Video Game: Pokémon Brown and Prism

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Pokémon Brown and Pokémon Prism are two huge ROMHacks of Pokémon games by KoolBoyMan, based on Pokémon Red and Pokémon Gold, respectively. They are by far among the most well-known Pokémon hacks out there (they appear on The Other Wiki, and Bulbapedia) and that's not without good reason. They are by far the most edited Pokémon hacks out there, with only the sprites and Pokémon themselves the same.

Prism works as a "sequel" to Brown, including more features and better graphics. Both games can be linked to each other, which allows the player to exchange Pokémon or battle.

These hacks add two new continents, a new story, improved graphics, all the Pokémon up to Generation IV, Pokémon-only segments (Prism only), and a frickin' awesome new soundtrack. (Again, Prism only)

While Brown was finished in 2009 (although an update was released in 2014), Prism is still in development (a working beta can be downloaded though). There is another sequel, called Rijon Adventures, which will be modified from Pokémon FireRed, and currently places itself 20 years after Brown's events.

If you are curious, there is a Let's Play here. Brown can be downloaded here and Prism here.

Tropes used in multiple games:

Tropes used in Brown:

  • Artistic License – Religion: A miner does the main character a solid by giving him a certain item, but then specifies he's doing so for the good karma because he's a Buddhist. Now, a Hindu might want good karma, but a Buddhist's main goal is to escape the cycle of karma as a whole, because all karma is bad.
  • Bonus Boss: The Pallet Ranger at the end of the Bonus Dungeon, with a team of Level 100 Pokemon. After beating him, the game informs you that you have basically completed everything.
  • Call Forward: Certain Pallet Rangers cameo in the end stages of the game.
  • The Cameo: A couple of significant individuals (including Giovanni), and even a place - you can visit Azalea Town (Rijon is south of it), but not the rest of Johto since Azalea was sealed off by an earthquake.
  • The Missingno.: While the hacker did his best to keep the actual trope namer from showing up throughout the course of the game, it is still affectionately parodied in one dungeon. An (intentionally) glitched looking Hypno sprite is used in place of the ghosts that appeared in Pokémon Tower. They still terrify your Pokémon, but by spouting garbled nonsense instead of demands for you to leave.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: New types were added to better balance the game, including the Dark type to counter Psychics as in all subsequent generations, and even a new type that is weak against Normal moves.
  • Peninsula of Power Leveling: There is one accessible even before the first Gym, a small single patch of tall grass inside a town with level 17 to 20 Pokémon (some rare ones like Pikachu, Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan), conveniently in the front of a Pokémon Center.
  • Truth in Television: Although it's most likely a coincidence, there is, in fact, a real Castro Valley.

Tropes used in Prism:

Alternative Title(s):

Pokemon Brown, Pokemon Prism, Pokemon Brown And Prism