From the earliest days of "Pokemon" games in Game Boy up to the Nintendo Switch, fans are always excited to see what's new in every version.
Regardless of the difference of the gym leaders, storylines, and legendaries, the true-blue players are always on the go for a different game experience.
Over the past years, we have seen that developers are getting creative through various fan-made games. So far, many ROM hacks have been entertaining to play just like the original ones.
If you want to get started testing these fan-made "Pokemon" games, here's a list for you.
Best Pokemon ROM Hacks That You Should Try
There is something special about "Pokemon Liquid Crystal." For the fans who have already played the original "Crystal" version, the mechanics in this fan-made game works the same.
This Pokemon game will let you have a revisit to the two oldest Pokemon regions: Kanto and Johto.
Somehow, the vibe of this game contrasts that of the "Pokemon Dark Rising." While the latter is somehow dark, the theme for "Pokemon Liquid Crystal" is carefree for fans.
Hoenn region-centered Pokemon games such as "Pokemon Ruby" and "Pokemon Sapphire" already have "remake" versions, including "Pokemon Omega Ruby" and "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire."
However, "Pokemon Emerald," another game that features both Team Magma and Team Aqua in Hoenn, has not received a remake.
The fans were disappointed when "Pokemon Delta Emerald" did not happen.
For those who missed it, you can play this ROM hack, "Pokemon Mega Emerald X and Y" editions.
Although its concept borrows what "Pokemon Emerald" offers, players could explore other things that are not present in the old game.
There are tons of Pokemon sprites that you can discover here, plus the challenging Legendary hunt.
If you have played "Dark Souls" or "Ghost 'n Goblins," you already know how it feels to be frustrated beating a game. There is a Pokemon ROM hack that we can consider under that category: "Pokemon Dark Rising."
For someone who is up for challenges, this fan-made game will never let you down. You will play as a youngster who just woke up from a bad dream. Your never-ending search for Pokemon will begin once you open your eyes.
The interesting part here is you can start your journey with Dragon-type Pokemon. From Kanto to Unova, you can roam the wild in search of the best team that will rule the Core region.
"Pokemon Insurgence" has distinct gameplay compared to other Pokemon ROM Hacks. While others are only enhanced versions, this game works in RPG style.
There are different modes to fit your playstyle, such as Easy, Normal, and Hard. You can also customize your character as well as your own secret base.
Beginning in the Torren region, your journey will revolve around defeating a group of cults with your Pokemon. There are also never-before-seen Delta Pokemons that have strange types.
For example, the usual Grass-type Bulbasaur will be Fairy/Psychic on its delta variant.
On the other hand, Delta Charmander will be Ghost/Dragon instead of Fire-type. Delta Squirtle meanwhile will become Dark/Fighting instead of Water-type only.
Besides weird Pokemon typing, you can also enjoy bizarre mega-evolutions for Pokemons that do not actually have it.
This list of ROM hacks will not be complete without "Pokemon Light Platinum." This old game features nice graphics that are absent from the usual GBA fan-made games.
You can participate in two leagues after collecting 16 badges, as per Your Money Geek. It's the same thing that you can experience when playing "Pokemon Crystal," which features both Indigo and Orange leagues.
If you miss playing Pokemon, you can check the new Pokemon games, such as "Pokemon Go," "New Pokemon Snap," and the upcoming new games, "Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl," and "Pokemon Legends: Arceus."
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Written by Joseph Henry