Pokémon GO is a little more than a week old, but its rise to the top of App Store charts has prompted a surge in cottage industries. Every website is writing about it, every news channel is broadcasting about it and everyone is posting cute pictures of Pokemon on social media.
Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game made by Niantic. It takes your real geographic location and turns it into Pokémon dream world. Now in case you’ve just stumbled out of a cave and onto the Internet: The game is mainly about catching little weird creatures called ‘Pokemon’.
Although we can’t trade Pokémon or play one on one duel with friends but you can walk around and catch wild Pokémons wherever you are. You’ll see roads and landmarks represented in the app just like they appear in real life, when you see a little rustling tuft of grass that means a Pokémon is nearby. There’s also a meter that shows silhouettes of nearby Pokémon.
Once you catch a Pokémon, you can name it, you can feed a candy and stardust to increase its power level, you can evolve it and just like the original games, you can duke it out with other players at Pokémon GO hack gyms.
You can find the nearest Pokémon gym easily in the map. It’s a huge tower which usually has a Pokémon on top, dominating the skyline. Each gym is claimed by a team which has the most wins at that location.
You can’t choose a team until you’re level five so you can’t fight at the gym prior to level five. You can fight against players on opposing teams to strengthen your team’s position at the gym. Battling means tapping to an enemy to attack and swiping to dodge the Pokémon.
The Pokémon who will have the higher attack power will win but you do actually have to try and doge the attacks, if you let yourself get beaten up, you will lose the battle even if your Pokémon is more powerful.
You can make your Pokémon stronger by using in game items like Candy and Stardust, as said earlier. But other items you can buy in the game is with Poké coins. You can buy Poké coins for cold hard cash or get them through winning local gym battles. Spending PokéCoins will get you loads of items such as incense, which you can use to attract more Pokémon locations within a 30 minutes period.
Sounds like a game that’s made up of a thousand moving parts huh? But it’s actually not that complicated and in fact, there’s not a lot that you have to do while playing it. You go outside, you follow your map and you catch your Pokémons.
Maybe because of that simplicity, it has become an instant cultural phenomenon, even people who originally were’s Pokémon fans are playing it.
Pokémon GO is available through iOS or Android play store. Right now it’s only out in the US, Australia and New Zealand, the rest of the world will have to wait.