pokemon
Upon selecting "New Game", the game started the Professor Oak speech and it quickly became evident that the game was
essentially Pokemon Red ‘version.
After selecting your starter, ifyou looked at your Pokemon, you had in addition to Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle
another pittman-" GHOST".
The Pokemon was level I. it had the sprite of the Ghosts that are encountered in Lavender Tower before obtaining the Silph Scope. it had one . I know that there is a
real move named Curse, butthe attack did not exist in Generation I so It appears It was hacked In.
Defending Pokemon were unable to attack would only say they were too scared to move. when the move "Curse" was used in battle, the screen would cut to black The
defending Pokemon would be heard, but it was distorted, played at a much lower pitch than normar. The battle screen would then reappear, and the defending Poke-
man would be gone. If used in a battle against a trainer, when the Pokeballs representing their Pokemon would appear In the comer, they would have one fewer Pokeball.
The Implication was that the Pokemon died.
Whats even stranger is that after defeating a trainer and seeing med received for winning", the battle commands would appear again. If you selected "Run", the battle would
end as it normally does. ‘mu could also select Curse. If you did, upon tothe the trainer' s sprite would be gone. After leaving and reentering the area, the spot
that the trainer had been would be replaced with a tombstone like the ones at Lavender Tower.
The move "Curse" was not usable in all Instances. it would fall against Ghost Pokemon. It would mo fall " was used against trainers that you would have to face again, such as
your Rival or Giovanni. it was usable in battle against them, however.
I figured this was the gimmick's the game, allowing you to use the previously uncomparable Ghosts. And because Curse made the game so easy, I essentially used it throughout the
The game changed quite a bit after defeating the Elite Four. After viewing the Hall of Fame, which consisted of Ghost and a couple of very under leveled Pokemon, the screen cut to
black. A box appeared with the words "Many years Eater.. I kithen cotto Lavender Tower. An old man was standing, looking , Tau then realized this man was your
The man moved at only half's your nornal walking speed. Tau no longer had any Pokemon with you, noteven Ghost who up tothis paint had been impossible to
your party through depositing In the PC. The overworld was entirely were no people at all. There were still the tom moms ofthe trainers that you used Curse on,
foo could go pretty much anywhere in the overworld at this point, though your movement was limited by the fact that you had no Pokemon to use HMS. And regardless of where
you went; the music of Lavender Town continued on an Infinite loop. After wandering fora while I found that ifyou go through Digletts Cave, one of the cuttable bushes that
normally blocks the path on the other side is no longer there, allowing you tolarance and mum to Pallet Town.
Upon entering your Muse and going to the exact tile where you start the game, the screen would cotto black.
Then a sprite of a Caterpie appeared. It was then replaced by a Weedle, and then a Pidgey. I soon realized, as the Pokemon progressed from Rattan to Blastoise, that these were all
of the Pokemon that I had used Curse on.
After the end of my Real' s team, a Youngster appeared, and then a Bug Catcher. These were the trainers I had Cursed
sequence, the Lavender Town music was playing, but it was slowly decreasing In pitch. By the time your Rival appeared on screen, it was little more than a
Another cut to black A few moments later, the battle screen suddenly trainer sprite was new that of an old man, the same one as the one who teaches you how to
catch Pokemon In Floridian City.
Ghost appeared on the other side, along with the words "GHOST wants to fighta".
Tau couldn' t use items, and you had no Pokemon. If you tried to mo, you couldn' t escape. The only option was "FIGHT".
Using fight would Immediately cause you to use Struggle, which didn' t affect Ghost but did chip adfa bit of your own HP. When it was Chats turn to attack it would simply say
Eventually, when your HP reached a critical point, Ghost would finally use Curse.
The screen cotto black a final time.
Regard less ofthe buttons you pressed, you were permanently stuck In this black screen. At this point, the only thing you could do was tum the Gameboy off. when you played
again, "NEW GAM E" was the only game had erased the file.
I played through this hacked game many, many times, and every time the game ended with this sequence. Several times I didn' t use Ghost at all, though he was impose ble to
remove from the party. In these cases not show any Pokemon or trainers and simply cut to the climactic "battle" with Ghost
I' m not sure what the motives were behind the creator's this hack it wasn' t widely distributed, so it was presumably not for monetary gain. It was very well done fora bootleg
it seems he was trying to convey a message; though it seems! am the sole receiver of this message. I' m not entirely sure what It Ianthe inevitability of death? The pointlessness of
it? Perhaps he was simply tryong to morbidly inject death and darkness into a children' s game. Regardless, this children' s game has made methane, and it has made me cry.