For the past few months I’ve been playing through Pokemon Orange Islands, a ROM hack of Pokémon FireRed that follows the season of the anime set in the Orange Islands and not depicted in the official games.
This game is clearly a labour of love and the work done to make this experience mirror the anime and capture its aesthetic is remarkable. The game plays smoothly and the polish makes it worth experiencing.
The most recent version of the game can be found at Pokemon Orange Islands (Complete Beta 5.2 Released). I’ve been switching between GBA, DS and my phone for the play through.
I’ve been playing through each Pokémon region again since November and have had a good time revisiting Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn. After my Orange Islands vacation, I’m looking forward to visiting Sinnoh again.
You will play as Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town! Just after Ash conquered the Indigo League he got back to his mom in his hometown where Professor Oak has a new objective for him. He wants Ash to go to Valencia Island to pick up a strange kind of Pokeball for him, since Professor Ivy is unable to send it to him through the PC system. Of course Ash is eager to take this easy objective. What happens after this is, of course, already known to you because we all saw the anime. Nearly all episodes on the Orange Islands are covered, but not all events are necessarily very prominent. Some episodes are implemented as an important part of the storyline, while some are just miniquests.Pokemon Orange Islands (Complete Beta 5.2 Released)