We all know, remember and love playing the original Pokémon game on our gameboys but Pokémon Go takes this classic game to the next level in a huge way. Welcome to the world of augmented reality. It is a global hit and is now being played all over the world. Think of it as a next level 21st century treasure-hunt map. Users from America to Europe, South Africa and across the globe are all joining forces to catch as many Pokemon as possible. It’s fascinating to think that many people born after 2001 will have no idea what Pokemon even is. Trading cards, TV series and a series of games with the first one being released in 1996.
So let’s get down to business and find out just what this game is all about. What is making the world go crazy looking for all these special creatures? The game itself is a new type of game. One that uses augmented reality and location data to give you a real life gaming experience.
How to play, find and catch Pokemon Go:
The game interacts with your phone’s GPS and map and lets you wander the streets of your towns and cities to catch Pokémon that they have placed on certain streets. Your job as a trainer is to catch them by searching and finding them across your local area.
When you load the game up, you are presented with a Pokémon map and on here are PokeStops, Gyms and the location of Pokemon. What makes this extremely clever is that it is based of an actual real-world map of the places where you are standing.
“Think of it as a next level 21st century treasure-hunt map.”
The developers have not ignored the finer details of the game either. One thing that is very cool is that the game is programmed so that you are more likely to find them in habitats which are often public parks or recreation areas. The game’s mechanics are also very important, when using it, you are more likely to find water-type Pokémon when you are near the beach or rivers. With other areas you are likely to find different types of Pokémon such as grass dwellers if you are in a big open field. The more Pokémon you catch, the more points you earn and the better the trainer you become. When you actually find a Pokémon you can then take a screenshot of your capture and share with your friends.
“This is the hottest game of 2016.”
Pokémon Go was first made public at the E3 2016. However talk of the game started long before that. It was actually started as an April Fools joke back in 2014. Google released a prank where they integrated a “pokemon challenge into their Maps feature. Some claim this was a test from Google to see how the public would react. Anyway, what started as an April Fools prank has turned into a global phenomenon. Here, the game developers talked about the game and showed previews about it. The game has been developed by Niantic and distributed by The Pokémon Company.
“What started as an April Fools prank has turned into a global phenomenon”.
After being released in July 2016, Pokemon Go has had millions of downloads and many favourable reviews. The game has been developed by Niantic and distributed by The Pokémon Company. Already thousands of products and merchandise is being produced from Pokemon t-shirts to forums, chat rooms and even dating sites where two trainers can hookup together based on their shared love of the game.
The Downsides To The Game
Of course Pokemon Go is not without it’s criticisms. Many users have complained and complained loudly. After the first couple of weeks after the release, server problems caused the app to glitch and crash. Thankfully these problems have been largely fixed. The game also affects people who don’t even play it. Points of interest like memorials and other institutions have complained about players searching the landmarks in search of Pokemon. In America, a man is suing the game’s makers as he is sick of people wandering into his backyard. Many users have also complained that useful third party apps have been blocked. Niantic claiming that the add-ons are confusing with user’s complaining that they are useful and continued to use them despite warnings not to. Niantic responded with lifetime bans.
This is the hottest game of 2016. It simply won’t be beaten. It’s a must-have, can’t miss game that any Pokemon enthusiast should have on their phone. Who knows how long it’s popularity will last… Is it just a fad? For now, jump on board and start catching those Pokemon.