Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices.
Making use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices, the game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world.
Within a short period of time,this new mobile take on Nintendo’s long running role-playing game series have grown astoundingly popular. Pokémon Go is proving to be popular around the world at the moment.
First things first create an account. After creating a game account, the player creates an avatar by selecting a hair, skin, and eye color, style, and outfit.
After the avatar is created, it is displayed at the player’s current location along with a map of the player’s immediate surroundings. Features on the map include a number of PokéStops and Pokémon gyms.
PokéStops provide players with items, such as eggs, Poké Balls, and potions and can be equipped with items called lures, which attract wild Pokémon.
When Pokémon appear on the field, you can tap them to initiate a capture sequence, where you can either entice the Pokémon with Razz Berries, or wildly throw Pokéballs to catch them. I’d like to say it’s nuanced, but it’s really not. The Pokémon may enter an attack animation, which will deflect your balls, or attempt to jump out of the way.
Pokémon Gyms are where Pokémon battles start, and this is where Pokémon Go most resembles its predecessors – even though it’s still clearly wildly different.
Here you madly tap your phone screen to use weak attacks, while charging a special meter which will allow the use of a stronger move. You can slide left and right on the screen to dodge certain attacks, but strategy here is basically “tap like mad” and “have better Pokémon.”
A Pokémon’s power is decided by it’s CP – standing for Combat Power, of course. The higher the number is, the better your Pokémon is. As simple as that, really.
The sweetest game ever!
The entire point of Pokémon Go is to get out there and find monsters, but a new glitch has made that prospect difficult for many players.
However, Pokémon Go is only available in the UK,USA and CANADA and most of Europe for now. However, there is a way to play Pokémon Go right now without having to wait for it to be available in your location.
Since the game is based so strongly in real-world interactions, it’s hard to tell where Pokémon Go heads from here. If Niantic keeps it frequently updated with new features and added depth. There’s potential for it to be a game we’re still talking about years down the road.
Or it could end up as a passing fad, a brush fire craze that the whole gaming world is talking about for a few weeks and then is forgotten.
How to download Pokémon Go on your Android device
Android users can now download Pokémon Go here on your Android device on the Google play store.
Download Pokémon Go for your ios devices here
If you have an iPhone or another iOS device, then the process for getting Pokémon Go is slightly different.
While Pokémon Go is available here on the App Store. If it’s not available in your country follow our instructions on how to download and install it.
Step 1-Log out of your Apple ID
Firstly, you’ll need to make your iPhone believe you’re in a region that can download Pokémon Go. Open up Settings on your iPhone, tap on ‘Apple ID’ and select to sign out.
Now go back into Settings and select General > Language & Region. Set your region as US, New Zealand or Australia – all of these regions can download Pokémon Go.
Step 2-Open up the App Store
Search for Pokémon Go and it should appear. If it doesn’t choose a free app to download and select ‘Create new Apple ID’ on the App store. Then Go through the process of creating an Apple ID. Select ‘None’ in the Billing menu and add a US, New Zealand or Australian address. Google can come in handy here if you need to search for an address.
Download Pokémon Go onto your iPhone
Pokémon Go can be downloaded and installed onto your iPhone or iPad. Once Pokémon Go is released in your region. You can sign back in with your Apple ID – although you may need to reinstall the App.