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A first look at Pokemon Go

Updated on July 7, 2016

What is Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game for Android or IOS. You can find and see pokémon in the real world by using the camera on your device. You can also catch them and put them in your collection. This is all done wih the help of your device's GPS and maps.

The video looks awesome, but the actual game looks different and plays different then what you would expect from the video.

A Rattata on my Chromebook
A Rattata on my Chromebook | Source

Pokémon in the game

It seems like there aren't a lot of pokémon in the game yet.
I have played for about 2 hours in the last 2 days and I have seen 15 pokémon (15 of which I caught..). That isn't bad for playing only 2 hours, but the pokédex only has 151 pokémons so it seemed to me like you could catch all of them pretty quick. So that's what I initially thought, but as the game goes further I notice I only get the same pokémons again and again, so I guess I need to go and look in other places to find other pokémons and catch them all.

My character of the Blue team in the city of Antwerp. In the distance you can see a gym captured by the red team.
My character of the Blue team in the city of Antwerp. In the distance you can see a gym captured by the red team. | Source


There doesn't seem to be a real story in the game, however, you have to choose a team when you reach level 5 in the game.

There are three teams:

The blue team:
Name: Mystic
Leader: Blanche
Mascot: Articuno

The red team:
Name: Valor
Leader: Candela
Mascot: Moltres

The yellow team:
Name: Instinct
Leader: Spark
Mascot: Zapdos

So far teams are only important for the pokémon gyms in the game. If a gym is under control of your team, you can train your pokémon there. If a gym is under control of another team, you can battle and try to take control of the gym.

A Pokéstop in Antwerp
A Pokéstop in Antwerp | Source


The game is played on a map of your actual location. So if you are in, let's say, New York, you would see a map of New York, and on that map you'd see pokémons and a lot of "towers". These towers are either gyms, or pokéstops.

Pokéstops are a pretty important part of the game, because the stops provide you with new pokéballs, potions, revives and other items. You just tap a stop (always recognizable or historic locations), spin the picture of the location in the middle of the screen and load up on stuff.

I don't know the exact time for a stop to recharge, but it's really quick, only a couple of minutes.

Stops can be inserted with modules, but so far the shop only offers one type. The Lure module is a module that attracts Pokémon to a Pokéstop for 30 minutes. Other people around the Pokéstop can also benefit from the effect.

Egg incubator, 2km
Egg incubator, 2km | Source


The game also has eggs, like in the original games. The only difference is that you can get the eggs from Pokéstops, and you have to put them in an incubator and walk a set distance to hatch them. I haven't hatched one so far, because the one in my incubator needs a 2 kilometer walk and I'm at home.

So far I saw eggs with a 2 km and a 5 km distance. I don't know if there are others.

The shop
The shop | Source


The game is totally free to play, but you can buy stuff in the shop with real money. Prices vary from 99 cents to 99,99 euros and the only thing you can buy with the money are Pokécoins.

The Pokécoins can be exchanged for a lot of other stuff however.
You can buy:

  • Pokéballs
  • Incense (something to attract Pokémon)
  • Eggs
  • Egg incubators
  • Lure modules
  • Bag upgrade
  • Pokémon storage upgrade

So there's a Venonat in the room.
So there's a Venonat in the room. | Source


So far I haven't really seen options to connect with other players but I think they are working on that because trading should be an option in the future.

It would also be cool to be able to befriend people and have friendly battles with other players and stuff.

Wearable device

The game also comes with a wearable device, but as far as I'm concerned I don't think it's necessary. My phone already vibrates when a pokemon is near, so I don't feel the need to wear something around my arm that vibrates all the time when I'm walking around.

I'm not entirely sure that's all it does however... But I'm sure I'll find out eventually. Who knows, maybe it becomes a common sight on the street... Haha.

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Future thoughts

When the game releases everywhere millions of people all over the world are going to be playing it (lots of them will be adults). So the game will probably start progressing, adding new pokémons, doing legendary pokémon battle events and so on. The more people playing the game, the better it will become in my opinion.

My Rating

4 stars for Pokemon Go

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