I suppose this is a weird thread concept, but, after reading some posts in the introductions thread, I had a strong recollection of a knock-off Pokémon game that I had as a child and was curious to hear from other people if they had similar experiences. When I say ‘knock-off games’, I’m mainly thinking of non-English games being translated and rebranded as famous franchises by bootleggers, but anything that fits under that broad umbrella is interesting to read about nonetheless.
The game that spring to my memory was a game I knew as Pokémon Diamond for the Game Boy Colour that, in Japan, was actually called Keitai Denjuu Telefang 1. All I really remember about it was that you called your monsters using a cell phone and that the translation was poor enough that I could recognise it, even as a kid. I remember liking it well enough, although I’m sure I (without knowing it) encountered plenty of glitches and didn’t fully grasp the systems shown to me. I’ve always been tempted to look into Telefang 1 to see if it’s ever been properly translated (by fans or officially) and to see if it’s any good.
So, what are your experiences with knock-off bootlegs? Any particularly memorable experiences? Anything you, perhaps, liked more than what it was initially knocking off?