Pokemon has been around for over a decade, but this new mobile app that Niantic released on July 6th is consuming most people’s lives all over the world. If you’re not familiar, in Pokemon — monsters roam the lands, and it’s your job to find, capture, and train them. Fortunately, you don’t have to have to previous Pokemon experience to play this game… because I definitely wasn’t into it as a child.
How To Play: The game works by using your phone’s GPS to show you the “lay of the land” and where you’re at. When the timing is right, a wild Pokemon will leap out and your goal is to capture it with a Pokeball. The fun part is that once you’ve collected some strong creatures, you can go to your local “gym” and battle your Pokemon against other players. Then there are Pokestops — usually landmarks: like churches, schools, parks, etc. where you get more items like Pokeballs, Eggs, and Potion to stack up with.
Eventually, you want to collect all 250 Pokemon and take over as many local “gyms” as possible. These past three weeks you can’t read or watch the news without seeing headlines about Pokemon Go. The game has literally been a phenomenon and is slowly taking over everywhere. Not only is it fun, but it’s getting people out and about, taking them places they’ve never been, and also giving businesses more business which is a fantastic marketing campaign.
If you’re wondering if I’m playing — YES, of course I had to jump on this bandwagon. Currently I’m level 16 and I am enjoying it so much. It’s too bad this game was released right when Justin and I got home from Washington, because we probably could have caught so many different Poekmon in another state. The only problem besides it draining your phone battery, is that the servers have been going down at different parts of the day almost every day. The app has already been hacked, and every time it releases in another company, there is no way you can get on for hours, which is unfortunate. Hopefully they fix this problem soon…
Trust me, if you haven’t downloaded this app yet, I recommend you do it soon. At least test it out, if you absolutely hate it then you can always delete it from your phone and avoid the craziness.
Gotta Catch Em’ All … POKEMON!