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With the announcement of the new Pokemon series release earlier this year, Pokemon fans are scrounging to fulfill the Poke-cravings before Pokemon Sun and Moon.

If you’ve kept up with the series 5 Big Changes In Pokémon X And Y That Make The Series Worth Coming Back To 5 Big Changes In Pokémon X And Y That Make The Series Worth Coming Back To If you've been disappointed with recent iterations of the Pokémon series, you're going to be pleasantly surprised with X and Y. Read More until now and find yourself with nothing to do, or have yet to experience the utter joy of playing a Pokemon game, don’t fret. Packed with hundreds of new Pokemon along with adventure and feature options, these fan-made Pokemon games will surely keep you occupied until Sun‘s and Moon‘s releases.

Disclaimer: These games are incredible, fan-made homages to the classic Pokemon games. They are also, however, unofficial and buggy 5 Common PC Gaming Problems (And How To Fix Them) 5 Common PC Gaming Problems (And How To Fix Them) Many people still enjoy consoles, and it’s easy to see why. PCs are more complex and lack standardized components, which means there’s no guarantee a game will run, or run well. Read More . While you certainly will be getting what you paid for — nothing — these games aren’t perfect. Take the developer into consideration and enjoy the heck out of what these games have to offer.

Get Ready, Get Set

To play these games, you are going to need an emulator 8 Great Emulators to Play Modern Home Consoles on Your PC (1994-2001) 8 Great Emulators to Play Modern Home Consoles on Your PC (1994-2001) Read More . Emulators are essentially programs which act as gaming consoles for particular video games called ROMs. Emulators can not only be installed on your PC but on your iOS How to Install Emulators & Homebrew on Your iPhone or iPad (No Jailbreak Required) How to Install Emulators & Homebrew on Your iPhone or iPad (No Jailbreak Required) Install emulators and other homebrew on your iOS device, no jailbreak required — it's actually a pretty straightforward process that can be accomplished with free tools and a bit of patience. Read More , Android Easily Turn Your Android Device into a Retro Gaming Hub Easily Turn Your Android Device into a Retro Gaming Hub With an Android device, you can easily play all sorts of retro games made for systems like the Nintendo 64 or GameBoy Advance! Read More and Windows mobile Enjoy Retro Gaming On Windows Phone 8 With These 3 Emulators Enjoy Retro Gaming On Windows Phone 8 With These 3 Emulators Gaming is where it's at on Windows Phone! You can play classic games natively or install emulator apps and ROM files of original games. Relive old school arcade and console fun with modern tools. Read More smartphones as well. For the avid gamer who enjoys a classic as much as a modern, AAA-rated game, video game emulators 6+ Nostalgic Emulators For Vintage Video Gaming Enthusiasts (1972-1980) 6+ Nostalgic Emulators For Vintage Video Gaming Enthusiasts (1972-1980) Read More are a must. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the emulator, simply load the ROM file to get started. You might have to unzip How To Extract Files From ZIP, RAR, 7z & Other Common Archives How To Extract Files From ZIP, RAR, 7z & Other Common Archives Were you ever faced with a .rar file and wondered how to open it? Fortunately, managing ZIP files and other compressed archives is simple with the right tools. Here is what you need to know. Read More it first.

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Since all of these games require a Game Boy Advanced emulator and I am using a Windows computer, I used Virtual Boy Advanced. Remember to research the best emulator to fit your gaming and OS needs.

Pokemon Insurgence

Starting off the list is a formidable fan-made Pokemon game touting thousands of players and an extensive wiki. Beyond the large user community, Pokemon selection and innovative features is a gritty story line of cultist leaders and Pokemon experimentation. Be warned, Pokemon Insurgence is not afraid to renovate the typical Pokemon experience as a casual adventure game.

The sprite collection and general gameplay gives an official feeling to the game. Add in mega evolutions and creative delta species, where a player can mix the DNA of two Pokemon to create a third solution, and there’s no way you can pass up the experience.

If you happen to run into any trouble in the game, or you’d like a bit more information before diving head first, Pokemon Insurgence is the subject of forums and a weighty subreddit to assist you in your journey.

Pokemon Light Platinum

There’s nothing quite like pitting old gen versus new gen Pokemon. Pokemon Light Platinum is touted as one of the most complete Pokemon ROMs on the Internet to date. Based off of the popular Pokemon Ruby version, Pokemon Light Platinum features impressive graphics and a wide array of Pokemon along with new regions and gyms to keep any Pokemon fan occupied for hours.

With 16 gym badges, two Pokemon leagues and a world championship, Pokemon Light Platinum has a lot in store. If you’re looking for a safe, familiar alternative to the official Pokemon games, Light Platinum is it.

Pokemon Ash Gray

One of my personal favorites, Pokemon Ash Gray is a fan-made Pokemon game based off Fire-Red which simulates Ash’s journey in the monumentally popular, original Pokemon animated series.

I was a huge fan of the animated series growing up, so Pokemon Ash Gray is definitely a pleasant trip down memory lane. Train Pikachu and ward off mean sparrows yourself with this fan-made game!

Pokemon Dark Rising

Pokemon Dark Rising is essentially the Dark Souls of Pokemon. With the difficulty level bumped up to an 11, it’s typical to wipe out multiple times before getting to the first gym leader. The beginning of the story line is enticing in itself:

You are a young Pokemon Trainer in Core Region. The game plot starts when you sleep and have a strange dream. You see a strange Pokemon that appears incidentally in your dream but you don’t know or meet it before. This Pokemon says it chooses you to be its owner and wants you to save it and the world.

From the rival battles to the random battles, this game will leave you hanging on by a thread. Your starters are all dragon-types for a refreshing early game experience as well, while the game itself spans the first five generations of Pokemon.

This game can get frustrating at times, but that’s a large part of its allure. If you find yourself bored Prove Your Pokémon Mastery With These Difficult Challenges Prove Your Pokémon Mastery With These Difficult Challenges These in-game and fan made achievements will keep you playing long after the credits roll. Read More with other Pokemon games quickly, this is definitely the fan-made game for you.

Pokemon Godra

While most fan-made ROMs attempt to make the most out of Pokemon characters rather than trainer development, Pokemon Godra tries to make that leap. In this popular fan-made ROM, you can lead a life outside the gym. With a series of career paths set up for your trainer, you can be a War Party Leader, a Military General and a Safari Zone Warden just to name a few possibilities.

Beside being a quality game that spans generations of Pokemon, there is also a Western and Eastern half of Godra which include different story lines and quests for you to enjoy.

Pokemon Glazed

Don’t let the name fool you, Pokemon Glazed is one of the best and cleanest Pokemon fan-made games to date. The polish of this ROM is due completely to the continually updated content; slowly but surely Pokemon Glazed is keeping up with the growing Pokemon population and game play features.

It’s both the newest and most impressive fan-made ROM of the list, and just last year won the Hack of the Month award on Reddit’s Pokemon ROM hacks subreddit. Even the subtler options made by the developers such as naming the beginning region Tunod — or donut backwards — makes Pokemon Glazed an enjoyable experience you won’t believe isn’t official.

Bonus: That’s Not All, Folks!

Pokemon fan games extend to more than the typical Pokemon adventure game. Here are a few bonus games to fit a little more Pokemon into your gaming routine.

Pokemon Type Wild

Pokemon Type Wild is just that, wild. Although Pokken 10 Must-Play Wii U Games in 2016 10 Must-Play Wii U Games in 2016 Want to see what games you can play on your Nintendo console this year? Here are ten Wii U console exclusives you can play in 2016. Read More officially takes the prize as the best and most impressive Pokemon fighting game, this fan-made 2D fighting game is nothing to scoff at. Resembling earlier Street Fighter games in both graphics and mechanics, Pokemon Type Wild is a genuinely entertaining experience.

The Japanese developer responsible for creating this game is also rumored to have been an original artist for the Pokemon animated series.  Overall, Pokemon Type Wild looks good, plays well and is definitely worth the download.

Pokemon 3D

Pokemon 3D is a surprisingly refreshing fan-made project. A remake of Pokemon Gold and Silver, Pokemon 3D simulates the world of Pokemon in a popup 3D environment.

Although Pokemon 3D follows the typical Pokemon adventure format, the impressive popup effect definitely gives the original game new life. Besides, you can never cease adding graphical capabilities to the original Pokemon games (as is often the case with Unreal Engine 4 Project Morpheus Vs. Oculus Rift, Unreal Engine 4, Flappy Bird Returns [Tech News Digest] Project Morpheus Vs. Oculus Rift, Unreal Engine 4, Flappy Bird Returns [Tech News Digest] Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift bring virtual reality back, Unreal Engine 4 debuts, Flappy Bird is returning, Firefox 28 drops Metro, Google Docs phishing, and Mongolia tries to ban swearing on the Web. Read More ).

Planet Pokemon

A Pokemon MMO just makes sense; why not fill a world with Pokemon and players from around the world? That’s exactly what the developers of Planet Pokemon set out to accomplish.

Planet Pokemon was a rigorous and difficult project from the get-go, yet the playable, pre-alpha stage version of this game is still an impressive feat. Although word of development has quieted over recent months, lead developer Cains had this to say in a recent YouTube comment regarding future support:

The game itself is not dead or cancelled, it’s simply changing its scope and goals quite a bit from what they were originally. The previous idea for the game is dead and cancelled, but a new one is taking its place. A new update — which is actually an entire rehaul of the game rather than an update — will be coming out extremely soon, and we plan to keep updating afterward. The passion and vision for this project has been recently reinvigorated, and we are now much more capable, experienced, and organized.

It’s safe to say we can expect great things from this Pokemon MMO project and projects like it.

Gotta’ Try ‘Em All!

It seems like every months there are a few fan-made Pokemon games attempting to revive and restructure the Pokemon universe. Through the efforts of freelance artists and developers, Pokemon continues broadening its franchise to allow a Pokemon fanatic virtually countless hours of fun! A big thank you to the creators of these fantastic games and to the Pokemon ROM hack subreddit which continually provides updates on fantastic fan-made Pokemon content regularly.

Have you ever tried out a fan-made Pokemon game? If so, what’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

 

  1. Howard Blair
    May 17, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    "Since all of these games require a Game Boy Advanced emulator and I am using a Windows computer, I used Virtual Boy Advanced."

    It's **Game Boy Advance**, not "Advanced." Geez.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Boy_Advance

    • Christian Bonilla
      May 19, 2016 at 12:17 am

      I am truly ashamed.

    • bill
      July 27, 2016 at 2:59 am

      Hes talking about a game boy advanced emulator for pc called visual boy advanced [he misspelled it though]

  2. Swanny
    May 17, 2016 at 4:19 am

    No mention of PokeMMO? https://pokemmo.eu/

    Works really well and has quite a large playerbase.

    • Christian Bonilla
      May 18, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      As much as it pained me not to mention PokeMMO (or Pokemon Revolution, my personal favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cry-ac3iR9I) this article was primarily focused on fan-made ROMs. A game as awesome as PokeMMO is difficult to mention in passing; it really deserves its own article, don't you think?

  3. Lindsay Gnesios
    May 17, 2016 at 1:33 am

    I've played three Pokemon fangames, I have four, and am seriously considering Pokemon Godra up there. I've started Pokemon Insurgence, Pokemon Uranium, and Generation 0. All are pretty cool, and Gen 0 is so different from the others it's really hard to compare. I love it and Pokemon Uranium about equally.

    • Christian Bonilla
      May 19, 2016 at 12:16 am

      I'm glad you mentioned these. I only played Uranium in passing, so I couldn't enjoy the nuclear types or the side-quests fully. The sprites and game play, however, are on par with most official Pokemon games out there! As for Gen 0, I found the story really clever but the game itself didn't meet the absurdly high expectations I had for it.

      For any curious readers out there, here are some information links on:

      Pokemon Uranium | Explore the highly volatile and irradiated region of Tandor (http://www.pokemonuranium.com/index.html)

      Pokemon Generation 0 | Play as young Oak or Agatha in ye olde Kanto (http://pokemongenzero.tumblr.com/faq)

      Have you tried Pokemon Pitch Black? I'm working through it currently and it's slowly reaching the top of my favorites list.

    • Anonymouse
      October 3, 2016 at 12:40 am

      Godra is a virus be careful I just tried it

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