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‘Pokemon’ Drinking Game Invites You To Chug ‘Em All

I’ve never really been a big fan of drinking games. When I’m inebriated, my attention tends to be too focused on stuff like off-key singing, uncomfortable side-hugs and talking way too loud about what’s really the best Batman story to keep my focus on rules or dice. But if I was going to play one, I’d probably want it to combine my love of drinking with my love of Pokémon. Who wouldn’t?

Fortunately, there is now something that does just that: a board game that recreates the plot of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow, with the added bonus of lots and lots of drinking.

The structure of the game mirrors the video game in a pretty awesome way, and it even goes as far as including gym leaders and rival drinkers trainers that you can battle along the way. You even have to make the Herculean effort of drinking your way through the Elite Four, and much like the video game, screwing up at that critical point and having to start over will probably make you feel sick.

The only major difference is that it manages to take Lavender Town’s spoooooky Pokémon tower into a fun opportunity for drinking rather than something that raises bizarre existential questions about Pokémon dying. Fortunately, it doesn’t have the daycare center, so we don’t have to combine questions about how a ghost type like Haunter can hatch from an egg with alcohol.

It’s worth noting that the game is also available as an Android app on Google Play, which is good news for anyone who likes to mix getting drunk with the use of expensive electronics. What really makes it remarkable, however, is that it went from a picture to a fully coded game in the span of five days, thus proving that nerdy obsession and a desire to kick back with a cold one are two pretty amazing motivating factors.

Even if you’re not a drinker, it’s pretty awesome to look at the board and see how it translated game mechanics to doing shots. If nothing else, it’s better than the previous Pokémon Red & Blue drinking game, which was where you took a shot every time you ran into something useless that you already had, and then woke up in the hospital.

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