The Game itselfe is about you being Pickachu (there are no Pokemon trainers or people at all in this). The story line is that Pickachu and his friends Chickorita, Charmander and Piplup are to save Poke Park from being destroyed. They need to retrieve the pieces of the broken sky prism to help Mew keep the Sky Fortress in tact.
There is no capturing of pokemon since there is no battling trainers. Instead as Pikachu you go around and make friends with all of the pokemon, to make friends you have to play little games like chase. Once you play with them and do the game of chase or tag, they will be entered into your book of friends. There are skill games too that you have to beat the target score to advance, they are also timed. This is where you really get to use the Wii as an action. Some pokemon are better than others in certain areas, that is why you want to be friends with them, because you can play them in the skills games to help you advance.
You will be sent on little quests to do in order to go to different areas or “zones”. As Pickachu advances in the game so will his skills so collect the berries needed. Berries are the money in this game and you can get them along the way usually by dashing into trees and crates or even from friends, so you want to get as many as you can.
A cool feature you can do is take photos in the game. If you have an SD card you can also save them to that. It lets you take 30 pictures per roll of film.
This game had my kiddo yelling, jumping and moving the controller (her body too) and very excited. The one thing you need to know there is allot reading. Your kiddo needs to know what and were to go and this is all done by reading what the other pokemon say. So if your little one cant read well you need to be near. My kiddo is 9 and in 3rd grade and was able to read it with no problem. The sentences are not intense so a 8 or 9 yr old can shurly get bye and have no problems. If your kiddo does not like to read though this may pose a problem. Older gamers may be a little bored with this game, but the game definitely has allot to do so if your kiddo loves Pokemon I am sure they will have fun.
It is definitely a kid friendly game and the cuteness factor will have you going AWWW as the game loads and you see Picachu doing little actions. There were so many oohs and awws from my kiddo and she would talk to Pikachu when Pickachu would look like she was sleeping while it was loading, my kiddo loved this game!
Only problem is that if you have more than one Pokemon fan there will be fighting on whos turn it is, as there is no multi-player function in the game. So basically one kiddo will be watching the other play. Bring out the timer so no fighting happens.
The Pokemon look like the Pokemon my kiddo knows, they also say their name like in the anime cartoons which is cute. The scenes and graphics are well done and my kiddo would have played all night. The good thing for parents is that the music is not irritating unlike some of her other games. I didnt need to say PLEASE TURN IT DOWN!
Momma Says: Poke Park- Pickachu’s Adventurefulfills the desire for any fan to know what it would be like to be a Pickachu.
Product Review: PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure