Have you ever wondered what would happen if Rick Grimes and the rest of the Walking Dead crew stepped foot into the world of Pokemon? No? Well, fortunately for you, someone did. All right, so he didn’t actually put The Walking Dead into a Pokemon game, but he did make it a post-apocalyptic zombie survival game. And so the Internet was blessed with a hack of Pokemon Ruby known as Pokemon Snakewood.
Honestly this is my all-time favorite Pokemon ROM hack, and I really, really hate zombies. Like zombies are the only thing on this planet that I fear. Not even kidding.
All that aside, this is the best hack I’ve ever played and I’ve played a lot of them. Most don’t hold my attention for more than…ten minutes, tops. I’ve never been able to make it to the end of this game (mostly because it’s so freaking hard) but I have sunk a lot of time into it.
So what is Pokemon Snakewood actually about? The game just throws you into the ruins of Littleroot Town after you wake up from being attacked, I suppose. I think you’re attacked. Either way, you’ve lost your memory and the first thing you see is this:
The gameplay itself is just like a Pokemon game, which makes sense as it’s based on Pokemon Ruby. However, instead of trying to stop Team Magma, you’re trying to stop the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and an evil organization that is responsible for the zombie outbreak. Oh, and don’t get eaten in the process.
One of the things I will warn you about is that this game is, again, really freaking hard. Expect to spend a lot of time grinding. Like a lot. And did I mention that a majority of Pokemon centers and marts have been destroyed? Yeah, good luck. (I suggest catching a Zigzagoon for the Pick Up ability)
Final Score: 8/10
You can download the game for yourself here. Of course, you will need an emulator to play it, unless you have one of those R4 cards for a physical GBA. I suggest VBA for PC and Mac, gba4ios for iPhone (which is what I used here), or My Boy! for Android.
In the meantime, here’s some more screenshots from my game earlier.