The Pokémon franchise has enjoyed an explosive popularity ever since the first Pokémon game was released for GameBoy in 1996, which introduced the concept of Pocket Monsters belonging to trainers battling each other for sport. Today, the franchise caters to a global fan base that has spawned multiple video games, comic books, cartoon series, trading cards and toys.
The latest addition to the franchise is an augmented reality mobile game known as Pokémon Go. Since it’s release, the game has rapidly become the most hotly discussed topic on the internet, beating tinder user base numbers and quickly rivaling the user base of social media sites such as twitter and instagram. With videos and new articles appearing daily in social media discussing the game and it’s popularity, it is time to explore the game more closely:
The game can be played on iOS and android devices and is available as a free-to-download app in most western countries.
Pokémon Go Gameplay
After logging into the game, the player is required to create an avatar. A number of options are available to customize the avatar’s face, hair, color, eye color and clothes. Once the avatar is selected, it appears at the current location of the player on the game map. Other features of the map include Pokestops and Pokémon Gyms.
As the player moves through the physical world, the virtual avatar’s position also changes on the map. The player must explore real world locations that show up on the game map as places that contain Pokémon Go cheats. The Pokémon are hidden in various locations according to their natural habitats as described in their gaming manual.
Once the player is near a Pokémon, he can view it either as a live rendered background or in Augmented Reality mode. The player can also take a screenshot of the creature. In order to capture the Pokémon, a pokeball must be thrown at the Pokémon when it appears in front of the player onscreen. To make a successful capture, various factors have to be considered such as the force with which the ball is thrown, the timing and the kind of pokeball used.
Capturing a Pokémon awards the player stardust and candies. Stardust can be used to increase a Pokémon’s combat power, and candies are used to make captive Pokémon evolve and level up. More than 151 varieties of Pokémon can be captured and entered into the Pokedex, a Pokémon encyclopedia provided in the game.
Once a player has enough powerful Pokémon he can participate in gym battles and, if enough tournaments have been won, eventually take control of the gym itself. Additional Pokeballs can be purchased in-game using real world money.
Pokémon Go Plus
An extension of the game, Pokémon Go Plus is a wearable device set that uses Bluetooth technology and allows players to play the game without using a smart device. The set vibrates when near a Pokémon. The player then presses a button on the device to capture the Pokémon. Although the player cannot check what he has caught without connecting the device to a mobile first, he can use the device to store captured the Pokémon indefinitely.