Pokémon Go has become an instant phenomenon even in the limited number of countries that it has been released. The fever has struck America at its strongest as the USA already enjoyed a huge Pokémon fan base. The game has been launched on iOS and Android by the collaboration of Niantic game developers and the Pokémon Company, and it is the biggest mobile game in history.
In Pokémon Go game you are going to have to catch the Pocket Monsters, hence Pokémon, in real world.
What Does That Mean?
It means exactly what is written above. For those who don’t know how it works, we can assume that you don’t know the original concept behind Pokémon hunting. Pokémon was once a simple game made by one Satoshi Tajiri in 1995 which made its debut on Nintendo’s Gameboy. Soon after, the game reached global success with cartoons, comics, movies, trading cards and a wider range of games.
The premise was simple back then as it now. Before, you had the avatar in the game that collected Pokémon mostly hidden in the wild or across towns. As you build your collection and train, you gain the ability to fight other trainers in Gyms and attain a better rank. Achieving a certain level allowed you to cease control of a Gym by beating high-level Gym members.
Pokémon Go has mostly the same principle behind it. Just instead of your Avatar going to collect the Pokémon, you will be moving in real life to collect superimposition of those Pokémon in real maps. There will be PokéStops that will be disguised as real-world monuments or historic landmarks where many of these Pokémon Go could be hidden. Although the objective is to catch and train them, the real joy is in travelling along with your friends to find Pokémon and even making new acquaintances through other Pokémon enthusiasts.
How to Get Started?
The first thing to do, of course, downloads the game. After you have done that you will either have to sign in using your Google Account or create a Pokémon Trainer Club account. This is necessary because all of your data is backed up and saved in these servers. Then you will have the option to customize a digital avatar of yourself. You can choose the color of your hair, eyes, skin, shirt, pants, shoes, backpack and obviously specify your Gender.
As you move in the real world, your avatar also moves along an animated version of the Google Maps consisting of Roads, greenery and PokéStops which are usually crowded areas, monuments or landmarks.
Familiarize with Icons
- There is a player icon on the bottom left of the screen. Tapping that will open your character information, stats and achievements.
- Pokédex: It shows the index of your Pokémon with complete information of the collected species.
- The Backpack can be tapped to access or look into the items you have brought or procured during your “journey”.
- Tapping the bottom right of the screen will alert you to nearby Pokémon.
- A Pokémon Icon which you can tap to view all Pokémon in your Possession.
Play the Game
As you begin your days as a Pokémon trainer, you will be given a choice to choose a Pokémon once you finish tailoring your avatar. You can choose one from Bulbasaur, Chamrmandar or Squitle and other two will disappear.
Now you can go hunting for another Pokémon. As you move in the real world, your avatar also moves through GPS settings and once you are in the range of a Pokémon Go you can see it superimposed in the real world through the camera. When you zoom in the Pokémon may start hurtling around, and you may have to shimmy your camera to locate it.
Once located you can throw your Pokéball at it and if it hits on the head or anywhere on Pokémon ‘s body solidly enough you will capture it. Some are harder to catch than others. To throw your Pokéball, you hold the Pokéball icon on your screen until a glowing ring appears that shrink. When it is the smallest, you flick it at the Pokémon you are capturing.
There are still a lot of bugs and glitches in the game that are developers are still in the midst of sorting out. It is mainly due to the massive strain on servers due to the unexpected popularity of the game. The app is a huge drain on the battery. There are only over a 100 Pokémon available as opposed to the 740 in existence and there are no legendary Pokémon discovered yet. Niantic has announced that they are working out the kinks and introducing more Pokémon Go little by little. Pokémon trading will also be implemented in future updates.
It still has a long way to go, but the potential of the game and its usefulness in getting you more adventurous is a serious boon.