Video Game / Pokémon Brown and Prism

Pokémon Brown and Pokémon Prism are two huge ROMHacks of Pokémon games by KoolBoyMan, based on Pokémon Red and Pokémon Crystal, 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 nearly finished development (several working betas can be downloaded). Prism in a near-complete form premiered on Twitch Plays Pokémon but was unfortunately Cease and Desisted by Nintendo five days before it was set to release (however, the release build and source code were both leaked on 4chan's /v/ and /vp/ boards within 24 hours of the C&D). There is another sequel, called Rijon Adventures, which was be modified from Pokémon FireRed, and currently places itself 20 years after Brown's events - however, the conditions of the C&D means that production has ceased.

If you are curious, there is a Let's Play of Brown here. All games cannot be obtained on the original website anymore, but a cursory Google can lead you to the patches.

Tropes used in multiple games:

  • Balance Buff:
    • Many Pokemon have been enhanced by the new type combinations they've received, including Wigglytuff's new Sound-based offense and Weezing's boosted resistance to Fighting- and Bug-type moves.
    • Aggron, despite having his typing unchanged, received a significant boost to his special defense, compensating for his devestating weaknesses. While a usable Mighty Glacier in the main games, his boost to special defense, along with an expanded arseal of both physical and special attacks, makes him resemble a min-maxed Tyranitar.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: These trainers often appear in optional endgame dungeons, such as the trainers with level 70+ Pokemon the trainer is required to beat before they can reach Moltres/Entei. However, Prism at least has one that appears much earlier in the game: a Milotic-welding fisherman that's required to fight before continuing.
  • Like Cannot Cut Like: Played very much straight with the Sound-type, which has no effect on itself.
  • Mutual Disadvantage: Fire and Gas types are super-effective towards each other.
  • Nerf: While not as common as the Pokemon that have been boosted by the new typings, there have been those that have been negatively impacted by them. Most notably, the Gastly, Beldum, and Bronzor lines have all developed 4x weaknesses to Sound-type moves.
  • Punny Name: The Rijon region.

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:

  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: As mentioned above, you can walk around the overworld as individual Pokémon in a few areas.
  • Animal Talk: A Pokémon's speech is translated to perfect English if you talk to them as a Pokémon (some parts of the game let you walk one of your party members around the overworld).
  • Bathos: The Palette Patrollers have personalities ranging from petty criminals to ambitious Well Intentioned Extremists, not unlike the other criminal organizations in the Pokémon universe. However, all of them are wearing ridiculous Power Rangers-esque body suits, despite the leader insisting it's actually traditional Naljo garb.
  • Bookends: After beating the Champion, there's another campsite scene. This time with both your mother and Lance, your father. Also, the first gym and the final postgame gym are both Fire-type.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Or at least where you're camping. When you leave to get firewood, there's a landslide, and you can't get back. Then you ride a minecart offered by a suspicious man in a tunnel, and it breaks, trapping you alone in a cave. But then you run into a Larvitar blocking your path; it jumps into a Pokéball and comes along on your adventure.
  • Captain Ersatz: The Pallet Patrollers are very blatant Power Rangers knockoffs, complete with an 8-bit rendition of the Power Rangers theme as their encounter music. One Patroller wishes they could be called the Prism Rangers, and laments that another team beat them to the name.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower/Crazy Survivalist: Andre and his followers are capable of building and destroying architectural structure (burrows, bridges; etc.) with their bare hands. This is partly motivated by their vehement disdain towards technology, as they believe that it will leave society unprepared for a collapse in civilization.
  • Colorful Theme Naming: The Palette Patrollers are named after different colors, and the Pokémon they use (including the Eeveelutions) are in the same color group the Pallet Patroller using them is.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Earlier builds have gone this route: characters swear readily, the rival is first encountered while he is torturing a Bagon, the co-leader of the Quirky Mini Boss Squad threatens to kill the player character when their Pokémon aren't around to protect them, and some characters are just gratuitously obnoxious and nasty. All of this is toned down in the 0.91 build, which brings the tone closer to that of an actual Pokemon game.
    • The Gas-type attacks, however, still have names like "Sarin", "Mustard Gas", and "Lewisite". As one beta tester put it:
      VorpalNorman: Are all the Gas-type attacks war crimes?
  • Foreshadowing: One of the available visuals for a male player character bear a close resemblance to kantonian Elite Four's Lance. Hardly a coincidence, since he's the player's father.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Even after you're released from prison, certain guards will still call you a prisoner and throw you back in your unlocked cell if you try to enter a restricted area. None of the guards will stop you from releasing other prisoners, or capturing incarcerated Pokémon.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: A Caterpie joins the player briefly to meet back up with his mother as a shout out to the tutorial stage of the first Mystery Dungeon game.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The rival forcing a terrified Bagon to fight for its life sets the tone for his character very firmly.
  • Infinity–1 Sword: You begin the game with the first stage of a pseudo-legendary.
  • Interchangeable Antimatter Keys: The "cage key" item.
  • Knife Nut: This installment's rival, who employs a pocket knife for torturing Pokémon, and is on the search for monsters well suited to cutting and killing people (and Pokémon). Yet, most of his early team can learn only blunt attacks as opposed to slashing ones.
  • Leet Lingo: Naljo's professor spoke in this in one of the earlier builds. Fortunately, this was averted by the time the hack got leaked.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The protagonist's father is Lance, the league champion. There's a little family reunion scene after you beat him.
  • The Missingno.: Phancero is based on the trope namer, to the point it's animation briefly turns into Missingno. It's encountered in the "glitch" city from the original games, and is part flying, in reference to Missingno being bird type.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Quite literally with Wallace, whom describes having his dreams being eaten by a Gengar (implied to be the same one that sent the player character in their own plot-significant Dream Sequence) as "the most pleasant dream."
  • No OSHA Compliance: Justified with the sixth gym, which houses Gas-type trainers. Also deconstructed, as the toxic fumes within have caused the trainers to become lethargic and dim-witted.
  • Original Generation: The game has five original "Fakemon" legendaries that can be encountered and caught.
  • Quirky Mini Boss Squad: The Pallet Patrollers.
  • Raised By Machamps: This was Andre's upbringing, and is also why he's both super-strong and very firmly technophobic.
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Every other NPC in the Naljo region, due to some unknown apparently supernatural influence spreading throughout the area.
  • Totally Radical: Josiah, leader of the first gym. He lapses out of his 90's lingo when he's explaining what the TM that he gives out does.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: On top of defining a gender, the sprite of the player character and its palette can be modified into a wide variety of colors.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: In-Universe. An NPC at Spurge City Mall mentions that Pokémon Quartz has a lot of profanity it in despite being rated E for Everyone - A nod towards the hack's prominence as a bootleg cart, with the box falsely claiming it to be given that rating.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Brown, Pokemon Prism, Pokemon Brown And Prism