Pokémon Go is less than a week old, this is according to the day it was availed in the U.S. However, this Android and iOS game has already gone viral.
You may be wondering why this game has become viral in such a short period of time following its official launch. Well, the major reason behind this is its unique dependency on augmented reality, with Pokémon appearing as if they’re in the real world. There is a GPS-powered map that makes use of real world locations to track down Pokémon real-world collect items. Once one is found, the camera of your phone will automatically be opened in order to give you a real world view of Pokémon. When you spot them, you can then flick a Poke Ball in the direction of the creature in order to capture it.
The grabbing of items takes place at Poke Stops, which are also pinned to real world locations. This could be represented by a landmark, grocery shop or even a road sign. When Pokémon are done with training, players can now take them to battle with other Pokémon in gyms.
After playing Pokémon Go over the weekend, here are 4 things that we learnt and think you also need to know right away.
Pokémon Go is all about exercising
Some may not have realized it yet, but Pokémon Go has everything to do with body exercise. Ideally, a game is meant to keep people indoors or rather in one place, but Pokémon Go is very different. You must go out and search for Pokémon in nearby stores, parks and neighborhoods – something that involves a lot of walking. This is an unintended health benefit the game is offering, something that should even serve as an USP for the game.
Pokémon are basically everywhere
As mentioned, capturing Pokémon involves searching for them in almost every location, including shopping malls, parks, clubs, bathrooms and so on. If you are into Pokémon Go, you may find yourself in some really weird places trying to find and capture Pokémon.
Searching and capturing Pokémon makes you look really stupid
When searching for Pokémon and Poke Stops, there is the use of GPS and when either is found in a random place, you will have to stop and grab some creatures or items. In short, you will be wondering around a certain spot as you look for the Stop and then proceed by grabbing several creatures. Can you picture all these happening in a store or maybe in front of your neighbor’s house? Lol!
Catching Pokémon can be quite dangerous
When walking around trying to find Pokémon, it is possible to come across different things. However, the last thing you want to meet is a dead body or get robbed when enjoying Pokémon Go on your Android or iOS device. These are happenings that have already been reported in random cases, but it shouldn’t put you off the game. You can download it from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.