Pokémon Christmas Stories

xUMG

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Story:


In the Christmas season, a sudden appearance of Grinches came to be,
We do not know how or why they are here, all that we know is they're planning to do something bad based on their actions.

Screenshots:




Credits:


no copyright infringement is intended on the makes of the game, please support the official releases.

Pokémon Essentials
Flameguru
Poccil (Peter O.)
Maruno​

Pokémon Essentials BW
KleinStudio

Resources

Player Falls Down a Hole
Ulithium_Dragon

Ultimate Title Screens & Fancy Badge System
Luka S.J.

Blizzard/Snow Fogs
Ryan

Pokemon Black and White Version Font
MaurizioVit

Tilesets

Team Members:


• xUMG - #events #story #sprites #maps
• Haunted Ditto - #sprites
• Aldo - #maps
• SenKey - #maps

Downloads:


First download Pokémon Essentials BW, once the download finishes, download Pokémon Christmas Stories Patch.
Extract Pokémon Essentials BW, and then extract Pokémon Christmas Stories Patch to Pokémon Essentials BW's root folder.

Pokémon Essentials BW
Download

Pokémon Christmas Stories Patch
Download

Pokémon Christmas Stories Resources
Download



Tbh, I participated in this competition to have fun and enjoy making a game with limited time.
this was the first time I entered a competition like this, and looking at the other games that were made in the last jam, those games inspired me, anyways enough with the talk I hope you enjoy playing this game!​

I am also really sorry for making a patch instead of an orginal game download.
My internet is kinda a mess right now, so... When I do get the time on fixing it, I will make an original game download.

Notes:
Either contact me on Discord xUMG#4982, or hook me up in this thread if you encounter any problem regarding the game, or just any suggestions in general.

If you are stuck on battling the last boss or any other mini bosses, you can buy from Mt Nissel Near Summit's Traveling Merchant for useful items.

If you can't seem to get pass the normal types trainers you can try to catch a Pidove at Route 1 to make things a little bit easier.

If you're stuck at Frost Cave R2's ice maze here's how you solve it.
 
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#3
Hi, guys! Great job finishing a game this year! I gave it a fair shake, so here's my take on it:
First thing's first? Reeeeaaaallly not into the difficulty curve. Using just my starting Pokemon alone, I am consistently toe-to-toe with enemy Pokemon. This would be fine if grinding options were reasonable, but you're having me fight against level 10 Pokemon to catch up to level 20 enemies, and I just find that extremely frustrating. It's nice to have Charcoal to improve Ember, but when you're putting me up against a Pokemon who absorbs my hits and just continually blasts me with Sand Attacks, Hypnosis, and Confuse Rays, boy it's really demotivating.

Every time my Pokemon all faint, I have to start back in that first town. This would be fine... but there seems to be no possible way to get running shoes, and so that, too, makes coming back again and again hoping that I don't lose to status effect RNG really just a bit painful. I know you give me the option to capture more Pokemon, but once again... grinding just isn't worth it, I don't feel like. And when my only way of getting a single Pokeball is rummaging around the snowy grass, I'm even more demotivated to try.

If there were fighting types around, I could make an exception for taking down that single Watchog, but every new Pokemon requires an exponential amount of grinding to keep up with opponents. I'll pass. This might just be me, but when it comes to these super short games, I just really don't making giant time commitments. And so I really don't like HAVING to catch other Pokemon to get through the experience, but if I need to, I absolutely will. I just REALLY, REALLY don't want to have to grind just to keep my team of two, or three, on par with my opponents. The Watchog battle was EXTREMELY frustrating, I ultimately had to skip that trainer.

Secondly, I have a hard time really getting a sense as to what's going on in the world. The conflict is set up very lightly. The grinches have evidently stolen Santa Claus, and they plan to... do a bunch of other bad things too, because they're bad. With very minimal actual interaction with these characters up until the point in which I sort of had to bail out on the game (getting decimated in one turn by a Minccinno left a really bad taste in my mouth), I just didn't really feel the world or its conflict at all. Characters were light if not nonexistent, so there was no ultimate push for me to keep grinding or working towards the end of the game.

Question, though? Why use the grinch as the villain in a Pokemon game? Why not try to go for a more... Pokemon spin on Christmas? Focus on ice-type Pokemon and Delibirds for that Christmas feeling, and use, perhaps, more mischievous/less lovable group of Pokemon as the villains! It's cool that you got a sprite for a grinch-like creature in here and all, but it feels like a very sporadic angle to go with for a Pokemon game, and with little else helping me attach to the general Pokemon theme (besides battles... but why am I battling every trainer I see if there's more important issues for me to deal with? Why are they completely ignorant to these issues?), I think the experience fell a bit flat for me.

Random Things::
- When you enter a Pokemon Center, your Pokemon are healed automatically right as you enter the building. Twice.
- The double battle on Route 1 will repeat its event 5 times if you do not have a Pokemon.
- In the first town, Old Man Will will thank you in his house as if you had already found Liz... who is also, already in the house before you have even found her.
- Juniper will say things about your next few tasks before you even find Liz, which is clearly unintentional.
- Various typos/grammar errors throughout! You should go through your events and try to spell check a few things.

Also:

Sorry to seem pedantic, but, uh, very random cussing in what feels like an otherwise normal Pokemon setting, in a story that otherwise didn't even have cussing... just takes me right out of the experience and is a very easy reminder that what I'm playing is a fangame, and not necessarily something that's trying to tell a story. ESPECIALLY when that's your INTRODUCTION to a specific kind of creature.

Finally, bug pictures:




Anyways, that's everything I have! Sorry if I'm being a bit too critical in all of this! You guys still made a game in a month, and you should be proud of the fact that you accomplished that much. Keep on pushing, and keep on improving! And Merry Christmas to all of you!
 

xUMG

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#4
Hi, guys! Great job finishing a game this year! I gave it a fair shake, so here's my take on it:
First thing's first? Reeeeaaaallly not into the difficulty curve. Using just my starting Pokemon alone, I am consistently toe-to-toe with enemy Pokemon. This would be fine if grinding options were reasonable, but you're having me fight against level 10 Pokemon to catch up to level 20 enemies, and I just find that extremely frustrating. It's nice to have Charcoal to improve Ember, but when you're putting me up against a Pokemon who absorbs my hits and just continually blasts me with Sand Attacks, Hypnosis, and Confuse Rays, boy it's really demotivating.

Every time my Pokemon all faint, I have to start back in that first town. This would be fine... but there seems to be no possible way to get running shoes, and so that, too, makes coming back again and again hoping that I don't lose to status effect RNG really just a bit painful. I know you give me the option to capture more Pokemon, but once again... grinding just isn't worth it, I don't feel like. And when my only way of getting a single Pokeball is rummaging around the snowy grass, I'm even more demotivated to try.

If there were fighting types around, I could make an exception for taking down that single Watchog, but every new Pokemon requires an exponential amount of grinding to keep up with opponents. I'll pass. This might just be me, but when it comes to these super short games, I just really don't making giant time commitments. And so I really don't like HAVING to catch other Pokemon to get through the experience, but if I need to, I absolutely will. I just REALLY, REALLY don't want to have to grind just to keep my team of two, or three, on par with my opponents. The Watchog battle was EXTREMELY frustrating, I ultimately had to skip that trainer.

Secondly, I have a hard time really getting a sense as to what's going on in the world. The conflict is set up very lightly. The grinches have evidently stolen Santa Claus, and they plan to... do a bunch of other bad things too, because they're bad. With very minimal actual interaction with these characters up until the point in which I sort of had to bail out on the game (getting decimated in one turn by a Minccinno left a really bad taste in my mouth), I just didn't really feel the world or its conflict at all. Characters were light if not nonexistent, so there was no ultimate push for me to keep grinding or working towards the end of the game.

Question, though? Why use the grinch as the villain in a Pokemon game? Why not try to go for a more... Pokemon spin on Christmas? Focus on ice-type Pokemon and Delibirds for that Christmas feeling, and use, perhaps, more mischievous/less lovable group of Pokemon as the villains! It's cool that you got a sprite for a grinch-like creature in here and all, but it feels like a very sporadic angle to go with for a Pokemon game, and with little else helping me attach to the general Pokemon theme (besides battles... but why am I battling every trainer I see if there's more important issues for me to deal with? Why are they completely ignorant to these issues?), I think the experience fell a bit flat for me.

Random Things::
- When you enter a Pokemon Center, your Pokemon are healed automatically right as you enter the building. Twice.
- The double battle on Route 1 will repeat its event 5 times if you do not have a Pokemon.
- In the first town, Old Man Will will thank you in his house as if you had already found Liz... who is also, already in the house before you have even found her.
- Juniper will say things about your next few tasks before you even find Liz, which is clearly unintentional.
- Various typos/grammar errors throughout! You should go through your events and try to spell check a few things.

Also:

Sorry to seem pedantic, but, uh, very random cussing in what feels like an otherwise normal Pokemon setting, in a story that otherwise didn't even have cussing... just takes me right out of the experience and is a very easy reminder that what I'm playing is a fangame, and not necessarily something that's trying to tell a story. ESPECIALLY when that's your INTRODUCTION to a specific kind of creature.

Finally, bug pictures:




Anyways, that's everything I have! Sorry if I'm being a bit too critical in all of this! You guys still made a game in a month, and you should be proud of the fact that you accomplished that much. Keep on pushing, and keep on improving! And Merry Christmas to all of you!
Hey, thanks for critiques.

I get what you mean for the background story for the grinches, I also get what you mean about how no one is taking the grinches as threats. I may have went overboard with the trainer's levels because I considered the fact that you will get a charcoal in the game, and I never thought about the normal type pokemons I added, so I'll work around a solution for those.

All in all I'm not upset, in fact I'm actually laughing on how I missed those things, about the critiques you gave. it just means I have to do better, work harder, and put more thoughts into it! Tbh, I was expecting to get more critiques than this because this was my first time doing such a thing.
 
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Adding on to the list of bugs, I rescued 3 Growlithes and there's 2 left in Frost Cave R2. However, once I completed the ice puzzle, the stairs didn't appear.



Also, after the random healing at the entrance of the Pokemon Center in Snowfall City, if you go back to heal later on and talk to the nurse at the counter, the game freezes. I had to do the other method where I put my Pokemon in the PC in order to heal them.
 

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#6
Adding on to the list of bugs, I rescued 3 Growlithes and there's 2 left in Frost Cave R2. However, once I completed the ice puzzle, the stairs didn't appear.



Also, after the random healing at the entrance of the Pokemon Center in Snowfall City, if you go back to heal later on and talk to the nurse at the counter, the game freezes. I had to do the other method where I put my Pokemon in the PC in order to heal them.
Sorry if you're having a hard time on the maze.
You can go to two places from that maze, and this is how you beat it;

 

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#7
I will compile every update in this post and then re-post it so that I don't cause too much spam,
Updates:
Fixed Old Man Will and Liz glitch
• Fixed Pokémon Center Glitch
• Added running shoes
• Fixed tile errors
• Fixed map errors
Added balance to defeat normal type Pokémons
• Added Name Rater at Snowville Town
• Added details to the story, specially on what the Grinches plan
• Added Nurse Joys to some areas
• Changed title graphic for the intro
Really minor graphics fix for running
• Some scene changes
Fixed a game breaking glitch which I missed in the "Rescueing Growlithes Quest"
Edit: 10:04 AM

Fixed tiles error
• Fixed glitch where Arcanine uses Roar.
Some scene changes
• Fixed bug at Snowy Cave R1
 
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