Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game released by Niantic in July 2016. It works on IOS and Android mobile devices and it uses internet and GPS signal in order to function. The main idea of this game is that Pokemon are all over the globe and you need to catch them all. This app got a great reaction from the public. There are people who already caught all of the Pokemon in less than a month. Still, there were quite a few accidents because of to this app, since people are staring at their phones, instead of watching where they are going. So, what’s the big deal?
Did your mom ever tell you that you spend too much time in front of the computer and that you need to go play outside? Well, this game can solve that argument! As the name suggests, you need to go outside and walk around until you find Pokemon. First, you will design your trainer. You can change the gender, eye color, hair color and clothes. To be honest, the character creation part is really not that great, since you only have one haircut and three outfits, but the rest of the gameplay makes up for that.
You can actually see the city map on your device and see the Pokemon in front of you through the phone’s camera. You need to throw pokeballs at them in order to catch them and get XP. But what if you run out of pokeballs? Well, you can just go to any landmark in your area and find a pokestop where you will receive useful items. Apart from pokeballs, you can also find Pokemon eggs that you can put in the incubator. You need to walk a certain distance if you want the eggs to hatch. That sounds like effort, huh? Well, from my experience, you don’t feel like you’re making any effort while you are playing. You walk around staring at the map on your phone and when you finally look around, you wonder how you got to the other side of town so fast. The in-game world is pretty fascinating and you can find out the names of landmarks that you didn’t even know existed.
You can also go to the gym, once you reach level 5. You will be able to join a team and participate in Pokemon battles. But don’t worry! Your Pokemon can’t die. If you lose a battle, the Pokemon will just pass out and you will have to use potions to restore its health. If a gym belongs to your team, you can leave a Pokemon there to protect it. If it belongs to some other team, you can try to defeat their Pokemon and capture the gym. Still, you can’t say the game is multiplayer since you’re always fighting with an AI. It would be really cool if you could start battles with other Pokemon trainers on the street and I hope that will be possible in the future.
I grew up watching the Pokemon series and I was super excited when I heard about this game. I can’t complain about the gameplay and graphics, since it’s just so cool. Still, I hate that my phone heats up and my battery dies whenever I play it. Right now, I’m in a love-hate relationship with the game. I really enjoy it, but I feel like it’s bad for my phone. Still, I recommend it, because it’s really awesome. The Pokemon app is free, which is a big plus. You can invest real money if you want to get more items, but you will be able to enjoy the game even if you don’t want to pay. So, give it a try!