The description of Pokémon GO
One of the kind, that’s the word. Though Pokémon franchise has been around for more than two decades, chasing Pocket Monsters in all the wrong places became a meme due to this particular game. Hard to believe for quitters, but it’s still fun, even not being a mass obsession anymore.
The classical Pokémon story implies the Pokémon Trainers and various Pokémon they train and put against each other in Gyms. Collecting various species of pocket monsters has been the backbone idea of the game for many generations, nut it’s the first time you’ll need to actually search in the streets.
In Pokémon GO you need to do just what the protagonist of previous games or anime series had to: you search for Pokémon, catch them with Pokéballs, evolve if you have enough candies, and hatch eggs you get from Pokéstops. The Pokéstops are stationary, so you know exactly where to refill your Pokéballs and get Pokémon eggs. It takes a certain number of steps to make to hatch an egg, so the more you move, the more Pokémon you collect.
The difference is that now you have to actually walk around to search for something to hunt or to have your Pokémon fight against someone else’s. You cannot dupe the game by riding a car or a bus to collect Pokémon around: there are speed limitations a walker or a bicycle rider fits into, but not a car driver or passenger.
Like real living creatures, Pokémon are distributed unevenly, so when you visit another country, you may find that Pokémon rare at your home are quite common there. Some fans even travel around the world to catch rare species where they dwell.
Augmented Reality technologies are not as surprising in 2019, but in 2016 it was a real blast to see Bulbasaurus, Meowth or Pidgey right in the street, with your smartphone. The app has a built-in AR camera and a radar showing how far the nearest Pokémon is, but not their exact location, so hunting them is an adventure of its own. Just as spectacular is a Pokémon fight in a gym, right in the street too.
General Impressions 8/10
There’s still no location-based game like Pokemon GO, as its only rival, Ingress, was released even earlier. Pokémon GO is supported by connected games like Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! that shares the same Nintendo account so that you can transfer your Pokémon GO trophies into it. There are constant updates, limited offers, new Pokémon introduced, and so on.
The control system is quite a puzzle, but once you get used, it’s no problem. Sometimes catching a Pokémon requires a special Pokéball, so your skill matters less.
And don’t leave your power bank at home while venturing out. Due to active location service usage, Pokémon GO drains the battery heavily.
So, if you prefer digital games that require some outside physical activity, there’s still nothing better than Pokémon GO. Though the game failed to create a trend of location-based games, at the same time, it still has no rival, remaining only game for walking around. Being a Pokémon catcher in 2019 is a serious business: no more led by fashion, you’re really in it.13 Feb 2019
- Resolved a motivation decay bug impacting Pokémon with less than 3000 CP.
- Resolved a bug causing Pokémon GO to freeze after consuming potions too quickly.
- Resolved a bug causing Pokémon GO to freeze after all 6 Pokémon faint during a Raid Battle.