beat the Suicune obsessed Mystery Man Eusine just barely. Started with Togetic who fell asleep first round so swapped out for Axel (Quivla) who died then Psy who died then Shuckie who died then Flaffy who died, then Butterfree who died and then Togetic came back still asleep woke up and beat the final two pokemon.
Also the world of Pokemon makes no sense seriously. The world is so small, really, once I get repels and just bike through the routes it takes a few seconds to get to the next town. Then you have everyone in the towns and cities, with cities being any place with more than two houses, spatting out dialogue that is pretty much tied to places you can go and progression hints. Hidden items aren’t quite hidden and the entire culture revolving around pokemon is pretty weird. especially how you literally fight them until they faint from exhaustion and if all your pokemon faint you black out and a little text says you run back to the pokemon center protecting them. wait what? aren’t they in pokeballs? then the mystery man obsessed with suicune is obviously not healthy. also I can walk up to it so easily and then he pops up a second later asking obvious questions and blushing like a school girl talking about how beautiful it is. people give away things for free and i live in a house where theres only one bedroom and my mother is a paralytic sitting at the dining room table hoarding my money and doing shopping online for things i don’t need in a desperate attempt to communicate with her son who left her for dead because the creepy old professor who neglects his family wanted him to pick up an egg even though they have phones and computers and have other people who can do it. then you have the gym leaders who excel in one pokemon type and sit in a gym all day waiting for people to fight them so they can get a badge. why? how is this economically feasible? why does kurt keep a young girl hostage? do we even know thats his granddaughter, is she not just some girl he kidnapped and raised by himself since he doesn’t have a wife or family due to his apricorn business going out since pokeballs were created and he now relies on you to bring him apricorns from the tree next to his house so he has something to do with his life besides stare at the door. also Goldenrod has tons of buildings inaccessible to anyone unless they’re like a stick how does that make sense? why is there a gambling hall that lets 10 year olds play? pokemon centers are everywhere but how do they work? how do they make money? why are there more people in towns than can fit in the houses?
anyway enough about the pokemon world. heart gold gets some things right and some important things wrong. firstly it looks much better than the gameboy color game obviously since it’s a DS game and not made in 1998. the game tweaks small things such as the gym setups as well as puzzles and combines crystal lore with some other features introduced in later pokemon games, updates the scenery in towns and adds new areas to access due to the changes brought to the layouts of locations. the gyms are the best part of these changes though since anyone who played Gold repeatedly, like I did, know the gyms like the back of their hand, but now things got changed up for the better, meaning i get new puzzles to solve. raising pokemon is still hard as there are level spikes every now and then.
the bad things are the music. the freaking music! so bad compared to the original. there have been plenty of remixes of classic tunes that still sounds awesome, but from the very opening song that they also altered and got rid of the great opening video for God, its all bad here. the songs just are not as good as Gold. also some of the layout changes are puzzling, such as the Kimino girls with their various Eveelutions are gone! or what reason! What!? Eveelutions are the most visually interesting out of a majority of the pokemon and you take them out and replace it with a rocket grunt fight? dumb decision. also some more things are forced in, like the battle arena and tower and i don’t even know what else. thankfully i’m not even halfway done since once i finish johto i’ll have kanto to explore again and then face off against Red once again.