Pokémon Play It! Version 2

Pokémon Play It! Version 2 is a Pokémon game for PC that simulates the Pokémon Trading Card Game. It is the sequel to Pokémon Play It!. It was included in the Thunderstorm Gift Box (known as the Tempest Gift Box outside of the United States).

Pokémon Play It! Version 2
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Pokémon Play It! Version 2 cover art
Basic info
Platform: PC
Category: Card game
Players: Single player
Connectivity: None
Developer: Fluid Entertainment
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Part of: Generation I miscellaneous
Release dates
Japan: N/A
North America: Early 2000s
Australia: N/A
Europe: 2000
South Korea: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Japanese: N/A
English: N/A


The "Play" mode is divided into fifteen levels: five "Basic", three "Basic Challenges", six "Advanced" and one "Advanced Challenge". Those without "Challenge" in their name are tutorial levels, with pre-designed, non-shuffled decks, using only one prize, used to teach the player various aspects of the game, such as retreating, status conditions, Pokémon Powers etc. Coin tosses are also usually not random. These levels replace most of the less interactive content of the "Learn" feature of the original, although parts of it can still be found in Version 2.

In the "Challenge" levels, the player can play actual duels against Julie. "Basic Challenges" use the half decks from the original. Those three levels are Fighting vs. Water, Water vs. Fighting and Fire vs. Fighting duels, respectively. The "Advanced Challenge" mode is where the player can play a match using standard 60-card decks, choosing from seven available decks. Unlike the original, Julie can also use any of the decks (although it is not possible for both sides to use the same deck).

Each card has its own unique cry, some of which are based on the their voices in the Pokémon anime.

The "Help" feature is meant to teach about the mechanics of the Trading Card Game.


The seven decks available are the Electric Zap, Flame On, Hit'Em Hard, Poisonpowder, Psychic Dream, Royalty and Wet and Wild decks. They are composed of cards from Base Set, Jungle, Fossil and Team Rocket sets.

Differences from Pokémon Play It!

The game fixes two issues from the original Pokémon Play It!. It is now possible to put Pokémon on the Bench before the play starts; players no longer need to wait for their first turn to put Pokémon on the bench. An Energy card is now discarded from Magmar when using the Flamethrower attack. Players can also challenge Julie using full-size premade 60-card decks rather than the half decks in the original.

The two new features are "Collect" and "Build". In the "Collect" mode, the player can keep track of the cards they own in real life. In "Build" mode, the player can learn about creating decks or make custom ones and later print the list of cards needed for it. The "Learn" and "Extras" modes are similar to the original. Version 2 also added the option to turn off Julie's vocal remarks.



As in the first game, the player is able to answer 2 "Academy Entrance Exam" quizzes with 10 questions each. The player receives a 10 points certificate for answering correctly all questions from the first quiz, then a 20 points certificate for the second quiz.

Unlike the first game, the 10 points certificate has a misspelling: "named" is written as "nemed"; there is also a minor edit where the word "the" is found at the start of the second line, rather than the end of the first line. The 20 points certificate is identical in both games.


Every Pokémon Trainer has to start somewhere. And this CD-ROM is the easiest way for you to learn the Pokémon trading card game. Learn it well and practice hard enough, and you'll become a Pokémon Master Trainer – maybe even the number-one Master Trainer in the world!

If you've played Pokémon Game Boy or watched the animated TV series, you'll be surprised to discover how much you already know about the Pokémon trading card game. Even if you're new to the world of Pokémon, you'll have lots of fun learning – and playing – this adventure-filled trading card game.

So pop this disc into your computer... and get started training right now!

Special features:

  • Learn all about the Pokémon trading card game
  • Play the game!
  • Use the deckbuilder guide to build your own decks.
  • Print playmats, counters and more!


"Pokémon Academy Entrance Exam" question featuring a misspelling of Vaporeon's name as "Vaporean".
  • In the first 9 stages, players must wait for their first turn to put Pokémon on the Bench. In the 10th stage (the Jigglypuff stage), Julie introduces the ability to put Pokémon on the Bench before the play starts as a "new rule".
  • One question in the "Pokémon Academy Entrance Exam" reads, "Adores circular objects. Wanders the streets on a nightly basis to look for dropped loose change." The possible answers are Meowth, Vileplume, Electrode, and Vaporeon. Vaporeon's name is spelled "Vaporean".

System requirements

IBM PC or 100% compatible Pentium 133 processor, Windows 95/98, 16 MB RAM, 4× CD-ROM, 16-bit video card (800×600 pixel resolution). All major DirectX compatible sound and video cards.

Windows compatibility

The game installer fails to install this game if it detects any unsupported Windows version, displaying this error message: "This program requires Windows 95 or 98. You will not be able to install this application using your current operating system." However, the game can be successfully installed (with no error message) on Windows Me as well as Windows 95 or 98.

On Windows XP (32-bit), it can be installed by running "Setup.exe" from the game CD with the compatibility mode set to Windows 95 or 98. Once installed, it runs normally.

It cannot be installed on Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000, even with the compatibility mode enabled. This game, unlike the original Pokémon Play It!, is highly prone to crashing when run on newer Windows versions, such as Windows 7 and Windows 10.

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