Pokémon Go! A Review

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The latest augmented reality based game from Nintendo is the fad in town. Oh yes! The same company that created something so magnificent back in the last decade of 20th century that even after 20 years, people go crazy over it. The pocket monster frenzy is back. And this time it’s not through the cartoon it used to be, but through an AR game that makes people interact with the real world rather than sitting at the comfort of your couch. Though it brings back memories from your childhood, it is really worth the hype? There are tons of players in my area and that’s when I realized how popular it is even after all these years.

Introduction




      If you haven’t tried this game yet, you are in for a treat. While it isn’t the first popular game that was AR based, and ingress was very popular with phone users, it definitely has caught the eyes of millions of people with its Pokémon idea. Pokémon games might not be new idea for console users and we have had a lot of Pokémon games in the past. But what makes this game interesting is that the developers don’t want people to be lazy, they want the users to go out and find the Pokémon from the wild and catch them. The childhood fantasy has become a reality. We all have dreamt of  walking through a forest and finding some wild Pokémon and battling them to catch them. Well, the game works like that. The only difference is that you don’t have to fight a wild Pokémon to catch it. You just have to throw the right pokéball at the right place. The idea may seem lame but the game sure is immersive just because it is competitive.

Gameplay



                The game uses GPS and camera for effective gameplay. The Pokémon appears from the wild according to their rarity.  The more common they are , more likely are they going to appear before us and more powerful they are, more unlikely are they going to appear.  Apart from catching other Pokémons, you can take on Gym leaders in battle. These gym leaders aren’t any bots or NPCs but other players who have taken control over a gym. These players have assigned a Pokémon to guard their gym. There may be more than one leader in each gym and is controlled by players of a single team either blue, yellow or red in which players can join once they reach level 5. The prestige of a gym can increase or decrease with battles.  Catching  a random Pokémon from the wild isn’t the only way of catchin ‘em all. You can get poke eggs from Pokéstops, which are landmarks in you maps where you can go to get free goodies. These eggs can be hatched while walking with the egg in an incubator.

The Not so Good Stuff!


That’s all the gameplay you will get with the game. This AR based beauty is 10% gameplay and 90% Pokémon. You can easily get bored with the concept of the game after a while and it isn’t very immersive  once you repeatedly start getting the same Pokémons over and over again. You’ll probably get tired of all the walking around after a few days. The idea of not battling a Pokémon and weakening them before catching is a little too uninteresting. All you need to know is to swipe the ball on to a Pokémon at the right place.  Unless you live in a place with lot of landmarks, you are very unlikely to find any pokéstops or gyms.  The game doesn’t provide you with many tutorials and you’ll probably have to figure things out on your own. And pokémons don’t evolve by the fighting experience they get but from candies you get by catching the same Pokémon over and  over again. Only thing you get after a tense battle is XP for the user than the pokémon themselves. You’ll eventualy find pokémons with higher CP  ( Combat Power) once the player levels up. So powering up the pokémons from the start is pretty useless because you’ll eventually find a more powered up version of the same thing. I started out finding a pidgey of cp 10 to later find a pidgeotto (evolved form of pidgey)  of cp 67 and later a pidgey of cp 110. If I had known this, I wouldn’t have spent all those candies and stardust on powering up and evolving it.

Now the lets talk about the technical glitches.  They crash a lot, and it can happen when you find a really rare pokémon. And once you catch them you’ll see you screen freezing at the moment when you finally catch the super rare pokémon. If you are lucky enough, you could wait with the frozen screen for a minute or two, login back in and find the pokémon among your other pokémons. Another problem is the servers going down frequently. Its not like Niantic is a famous company and it surely needs some time to contain all these players within their servers. It drains out a lot of you battery and it doesn’t work well with 2G connection. And the game doesn’t work in background and you’ll need the game to be open all the time. We sure do hope after some updates, all these issues will be fixed.

Final Say



Pokémon Go! Isn’t actually the best game that came out in 2016. But it sure is and experience playing our childhood fantasy. As a social experiment, it sure is a huge success with people going out and interacting with the outside world. Maybe a little too much. But the excitement that a new player has is priceless. Its not any mobile game that you see now. It is different. But how long can it keep the players entertained with its shallow game play. We hope that new features will come with more updates like trading and PvP battles. If it does, this game is surely gonna be a competitor for games like clash of clans and Mini militia.

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23 comments

  1. I have not played but I am curious as I see everyone is playing it and I want to join in. This is good for businesses too to market with this. my son wants to play so I may let him just to see whats going on

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  2. Thanks for sharing this review. I've seen everyone playing this and really didn't understand how it worked. My kids are certainly up and out which is one good thing about the game!

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  3. My spouse wants to get into Pokemon Go. I am going to share this article with her because she is having some trouble trying to maneuver around. I will see if I can pick up some pointers when she gets the hang of it.

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  4. I dont quite understand the appeal of pokemon. In a way I guess it's good that it's getting people out and about but it's also making ppl more glued and addicted to their phones. It's rather annoying. Take in nature without involving an electronic device.

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  5. I have to admit I've been obsessed with Pokemon Go lately! It's such a fun game and I love how it encourages people to get moving and walk.

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  6. I am too old for this game, but my 11 year old is loving it. I like that he's out walking more and being active.

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  7. My son and son-in-law play Pokemon Go. Personally, I'm loving all the memes on social media. I've laughed until I've cried over some of them. Thanks for explaining it because I had no idea what the game was all about.

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  8. I was less than pleased with my Pokemon GO account. I got it for my kids, but I took it over. I went to NYC and was playing. I leveled up, battles, the whole shebang. Then one day I was getting ready to go to Central Park and went to log on and my entire profile was go gone. I was finally able to get it back last night after tech support finally responded to my email, but I was so mad. Who knows what I could have filled my Pokedex with in Central Park.

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  9. I have heard so much about this game just because everyone seemed to be so taken by it. I have to admit that I haven't played it, and I honestly don't think I ever will. The one thing that I love about it is that it encouraging people to get out and walk, and they're meeting new people because they, too, are playing Pokemon.

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  10. I am really resisting the urge to try this. But I have to admit, I'm a little curious to see what the fuss is about.

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  11. My daughter plays Pokemon Go. It's gotten her exercising a lot more because she has to walk to all the Pokestops around.

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  12. Great review about this hugely popular game! You can't go anywhere without seeing people looking at their phones and playing this game. I enjoyed reading more information about it--it helps me to understand its draw on so much of the population!

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  13. Pokemon Go is all the rage nowadays. I think everyone but me is playing it. I have really considered it just to see what all the fuss is about.

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  14. Pokemon go is so popular now! Sounds like a great game to keep us active!

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  15. So many people are playing this game, I haven't yet jumped on board but plan to check it out just because I am curious what the hype is. What a well written review!

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  16. I tried to avoid Pokemon GO for a while for whatever reason. My husband loves playing with the kids and teaching them.

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  17. My son and all his friends play and they are 16 and up. My nieces and all their friends play and they are 8 and up. I am waiting to see a senior playing!

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  18. Now I got to admit that I have really not thought about playing this game because I don't play games on my phone. My sons on the other hand would probably like this game. I will have to show them this post. Thanks for sharing a great review.

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  19. I lnow a lot of friends are into this game but my family hasn't tried it yet. We are so busy playing outside like tennis and stuff to get into this game.

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  20. I don't see myself getting into this game, but this seems like a great review! People are going crazy over it, it's sort of insane lol! -Kendall

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  21. I played it for a little while, but I didn't want to get too obsessed and waste time on it, so I stopped. I do like that it gets people out and moving though.

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  22. Omg my daughter and I love this game! we are seriously hooked. So fun and great way for us to bond :)

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  23. I wasn't a fan of Pokemon when it was a hit years before but I like games. I hope it becomes available here in the Philippines soon.

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