I have been playing this since it launched and it is definitely addictive. My first time trying it was a no go, due to server issues. Once I got going, I got hooked. Its actually a pretty simple concept, you walk around with your phone In real world environments and try to catch them all via your phone camera. Good chance that most of you reading this probably either plan on trying it yourself or already have. If you haven’t tried it yet let me recommend you give it a “go”. It’s worth the price of admission for sure. This won’t be a review as much as it is impressions and information. There will be a few videos attached to this article so you can see for yourself the different elements of the game. First and the main driving force of the game is the capturing of Pokemon, you walk around your yard, bathroom, church, Gym wherever and look for Pokémon.
Just like in any other Pokémon game you can evolve your Pokémon, check out this Pikachu evolution.
The biggest social element to Pokémon GO is its Gyms. If a Gym is white it is unoccupied and you can leave your Pokémon to defend it, once you get to level 5 you can join the yellow, red or blue team and help defend/take over a gym. There is actually a surprising amount of depth for a free Pokémon game. So far I am enjoying my time with Pokémon GO, and easily recommend you give it a try if you haven’t already. Just be care full as of this writing there has already been a huge traffic accident because someone was trying to catch Pikachu while driving, so be smart and enjoy the great outdoors, but don’t drive and catch em’ all.
Here is a little more info on battling taken from the press release:
Battling is essential to any Pokémon game, and Pokémon GO is no different. Players can battle using the Pokémon they’ve caught to gain control of a Gym. By using their own Pokémon’s attacks and dodging incoming attacks by swiping left and right on the screen, Pokémon GO players can defeat the defending Pokémon to reduce the Gym’s Prestige. Once the Gym’s Prestige reaches zero, the defending team loses control of the Gym, and the victor’s Pokémon can be assigned to defend the Gym. When a team has control of a Gym, team members can increase its Prestige and level by training their Pokémon with other defending Pokémon. As the Gym gets to a higher level, the defending team gains the ability to assign more Pokémon to defend it. They can also team up with friends and battle together at a rival Gym to take down stronger Gyms faster.
In Pokémon GO, players will interact with the world through their in-game Trainer avatar. Fans can make their Trainer unique by customizing its appearance. They will be able to choose from a variety of different clothes and accessories to make their Trainer stand out from the rest. The customized Trainer image will appear on the map as the player moves around, as well as on the profile page. Trainer avatars will also appear in Gyms under their team’s control.
A portable device called the Pokémon GO Plus will enable Pokémon GO players to enjoy the game even while they’re not looking at their smartphones. The device connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies the player about events in the game—such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby—using an LED and vibration. In addition, players can catch Pokémon or perform other simple actions by pressing the button on the device.
Pokémon GO will be free to download on the App Store and Google Play. In-app purchases will be available for fans who would like to enhance their Pokémon GO experience. Players can purchase PokéCoins, the in-game currency of Pokémon GO. PokéCoins can be exchanged on the App Store and Google Play for power-ups and extra items.
With real-life surroundings providing a backdrop for encounters with wild Pokémon, this unique Pokémon game represents the next generation of Niantic’s “Real World” gaming platform, which combines mobile location technology and Augmented Reality to create a gaming experience that motivates players to go outside and explore the world around them. Because Pokémon GO is still in active development, features, available languages, design, and overall appearance are not finalized. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com/uk/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-go/ .