Pokémon Go Has Finally Been Released!
Pokémon Go, the widely anticipated smartphone gaming app, was finally released on July 6th. Pokémon is a media franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995. It centers on fictitious creatures called “Pokémon”, which humans known as Pokémon Trainers catch and train to battle each other for sport. Pokémon is the second most successful video game-based franchise in the world, behind only Nintendo’s Mario franchise.
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the original Pokémon games: Red and Green. The Pokémon Company celebrated with an aired advertisement during Super Bowl 50 and a reissue of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow. This year, we’ll also see the launch of the seventh generation games, Pokémon Sun and Moon, in November.
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game developed by software development company Niantic. Pokémon Go is free for both iOS and Android. The game allows players to capture, battle, train, and trade virtual Pokémon which appear throughout the real world.
When you open the app, you’re prompted to talk to Professor Willow, a character who explains the world of Pokémon to you. You’re also allowed to customize the look of your player avatar. Afterward, you catch one of the three starter Pokémon from the first generation of games: Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. From there, you create a username, and then you’re free to enter the world of Pokémon!
To play Pokémon Go, you have to walk around outside. That means going for walks around your neighborhood, whether that be the suburbs, the city, or the middle of nowhere. When a Pokémon is nearby, your phone vibrates to let you know. You turn to the Pokémon on your screen as if you were taking a picture of it and throw Pokéballs until you catch it.
Different types of Pokémon live in different areas of the world. For example, water-Type Pokémon live near water. Likewise, you’re more likely to find Grass and Bug-type Pokémon in the suburbs. Another major feature of the game are Pokéstops, which are landmarks around your neighborhood that give you free items. There are also Pokémon Gyms, where you can form teams and battle other Trainers.
Pokémon Go is somewhat difficult to explain in words, so you should definitely download it and try it out! If you played Pokémon when you were younger, or if you still play now, Pokémon Go will be awesomely addictive. If you’ve never played Pokémon before, Pokémon Go might be just the right game to get you into the franchise. Watch the official trailer for Pokémon Go on YouTube below!