|Platforms||Android 4.4+; iOS 9.0+|
Who doesn’t know what a Pokemon is? Pokemon is a worldwide phenomenon with a variety of toys, TV series, video games, books and comics to its name. Even though the popular Pokemon video games on Nintendo consoles did a good job of putting you in the shoes of a Pokemon Trainer, Pokemon Go literally takes this a couple of steps further.
When Pokemon Go first launched, it took the world by storm. And it’s easy to see why: for the first time in history, you could go out and catch Pokemon in your local area. The game access your camera for augmented reality and GPS to spawn various Pokemon in your area. After I downloaded and installed the game, one thing came to mind: gotta catch em all!
Catch Pokemon on the Go
Unlike other games, Pokemon Go is not a game you play while sitting at home. To find the best Pokemon, you have to go out in the real world and look for them everywhere. This means you have to search in bushes, trees, parks, water fountains or even at the gym. Just be careful not to venture into dangerous areas. I found myself discovering Pokemon even in my room! When a Pokemon is near, the game alerts you and once you spot it, it is time to capture it.
You catch Pokemon using Poke Balls. This is easy to do and you just have to make sure that the Poke Ball hits the Pokemon on their head in order to capture it. The more Pokemon you catch, the more you gain experience points (XP) and level up. Once you reach level 5, you will be able to battle other trainers at gyms. I mean, what fun is catching Pokemon if you can’t use them to battle, right?
Prepare for Battle in Pokemon Go
Once you are ready to battle in Pokemon Go, you can go to a gym (it will appear as a massive town). Once there, you can pick a team of Pokemon and lead them to victory against the defending team. The level of the gym indicates the amount of Pokemon you have to fight. This means a level 2 gyms has two Pokemon you have to fight and so on. To make the gym your, you can pick six of your best Pokemon and fight other Pokemon until you defeat the team leader.
I found the battles to be fast and intense, plus the controls are simplified enough to allow this to happen. Tapping on your Pokemon allows it to perform a fast attack while swiping left or right allows it to dodge. A long press allows the Pokemon to unleash a special attack. There is a special attack meter that needs to fill up before you perform a special attack, so you have to be patient during battle and unleash it at the right moment.
One thing I truly liked is that there is some strategy to game as well. You have to be careful when picking Pokemon to battle other Pokemon, as there are different types. Some types include fire, water, rock, ice and plant Pokemon. So when battling an ice Pokemon, it is better to have a Pokemon that deals out fire-based damage if you want your attacks to have maximum damage.
Take Care of Your Pokemon
As you visit gyms and items shops in Pokemon Go, you can gather items. These items include potions, medicine, eggs, fruits, and candy. To make your Pokemon stronger, you can use candy and stardust to make it evolve, which gives it new a fast attack and special attack, as well as increases other vital statistics that can give you an advantage in battle.
So that is Pokemon Go in a nutshell. If you are a Pokemon fan, this is one game you should not miss. This is a true adventure that, although it requires dedication, is totally worth it. After playing this game, I feel the urge to be the very best like no one ever was!
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