It’s no surprise that the popular childhood games of Pokemon are being transformed into mobile phone games and nearly augmented virtual reality games. Pokemon has come a long, long, way from its debut in the 1990’s. But, here we are getting ready to field test the mobile game of the century, Pokemon Go.
Pokemon Go will include most of the 700 plus pokemon based on the region, state, and/or province you live in. Water pokemon will obviously be found near and around water and grass type pokemon can obviously be found in the grass, but what about all the other kinds of pokemon? What about ghost and psychic type pokemon? And what about fairy types? I’m sure all of these questions will be answered in time.
So, how does Pokemon Go work? First and foremost you need to start with customizing your trainer avatar. When you first play Pokémon GO, you’ll get to customize the look of your Trainer, choosing apparel and accessories to give him or her a cool look. Your customized character will appear as you move around on the map, as well as on your profile page. Plus, other players will see your character when they visit a Gym you control. And of course just like in the older pokemon games, you’ll need to fill up the pokedex.
At a certain point in the game, you’ll be asked to join one of three teams. Once you join a team, you’ll gain the ability to assign Pokémon you’ve caught to empty Gym locations or to a location where a team member has placed one of his or her Pokémon. Like PokéStops, Gyms can be found at real locations in the world. Each player can place only one Pokémon at a particular Gym, so you’re encouraged to work with others on the team to build up a strong defense. This will be helpful later on when challenged by other trainers.
A portable device called the Pokémon GO Plus will enable Pokémon GO players to enjoy the game even while they’re not looking at their smartphones. The device connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies the player about events in the game—such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby—using an LED and vibration. In addition, players can catch Pokémon or perform other simple actions by pressing the button on the device. Pokémon GO Plus will be available soon.
For those of you who had doubts and questions about the availabilty of Pokemon Go, Pokémon GO is free to play, with loads of fun things to do and Pokémon to discover at every turn. For players who want to enhance their Pokémon GO experience even more, certain items and features can be accessed via in-app purchases. Players can spend real money on PokéCoins, the in-game currency of Pokémon GO. PokéCoins can then be exchanged for power-ups, extra items, and other enhancements just like in the older pokemon games.
An early field test limited to the United States, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand is under way for Pokémon GO while the game is still in active development. The features, available languages, design, and overall appearance are not final. There’s much more to be done! Stay tuned for more information.