If you don't want to read the rest of this page, here's a link to the .ips file. This hack builds off Pokémon Silver, adding the following features:
Now, I'd like to state a bit of the philosophy behind the design of this hack. I don't claim that the Pokémon series ended with generation II. Although I missed Diamond and Pearl, I've played through and enjoyed all the other generations. However, I do think that the sheer number of monsters that exists now makes completing your Pokédex alone with a single game intractible. With that said, my goal with this hack was to create the definitive single-player and single-game Pokémon experience: a neat, self-contained quest to catch them all.
The second feature is particularly important to me. The Pokémon series has always had an incredible amount of interesting lore. Based on the backstory, the creatures have fantastic powers: controlling the weather, travelling through time, and even influencing people's thoughts. But Game Freak has done a terrible job of integrating this lore with the gameplay in meaningful ways.
I think an example will explain it best. Generation III introduced Articuno's signature move, Sheer Cold. This move carries an excellent flavor - just imagine the bird radiating cold so intense that nothing can get close to it. But in the game, Sheer Cold was just another Guillotine/Fissure/one-hit KO attack, nearly indistinguishable from moves that other Pokémon learned. In Pure Silver, instead, this bit of lore is expressed in the mechanics of the Articuno event. And believe me, when you venture into the Seafoam Islands cave, you will feel it.
I've implemented and tested all of the events I wanted to include, but this hack is still something of a late beta. I haven't done a full run-through of the game to catch all 251 yet, and I'm looking for testers to try to break it. See below for brief hints about finding and solving the new events.
Send me an email at email@example.com with comments, suggestions, or bug reports, or go back to my page.
Hints for indivudual Pokémon (highlight to read):