After playing No Man’s Sky all day yesterday, and writing our first impressions via a No Man’s Sky review in progress, I’ve begun trying to define the game into a specific genre using some of its elements. I had an interesting thought while talking to the team about our experiences in the game: No Man’s Sky makes us want a new Pokémon Snap.
For those not quite old enough to remember, before the Pokémon Go craze had you searching around for new Pokémon, there was a little game called Pokémon Snap, an N64 game released in 1999. The game tasked players with simply walking around Pokémon island, an island that’s relatively undisturbed by humans, to snap “quality” pictures for Professor Oak to add to his scientific findings. In its seven levels (basically, each level is a varying type of landscape), players use their supply of Pokémon food to stun or attract the creatures so that they’re close enough to then snap a photo.
In its seven levels (basically, each level is a varying type of landscape), players use their supply of Pokémon food to stun or attract the creatures so that they’re close enough to then snap a photo. No one really knows why an entire game was based around such a simple idea, but somehow, it worked well; it was the best “dumb” game we’ve ever played.
If it sounds basic enough, it is, but at the time it was a fun and cute little game that was great to just escape the day with.
After playing No Man’s Sky and using its scanner to add creatures and plants to my collection of knowledge, I can’t help but draw comparisons to Snap and wish that a new game in the franchise were on the way (unfortunately, one isn’t). But especially given all of the new Pokémon that Game Freak has added to the franchise over the past 16 years, a new game would be much more substantial than the original.
Using No Man’s Sky’s snap and analyze mechanic and the power of current-gen consoles (maybe the Nintendo NX, even?), a new Pokemon Snap could be a great experience well worth playing.
Do you want a new Pokemon Snap? Sound off in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you.
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