Chinese release's title screen.
|Hack of||Digimon Pocket|
|Publisher||Vast Fame (Likely)|
|Developer||Vast Fame (Likely)|
|Console||Game Boy Color|
|Engine||Digimon 3: Crystal Version/Digital Monsters 3|
|Alternate names/hacks||Pocket Monster Ruby, Chong Wu Xiao Jing Ling - Jie Jin Ta Zhi Wang|
Pokémon Ruby (口袋怪獸 聖變石 in Taiwanese regions, 寵物小精靈 結晶塔之王 in Chinese regions) also known as Pocket Monster Ruby and Pokemon Pikecho, is a bootleg game for the Game Boy Color likely released around 2002, possibly 2003. Its title is taken from the then-recent Game Boy Advance game of the same name.
The game puts you in control of Ash Ketchum (though not explicitly stated as being him) and has you traveling to each town and defeating its leader, much like in the traditional Pokemon games. Interestingly there are no wild battles or experience points, instead you start off with a full team of six of early form mons and collect rubies to evolve them into a higher form. Also worth noting is that you can evolve mons into almost any mon of the next evolutionary stage, meaning you can evolve a Bulbasaur into a Charmeleon or a Seadra. Some of the final evolutionary forms, along with legendary Pokemon, are early form Pokemon like Murkrow.
This game is also a major hack of a previous V.Fame title, Digimon Pocket. Aside from the new graphics and maps the attack animations and how they work got changed and simplified to match gen 2 Pokemon moves (only in Chinese releases; the English release still has Digimon Pocket's attacks.) The Chinese releases also feature slightly revised music from Shi Kong Xing Shou but keep the original's intro theme while the English version keeps Digimon Pocket's soundtrack. This might suggest the English version was made and released first then the Asian versions.
- The song that plays in the intro is similar to the opening theme of the Japanese Pokemon anime's first season.
- The sprites and maps are pulled from Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal.
- The game shares its engine with Digital Monsters 3, though it's much more linear and simplistic in gameplay by comparison.
- This is one of the rare cases of a bootleg game's title actually having meaning outside of tricking consumers; in this case rubies are actual in-game items used to evolve your Pokemon.
- Despite being named after the (then upcoming) gen 3 Pokemon games there are no gen 3 mons present in the game.