I think we’ve all heard it said that once something is on the internet, it’s out there forever. Despite Nintendo sending out some DMCAs to the sites hosting Pokemon Uranium for download after the August 6th release, there are well over a million copies already installed on users hard drives, and for the determined, it’s not that hard to find it even now (hint: start with Reddit).
As someone whose entire Pokemon career is encapsulated by playing Pokemon Go on my phone, I jumped on this chance to try to see what the hype was all about. Due to not having access to consoles and handheld games for so many years (I went from an Atari 2600 to an XBox 360, with nary a console purchase in between), I missed out on a lot of defining trends in non-PC gaming.
For someone looking for Pokemon cannon, it’s probably not worth the effort of digging up a copy of Pokemon Uranium. The developers decided to create their own creatures; in fact, all three starter Pokemons you can get are products of the developers’ imaginations. However, from what I can tell, it stays pretty loyal to the Pokemon experience while giving you some new things to figure out. From what I’m reading, the difficulty is tuned somewhat higher than the actual Pokemon series, which will add even more challenge for a seasoned Pokemon trainer.
I can’t say that I see myself playing Pokemon Uranium compulsively, but I’d like to keep it around to dabble in, and the developers promised continued updates and support for those who acquired it before they had to remove the download links from their official website. This was a labor of love, but you can still toss a few dollars their way if you’re so inclined. There’s a (currently quite bare-bones) wiki, which I absolutely intend to spend a little time with before I go back in.