Pokemon GO

A mobile RPG that supports augmented reality technology, created by Niantic studio in conjunction with The Pokemon Company. The application uses smartphones’ and tablets’ cameras to register the surrounding reality, then include additional, three-dimensional objects on it. We searching for Pokemon by following the instructions from our GPS. Other elements of gameplay aren’t much different from what we’ve seen in other entries in the series. The game focuses on finding and catching pocket monsters, then training them and dueling against players from the entire world. Pokemon GO application works in conjunction with a dedicated gadget, sold separately, a wristband that gives us access to some additional options if we happen to be without our smartphone. The band will vibrate and glow whenever there is a Pokemon nearby.

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Apple iOS
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Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO | iOS

RPG, play for free, Pokemon, augmented reality

Companies responsible for Pokemon GO

Niantic | game developer

The Pokemon Company | publisher   Official website

Pokemon GO release date for iOS:

game language:
English

06 July 2016 | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , size:
Game score 6.9 / 10 calculated out of 129 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.2 / 10 calculated out of 35 players' votes.  

Android OS
Game Pokemon GO (AND) Cover
Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO | Android

RPG, play for free, Pokemon, augmented reality

Companies responsible for Pokemon GO

Niantic | game developer

The Pokemon Company | publisher   Official website

Pokemon GO release date for Android:

game language:
English

06 July 2016 | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , size:
Game score 6.9 / 10 calculated out of 780 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.5 / 10 calculated out of 210 players' votes.  

Pokemon GO for Android OS is an incredibly original RPG combining the world of charming Pocket Monsters with mobile technology's latest achievements and the so-called Augmented Reality. The game was developed as an effect of The Pokemon Company (the exlusive owner of the rights to the titular creatures) cooperating with Niantic Labs - a team belonging to Google and known mainly for Ingress, which is a popular application.

Mechanics

The game was deprived of a plot as such – similar to the majority of installments belonging to this popular franchise, the player's goal here is to collect Pokemon, train them and send to battles taking place on special arenas. However, the gameplay itself stands in contrast to what classic Pokemon games represent (popular mainly from both home consoles and hand-helds created by Nintendo). Although the game borrows from the mechanics of the previous installments (the player explores the world in search for subsequent Pokemon species mainly), the virtual world was replaced here by the real one, and the screen of your phone serves as a minimap. The player traverses this "world in-between of worlds" as an avatar and searches for different Pokemon using their smartphone.

On the launch, 150 classic Pokemon appeared in the game. Interestingly, the player catches them in their natural habitats, for instance, grass pokemon can be found in forests, water ones near rivers, lakes or seas, etc. Contrary to the majority of Pokemon games, the player does not have to fight the creatures encountered in order to catch them. A 3D Pokemon model appears in the environment viewed through the camera of a smartphone, and the player is required to launch a Pokeball at it. Throwing more than one Pokeball can be required when trying to catch one of the stronger monsters that manage to free themselves.

The character development system is slightly different here as well. In Pokemon GO, instead of particular monsters leveling up, it is the player's avatar who earns experience points for completing certain quests, such as catching a new Pokemon or visiting the so-called PokeStops - those are different interesting places marked on the map. The Pokemon here are generally described by their Combat Points, but they can have different kinds of attacks as well. Interestingly, instead of finding a Pokemon, the player can stumble on their egg. In order for a young specimen to appear, the player will have to travel a specified number of kilometers or use a special incubator. Certain Pokemon can also evolve and evolve into more and more powerful forms. The player uses special sweets resembling Rare Candy from the main installments in the Pokemon series to train the monsters and help them evolve.

Game modes

Because the gameplay in Pokemon GO for Android OS is based on an unusual concept, the player enjoys a solo experience for the most part, exploring the real world and collecting different Pokemon. Once the player's avatar has reached level 5, it is possible to send one's monsters to battles taking place in virtual gyms scattered throughout "the game world". This kind of competition does not have any form of standard PvP experience however. The player can order a monster of theirs to remain at an arena unconquered by any other player. As long as one's monster remains undefeated, they stay in the location. The players can join one of three teams and defend particular arenas collectively or attack a Poke Gym belonging to the opponents. Apart from that, the final version of the game features social options included in the franchise's most recent installments. For example, this allows the players to connect via Bluetooth to trade and exchange their Pokemon.

Technical aspects

Pokemon GO makes use of the so-called Augmented Reality. Thus the game engine places additional, three-dimensional objects in the real-world environments viewed through the camera of one's mobile device. In order for the game to work perfectly, having an active GPS module is required, though the game is also playable using Wi-Fi combined with phone localization. What is definitely worth mentioning is that a special gadget called Pokemon GO Plus was created specifically for the game and it resembles a smartwatch. Having connected the device to one's smartphone, it will generate a vibration when a Pokemon appears in the area. Consequently, this allows for parents and their children going out to search for sympathetic monsters together for instance.

Misc.

Pokemon GO for Android OS stands out with uniqueness of experience it offers – instead of sitting in front of a TV screen or a PC monitor, the player is encouraged to spend their time outside and enjoy fresh air while engaging in this "semi-virtual" experience. However, it turns out that the gameplay formula delivered by Niantic Labs may cause many dangerous occurences. Information about teens desperate to catch their favourite Pokemon, and causing very dangerous situations as a result, appeared several days after the game's release. The Australian Police sent an official message to the players, who were told not to enter buildings when playing the game, because Pokemon can be caught also from the outside.

Age Rating

age requirements: everyone

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Pokemon GO Game Guide

game guide 25 July 2016

The Pokemon GO guide contains all the information needed to understand the game's mechanics, including tracking, catching, training and evolving Pokemons. It described all the available Pokemons and helps in gaining experience quickly.

Pokemon GO Review – Poor game, but a social phenomenon

Review 22 July 2016 14:08

Pokemon GO needs a lot of improvements. Many things are altogether missing from the game. But it’s already obvious that it will be one of the greatest successes not only in mobile gaming, but also in the whole video game industry.

Pokemon GO tops US gaming charts; overly fascinated players tend to get themselves in danger

News 12 July 2016 15:35

Pokemon GO has quickly become one of the most popular mobile apps, causing Nintendo's shares to skyrocket. The massive popularity has also got some downsides, as overly fascinated players tend to get themselves in danger.