It is often best to dispense with the formalities when it comes to Pokémon; we all know that it is hugely popular, has sold millions of units of games, DVDs, toys, and cards around the world, and is recognised by many RPG fans as one of the greatest of all time, at least on the Nintendo handheld consoles, if not in general. It comes as a great point of interest therefore when you can find a great free-to-play, flash-based incarnation of the franchise.
Thoughts immediately go to Pokémon Tower Defense of course, but if you’re after a more direct and novelty-filled approach to Pokémon-related fun, then Pokémon Gold: Soundboard is quite an interesting dimension of the Pokémon world for fans to discover. The only problem with such soundboards is that they often contain sounds that are very specific to the subject which they cover, the lack of knowledge in which can be detrimental to the enjoyment of it: Pokémon Gold: Soundboard. This brief guide to the Pokémon Gold Soundboard should allow fans of all levels of knowledge about Pokémon enjoy its own brand of fun.
The reason why Pokémon Gold: Soundboard needs a little bit of explaining in the first place is that it isn’t like any other soundboard. That isn’t to say that it doesn’t function exactly like a soundboard should – you still press buttons with the mouse and these buttons still cause familiar Pokémon sounds to play, just like with any other soundboard – but its content is a little different from the usual sounds you would expect. In fact, all of the sounds available are not sound effects but rather the musical themes for specific regions within two specific Pokémon regions that correspond with different generations of Pokémon: the Kanto region and the Johto region. If you are familiar with only one of these regions or even neither of them, then you may find that your enjoyment of Pokémon Gold: Soundboard is diminished somewhat, hence the reason for this short guide.
When you open up the soundboard, you are presented with a screen containing maps of the two regions mentioned previously: Johto is on the left and Kanto on the right. Each map layout contains certain locations of interest: squares represent the towns/cities and the small red circles represent significant locations in other parts of the routes which also have distinguished themes. To start a theme, simply click on it with your mouse, but only once otherwise this will trigger another instance of the theme to begin playing over the top of this. If you have too many themes going at once, you should use the “Stop All” button in the middle to commence silence and start again. There is no goal here remember: all these themes are merely for novelty value and there is no end goal or other gameplay to speak of.
It may help fans who are unfamiliar with either Johto or Kanto to know the locations of the themes they are activating however, since there is no legend or key on the map to tell the user of the soundboard the name of the location that they are clicking on, so it may be helpful to take a look at the following maps which will inform you of the individual locations should you be unfamiliar with them.
Johto – Go to http://www.serebii.net/pokearth/johto/
This map from Serebii is excellent as it will allow you to hover over the individual locations on the map to bring up the specific place name. If you click on any of the locations, you are presented with more information about each of them that may jog your memory.
Kanto – Go to http://www.fangamer.net/products/kanto-region-map
Though not as interactive as Serebii‘s Johto map, this Kanto map is somewhat of a work of art and has much more style than the aforementioned one for Johto. It also has all of the necessary place names to inform you of which corresponding theme you are clicking on in Pokémon Gold Soundboard.