Review: New Pokémon Snap

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New Pokémon Snap is no ordinary Pokémon role-playing game. This off-series episode invites you to explore many environments automatically in your Neo-One vehicle and observe how Pokémon-style flora and fauna evolve there. Your goal will be to take the best pictures of pocket monsters, sometimes triggering reactions from them using your objects and fruits.

New Pokemon Snap Boxart Écran PartagéRelease date: April 30, 2021

Developed by: Bandai Namco
Published by: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite

Type of game: Photography game

Average game time: 20 minutes

Estimated total game duration: 10 hours.
28 hours to complete everything.

Number of players:
1 player

Topics: Exploration, Pokémon, Observation, Photography

Business model: Just need to buy the game once.

Available in physical (cartouche) or digital (download on console)

To buy this game for download on Nintendo Switch click here. Your purchase supports Shared Screen.

Possible configurations of the Nintendo Switch:

Nintendo Switch Handheld modeNintendo Switch Tabletop modeNintendo Switch TV Mode
Players3+ 7+ 12+16+18+
Neophytes
Intermediate
Experienced
If the game is very quiet and not violent at all, you have to know how to read for a few years to be able to play it.
Difficulty
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No difficulty.

Violence, fear, nudity?

No problem.

Language level used

Childish language, lots of puns with the world of the sea.

Positive message

Encourages to be exploring and observing the world around you.

Minimum reading level required
Jauge Orange

Requires reading for years. There is a lot of text, whether it’s to tell the story or to give the goals of the quests.

Additional costs ?

none.

Minimum level of execution on the controller required
Jauge Orange

Requires time to learn and train. Especially to get around, while managing the camera.
The player will have to go through the tutorial in story mode to understand what is going on.

Principle of the game

You don’t have to have played other Pokémon games to enjoy this game.

It’s about exploring many environments automatically, taking pictures of the Pokémon that live there. There are no trips to be made. Just aim with his camera and take the pictures, or use the objects in handy, while the vehicle always moves through a predefined path. Many quests exist in the game and will require you to take multiple photos of each creature in various situations. For each photo, you will get a certain number of points and stars depending on the quality of it.

Sometimes some quests will unfortunately require you to take photos you’ve taken before. The game uses many pretexts to make you return multiple times in the same levels, and these exist in several variants like day and night.

Online gaming modes

Online gaming modes require a paid subscription to the Nintendo Switch Online service.

It is possible to customize the photos you take with stickers or photographic adjustments and then share them online. It is possible that some malicious users share photos with bizarre shapes, or toxic shapes by putting stickers in certain positions. However, this is unlikely to happen because Nintendo’s moderation service is generally very effective.

More information about the game: Official page of the game on the Nintendo website

About Marc Shakour

Former video game programmer, columnist, teacher, competitor ... Marc has always been very familiar with the world and industry of video games. He decided to help neophytes about it, to discover new universes, worlds and fantastic creatures.

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