The super hyped up mobile game, Pokémon GO is starting to roll out in various territories across the globe. It initially landed in AppStore and Google Play Store in New Zealand and Australia, while it has just arrived in North America.
[Update: A new launch trailer has since released, which you can see at the bottom of this article]
Pokémon GO is a massively multiplayer online game which requires you to do a bit of traveling in order to locate and catch Pokémon. It’s a fantastic idea, and one that will help many of us get fit, and get some fresh air!
As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!
Developed by Niantic Labs and Nintendo for iOS and Android, Pokémon GO also takes advantage of Augmented Reality, if your phone allows it. It allows you to see the creature or monster you’re about to catch via your phone’s camera!
It does include some In-App Purchases, being a mobile game, however the game is perfectly playable if you’re not willing to shed some money. Just make sure you have a good data plan with your network provider, or access to wi-fi hotspots when not at home. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a great find when you’re off the grid!
Certain Pokémon appear near their native environment—look for Water-types by lakes and oceans. Visit PokéStops, found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments, to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items.
As you level up, you’ll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You can add to your collection by hatching Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your pocket monsters evolve by catching many of the same kind.
The Pokémon GO Plus can also be purchased additionally, which uses a low-energy Bluetooth radio to communicate with the game. Through that connection, it knows when the Trainer is near a Pokémon or a point of interest. Users simply push the button on the Pokémon GO Plus to take an action on whatever that notification or point of interest is.
It’s keyring sized, and alerts you of any points of interest, and makes for a fun little addition, which also proves useful.
Be aware that it requires an Android OS of 4.4 and up, and iOS 8.0 to install and play. Unfortunately, I’ll be missing out on this with my silly little outdated Samsung Galaxy 🙁